Friday, August 19, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced twenty new Promising Practices today. The Promising Practices program identifies high-quality education practices and wrap-around services in communities throughout the state.

“As I travel across the state, I see schools and communities implementing innovative education practices to meet the diverse needs of Hoosier students,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “High-quality instructional practices and support services are essential to providing every student with a high-quality education. I am excited to recognize these innovative practices today.”

In addition to being publicly recognized by the Department of Education, each Promising Practice is shared with educators across the state as an example of a best practice that has had a positive influence on Hoosier students.

By December 2016, the Department will recognize 200 Promising Practices in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial. To date, the Department has identified 148 Pre-K – 12 programs throughout the state. Nominated practices are reviewed with input from experts who work directly with the school or district.

A list of today’s Promising Practices can be found below.

School Corporation School Promising Practice
Batesville Community School Corporation Batesville Primary School Mandarin Immersion in Kindergarten
Monroe County Community School Corporation Bloomington High School South Plus Time, PACE and PLC Teams
School City of Hammond Charles N. Scott Middle School Teacher Reflection = Student Success
MSD Decatur Township Decatur Middle School PLC's in Action
East Chicago Urban Enterprise Acad School District East Chicago Urban Enterprise Small Group Intervention
Seymour Community Schools Emerson Elementary School Peer Models for Students with Autism
Monroe County Community School Corporation Grandview Elementary School STEM: Relevant, Exciting, Real World
Lake Ridge Schools Corporation Lake Ridge New Tech Middle School HI-DEF: Helping Individuals Design Extraordinary Futures
LaPorte Community School Corporation South LaPorte County Special Ed Cooperative A.S.P.I.R.E. – Accessing Services Promoting Experiences In Real Environments
East Allen County Schools Leo Elementary School High Performance Teaming
MSD Wayne Township Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center International Festival
Middlebury Community Schools Middlebury Community Schools GrapeSEED is Changing Lives
River Forest Community School Corporation Meister and Evans Elementary School In-School Therapy for Students
Mississinewa Community School Corporation Mississinewa High School Mississinewa AP Extension Program
Northeastern Wayne Schools Northeastern Middle School Tweeting Our Successes to Engage Our Community
Huntington County Community School Corporation Riverview Middle School Grade Level Teaming
MSD Wayne Township Stout Field Elementary Summeropolis – A City of Learning
Indiana Network of Independent Schools The Excel Center Wrap Around Services for Adult Learners
Warsaw Schools Washington STEM Academy Authentic Learning Through STEM
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation Visual Arts Academy


Additional information about the Promising Practices program can be found on the Department’s website.