A coalition of education-focused organizations, including the Indiana Department of Education, has launched the INLearning Partnership to provide professional learning resources for Indiana teachers. The initiative offers a range of resources to “equip, enhance, and empower” educators. The IDOE partnered with the Indiana Learning Lab, Keep Indiana Learning and Jeffersonville-based Five Star Technology on the endeavor.

In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Five Star Technology Vice President of Strategy April Harper explained some of the tools available at no cost to teachers.

“We will provide support for educators and parents and administrators, and all things educational related instruction technology,” said Harper. “There is a community of support.”

The partnership is designed to address the changing landscape in education and give teachers a better way to collaborate with experts, colleagues, and administrators. One element of the partnership is the Indiana Learning Lab, an online platform developed by Five Star Technology. It provides a list of tools to help not only teachers, but administrators and families.

“There’s a podcast, there are blogs, there are videos, on-demand workshops and live workshops,” explained Harper. “Chatting with members from the Department of Education and teachers all throughout Indiana.”

A big part of the funding, that made the Indiana Learning Lab possible, came from the from the local College Football Playoff host committee and the CFP Foundation.

In July 2020, the organizations made an $800,000 gift to the eLearning Lab as part of their legacy program, which they establish in each home city where the championship game is played.

“It’s been such an honor to work with the College Football Playoff Indianapolis 2022 Host Committee as well as the College Football Playoff Foundation, who work to keep a legacy long after the game has ended,” said Harper. “It’s far beyond football in supporting educators, retaining educators and helping to keep great educators in the state.”

The national collegiate football championship game will be played in Indianapolis in January 2022.