Indiana State University
Educators hope to start a conversation about college access and success with a free screening of the award-winning documentary “First Generation” at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Indiana Theater.
Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “First Generation” tells the story of four high school students — an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of the nation’s top educational experts, the film explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
The event is free and open to the public, with middle and high school students and their families, college students and educators of all levels and types encouraged to attend.
“Our goal is that K-12 students and their families will leave seeing college as less daunting and with some tools to navigate their success, built on a foundation that they do belong there,” said Joshua Powers, associate vice president for student success at Indiana State University. “Our goal for current students is they leave feeling that they are not alone in anxieties and with a few more tools to be successful. Our goal for educators is to reinforce why relationships with students matter and feeling empowered to make a difference.”
Doors open 6:30 p.m., and pre-event activities include a resource fair and a chance to win one of five laptops. The one-hour movie will start at 7 p.m.
A 40-minute discussion featuring Kathy Cabello, member of the Indiana State Board of Trustees, and Rondrell Moore, WTHI co-anchor, will follow the screening. A reception and resource fair will wrap up the evening.
The event is sponsored by Indiana State’s Center for Student Success and the Vigo County College Success Coalition, a network of local organizations interested in increasing college access and success for young people.
For more information about the film, go to gocollegenow.org.
Office of Gov. Mike Pence
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today joined teachers and students at Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville to sign House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1395, which eliminates the ISTEP test, effective July 1, 2017.
The bill, which was authored by Rep. Bob Behning (R – Indianapolis), also establishes a 23-member panel to study alternatives to ISTEP, and requires that members are appointed by May 1, 2016.
The panel includes the Superintendent of Public Instruction and her four appointees, the Commissioner of Workforce Development, the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Chairperson of the Senate Education & Career Development Committee, the Chairperson of the House Education Committee, a member of the State Board of Education, five Governor’s appointments, four President Pro Tempore appointments and four Speaker of the House appointments.
“By signing House Enrolled Act 1395, we’re taking the first step toward eliminating ISTEP and ensuring that multiple perspectives are considered as Indiana develops its next iteration of assessment and accountability of our schools,” said Governor Pence. “I’m also grateful to sign into law bills that will help ensure students in Indiana receive an excellent education in a safe and nurturing environment, and that working teachers who take in additional responsibilities may receive recognition and compensation for their efforts.”
In January, Governor Pence signed two education agenda bills in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse focused on supporting teachers and schools. The first, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 200, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse (R – Auburn), Sen. Luke Kenley (R – Noblesville), and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R – Bremen), holds schools harmless for their A-F accountability grade for the 2014-2015 year to accommodate the transition to more rigorous academic standards. The second, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1003, authored by Rep. Robert Behning (R – Indianapolis), ensures that teacher bonuses and evaluations are not negatively impacted by the transition to a new test this year.
To follow legislation as it reaches the Governor’s desk, visit http://in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm