Friday, December 9, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

The Indiana Department of Education recognized the 200th Promising Practice in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial today. The Promising Practices program identifies high-quality education practices and wrap-around services in schools and communities throughout Indiana. During today’s Statehood Day celebration, the Department recognized 31 programs.

“Great schools are the backbone of strong communities,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Through the Promising Practices program, the Indiana Department of Education honors Indiana’s bicentennial by highlighting high-quality educational programs and wrap-around services. That is why I am honored to recognize more than 200 Promising Practices today that are positively impacting our schools and our state.”

The Promising Practices initiative was developed by Superintendent Ritz in 2016 in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial year to recognize 200 programs focused on ensuring that all students have access to a quality education and wrap-around services. In addition to publicly recognizing selected schools, each promising practice is shared across the state as an example of best practices that have a positive impact on Hoosier students.

Over the past twelve months, the Department recognized more than 200 Promising Practices in Indiana schools. Today’s programs were recognized in the areas of school safety, research-based practices, climate and culture, family and community engagement, quality wrap-around services, and student-centered programming.

A list of the Promising Practices recognized today can be found below.

School Corporation School Promising Practice
Duneland School Corporation Liberty Elementary School School Closet
Elwood Community School Corporation Elwood Elementary School Toddlers to Grade Two
Evansville Community School Corporation Districtwide School @ Home with a Twist
Fort Wayne Community Schools Districtwide Refugee and Immigrant Home Visits
Fort Wayne Community Schools Districtwide Identifying High Ability Students
Franklin Township Community School Corporation Arlington Elementary School Counseling - Camp Care a Lot
Greater Clark County Schools Bridgepoint Elementary School Read & Feed
Greater Clark County Schools Greater Clark County Preschool Preschool Education
Greater Clark County Schools River Valley Middle School Summer Scholars Program
Greater Clark County Schools River Valley Middle School Fantastic Fridays
Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School Family Learning Nights
Kankakee Valley School Corporation Kankakee Valley Intermedia School School Safety on Field Trips
Mississinewa Community School Corporation Districtwide EPIC
MSD Decatur Township Stephen Decatur Elementary School Supporting the Whole Child
MSD Washington Township Districtwide The North Central HS Learning Center
MSD Wayne Township Chapelwood Elementary School A-Mazing Community Partnerships
MSD Wayne Township Westlake Elementary School Culturally Responsive and Equitable Learning Environments
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Districtwide International Exposure to Students
North West Hendricks School Corporation Districtwide Going Beyond Enrichment
School City of East Chicago Districtwide Connecting with Families and Communities
School City of Hammond Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Cool Dads Read
School City of Hammond Columbia Elementary School The Morning Meeting
School City of Hammond Donald e Gavit Middle/High School The Blueprint for College Readiness
School City of Hammond Kenwood Elementary School Kids Hope Mentoring Program
School Town of Munster Districtwide Raising the High Ability Bar
South Bend Community School Corporation Brown Intermediate Center The Bison-Pilot Project
South Harrison Community School Corporation South Central Middle School 212 Awards
Tri Creek School Corporation Districtwide High Ability Math: The Poetry of Logical Ideas
Warsaw Community Schools Warsaw Career Center Increasing Female Engineering Participation
West Clark Community School Corporation Silver Creek Primary School Minds in Motion Maze
Western Boone County Community School District Western Boone Jr-Sr High School Technology Enriched AP Courses

Additional information about the Promising Practices program is available on the Department's website.