Invent Learning Hub News - March

Opening July 24!!

Mission: ILH uses personalized learning and design thinking experiences to grow collaborative, entrepreneurial problem-solvers who leave ILH with an individualized post-secondary success plan.

Work will begin mid-April on our building on Pleasant Run South! We are so excited to bring this building back and be a hub within the Southeast community! Stay tuned!

Important Updates

  • Were you eager to send your 6-8 grade student to ILH? Although we are not offering those grades next year, we will have 6-8 in the building because Paramount School of Excellence's new middle school will be operating out of the 2nd floor of our building. If you need a connection to one of their school leaders, call us at 317-503-0265 and we are happy to answer questions and connect you to their staff.
  • May 18 and June 19 will be project days at the school. Let us know if you want to help out!
  • We will close on the building soon and four months of construction is planned to start immediately.

Welcome to our new Director of Special Programs, Penny Inskeep!

We are happy to welcome Penny Inskeep to the ILH Leadership team! She will serve as our Director of Special Programs. Penny taught for 3 years serving in Washington Township as a fifth grade teacher and a special education teacher. In Washington Township Penny was chosen as the First Year Teacher of the Year! She then spent 4 years in Perry Township Schools as a special education teacher. She then moved to IPS to take a promotion as a Special Education Specialist, Literacy Coach, and Multi-Classroom Leader. Penny is currently pursuing her Masters in School Administration. Penny is an Indy native. She was the second person in her family to graduate from college. She resides in south Indy with her fabulous family.

Design Thinking at ILH

With a curriculum as new and innovative as Design Thinking, Invent Learning Hub wanted to make sure that our teachers were receiving training that was high impact, applicable, and relevant. We found that with a fellow educator we've been working with over the last year. David Lee ( is a leading educator in the field of Design Thinking. His book, Design Thinking in the Classroom, is a practical guide to utilizing the Design Thinking framework in a school. His experience actually teaching Design Thinking in International Schools across the globe solidified our decision to work with him. He will be leading DT training with our teachers in July and will consult with our curriculum design as the year progresses. Check out the exciting work he has done with his own students on his website, and get ready to see the life-changing work we do with our students with his help.

We Need Your Help!

In our effort to provide our students with real world applications for the content and skills they’re learning, as well as expose each student to the plethora of careers that are available to them, we are beginning to building partnerships with local businesses and industry experts just like you! Through our Design Thinking course and Pathways program, we are looking for brave souls to share with our students the careers they work in, the paths they took to get there, and the skills that make them successful in their specific profession. If you are extremely passionate about this mission of career exposure, we would also love to visit several businesses to show our students what a day looks like for a career professional!

We are looking for volunteers in all career fields, so if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering your time, we would love to have you. Please click here to view more about the partnerships we are developing and how you can help. If you have a great idea, or someone we should connect with, please reach out to our Director of Academics, Gabriel Surface at or 812-344-8874.

Community Corner - Super Micro Greens

Invent Learning Hub is super excited to be working with a local company that will be showing our students the power of urban gardening. Super Micro Greens has been growing micro greens on the near east side of Indianapolis through their unique growing methods for the last six years. With a focus on research and development of modular systems that allow for the highest quality flavor and consistency, they will be sharing not only what they can about sustainable growing methods, but also their experience with the design process. One of our Design Thinking challenges will work directly with Super Micro Greens to shrink their modular system for growing micro greens down to a unit that we could all have in our homes! We can't wait to get our students started! Please visit their site at and see the work they are doing in Indianapolis.

Great Indy Clean-Up - Fountain Square Alliance

Come join us for a couple hours dedicated to making our school neighborhood a better place to live and work on April 6th. We'll be cleaning up a couple streets with the help of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Fountain Square Alliance. We will be cleaning from 8:00am - 11:00am. All supplies will be provided. If you would like to join us, sign up with this link.

Share ILH with Your Network

Please like us on social media. See the links at the bottom of the newsletter. Please also consider sharing our site out to your network. We are especially interested in growing our community following on Twitter. We know that eventually Facebook and Instagram will be geared more toward our parents and students. Your endorsement means a lot to us!

Important ILH Events

STEM Family Night

Wednesday, March 27th, 4-6pm

Boys and Girls Club 1949 E. Troy Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203

Southeast Neighborhood Congress Meeting

Thursday, March 28th, 7pm

Invent Learning Hub 1849 E. Pleasant Run Pkwy S. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46203

ILH Board Meeting - March

Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30-7pm

1630 North Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN

Fountain Square Alliance Chili Cook-off and Rummage Sale

Saturday, April 13th, 10am-4pm

Invent Learning Hub 1849 E. Pleasant Run Pkwy S. Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46203