EducationEducation Policy / December 18, 2013

IPS Launches Interactive Online Staff Meeting

Sam Klemet
IPS Launches Interactive Online Staff Meeting

Indianapolis Public Schools' new superintendent is trying a new way to connect with staff.

Dr. Lewis Ferebee hosted a web-streamed faculty-staff meeting, Wednesday.

The event was called an iRally.

"I wanted to cap the experience off before the winter break with an opportunity to interact with teachers," said Ferebee.  "I wanted to do it in such a way where it wouldn't pull teachers out of the building but also give them an opportunity to talk with me about their experiences as teachers in IPS."

Ferebee broadcasted from inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse and three schools were set up to have an interactive online dialogue.

He says it’s a unique way to capitalize on technology.

"We have technology and we should use it in such a way that allows us to engage in different ways that we haven't done in the past," he said.  "So, I think this is a another creative way to capitalize on the technology available to us."

The online conversation was scheduled to last about an hour and 2,000 staff and faculty members were expected to participate.