Launched in 2021, The Center for Vibrant Schools at Marian University is a center of education innovation to support and improve the academic performance and overall outcomes of schools in our community and region. We operationalize this vision through a focus on school improvement and elevation programs, comprehensive student support, and the research and development of best practices so all children can succeed at their maximum capacity. A network of high-performing schools will demonstrate our purpose and vision. To fully realize our mission of developing a network of high-performing schools we will focus the center in three distinct areas.
Two-thirds of a student’s time is spent out of school and significantly impacts their life and performance within school. Utilizing an evidence-based model from Boston College called City Connects, comprehensive, wraparound social and emotional support systems will be implemented in schools with the goal of providing support for all students to ensure that they come to school ready to learn and succeed.
The Center of Vibrant Schools will be home to the City Connects Midwest Technical Assistance Center –the Midwest service center to provide technical service and support to schools utilizing the City Connects model across Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio. In the future, the Center for Vibrant Schools will become the statewide center for comprehensive student support. The center would have a research focus and provide support and direction to schools that choose to implement comprehensive student support programs.
The Center intends to support existing schools and educators through the services of the School Outreach and Elevation Team. Functions of the Team include:
Learning Loss Recovery – COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the learning of our children. Stanford estimates that elementary students could be as much as 24 months behind on reading skills. We believe that we can mitigate or reduce the effects of COVID utilizing the nationally recognized Orto Gillingham program.
School Improvement Assistance Programs – The Center for Vibrant Schools has developed various programs to assist our school leaders and educators toward a goal of high-performing schools.
The Center for Vibrant Schools is exploring the feasibility and launch of a K-12 faith-based academy to serve as an online lab school for The Klipsch Educators College. This school would open in the fall of 2022 utilizing best practices for learning development in the 21st century. The school will implement and research the following:
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