An Indiana community college's dual-credit program allows students to pursue college and professional experience while still in high school. Students in the Processed Operations program work with local businesses and can amass 36 college credits and four certifications through their coursework.
Student council members at Merrillville Intermediate School in Indiana helped spread holiday cheer when they worked together to collect $1,160 for a Toys for Tots program. The students were given a $25 limit each before picking out the gifts during a shopping trip. They bagged the toys, which will go to children of families in need.
Researching the stories of Indiana's fallen service members -- from World War I to the Vietnam War -- is not part of a class. It is the Interact Club, an after-school effort by Lake Central High School history teacher Tom Clark, a former member of the National Guard, that aims to bring the past to life for students. Principal Robin Tobias praised Clark's dedication and said what he has accomplished with the club "has been unique -- a tremendous gift with the students to have them learn and to give back."
Some educators in Indiana are speaking out against the adjunct teacher permit, an alternative route to the classroom that bypasses many of the education and child-psychology courses needed to become a teacher. The permit, approved last winter by the Indiana Board of Education, essentially allows college graduates with a high GPA who pass a subject test to earn a permit to teach that subject in middle or high school. Opponents say teaching requires much more than just knowledge of a subject.
Students in an Indiana elementary school have voluntarily agreed to give up violent video games and other media following concerns that such games could lead students to be desensitized to violence. Parents say they support the change, especially following the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. In four days, officials say families turned in 70 violent games that will be recycled.