Posted: Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:10am Updated: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:51pm

Promising Practices - Making it Happen

To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial, the Indiana Department of Education will recognize 200 promising practices from schools from all over the state to commemorate our 200 years of Statehood. These schools exhibit the use of promising practices that foster equity and high quality systems. By highlighting these practices, an opportunity for educators to network with one another will be created – allowing educators to learn about best practices that are taking place throughout our state while connecting with the schools in which these practices are occurring.

Multiple divisions within the department will participate in the process of identifying schools and promising practices. Each month the department will acknowledge the promising practice schools through the delivery of a Superintendent’s Recognition Certificate to the school and corporation, as well as a congratulatory release through multiple statewide and local media sources.

The following criteria will be considered by the IDOE when identifying potential promising practices:

Practices that:

  • Are student centered and inclusive
  • Impact student growth and/or performance and closes gaps for specific subgroups
  • Positively impact the climate and culture of the school
  • Set high expectations within the school community
  • Showcase innovation
  • Provide equity for all students
  • Considers wrap around support systems for students
  • Provide evidence that the practice has positively impacted students

Click here for a list of Promising Practices


Yellow Marker PinFamily & Community Engagement
Families are engaged in academically related activities, school decision-making, and open exchange of information regarding students’ progress in order to increase student learning for all students. Community groups and families of students who are struggling academically and/or socially are active partners in the educational process and work together to reduce barriers and accelerate the academic and personal growth of students.
Blue  Marker PinStudent-centered Programs
Student Centered Programs challenge or overturn many common organizational or instructional tendencies in schools by making student learning the primary objective—i.e., all considerations that do not in some way improve or facilitate student learning would become secondary (or lower) in importance.
Light Blue Marker PinWrap-around Services
Wraparound services are comprehensive and address multiple life domains across home, school, and community, including living environment; basic needs; safety; and social, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs. Wraparound services are unconditional, if a program, or intervention is not successful for a student, flexible services are redesigned to meet unique needs of students and their families.
White Marker PinCounseling
Providing resources and support to help the whole child succeed through the promotion of student engagement and learning, a positive school culture, and college career readiness and success.
Yellow Marker PinSchool Safety
This school is implementing safety initiatives which will provide safe, educational environments for all students within the school. This may include initiatives in security operations, collaboration with first responders, and comprehensive safe school planning.
Purple Marker PinClimate and Culture
Provides a school environment that supports the social, emotional, and learning needs of all of the students within the building. These practices are ways that allow all students to feel welcome, equal, and supported within the school building.
Red  Marker PinResearch-based Practices
Research-based Practices are those that are supported by research and evidence to positively impact school and student achievement.


Green Marker PinData-driven Decision Making
Data is used to identify strengths/weaknesses, inform stakeholders, and drive instruction.


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