Education news

Starting next month teachers will need to spend time focused on career awareness in order to renew their licenses. More than 22,700 – about a third of all teachers in the state – have started the process to renew their licenses compared to just 514 at this time last year.

More personnel changes are coming to the State Board of Education. As one member sent the governor his letter of resignation this week, and some others come to the end of their terms later this month.

Providing Student Mental Health Services: A Tale Of Two Schools

Jun 5, 2019

After two school shootings last year, lawmakers named mental health services in schools a top priority. Many schools across the state say they need more: more counselors, therapists, funding and support.

About 40 students at Hamilton Heights High School are expected to participate next fall in a new State Earn and Learn construction program, the first of its kind in the state. (Courtesy Indiana Department of Workforce Development)
Justin Hicks

A high school construction program in central Indiana was the first to receive an apprenticeship certification from the Department of Workforce Development. It will fast-track students into the workforce after high school.

The chairman of the governor’s commission on teacher compensation says Indiana got teacher pay right once, and can do it again, but it won’t be soon.

A law set to take effect this year closes a loophole in how state statute deals with volunteer coaches at schools who commit felonies. (Pixabay)
Brandon Smith

A law set to take effect this year closes a loophole in how state statute deals with volunteer coaches at schools who commit felonies.

But the new measure doesn’t go as far as some lawmakers wanted.

Early learning programs in Indiana are improving in quality, but according to an annual report nearly two-thirds of children who might need care aren’t enrolled in them, and the state lacks a unified data system to help reach the most vulnerable children.

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North Montgomery High School hopes to keep its staff longer and increase college credits earned by students through a new program that’ll subsidize Master’s degrees for teachers.

The school corporation will pay teachers five-hundred dollars per credit hour to earn the degrees necessary for them to teach dual-credit courses. The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits many colleges, says teachers must have a masters to teach high schoolers classes for which they’ll also earn college credit.

Thousands of teachers are starting the process of renewing their teaching licenses before a new law goes into effect that requires educators to learn more about workforce and career-related needs for their students and communities.

Approximately 1,000 school administrators from Indiana and neighboring states gathered in Indianapolis Monday for the 20th Annual School Safety Specialist Academy. 

Mental health and social-emotional learning are a central topics for the two-day training, which comes after two school shootings in Indiana last year. The training is designed to help school officials navigate "best practices" of school safety.