The Project School is proud to collaborate with the following local and national community partners:
Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network
The Project School has been
selected to be a member of the Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools Network, joining forty plus innovative
and influential schools chosen from across the country. Ashoka – a Washington DC based Foundation –
launched the Changemaker Schools Network in 2012 to identify, recognize, and
collaborate with innovative, influential schools that are rethinking education.
The network is a national growing community of schools that serve as models for
cultivating students as changemakers, leading the way to ensuring every child
develops agency, empathy, and voice.
Bloomington Playwrights Project is a local non-profit theatre company with the
mission to cultivate new playwrights. The BPP utilizes TPS as a lab
location for the development of new play writing curricula.
partners with Boys and Girls Club to create substantive after school
and TPS break programming for TPS students. Additionally, Boys and Girls Club partners with TPS to provide all of
TPS’ school transportation needs.
Cardinal Stage Company
Stage is the community’s professional theatre program. TPS has professional representation on
Cardinal’s Education Outreach Committee. Additionally, Cardinal provides
professional theatre experiences at vastly reduced prices to TPS, to facilitate
all TPS students experiencing theatre in every school year.
regularly participates in city-led projects such as the Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Day On Not A Day Off” service days, as well as the Students Auditing for
Sustainability Project. TPS is proud to receive grant funds from the City for community service projects.
partners with Girls Inc. to coordinate substantive after school programming for
female students. In addition, Girls Inc, serves as the location for large-scale
fundraising events for TPS.
partners with Giving Back to Africa by regularly hosting African
educators for site visits, observations and mentoring. TPS and Giving
Back to Africa are now exploring collaborative learning and research
opportunities between students, teachers and university faculty.
Gifts is a fair trade non-profit business operated by Fair Trade
Bloomington. With the shared values of equity,
social justice and environmental sustainability, Global Gifts is interested in
building a substantive partnership with TPS. We are currently organizing fundraising nights at Global Gifts in
support of the school; Global Gifts is interested in using TPS as a lab site
for their newly designed Fair Trade curriculum.
Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change
University Center for the Study of Global Change provides supplementary programming
for our students and families. An
example is our annual “International Night,” during which many IU
faculty and students set up cultural displays and activities at TPS.
and the IULSP received a $199,000 grant to support a joint Maker’s Lab
school and the larger community. IULSP provides staffing and teaching
as part of the TPS learning day. The IU Creativity Lab has been the
leading force in the ongoing development of our school-wide technology
infrastructure and increased capacity through systematic professional
development around tools that leverage systems thinking concepts.
serves as a practicum site for student teachers, field experiences, and
Indiana University Sciences
Sciences Programs (chemistry, physics, etc.) provide regular
supplementary science programming for our students and families. During
our annual “Science Night,” many IU Science professors and
students set up experiments and learning stations at TPS.
serves as a placement site for an Indiana University ACE (Advocate for
Community Engagement). The ACE is an undergraduate student who facilitates the
service learning relationship between the school and IU faculty – including
establishing partnerships and supervising undergraduate service learners in the
is the only public school in the community partnering with the Arts Center in
the production of musical theatre events. TPS holds its 2 performances each
year at the Waldron Arts Center.
Meadowood Retirement Community
is a large retirement residential agency in the community. TPS students provide
inter-generational programming for the residents, including strings performances
and writing celebrations. Meadowwood regularly hosts the TPS Annual Board meeting.
Monroe County Council
regularly receives grant funding from the Monroe County Council. Three recent
grants include funds for technology, funds for farm-to-school field trips, and funds for creating a more accessible building.
TPS is grateful for the space that MCPL regularly shares with us for our class musical theatre performances. MCPL also regularly makes special events possible for TPS students, inviting our students to participate in performances, book readings, author speaking engagements, cultural events, and more.
partners with SPF to provide a demonstration school for aspiring grass
roots charter schools, as well as schools around the county that are
seeking to go through transformation toward greater levels of
educational equity, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
Shalom Community Center
Community Center is the local day-center for those experiencing homelessness in
our community. TPS is building a service
learning program to facilitate our students engaging with the social justice
issue of homelessness while also helping the clients of Shalom Community
Center. Our first major project with the Shalom Center took place during the Martin
Luther King, Jr. holiday in 2014. TPS prepared 1000 care packages for the clients of the center. We continued the project in 2015 with 500 family care packages for Shalom's clients.
Stone Belt is a non profit in Bloomington and surrounding counties that provides empowerment and support to individuals with developmental disabilities. Stone Belt shares its space with us for special events throughout the year. TPS supports Stone Belt by encouraging families to purchase fundraising breakfast tickets to share with Stone Belt clients.