Braves Academy

Indian Hill educators head to class
Posted on 09/04/2018
IH Braves Academy 2018

The day began in true Brave fashion.

Indian Hill High School Marching Band students set the tone blasting upbeat tunes while a committee of teacher leaders created a high-five tunnel for Indian Hill educators to walk through on their way to class Friday, Aug. 31. It is called Braves Academy, and it is professional development learning for those in the business of education at the Indian Hill School District.


“Our team worked to create the same magic for our educators that we strive to create for each of our students each day,” said Indian Hill Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles. “We intended to ignite a spark for learning among our professionals – to present ideas that encourage them to think, to question, and to grow; this is one of many investments Indian Hill makes to provide unparalleled opportunities to our children. Kudos to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Stewart, Director of Technology Mark Richardson, and the Braves Academy Committee for their diligent work to create this outstanding event.”


A total of 233 attendees enjoyed 66 educational sessions presented by 91 speakers from both within the Indian Hill School District and outside professional organizations. Sessions focused on best instructional practices, innovation, brain health and mental wellness, and Courageous Conversations – exploring how mental health needs, gender identification, and race manifest within the school setting and impact school culture and classroom practices. In addition to planned sessions, educators also had opportunities throughout the day to collaborate in more informal settings, take selfies with Dr. Miles, taste-test and vote on baked goods, and even have a surprise hallway dance party.


“Learning is fun, and we wanted this experience to be both enjoyable and memorable for our teachers and support staff,” said Dr. Melissa Stewart, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. “Based on the feedback, I think our team made the grade.”


The Braves Academy encouraged all participants to use the #IHBA18 to promote their leaning on Twitter. You can search that hashtag to see the Braves Academy experience.