Monthly Archives: June 2015

Indiana Career Readiness Report Highlights CTE Successes

There’s positive news to be found in a just released report from the Indiana Department of Education. According to the 2015 Career Readiness Report, students who earn at least six career and technical education credits have higher graduation rates, and ISTEP+ scores. Those same students are also less likely to need remedial help in college. The data review found more than 5,500 high school students earned college credits last year. Also, more than 3,000 of those students earned at least one industry-recognized credential.

Read the complete report here.

Purdue Polytechnic High School to provide STEM pipeline

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced June 18 the university’s plan to open a new STEM-focused charter school and the intent to expand throughout the state in future years. Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, an educational experience designed to provide a bridge for inner-city students to succeed in high school and beyond, will open in August 2017.

Read the complete press release here.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Launches Web Series For Teachers

Elementary and middle school educators in search of multimedia teaching materials can turn to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The STEM initiative run by the Smithsonian Institution has launched a web series called Good Thinking! that seeks to clear up scientific misconceptions through its cast of pleasant, colorfully-animated characters. Good Thinking! takes place in a classroom where an instructor named Ms. Reyes teaches a perfectly diverse group of students. Some episodes explore specific topics, such as natural selection, while others take a more theoretical approach by discussing the ways in which students think and process information.

See the complete article here.

Indiana High School Diploma Survey

As part of the Indiana Career Council, the Core 40 subcommittee was established in 2014 per IC-20-19-6-9 to examine the current Core 40 diploma offerings and make recommendations to the State Board of Education, which may include:

  • Changing course requirements for the Core 40 diploma
  • Changing the types of diplomas offered in Indiana
  • Analysis of need in Indiana for a Career & Technical Education (CTE) diploma and/or CTE offerings

Over the past several months, and through the chairmanship of both Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, a large committee made up of stakeholders representing business and industry, higher education, school administration, K-12 educators, special educators, and CTE directors has developed the following proposed draft of  diploma requirements to be implemented with the freshman class of 2018-2019. Please go to to review the drafts and then take the survey that follows. Open through June 30th.

ALCOA Foundation offering scholarships for USI STEM camp

EVANSVILLE – Do you know a student who qualifies for free/reduced lunch that you think may benefit from a weeklong STEM summer day camp?

The ALCOA Foundation is generously providing scholarship money to allow more students to participate in a University of Southern Indiana STEM camp. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will pay only $20.

USI’s Middle School STEM Innovation Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 6-10. This camp will offer middle school students the opportunity to “Think Outside the Box” by exploring a variety of techniques and activities from across multiple STEM disciplines in an engaging weeklong day camp experience on the campus of USI. Participants will walk away inspired to continue their pursuit of a solid STEM Education and with a more defined understanding of career possibilities involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
If you know someone that would benefit from this experience, register by visiting Fill out the top part of the form and list course number YTH451. In the payment section, pay $20 either via check or credit card and in the description box write ALCOA so officials know the student is requesting a scholarship. Please note the school the child attends and mention that they qualify for free/ reduced lunch.

Read the complete article here.