Engaging Students, Making Social Studies Relevant
Indianapolis Public Schools serve over 33,000 students, with 85 percent of those students receiving free and reduced lunch. It continues to strive to implement their vision to “be the flagship in innovative urban education, preparing all students to be successful in the global economy.”
Recognizing the need to continue driving growth towards their vision, the administrative leadership in Indianapolis Public Schools decided to reinvent the social studies curriculum to engage students and make it relevant today. The change, designed to make the best use of digital content, new technology, and research-based teaching methods, started in social studies and is set to expand to other content areas.
The district designed a specific package of services to help with curriculum, delivery, and support including:
Results — 27% Improvement on End-of-Course Exams
The feedback from teachers, administrators, and students has been enthusiastic and the trend over the last few years is encouraging. Between 2009 and 2011, students in classrooms where educators have received professional development, and have regular access to Discovery Education digital resources, are outperforming students without the same resources, on end-of-course exams by 27%.