Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 under Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2012

Herron High School receives an award of $438,350.00 in State’s Innovative Fund Competitive Grant

MEDIA CONTACT
Karen Lalioff
Herron High School
E-mail: klalioff@herronhighschool.org
Phone: 317.231.0010 x1113

INDIANAPOLIS: Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the winners of the Innovation Fund Grant at Herron High School on February 15, 2012. Ten organizations received funding in the competitive grant process.

Herron High School will receive $438,350.00 to launch a new 1:1 Computing Initiative. Funding for the first year of this transformative program will allow the school to place technology in the hands of students, improve its wireless infrastructure, and implement innovative strategies to improve student learning.

“Herron High School is a place of continual growth. We are relentless in our effort to provide students with an exemplary high school experience. With the rapidly changing nature of education in the technological age, Herron is committed to keeping pace with the evolving needs of both students and teachers,” said Janet McNeal, Head of School. “In today’s world, with information available at one’s fingertips, the importance of memorizing facts takes a back seat to the importance of developing critical thinking skills. Utilizing the best dynamic content, learning will more fully engage the mind of the student, thus the student utilizes higher level thinking skills and becomes an active participant in the learning process. At the same time, technology driven instructive strategies will create professional growth in our teachers.”

Greg Lineweaver, Dean of Faculty, added that this transformation will lead to a student centered pedagogy that is project based while being more personalized and relevant to the individual student. “Herron High School is very intentional about best practice instruction. Technology is one of multiple platforms for learning,” said Lineweaver. “It must support the essential pillars of a Herron High School education; in particular, it must support best practice strategic instructional models, academic excellence, classical learning, world class citizenry, community building, and intentional diversity. This transformation to digital learning will depend upon best practices to ensure that the technology reinforces student learning as intended. Whether it is dynamic digital textbooks, virtual fieldtrips to the Louvre, 3-D virtual dissections in science labs or instant student feedback, digital learning will change the way teachers deliver content”

The 1:1 computing initiative supports both State and Federal guidelines for creating technologically literate citizens, and addresses all three categories of interest to the IDOE’s Innovation Fund guidelines: Educator Effectiveness, College and Career Readiness and School Improvement.

This first year of funding lays the foundation for the centerpiece of the initiative; the planned digital Lyceum. Aristotle founded the original Lyceum near Athens, c. 335 BC. The Lyceum was a center of study and research in the sciences, philosophy, politics and literary theory. It was known a “Peripatetic” school. The term “Peripatetic” is a transliteration of an ancient Greek word meaning “of walking” or “given to walking about”. Herron High School’s planned 21st Century Digital Lyceum will be housed in the campus building historically known as “Main.” Once renovated, Main will feature several new learning spaces, art studios and science labs, but the centerpiece of the renovation will be the new digital Lyceum.

The Lyceum will be a technologically equipped ecosystem capable of growth and flexibility as new technologies become available. Inspired by the concept of the Peripatetic school, the Lyceum will be furnished with complete mobility in mind, and will serve as a dynamic presentation space with technology to produce and present digital media. With the school’s classical, liberal arts focus in the forefront, the Lyceum will draw inspiration from the traditions of classical antiquity. In a unique confluence of historical tradition and state of the art technology, the Lyceum will be a place to reflect, connect, research, create, present, and collaborate — Aristotelianism in the Age of Information.

“As one of the top ranked schools in the country, Herron High School understands the impact of technology as a tool to present knowledge in a new way,” said McNeal. “While we ask our students to engage in the rigorous classical curriculum in very traditional ways, technology provides a new mode of discovery for classical learning. Blending the classical, liberal arts curriculum with cutting edge technological innovation will allow Herron High School to continue to be a leader in education reform, improve academic success, and create technologically capable and creative citizens. We are thrilled to receive this funding, grateful to the Department of Education and the legislators who established the fund, and eager to begin the exciting transition.”

About Herron High School

Herron High School is a classical, liberal arts school serving the near north side and surrounding communities. Founded in 2005 and located at 16th and Pennsylvania, Herron High School is a public charter school open to all students. Designated a 4 Star School by the IDOE, Herron High School is dedicated to providing a classical, liberal arts education for students in grades 9 through 12. Herron High School offers an integrated curriculum and creative methodology which utilizes an art history timeline. This approach aids students in assimilating knowledge by connecting logical relationships between subjects. With small class sizes and individualized attention, Herron’s classical education includes Latin, art, and music as well as rigorous English, math and science classes to provide a truly unique high school experience. For more information, visit www.herronhighschool.org.