News, Events & Programs


From February 16th to February 18th, 2024, the city of Indianapolis transformed into a basketball fan’s paradise, hosting the NBA All-Star Game Weekend. It was a time when the city was beaming with groups, organizations, clubs, and, of course, towering NBA players and their coaching staff - all with a shared goal of promoting basketball and raising its profile.

At the IU School of Education in Indianapolis, we love to highlight what our students, faculty and staff are doing over the course of the school year. In this interview, we are congratulating and highlighting Darius Lewis. Darius Lewis is a Junior and is currently in our Teacher Education Program and his submission to the NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) has been accepted. The submission, "Carter G Woodson, A Visionary Creating a Legacy for Black Children: A Duo Ethnographic Conversation," has been accepted for presentation as "Accepted Student Poster Presentation" for the NCUR Conference in California in April.

The purpose of the newsletter is to provide valuable information, recognize alumni accomplishments, and share memories and updates that educate and inspire.

School of Education in the news

Outside news stories featuring SoE Alumni, Staff, and Faculty
'Clear example of systemic racism': group denounces Indiana's proposed abortion ban

SoE Faculty Linda Johnson and Teresa Sosa made courageous and excellent comments that were quoted in the Indy Star article.

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Indy Star Article

Advanced Placement debate feels high-stakes for teachers of African American history

Dean Tambra Jackson recently contributed to a Chalkbeat article about the recently revised curriculum of the AP African American course.

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Chalkbeat Article

Best Cities for Families

WalletHub interviewed faculty member, Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff, as an expert for their article on the "Best Cities for Families".

In this interview, Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff gave several sources for her answers and detailed the development of a child and family's life based on the city they live in.

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Central Indiana school districts expand mental health resources

Wayne Township Director of Student Services Sherman Woodard says he has has noticed a change over the last ten years.

Woodard says his staff has seen a significant increase in the number of students dealing with anxiety, depression, and managing their emotions.

Woodard partly attributes the increase to the covid pandemic: students dealing with losing loved ones to the illness; a heightened concern about spreading the disease; also, the social aspect.

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WRTV Article

Winners of the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee announced

The IU School of Education at IUPUI hosted the Indianapolis Regional Spelling Bee.

With help from faculty, staff and Assistant Dean for Student Support and Diversity, Tim Williams, our school was featured on WRTV and WFYI. Photos of the event were provided by our Digital Media Specialist, Brayden Bridgeman.

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WRTV Article
WFYI Article
IU Today Article

Fulbright Prompts ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Perspective on Global Educational Needs

Dr. Roberto Swazo, a professor and the coordinator for the School Counseling Program at Indiana University - Indianapolis, broke new ground this year as the first Fulbright Specialist to the nation of Angola. For nearly five weeks, Swazo worked closely with faculty and administrators at Oscar Ribas University in the capital city of Luanda, conducting a series of workshops and consulting with faculty and staff at the university’s Center for Diagnosis and Psychological Guidance.

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Fulbright Program

Why IPS wants all middle schoolers to take a college visit

IPS wants to make sure more of its students are exposed to college sooner.

That’s why district officials are setting a new expectation that every IPS student completes at least one college visit each of their three years in middle school.

Monica Medina, a clinical associate professor in IUPUI’s School of Education, said waiting until high school is often too late to introduce students to college experiences, especially for students who will be the first in their family to complete education beyond high school. “Introducing them to the opportunities, to the different options they may have, can help them think about what they’re doing in high school and the significance of high school,” Medina said.

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Mirror Indy Article