Crossroads Education receives $750,000 grant to go toward four IPS schools

Mayor Joe Hogsett joins IPS school principals and Crossroads Education developers to announce a $750,000 grant that will go towards four IPS schools. (WTHR Photo/Nicole Hernandez)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Four Indianapolis schools will be receiving the funds to help design, build and activate innovative learning spaces for students who could benefit from it most.

The Bright Spots in Middle Years Mathematics Grant will provide $750,000 for the Crossroads Education Learning Commons model which promotes a collaborative learning experience through the power of learning from peers.

The Bright Spots Grant was created to ensure that every black, Latino and low-income student is given the opportunity to succeed.

Crossroads Education CEO Kevin Berkopes demonstrates how to use their interactive mathematics technology. (WTHR Photo/Nicole Hernandez)

"Indianapolis students deserve every opportunity to learn and explore," said Mayor Joe Hogsett. "This grant will help to uplift our community, providing resources for schools that need it most. I could not be happier the Bright Spot Grant has been awarded to Crossroads Education and look forward to the impact these funds will have on the lives of our city's young people."

The grant will help four new schools build activated learning centers and bring in the technology to help educate students to be peer teachers during the school day.

The new technology that will be provided to the schools will be able to connect schools across the city with an online program where they can share resources with each other. Another form of technology granted to the schools will help track progress with metrics and analytics. The third form of technology will provide interactive mathematics programs.

"Young people deserve to have equitable access to collaborative learning spaces and facilities that are comfortable, beautiful and inspiring," said Kevin Berkopes, Crossroads Education CEO. "This grant and partnership will help Crossroads to continue to deliver on this promise through the Learning Commons model."