Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville
2021 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville, and their Principal Laura Morris, nominated by Indiana University Southeast.
Indiana Campus Compact is honored to recognize our community partners without whom none of this work would be possible.
We recognize the incredible dedication and work that our partner institutions’ community partners put into co-educating their students, and we know that whether we talk about community service, service-learning, community-based research, or any other form of community engagement, institutions are not doing the work alone. It is only accomplished through strong reciprocal partnerships with community organizations.
In her nomination letter, Professor Deb Mink said, “The partnership that first began in the Fall of 2015 as an observation site for early clinical experience students, has evolved into a partnership that could now be considered an “unofficial” professional development school. The IU Southeast/ Northaven partnership includes early clinical experience teacher candidates, student teachers, and finally, IU Southeast graduates who are now fulltime faculty members. The partnership began in 2016 when a new principal, Ms. Laura Morris, arrived on the scene. She was an IU Southeast graduate and suggested that she and her faculty would like to have some teacher candidates who could help with the academic challenges and a sudden influx of English Learners (ELs) who spoke 13 different languages. IU Southeast faculty members from the elementary education team met with personnel from Northaven, and it was evident that both the children at Northaven and the elementary education teacher candidates would benefit from a collaboration. Under the guidance of the experienced teachers, the IU Southeast teacher candidates develop skills in the content and pedagogy of teaching children in grades P-5. In addition, Northaven teachers mentor undergraduates to help better prepare the teacher candidates to teach all content areas to all students including ELs, Gifted/Talented and students with special needs. An important element of this expanded partnership is that faculty members listened to the needs of the Northaven community, while at the same time meeting the needs of University students.