INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has partnered with philanthropic groups across the state to expand the Indiana Learning Lab. With this new partnership, educators will gain expanded resources to enhance their teaching and growth.
“Great teachers change lives, and supporting these educators with the guidance and resources they need to continue this transformative work is one of our top priorities,” Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, said in the announcement. “The Indiana Learning Lab, a vision started by education stakeholders at the local level, offers an example of how working together, we can maximize the impact. Through resources such as the Indiana Learning Lab, we can continue to improve access to effective professional and leadership development and in turn, increase support for Hoosier students.”
The Indiana Learning Lab provides educators with instructional resources, professional development opportunities, and other best practices. This includes live, on-demand workshops for educators, as well as live coaching from IDOE staff. As part of this resource, educators have access to expanded online communities focused on supporting literacy instruction, digital instruction and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction. The platform also includes ready-to-use resources and lesson ideas.
The resource, founded as the Indiana eLearning Lab in 2020, was originally launched as an initiative to help educators and families navigate digital learning occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the new Indiana Learning Lab, educators will gain resources to support best practices in a variety of instructional modes.
The original eLearning Lab was developed by Five Star Technology Solutions and the State Educational Technology Directors Association. It was supported by the Indianapolis eLearning Fund and the 2022 College Football Playoff (CFP) Indianapolis Host Committee and the CFP Foundation. The CFP National Championship will take place in Indianapolis in January.
The Indianapolis Host Committee and the CFP Foundation made a $1.5 million total contribution to support education in Indiana, including the Indiana Learning Lab (formerly Indiana eLearning Lab) and Teach Indy, an effort to recruit and develop high-quality, diverse educators in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Learning Lab is also supported by IDOE with $3 million from Indiana’s federal COVID-19 education funds.