IBE 21st Century Urban School Leadership Workshop

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The Indianapolis Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo has provided thirty-five $2500 scholarships to cover the cost for current and aspiring educators to participate in a yearlong fellowship. The fellowship includes six in person workshops with local and nationally recognized experts. The workshops will take place at Martin University on Saturdays from 9-12. The objectives of the program are:

  • Motivate administrators to understand the current climate in education, engage peers and contribute to creating quality seats in Indianapolis.

  • Link administrators and ideas across schools and districts to create powerful networks focused on making Indy a model for urban education.

  • Empower administrators to create community partnerships and understand the importance of school and community collaboration.

  • Create a diverse network that will be prepared to step in as building leaders for vacant or turnaround opportunities.

The six sessions are:

  1. Leadership:  Who You Are and Who You Want to Be. Create Your Own School Culture - facilitated by Eugene White.

  2. School Budgets and Finances - facilitated by Ken Hull

  3. The Current Landscape of Education:  Leading Tomorrow’s School - Create Your School Culture; Maintaining Environments to Achieve Success - facilitated by Deanna Cushingberry

  4. Curriculum Development - facilitated by Dr. Shawn Smith

  5. The Importance of School and Community Collaborations - facilitated by Daniel Snively

  6. Starting Your Own School - Charter/Private

This past Saturday, I had the privilege to attend the second session over school budgeting and finances. Dr. Hull led a great session that taught us as school administrators how we can better understand our budget. The fellowship was opened to 35 school administrators; however, there were only 10 that were in attendance. Despite the low attendance, the educators in attendance had an opportunity to connect and exchange numbers. Even though many of us work in different schools what connects us is our love for the students in Indianapolis. If we are going to change the landscape of Indianapolis it is important that we have spaces where we can connect and grow as professionals.


The next session will be Saturday, January 13, 2018. For more information about the 21st Century Urban School Leadership Fellowship email info@indychapter.org.

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David McGuire

Mr. McGuire is a middle school teacher in Indianapolis, Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Indiana State University for Educational Leadership. Driven by the lack of having an African American male teacher in his classrooms growing up, David helped launched the Educate ME Foundation, which is geared towards increasing the number of African American male teachers in the classroom. A born and raised Hoosier, he is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all students in Indianapolis. He describes his educational beliefs as a reformer grounded in the best practices of traditional public schools, where he was mentored by strong leaders. David graduated from Central State University with a degree in English and also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.