By Sherydan Dunn

The first way I would say Indy education would be prioritized would be that leaders would be more open minded. A lot in education is very much “one size fits all” — when that really is far from the truth. I feel like this generation is so unique, with many key differences that some leaders won’t admit. They really don’t understand, so they shy away from discussing and addressing school-related issues. A lot of them don’t want to be bothered with the educational difficulties of today’s youth. There needs to be more reflection and understanding. …

Indy education leaders should be more informative to the public on meetings taking place. They need to do more to publicize when these meetings take place. This keeps a lot of people from getting involved simply because they do not know when these meetings take place. Just letting people know more about the meetings will get a lot more people involved in advocacy. After the meeting is publicized, more should be done to invite students as well. That will bring more students to speak. Leaders also need to interact more with students. Right now, Indy leaders do not really have…

By Stephen Dunn

We asked 315 high school students did they feel prepared for middle school coming from elementary school. 51.1% of students said yes, 28.6% said no, and 20.3% said somewhat. We also asked the same question to the same group of students applying to middle school and high school. The results were somewhat different from elementary to middle school. 38.4% said they did feel prepared for high school. 27.6% said no they did not feel prepared and 34% said they feel somewhat prepared. Overall, more students feel prepared for middle school than high school.

The results from the…

By Sherydan Dunn

What did the data say: 52% of students felt like they have had support during the pandemic or during hybrid schooling. 24% said N/A, 18% said somewhat, 6% said no.

My Reaction: Although 52% said yes, there is still 48% who did not feel they received support. Out of the 315 students that took this survey, that is 152 kids. That 48% cannot be ignored and I feel that happens a lot. People like to focus on the majority who are getting support and leave the others behind. I feel a “survival of the fittest” attitude has…

By: Ahrion Jones

We sent out a survey to students in Indianapolis and asked them to answer a few questions about the education system to give them a voice.

Mental Health: Out of the 315 students that answered, 46.3% believed their schools handle mental health issues to some degree. Nearly 27% of the students said their schools did not deal with it appropriately.

These numbers are alarming because poor mental health can affect everyday activities negatively. I believe that schools should pay as much attention to a student’s mental stability as much as they do to sports and extracurricular activities…

By DeAnthony Carter

27% of Indianapolis students feel that mental health is properly addressed in their school and 46% feel that some aspects of mental health are properly addressed. The remaining 27% of students feel that mental health is not addressed correctly at their school. This means the majority of students believe that mental health is not addressed appropriately.

My immediate reaction after seeing these numbers was disappointment. While mental health is a broad topic, all students should be aware of their mental health status and the effects it can have on their learning. Schools and families also should take…

By Kayla Owens

My name is Kayla Owens, and I’m a senior at Purdue Polytechnic high school. I am actively involved in making change, not only in my community but at my school as well. As an African American student in today’s society, I have seen a little bit of everything.

In elementary school, I always thought I wasn’t challenged enough, and my intellect was beyond what was being taught to me. In my head, I was convinced that teachers were just giving me a good grade because I was an African American kid. …

By: Colten, DeAnthony, & Ahrion

Energy Convertors is working with Indy students to produce a report that centers students and their experience. We started by looking at data. Here is a data memo from a group of our students that wanted to collaborate on sharing their thoughts on the data. Here are their raw reactions.

-Dr. Cole

Reactionary Questions Raised from the Data

What things do different types of school offer? (Character, Traditional, Other.)

What are the race demographics amongst the different types of Indianapolis schools?

What are the drop-out rates amongst Indianapolis school students?

What is the main cause…

By: Dr. Charles Cole, III

The world looks very different right now. From the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires that have destroyed parts of the West Coast to growing social unrest, we’re facing a lot of uncertainties. But one thing has unfortunately stayed the same — the abysmal literacy rates for Black and Brown children in Oakland.

In the midst of fear, scarcity, and uncertainty, those who are the closest to the pain are often the most creative and resourceful. So, before the school year began, I asked myself, — what would happen if underserved communities had some slight relief? …

By: Asya Stephens

I struggled with my education early in life. I didn’t have the right support system at my elementary school to help me. As a result, I struggled with math and reading. My old had a lot of students and they were not able to work with us on an individual basis. I needed that extra 1:1 attention because it was hard for me to learn and focus.

Energy Convertors

Helping marginalized folx #navigate education. S/O 2 people converting negative energy to positive all over. #BeAnEnergyConvertor #DoWork Founder: @ccoleiii

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