Kappa Delta Pi Experiences Unique Learning Environment at Simon Youth Academy at Circle Centre

Left to Right: Laura Perkins, Susan Perry, Chris Beaman and Tina Paris of KDP Foundation










Leadership from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, visited Simon Youth Academy at Circle Centre.

The KDP team experienced firsthand the Academy’s nontraditional learning environment and different look and feel from a traditional high school.

Laura Perkins, KDP Director of Membership & Chapter Services, said, “The architecture is amazing. It really brings the school environment to a whole new level.”

The Academy is located on the third floor of Simon Property Group’s Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis and is designed to make students and teachers feel comfortable.

“Our space is open and flexible with bright colors that inspires student learning,” Michael Durnil, President and CEO of Simon Youth Foundation, said. “When you walk into our schools, it looks more like a modern office space than a traditional school.”

Durnil explained that everything in the classrooms are modular. “The walls, desks, and chairs are all on casters so teachers can move the furniture and use the environment in different ways,” he said.

KDP Director of Marketing & Communications Chris Beaman observed how the environment affected student and teacher interaction.

“I love seeing the students working with the teachers,” Beaman said. “It’s really encouraging to see the smiles and general happiness of the students and teachers at the Academy,” he said.

The SYF model meets KDP’s mission of “advancing quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare all learners for future challenges.”

“We let the educators educate,” Durnil said. “We support them with professional development opportunities like KDP, and then we get out of the way.”

The Foundation provides complimentary KDP membership to all SYF Academy teachers, making the SYF Affiliate chapter KDP’s largest at more than 200 members.


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