In 2016, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Riverside #44, a Teach Plus T3 school, transitioned from a traditional IPS school to an Innovation Network school as part of the district’s strategic plan. Teach Plus teachers established the structures and systems for teacher leadership in the new school, now the Global Preparatory Academy @ Riverside 44. The teachers, in partnership with principal Mariama Carson, had true authority to make real- time instructional decisions based on student data.
The Teacher Leaders led teams of their peers in aligning work across grade levels and content.
The result was dramatic student achievement and a testament to the success of the T3 model: The number of students at Global Preparatory who passed both the math and ELA ISTEP+ assessment doubled and the school improved from an F to an A.