Thursday, February 4, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana Department of Education announced a new program aimed at recognizing high-quality education practices and wrap-around services in schools throughout the state. The Promising Practices initiative will highlight 200 programs focused on ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education.

“Everywhere I go, I see great teaching and learning happening in Hoosier schools,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It is imperative that our schools and educators continue to develop innovative and inclusive educational programs to ensure that every student receives an education of the highest quality. That is why I am excited to announce the Promising Practices initiative to recognize schools that are implementing outstanding educational programs to support the success of all students.”

Identified programs will be student-centered and will focus on positively impacting students though innovative programming and activities that provide a high-quality learning environment and experience. In addition to publicly recognizing selected schools, each promising practice will be shared across the state as an example of best practices that are having a positive impact on Hoosier students.

To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial, the Promising Practices program will recognize 200 K-12 educational programs throughout the state before December 31, 2016. Each month the Department will announce selected programs based on a review of the schools’ program and input from experts who work directly with the schools.

The first ten Promising Practices are:

  • Noblesville East Middle School – Professional Learning Communities
  • Merrillville Community School Corporation – Freshman Academy and Mentoring
  • Discovery Middle School – Student Centered Instruction through Student Led Conferences
  • Southwest Dubois/Huntingburg Elementary – Collaboration for Success
  • North Salem Elementary School – Excellence for All
  • Ben Davis University High School – Early College High School Model
  • Lanesville Community Schools – Differentiated Staff Walkthroughs
  • Westwood Elementary School – Data Driven Instruction
  • Portage High School – Math/ELA Looping
  • Northside Elementary School – Formative Assessment Data Use

Additional information about the Promising Practices initiative can be found on the Department’s website: