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Parents Stand UP to Improve Education in IPS

Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement | 05/31/2016

Justin Ohlemiller
Executive Director

Justin Ohlemiller is the Executive Director of Stand for Children Indiana.

Parents and guardians from three struggling Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will graduate Wednesday from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) during a ceremony featuring IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation Ahmed Young. 

A total of 45 parents and community stakeholders completed Stand UP, the six-week program that teaches skills to better support the academic success of children and coaches parents to build more effective partnerships with school leaders. This cohort of Stand UP graduates represents three IPS schools: James Russel Lowell School 51, Thomas Gregg School 15, and George Buck School 94. All three IPS schools have been rated “D” or “F” by the Indiana Department of Education.

The parent graduates will give speeches during the ceremony discussing how Stand UP has empowered them to change their own lives, as well as make changes to support all IPS students. 

When: Wednesday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Indianapolis Central Library, 40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Stand UP is a research-based, family engagement course for parents of elementary school children that is provided by Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana. Stand UP is focused on actionable steps parents can take immediately to get involved in their children’s academics and to ensure their child is on track for college. Topics include: parental role definition, parent-school relationships, understanding and acting on student data and grades, and specific strategies to help students learn at home. 

Stand UP was launched in Indianapolis in 2014 and more than 240 parents, grandparents and guardians have graduated from the program in nine IPS schools, not including Wednesday’s graduates. For each of the four semesters since the program was started, Stand Indiana has held classes in at least three host schools in IPS.  

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