Butler/IPS Partnerships

Partnership Activities

Shortridge Students and Faculty at Butler

  • Shortridge students have opportunities to come to Butler for academic, arts and cultural experiences. These have included math and science field trips through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Clowes Hall presentations by song writer John Legend, BET host Jeff Johnson and rapper Sandy "Pepa" Denton.
  • Shortridge -bandIn both summers 2010 and 2011, close to 100 Shortridge students took part in separate camps for marching band and leadership training hosted at Butler. Students of the Jordan College of Fine Arts and College of Education help operate these camps, respectively.
  • Through the Early College Program, qualified Shortridge juniors and seniors can take selected classes and earn credits at Butler before high school graduation.
  • Butler scholarship funds have been established for Early College participants and for Shortridge graduates. Butler donors and foundation partners, such as Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation, have also funded faculty training and student programming.

Butler Faculty and Students at Shortridge

  • Butler students and faculty tutor Shortridge students and have mentored them in academic and co-curricular activities at the high school, including a science fair, improvisational theatre, speech and debate, video production and projects of the Butler Center for Urban Ecology.
  • Butler graduate students in school counseling have facilitated an after-school discussion group at Shortridge covering such hot button issues for high students, including bullying, LGBTQ topics, self-injury, grief and loss, community involvement/advocacy, teen pregnancy, suicide and teen runaway prevention.  
  • Butler faculty and Shortridge instructors will co-teach courses in English, history and resolution/peer mediation at Shortridge in 2011-2012.
  • The College of Education teaches its Middle School introductory course and practicum on-site at Shortridge, so education majors can see put theory into classroom practice. Butler student teachers executed physical education lesson plans at Shortridge in 2010-2011. COE also hosted a reception for its Central Indiana alumni at Shortridge, to showcase the magnet.
  • Shortridge and Butler faculty have collaborated in curriculum mapping, multicultural awareness workshops, training in project-based learning and Project Alianza, a federally funded professional development program for content teachers working with immigrant and non-native English speaking students.
  • The College of Pharmacy and Health Science faculty and students also conducted a Medicare education sessions at Shortridge for community residents. COPHS seniors also worked with IPS to develop nutrition guidelines and an exercise curriculum affecting Shortridge and other district students.