Indiana University School of Education

  1. On April 3, 2014, Susan M. Swearer, professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-director of the Bullying Research Network ( and director of the Empowerment Initiative (, delivered the annual Ronda C. Talley Distinguished Lecture. The title of her talk was "Creating a Kinder World: Empowering Youth to End Bullying."

    Swearer delivered a multi-media presentation regarding her research on bullying prevention and intervention and the Born Brave Experiences study. She presented preliminary data from the Born Brave Bus Tour (BBBT), a signature project of Lady Gaga's foundation ( The Born Brave Bus Tour is a youth empowerment experience designed to give youth the inspiration and the tools to create kinder and braver schools, homes, and communities. The BBBT went to 18 cities in 2013 and reached more than 20,000 participants. Goals of the BBBT were to create an accepting space where youth could experience the three pillars of the Born This Way Foundation: safety, skills, and opportunities and to empower youth to practice more kindness and be more brave.

    Susan Swearer is the principal investigator on the "Target Bullying Intervention" and has a long-standing track record working with schools nationwide to reduce bullying behaviors. She received her B.A. in psychology form Swarthmore College, her M.S. in special education from Penn State University, and her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas.

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  2. This short video focuses on the new Inspire Living-Learning Center, to open at the Rose Avenue Residence Hall on the IU Bloomington campus in Fall 2014. In this short video, the center's director speaks to the advantages the center will provide for students who take advantage of it. Find out more, including links to apply, at .

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  3. This short video focuses on the new Inspire Living-Learning Center, to open at the Rose Avenue Residence Hall on the IU Bloomington campus in Fall 2014. Hear from students already planning to live there about how they think it will help with learning, networking, and collaborating. Find out more, including links to apply, at .

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  4. This short video focuses on the new Inspire Living-Learning Center, to open at the Rose Avenue Residence Hall on the IU Bloomington campus in Fall 2014. Hear from students already on board for the center about why it will especially help them become better educators and from the center's director about the advantages it will provide. Find out more, including links to apply, at .

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  5. The Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI honored two outstanding alumni during the second annual “Celebrating Transformational Leaders in Education” on Wednesday night at the IUPUI Campus Center. The even honored Jacob “Jake” Allen, MS’05, the principal of Paul Hadley Middle School in Mooresville, and Ann Mennonno, BS’99, first and second grade teacher at the Center for Inquiry at IPS School 27.

    The event is to honor the achievements of early career alumni for their transformational work in public schools. A committee selects honorees from a pool of nominees. Each honoree receives a $1,000 award to advance his or her work. National Public Radio’s national education reporter Claudio Sanchez provided the keynote address for the ceremony.

    The two honorees for this year’s ceremony have made distinctive marks on their schools and students since earning their School of Education degrees. Allen has successfully led Paul Hadley Middle School (PHMS) for three years. In the most recent Indiana state school assessment, PHMS narrowly missed an exemplary or “A” grade. Allen graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2000 with a degree in English Literature, but decided to enter education and completed the IU School of Education’s Transition to Teaching program in 2003. He began teaching in Mooresville Schools in 2004. He earned his master’s degree in language education in 2005 and then completed the Urban Principalship Program at the IU School of Education at IUPUI in 2009 and moved into his first administrative role as the Dean of Students at PHMS in 2010.

    In August, the Indiana University School Administrators Association (IUSAA) based at the IU School of Education in Bloomington presented Allen with the Dean F. Berkley Emerging Leader Award. The IUSAA noted Allen’s passion for education and his attention and his focus on making sure all students can learn.

    “Jake Allen is the epitome of a transformational leader in education,” said Scott Kern, the director of curriculum and instruction for the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation. Kern called Allen a humble, servant leader and noted two other outstanding points. “Jake is an instructional leader,” he said. “He understands teaching and learning at a deep level. He is a student of his craft and works diligently to help teachers create an effective and efficient learning environment in the classroom. He understands that learning is much more than test preparation.” Kern said Allen also knows how to draw the best out of his staff. “He has the unique ability to listen, empathize, and challenge at the same time,” he said. “As a result, his staff is committed to his vision of teaching and learning.”

    Mennonno is also an educator who has been recognized for excellence before. Earlier this year, the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) named her its teacher of the year for the second time (IPS also named her for the top award in 2004). A frequent presenter at district, state, national, and international conferences in the areas of language arts and science, Mennonno is a recognized innovator in teaching through the inquiry method. Last summer, she traveled to China to share teaching practices, where two schools replicated her classroom in their buildings. She is president of the Hearts in Education Teacher Outreach program which takes groups of teachers to Honduras where they work in rural schools in the country.

    “Mrs. Mennonno exemplifies all of the attributes that make the very best teacher: she is meticulously organized, caring, positive, knowledgeable, collaborative, dedicated, professional, and purposeful,” said Jamilyn Bertsch, principal at IPS School 27. “It is a joy to observe Mrs. Mennonno’s class and see her students hard at work. In fact, every time that I enter her room, her first and second graders are happily engaged in authentic, rigorous learning tasks where they have adopted the roles of their discipline – working as authors in writer’s workshop, collaborating to solve problems as mathematicians, and exploring their world from the perspectives of scientists, historians, sociologists, and researchers. She is masterful with differentiation and embraces the opportunity to serve students with special needs, English learners, and high ability students – and her expectations are high for all students!”

    The Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI is an institution defined by its place, while at the same time defining the role of urban education in the 21st century. Located in the heart of a major metropolitan area, the School prepares exemplary educators and leaders for urban settings.

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