Evidence-based Professional and Instructional Change (EPIC) is a $700,000 project funded in part by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). Faculty members from Teachers College and the College of Sciences and Humanities will design and facilitate the professional development program for up to 80 teachers at IPS schools during the two-year project.
"We want to help teachers refine their curriculum by focusing on the big picture of student learning," she said.
EPIC faculty will provide the resources teachers need to learn more about curriculum design models, assessment practices and technology. Among these resources are rGrade, an assessment engine developed at Ball State, and smartDESKTOP, an interactive Web site produced by IHC. These tools will help teachers advance their assessment methods as well as share new classroom lessons and ideas with teachers across the state.
"Through other partnerships, Teachers College has helped urban schools like Wayne Township's Rhodes Elementary in Indianapolis go from failing to Blue Ribbon," he said. "We are constantly looking to export our teaching and technology expertise to help schools throughout Indiana in any way we can."
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