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Indiana: Working in Education in Indiana

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Educational Technology

Indiana has online learning resources to help students meet the state's academic standards. Loans help schools buy computer hardware and software for student instruction and create and put into practice new technology projects. Schools can get grants for improving the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school students through the use of technology, ensuring every student is technology literate by the time he or she finishes eighth grade, and encouraging the effective integration of technology into teacher training and curriculum development.

Indiana has an online charter school pilot program. Charter schools serve a limited number of students during the 2009-2010 school year, and will expand to serve additional students in the 2010-2011 school year.

Educational Management in Indiana Schools

According to a recent study of school innovation in all states conducted by the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Chambers of Commerce, Indiana does a good job managing its schools in a way that encourages thoughtful innovation.

Indiana's school principals receive support and assistance in various ways. The Principals Service Corps is a group of retired school administrators who support principals and promote leadership development. They do this by mentoring, conducting school climate audits, acting as substitute or interim principals, participating in the Principal Emergency Relief Team, and through the Indianapolis Children's Museum program. Mentoring activities include virtual mentoring designed to make support available despite time and distance constraints.

In addition to sponsoring the Principals Service Corps, the Indiana Association of School Professionals offers leadership development courses with online video-based lectures.

The mean annual wage for preschool and childcare principals in Indiana in May 2008 was $46,690, compared to a national mean wage of $46,370, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For Indiana's elementary and secondary principals the mean annual wage was $78,430, compared to $86,060 nationally.

Curriculum and Instruction

The position of instructional coordinator includes educational consultants and specialists and instructional materials consultants. These educators create instructional material and guide educators in designing curricula and conducting classes. The mean annual wage for these positions in Indiana in May 2008 was $58,750, compared to $59,780 across the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Teacher's Aides

Indiana has adopted the ParaPro Assessment developed by the Educational Testing Service for instructional paraprofessionals (including teacher's aides) in districts and schools that receive Federal Title I funds. The ParaPro Assessment measures the reading, writing, and math competency of prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It also measures the ability of the paraprofessional to apply these competencies while assisting in classroom instruction. The exam is offered in both paper and online formats. Instructional assistants with less than two years of college are required to successfully complete the assessment.

The Indiana Paraeducator Support Project aims to improve special education paraeducator training throughout the state by providing model training programs and supporting local initiatives.

The mean annual wage for teaching assistants in Indiana in May 2008 was $21,040, compared to the nationwide mean of $23,560, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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