Schools That Work

A podcast series commissioned by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Filmed, directed and produced by Tory Read.

About Schools That Work

Schools That Work: Voices From the Inside is a video podcast series commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It features interviews with people on the ground in successful Casey-supported public schools that beat the odds to provide high quality education to low-income students.

For the series, Tory Read conducted interviews and shot footage in Atlanta, Georgia and Marion County, Indiana in April and May 2008.

In Atlanta, filming focused on people and partnerships who have made a difference at Parks Middle School, which was a chronically failing school for eight consecutive years before the principal and others, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, worked together to turned it around. The school has made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) under the federal No Child Left Behind law for the past three years. Parks is a district school in an inner-city neighborhood where the Foundation has concurrent investments in economic development, early childhood education and school improvement.

In Marion County, Indiana, filming focused on two new charter schools in the country and three innovative programs in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The featured public charter schools were created through Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson’s Charter Initiative. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s education portfolio provided strategic early support to the initiative, enabling the creation of an effective authorizing process and a rigorous charter school accountability and monitoring system that ensures that the charter schools produce results for children and families.

The three innovative programs in IPS – New Teacher Project, Teach for America and College Summit – came to Indianapolis through a collaboration between Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Eugene White and The Mind Trust. The Mind Trust is a Casey grantee that promotes educational entrepreneurship in Indianapolis and beyond.

To learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s education investments, see Closing the Achievement Gap, a series by Tory Read that features stories, results and lessons learned from seven years of experience at the Foundation.

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