2 - Education - Community Organizations

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Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN)

AddressBloomington, IN


LEARN is a group of Indiana homeschooling families from Bloomington, Monroe County, and the surrounding area. The network is diverse and inclusive; many political backgrounds, educational philosophies, and religious views are represented, and all are welcome. We are also committed to providing information for the broader community about homeschooling in Indiana.

ContactBarbara Benson
learn.bloomington.in [at] gmail.com
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Lighthouse Christian Academy

Address1201 W. That Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47403

The mission of Lighthouse Christian Academy, Inc., is to partner with Christian parents to provide a Biblically based and academically excellent education that develops each child's Christ-like character, intellectual ability, and physical health to the glory of God.

ContactMichael Baldomero (President)
lcacontact [at] lighthouse-christian.com
Additional ContactRichard Holdeman ( Principal)
info [at] mylca.net
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Math Matters Tutoring Program

AddressMonroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408


Math Matters is a free tutoring program held at MCPL.


Please Note: In the Fall of 2010, Math Matters will be restarting their services, and this info will be updated to include their new mission and description.

ContactDiana Schmalzried (Tutor/ Coordinator)
dschmalz [at] indiana.edu
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MCCSC Adult Education at Broadview Learning Center (BLC)

Address705 W. Coolidge Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47403


The Monroe County Community School Corporation Adult Education program offers individualized instruction and guidance to teen and adult learners who seek to improve basic skills or learn new ones to create better opportunities for themselves and their families.

The Broadview Learning Center offers the following services:

  • FREE Adult Basic Education/TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) classes (formerly GED)
  • FREE ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
  • FREE Teen Learning Center (TLC) Programs
  • Workforce Development
  • Evening Computer Classes
  • Volunteer Training and Opportunities
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MCCSC Community Transitions

AddressMCCSC, Administrative Building, Special Education Department
315 North Drive
Bloomington, IN 47404


A program of the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC)for students with special needs who are between 18-21 years of age.

ContactJennifer Robinson (Community Transitions Coordinator)
jrobinso [at] mccsc.edu
812-330-7700 x51086
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MCCSC Parent Teacher Advisory Council for Special Education

Address834 S. Sheridan Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47401

The MCCSC Parent-Teacher Advisory Council for Special Education (PTACSE) is dedicated to finding opportunities for parents and teachers to work collaboratively to improve special education services for students in the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Indiana.

ContactDeborah Myerson (Chair)
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Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (formerly INCOLSA)


MCLS is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of libraries in Indiana and Michigan. MCLS provides libraries a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing, and technical support for electronic resources. MCLS saves member libraries time and money.


Please Note: The merge between INCOLSA and MCL is now complete. They are now known as MCLS (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services).

ContactRandy Dykhuis (Executive Director)
dykhuisr [at] mcls.org
Additional ContactBrian Austin ( System Administrator)
austinb [at] mcls.org
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Midwest Pages to Prisoners

AddressPO Box 1324
Bloomington, IN 47402
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States.
By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to promote critical thinking behind bars. We develop relationships so people on the outside can better understand and combat the injustices faced by folks who are incarcerated. We are aware the prison industrial complex targets People of Color, in poverty, and in the LGBTQ+ community.
The project exists to alleviate a lot of the pain caused by the criminal justice system, and to provide a direct opportunity for self-education and collective struggle. Additionally, we exist because prison libraries sometimes fail in this respect: they are understocked or are only able to be patronized during specific and limited hours. We exist because prisoners are not strangers: they are brothers sisters, friends, cousins, mothers, and children.
Contactmidwestppp [at] gmail.com
Year Established2019
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Mini University at Indiana University

AddressVirgil T. DeVault Alumni Center
1000 E. 17th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


Participants attend up to 15 different noncredit classes selected from nearly 100 titles. All classes are taught by IU faculty and most are held in the Indiana Memorial Union. Optional evening activities include a picnic, films, summer theater at the Brown County Playhouse, and social gatherings.


Sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and IU Bloomington Continuing Studies.

Contactiualumni [at] indiana.edu
Additional Contact800-824-3044
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Monroe County CAPE Project

AddressIndiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University
2853 E. Tenth St.
Bloomington, IN 47408


Through an Eli Lilly Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the Monroe County CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education) seeks to ensure that all Monroe County children enter school ready to learn, stay in school and graduate with skills to assume a job or to pursue further education and acquire the life skills and dispositions to be lifelong learners and good citizens.

Contactmipower [at] indiana.edu
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Monroe County Community School Corporation

AddressMCCSC Administration Building
315 E North Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401


The mission of MCCSC is to educate the students for the world of tomorrow. MCCSC is committed to working with the community to deliver an appropriate and safe learning environment with a curriculum dedicated to excellence that honors the unique and diverse needs of its students.

ContactJudith DeMuth (Superintendent)
jcoopman [at] mccsc.edu
Additional Contactjdemuth [at] mccsc.edu
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Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees

Address315 E. North Dr
Bloomington, IN 47401


Contact information for trustees by district, as well as board meeting times, are available on website. Web Address:  http://www.boarddocs.com/in/mccsc/Board.nsf/public

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Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service

Address3400 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47401


The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It's a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America.

Contactmonroeces [at] purdue.edu
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Monroe County Retired Teachers Association

AddressBloomington, IN

     The MCRTA: an affiliate of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, representing retired administrators and teachers in Monroe and Owen counties, including the Monroe County Community School Corporation, Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation,and Spencer-Owen Community Schools.



ContactJoanne Weddle
Jweddle2 [at] comcast.net
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Monroe County Schools - Black History Month Committee

Address315 E. North Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

The Black History Month Committee meets annually to plan events for the City of Bloomington and Monroe County School System.

ContactBeverly Smith
bevsmith [at] mccsc.edu
Additional ContactBeverly Calender-Anderson
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Monroe Smart Start: Birth to Five Coalition

AddressP.O. Box 5513
Bloomington, IN

Monroe Smart Start: Birth-to-Five Coalition works to ensure that all children in Monroe County are ready for school and ready for life! Our coalition brings together the public and private sectors to bring resources and attention to this critical time in a child's development. We focus on the first five years because that's when 85% of brain development occurs, but only 5% of education funds are invested.



The Coalition is working towards increasing the number of children in Monroe County who enter kindergarten with the skills and attributes needed to be successful.

ContactLois Hutter-Pishgahi (Director)
info [at] monroesmartstart.org
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Mortar Board Senior Honor Society

Address900 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN



Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. The honor society provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

Mortar Board began as the first-ever national organization honoring senior college women founded in 1918. Today, it has grown into a comprehensive honor society that selects first-rate members who exemplify the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Mortar Board is an active honor society that requires members to uphold these ideals through campus and community service, academic achievement, and leadership.

ContactNatalie Spiller (President)
mortar [at] indiana.edu
Additional ContactBecki Mason (Vice President)
nespille [at] indiana.edu
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National School Reform Faculty

AddressHarmony Education Center
909 E 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

The mission of the National School Reform Faculty is to foster educational and social equity by empowering all people involved with schools to work collaboratively in reflective democratic communities that create and support powerful learning experiences for everyone. (adopted June 2001) Affiliated with Harmony Education Center

ContactMichele Mattoon (Director)
nsrf [at] nsrfharmony.org
Additional Contactmichele [at] nsrfharmony.org
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Office of Early Field Experiences

AddressIndiana University School of Education
201 N. Rose Ave., room 1048
Bloomington, IN 47405


The Office of Early Field Experiences secures almost 1200 off-campus field placements each semester. The office works with approximately 80 schools and 600 teachers within a 60-mile radius of Bloomington. Early Field Experiences are designed to provide college students with an opportunity to examine the daily lives of teachers.

ContactTyna Hunnicutt (Director of Field Placements)
fieldexp [at] indiana.edu
Additional ContactCindy Bell (Office Services Supervisor)
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Optometry Student Association

Address800 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

The IUOSA representatives include the elected president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two student representatives from each Optometry class. Additionally, both the AOSA trustee and the trustee-elect are involved in IUOSA decision making. Membership is open to all students enrolled in the School of Optometry. By paying one set of dues to IUOSA, you become a member of IUOSA and the AOSA, AOA, and IOA organizations. Every student is welcome and encouraged to participate in IUOSA and its many projects. Weekly meetings in the student lounge on the third floor of the optometry building are open to all members

Contactopt [at] indiana.edu
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Phi Delta Kappa

Address320 W. Eighth Street
Suite 216
Bloomington, IN 47404

Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership. PDK is one of the largest education associations and has more than 35,000 members, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators. PDK publishes the highly-regarded Phi Delta Kappan, PDK's mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. Its vision is to be the experts in cultivating great educators for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today.

Send mail and payments to: P.O. Box 13090  Arlington, VA, 22219

Contactcustomerservice [at] pdkintl.org
Additional ContactToll-free number
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Practical English Tutorials (PET)

AddressLeo Dowling International Center
111 S. Jordan St.
Bloomington, IN 47405


Consultants are available to answer questions for individuals who are learning English as a second or third language. The service is first- come, first-served and provides help with communicating at places like local banks, post offices, restaurants or stores.

Contactintlcent [at] indiana.edu
Additional Contactoverseas [at] iu.edu
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Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus

AddressBloomington, IN

The Indiana University Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus represents more than a hundred faculty, staff, and postdoctoral members from the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. As educators, the members of the PFSC recognize a responsibility to foster informed and critical dialogue in our classrooms, on our campus, in our community, and in national and international forums.


We seek to work in alliance with other groups and organizations committed to congruent ideas and educational aims.

ContactMike Gasser
gasser [at] cs.indiana.edu
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Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

Address600 S. Edgewood Dr.
Ellettsville, IN 47429


The mission is to work in cooperation with the community and families to provide students with an education that promotes responsible citizenship and encourages problem solving and creativity.

ContactMike Wilcox (Superintendent)
mwilcox [at] rbbschools.net
Additional ContactJason Bletzinger (Assistant Superintendent)
jbletzinger [at] rbbschools.net
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Seven Oaks Classical School


Seven Oaks Classical School is a tuition free Kindergarten through twelfth grade public charter school dedicated to a classical education to promote superior educational results.Seven Oaks Classical School is a K-12 school seeking authorization through the Indiana Charter School Board. The school hopes to open in Fall 2015 with grades K-8 and will add a grade level each year until 12th grade is achieved.

Contactpresident [at] sevenoaksclassical.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Student Accounting Society

AddressKelley School of Business
1309 E. Tenth Street, BU530
Bloomington, IN 47405

The purpose of the SAS is to improve the professional, academic, and social aspects of its members' lives. It is our goal to bring accounting students, faculty, and professionals together in an 'out-of-the-classroom' atmosphere so that they can meet and discuss relevant accounting and business issues. Through activities such as professional events, community service & social functions, and committee involvement, the SAS helps its members learn the hard skills and soft skills that are needed to be successful in any business environment.

ContactMikel Tiller (Faculty Advisor)
sas [at] indiana.edu
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Student Advocates Office

AddressEigenmann Hall West 229
1900 East 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47406


We help students solve university related problems by providing individual attention to each issue. If you think you've tried everything without success to resolve an academic or administrative problem on campus, it's time to contact the Student Advocates Office. When You Don't Know Where Else to Turn... Student Advocates Can Help!

ContactSally Jones (Director)
advocate [at] indiana.edu
Additional Contactsejones [at] indiana.edu
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Teachers Warehouse

AddressPO Box 7556
Bloomington, In 47404

Teachers Warehouse is a free store for public school teachers. Our mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in South Central Indiana by providing a unique means to transfer donated merchandise from businesses and individuals free to public school teachers for use in their classrooms and schools.

Contactteachersfriend [at] choiceonemail.com
Additional ContactJudy Witt
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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