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Janell Lewis went from 'Teaching Teddy Bears' to 'Teaching Teachers'

In Gary, Indiana, only eleven percent of adults age 25 and over have a bachelors or associates degree. The towns unemployment rate, 6.1%, is the lowest it has been since 2008 yet is still significantly higher than the national average of five percent. In Gary and similar towns across America, the weight of poverty and the prospect of crippling college debt often prevent students from reaching beyond a high school degree.

Proof Positive: Our Model Works!

on Thursday, 15 September 2016

In 2005, we were invited to Gary, Indiana by hometown leaders to start a public charter school. Residents wanted to do something to help improve the educational outcomes in the city. They witnessed annual high school graduation rates hovering around 50%, and college Associate and Bachelor degrees were and still are almost non-existent (only 5% and 6% of households in Gary have one of these degrees respectively). We believed we could create a school that produces on-time high school graduates AND students who experienced and earned a serious number of college credits, indeed earn their Associate Degree, while enrolled with us. Additionally, we believed if we did our job right, our students would graduate and go on to complete a four-year college degree, too.

BLOOMINGTON Allen Iverson was known as The Answer during his NBA career. Eugene German sharessome Iversonlikequalities with his ability to shake defenders and score around the rim. Tremell Murphy has a different nickname ready for German, his IndyStar Indiana AllStarsteammate.

Cassandra Govert, Times Correspondent

Gary's 21st Century High School graduates listen as Salutatorian Diamond Brown delivers her speechduring Monday night's commencement ceremony.

21st Century Charter School recently hosted "Learning At Home," an elementary school event for families to share tips on educational activities we can do at home to prevent the "summer slide," when students forget some of what they learned at school the previous year.

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