MAT School Partnerships
The University of Indianapolis partners with several local school districts to provide our students with multiple opportunities to observe and get hands-on experience in a variety of school settings throughout the program. The quality of our partnership programs has even received national recognition! The department received the Model of Excellence Award in the Partnerships category from the national Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.
UIndy's extensive partnerships with area schools provide a wealth of opportunities for our students. Here's how:
- UIndy students tutor middle schoolers to help them prepare for the ISTEP test and coach them on organizational skills and preparing for college.
- The Student Education Association sponsors Dr. Seuss Day. UIndy students read Dr. Seuss books to first and second graders and lead activities to help reinforce the concepts in the books.
- The partnership is deepened through our strong alumni connections. Numerous UIndy alums are teachers and administrators in the district.
- The Decatur School Board recently recognized UIndy's contributions to the school system (see photo at right)
- Southport High School hosts Secondary Education majors during their intense high school practicum. UIndy professors work on-site with Southport faculty to help UIndy students learn best practices for high school teaching.
- UIndy faculty and Perry teachers train and work together on co-teaching and teacher evaluation systems to ensure that UIndy graduates have the skills they need to thrive in today's changing classroom environment.
Christel House Academy
- Christel House Academy is a unique public charter school that targets under-served student populations.
- Located just five minutes from the UIndy campus, Christel House Academy is a key site for early observational field experiences and offers student teachers an opportunity to work with a diverse population of students and teachers.
- UIndy juniors have the opportunity to develop math lesson plans and teach them to small groups of students. Throughout the experience, UIndy students have a chance to create and implement lesson plans, see how well they work, and receive feedback from both UIndy and CHA faculty, as well as their fellow students.
- UIndy professors and students are working with Christel House to develop a Math and Science Family Night. Activities like this ensure that UIndy students also are prepared to work with families.
- During the fall of their junior year, UIndy secondary students attend classes and participate in extensive field experiences at Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center where they have multiple opportunities to work with teachers and students in their chosen content areas.
- Wayne Township schools host many of our student teachers at all levels, ranging from elementary to high school. Student teachers at these sites have opportunities to experience cutting-edge teaching strategies, such as project-based learning (PBL).
- UIndy professor Azure Angelov, who specializes in multicultural education, brings middle schoolers into her classes to help UIndy students learn firsthand about the challenges they face in and out of the classroom. The middle schoolers are part of the Junior Giant Kings, a group of minority students at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Academy who serve as peer mentors in the diverse school setting. Read more—An alternative to gangs: Junior Giant Kings ►