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The crux of early childhood education is connection. The most rapid and progressive period of brain development happens between ages 0-5. Synapses are the neural connections that guide skill acquisition and development. The limbic system, which in very simple terms regulates our social emoti…

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Evan Taylor had heard good things about Surge Academy from colleagues in other cities and figured he should give it a shot too when the fellowship for education leaders of color decided to come to Indianapolis this year.

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Earlier this month, the board of directors of GEO Next Generation High School cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of Indy’s newest high school on the eastside. The school, located at 4002 N. Franklin Road, serves students in grades 9-11 this year and will grow to serve 12th grad…

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Very recently, I was able to witness mother, advocate and community leader DeAndra Dycus share her story as part of the Democratic National Convention evening programming. During her segment, Dycus shared the story of how her then gifted and talented 13-year-old son Dre was shot in the head …

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While the novel coronavirus has presented challenges that are unprecedented in our lifetime, there is another public health epidemic we as a society have been battling for generations: racism and white supremacy.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has gained popularity among schools and school districts in recent years, and in light of the events over the past four months, the call for increased attention on the mental, social, and emotional wellness of students has spread throughout the country. Fo…

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The sun was shining brilliantly on that Saturday in February 2008. It took just a bit of the chill out of the air, and I wondered what might happen on Monday morning when I entered my classroom at Riverside Elementary School (formerly school #44 in Indianapolis Public Schools). I felt quite …

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Shani Warren and her husband made the decision to have their son — a soon-to-be seventh grader in the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Lawrence Township — continue e-learning for the time being. 

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Just before the novel coronavirus lurched its way to this side of the world, the academic achievement gap was the hot topic of conversation among the Indianapolis education community. Multiple articles and think pieces were published, calling out the vast difference in performance between th…