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Gary Community School Corporation

GARY - The Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC) revealed on Thursday how it plans to
to spend $71 million of federal funding at the Distressed Unit Appeal Board (DUAB) meeting.

The plan is academics-centered and focuses on instruction, technology, facilities, equipment, and personnel. The school corporation kept certain goals in mind in developing its strategy for using the federal funds.  The goals are to continue improving academics and continue building a sustainable district.  

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The Indiana Department of Education released an online resource in partnership with Purdue University to help teachers teach climate change in schools. Several teachers we interviewed last year said they struggle to find credible materials on climate change for their lesson plans.

HAMMOND - A Hammond woman is making a name for herself in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM field and has been named "Up & Coming Woman of the Year in STEM.

The honoree, Michele Murday, Northwest Indiana Branch Manager for EnviroForeniscs, was chosen by the Northwest Indiana Influential Women's Association.  

Murday, who moved up through the ranks at EnviroForensics in Hammond, plans to help young women who want to get into STEM fields.

Purdue Announces New Multi-Million Dollar STEM Complex

Sep 10, 2019

Some of the features of the state-of-the-art facilities will include virtual labs and collaborative research space for businesses, faculty and students.

Girl Scouts Add New Badges To Promote STEM Education

Aug 31, 2018

Girl Scouts have more opportunities to show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and math after the organization introduced 30 new badges focused on STEM – several of which debuted this summer.

The new badges encourage girls to do things like design and program robots or investigate different parts of cybersecurity. Girl Scouts can earn those, and others like them, in kindergarten all the way through their senior year of high school.

Hundreds of teachers from across the country are stepping into the role of student this week as they learn skills like how to program robots.

More than 500 educators gathered in Bloomington this week to learn more about computer science and maker education, as part of the IT industry’s efforts to improve STEM education.

State Awards STEM Grants For Elementary Schools

Apr 23, 2018

The state is giving money to nearly a dozen school corporations to help them offer more science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – education.

Lawmakers approved $1 million in 2017 for the State Department of Education to offer the grants. The department’s Chief of Workforce and STEM Alliances, Amanda McCammon, says the goal is to help schools begin, or build up existing STEM education in kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Schools are utilizing them for professional development for teachers, and then they’re also utilizing it for purchasing curriculum,” she says.

Girl Scouts Get First-Hand Engineering Experience

Feb 25, 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates around a quarter of STEM jobs are filled by women, but an event in south central Indiana this weekend aimed at giving Girl Scouts a chance to hone their inner-engineer.

An all-day event on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus Saturday aimed to get girls excited about STEM through several activities and discussions with professionals in the field of engineering. Cook Medical, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the Society of Women Engineers from Southwest Central Indiana, and other local community sponsors worked to put on the event.

Lawmakers Move Bill To Get More Teachers Into Schools

Jan 31, 2018

With a teacher shortage in the state, lawmakers want to help license more teachers by waiving some testing requirements some educators see as a barrier to getting into the classroom.

Shon Harris says he’s had trouble passing the math requirement for his elementary school teacher license. In part, because it includes material he won’t even teach his fourth grade students.

“It goes all the way up to high school geometry, despite the fact that most of the skills on the test won’t be taught in the elementary classroom,” Harris says.

A greater push for STEM education is setting the tone for many of this year’s legislative agendas, and part of that push is a bill in the House that would make it possible for elementary school teachers to earn a special license in math.

Ball State University professor Sheryl Stump says it’s an incentive for educators to learn more about and better teach the subject.

“According to the needs and plans of their school districts, they could continue to work primarily with students, or they could work as mathematics coaches or teacher leaders,” she says.

Cursive Writing Debate Back At The Statehouse

Jan 4, 2018

The debate about teaching cursive to Hoosier kids has returned to the statehouse, and the lawmaker behind the cursive writing bill has shown no signs of backing down from the issue.

Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has filed legislation every year since 2011 that would require elementary schools to teach cursive, and it’s died every year in the House of Representatives. But Leising says she won’t give up.

“I can’t hardly go anywhere in my district without someone speaking to me about ‘what are you doing about cursive? This is ridiculous,’” she says.

ISTA Prepares for Session, Reacts to Other Agendas

Dec 1, 2017

The state’s teachers union says special education is in dire need of attention, but has yet to appear on major legislative agendas for next year. Indiana State Teachers Association, ISTA, President Teresa Meredith says the state’s teacher shortage is still a problem, but while lawmakers have focused on the so-called STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – Meredith says she’s more concerned with another area.

“I think the bigger need – which I think I’ve mentioned before – I think it’s almost at a crisis point, is special education,” Meredith says.

ISTA Reacts To Governor's 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb released his 2018 agenda Wednesday, outlining a number of possible changes to education policy for the sake of better workforce alignment. One facet includes increased licensing flexibility for educators who teach in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – and Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says that proposal lacks specificity.

GARY - High school students who want to continue learning during the summer can take part in a STEM camp at Indiana University Northwest. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Steven Lattimore reports STEM jobs can net applicants almost $15,000 more a year than non-Stem jobs.

Indiana scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs have been leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields for generations -- and the Indiana Humanities is joining with Eli Lilly and Company, Dow AgroSciences and other organizations to celebrate the legacy of STEM in a two-year thematic initiative called "Quantum Leap."

Today:   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about the decision by the Federal Reserve Bank board on Wednesday to once again incrementally raise interest rates --the third such hike in the  past 13 months.  Hammer looks at the impact  on Hoosiers ranging from mortgages, to credit cards, to student loans, to what'll happen on Wall Street.