Indianapolis-based nonprofit The Mind Trust has announced the five recipients of its 2022-2023 Talent Innovation Fund awards. The nonprofit says it is investing $115,000 into projects that will implement “locally-driven, creative approaches” to overcome the education talent challenge in Indianapolis.
“The Mind Trust is proud to support five projects that can help address our community’s critical need for high-quality, diverse teachers,” said Kelli Marshall, senior vice president of schools at The Mind Trust. “A great teacher is essential to strong learning outcomes for students. Each of the Talent Innovation Fund projects awarded bring a unique approach to teacher recruitment and licensure. These awards will complement our efforts in supporting schools to increase student achievement.”
The recipients and funding amounts are listed below:
- Christel House Indianapolis – $25,000 to impact student proficiency by increasing the number of qualified teachers in high-need areas.
- Enlace Academy – $25,000 to help more teachers obtain an English Learners license.
- Paramount Schools of Excellence – $15,000 to implement The PSOE Career Pathways Program, which educates first- and second-year teachers on instructional frameworks, use of data, and cultural responsiveness.
- Purdue Polytechnic High Schools – $25,000 to support the creation of a student-teacher residency program to build a pipeline of high-quality educators.
- Shepherd Community Center – $25,000 to provide housing and professional development training for a cohort of teachers who will live and work in public schools on the city’s near eastside.
“The Mind Trust is proud to continue using the Talent Innovation Fund to invest in schools and community partners that are deeply invested in improving student achievement,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “These projects are helping us work toward our organizational goal of tripling the number of students within Indianapolis Public Schools’ geography who are academically proficient by 2027.”
You can view last year’s recipients by clicking here.