PARKER CITY — The Monroe Central School Corporation is one of seven districts selected in the state to receive a grant given to Indiana University´s Center on Education Lifelong Learning, the grant will help rural schools better provide for their students with disabilities.
The center has received part of a federally-funded $6 million state personnel development grant to the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. The center will use the funding it received to continue the work of the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality.
The five-year program will focus on seven rural Indiana schools and communities. The Indiana Department of Education received applications from rural districts across the state. Through a competitive process, seven school districts were chosen to participate in this five-year grant award. The districts selected were Jennings County Schools, Vincennes City School Corporation, Monroe Central School Corporation, Frankton-Lapel School Corporation, Southwest Dubois County School Corporation, Lewis Cass Schools, and North Knox School Corporation.
“The grant aligns well with our mission and vision for schools,” said Sandi Cole, director of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, “to ensure equitable access for all students to high-quality instruction. We are extremely excited to begin our work in the selected rural districts.”
Through the grant, the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality will work to:
• Increase the number of teachers delivering high-quality instruction to students with disabilities in the general education classroom through job-embedded professional development at the state, regional, and district levels;
• Maintain and increase the number of licensed special education teachers with improved recruitment, support, and retention of teachers for student switch disabilities;
• Increase the capacity of school leaders at the school and district level to develop, implement and sustain inclusive practices through systems of support implemented through the framework of implementation science; and
• Increase support for families of students with disabilities through effective partnerships that support teacher development and student and school improvement.
“Our partnership with the Indiana Department of Education spans over three decades,” Cole said, “and we are honored to continue this partnership with a new opportunity to focus on rural Indiana school districts.”
Established in 2016, Indiana Center on Teacher Quality partners with families, agencies, and communities to improve educational outcomes for students with and without disabilities by ensuring access to a PreK -12 continuum of instruction from high-quality teachers. Using the principles of implementation science, Indiana Center on Teacher Quality creates a professional learning framework to support systemic educational improvement throughout the state.
This work builds on, and supports, Indiana’s significant state and local reform efforts already underway in critical areas such as teacher growth and development; instructional effectiveness; improved early care and early childhood education; and developing systems of support for school improvement.