Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Daniel Altman
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS - On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz held a Community Partners School Improvement Summit at Ben Davis High School. The summit brought together representatives of youth, education support organizations, and Department of Education staff to discuss the organization of regional summits, and to develop a new vision for school improvement and community involvement in Indiana’s system of education.

In an effort to provide schools, educators, administrators, students and families with the resources necessary to foster a culture of learning and educator effectiveness, Superintendent Ritz is building coalitions with community-based organizations from around the state to engage in a new School Improvement Process.

“Our vision is to build an education system of equity and high quality through student-centered accountability. We are building this support system by focusing on some key components for our school improvement process,” stated Superintendent Ritz. “Components that award winning teachers have identified as vital to the development of a comprehensive and equitable School Improvement Plan that will be supported by the DOE’s Regional Outreach Coordinators.”

Summit participants focused on the following components to craft the guidelines for a comprehensive school improvement process:

  1. Leadership
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Families and Communities
  4. Extended Learning
  5. Professional Development
  6. Climate/Student Conduct
  7. Technology
  8. Early Childhood
  9. Accountability
  10. Highly Qualified Staff

For next steps, the Department of Education will use the input from the summit to complete a draft for the School Improvement Process to be reviewed by the education community. Outreach Coordinators will be in place by the start of school to facilitate regional summits and to assist schools with resources as needs are identified through the school improvement process.

See the Indiana Department of Education’s Facebook page for photos of the summit.