Indiana eLearning Lab and College Football Team Up

Tiffany Benjamin  | July 23, 2020

As a working mother with three school-age children in the middle of a pandemic, I am getting firsthand experience with some of the many challenges related to e-learning.

This is what I know: It’s hard.

On the kids. On the parents. And, most certainly, on our teachers.

In fact, 81% of Indiana teachers surveyed in May said it’s challenging to keep students engaged in e-learning. And 90% of teachers said they wanted more access to e-learning resources and professional development opportunities.

The need is real.

That’s why I am so excited about the launch of the Indiana eLearning Lab. This virtual lab will support teachers, counselors, social workers, parents and other caregivers across the Hoosier state who are working unbelievably hard to help our kids succeed in a new era of remote learning. 

The Lilly Foundation is proud to partner with a growing coalition of civic and philanthropic organizations to help address these great needs. This includes all our partners through the Indianapolis eLearning Fund and the College Football Playoff Foundation – both of which helped make the Indiana eLearning Fund possible through $2.4 million in total grants.

The CFP Foundation contributed $800,000 of that total in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship game, to be played in Indianapolis in January 2022. This gift helped us go statewide with the lab and adds national recognition and engagement in our important work here in Indiana.

Importantly, e-learning efforts across our state are working to address educational disparities that affect the most vulnerable children in our communities – from the lack of devices and internet access to learning gaps. A good number of these children live in communities of color, which are reeling from the disproportional impact of COVID-19, ongoing racial injustices and other complex challenges.

It’s vital that we support these children, their families and their teachers.

Good luck to all our teachers. Thank you for what you are doing in these uncertain times.

And good luck to all the students, parents and caregivers. I think we’re all going to learn a lot this year!