The Monday Minute

March 23, 2021


We've shared the free resource EVERFI several times before; they keep adding more and more relevant resources. One way to capitalize on current interest in the NCAA Basketball Championship here in Indiana: try the Data Champions lesson from @EVERFIK12's Endeavor, where Ss learn about careers in sports analytics and technology. (I did have to be logged in to get to the lesson.) If you have questions about EVERFI, you can contact Kaley Esselborn, the Indiana rep.


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As some activities expand at schools, several schools are using Champions Together in the Middle for meaningful engagement. From a great training experience for Lake Ridge New Tech MS, from Brownsburg East & West Middle Schools participating in the Polar Plunge (above) to Norwell and East Noble having what is believed to be the first Unified Champions swim meet, it's an ideal program for SEL and many other things.

You can still become part of the program (outdoor track could be a prime opportunity) and have a core group of students participate in a virtual training. Contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics.

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Free Webcasts for Students from Polar Bears International (and Educator Materials)

Polar Bears International shares a series of free educational webcasts and live events, created especially for students, but that everyone can watch and enjoy. Students will be able to ask their questions to polar bear scientists LIVE.This spring's series starts on March 24. Find the webcasts here and the educator materials here. There are a lot of interesting things for students to explore on the site. Photo credit: Hans-Jurgen Mager on Unsplash
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Keep Indiana Learning's free spring series includes live and on-demand sessions, and speakers from their summer conference Next up live: John Spencer on March 29.

You can win a free registration to the KIL Summer Conference, a free eBook from one of the presenters, or other conference swag through posting using the directions on this slide as they celebrate their first birthday!

In addition to his work with KIL, Dr.Adam Saenz is also offering a free SEL lesson to use with classes this Friday at 11 am. He gave an outstanding keynote at TitleCon two years ago.

ESSER Funding Webinar Series

Can you use ESSER funds for an HVAC system? A curriculum director? Replacement library books that were never returned and more eBooks and databases? Another tech support person? I attended an excellent presentation last week with Cole Dietrich, Director of Title Grants and Support for DOE through Keep Indiana Learning concerning the use of ESSER funds.You can watch the session on demand by signing up with email; there will be another session on April 20.

Varsity Tutoring Free Programs for Students

Varisty Tutors has a paid program for students, but also many free live events (probably to add people to their mailing list). For example, they have one on Neil Armstrong and Gemini 8 this week, you can see an extensive list here. BTW, I have heard from several teachers that if you are looking for a side job (as if you had time), working for Varsity Tutors was very enjoyable.

Speaking of Space... Free BreakoutEDU Puzzle for Women's History Month

Even if you are not a BreakoutEDU subscriber, you can register with email to receive access to a preview puzzle for Women in Space featuring mathematician Katherine Johnson.

REMINDER: Nominations Now Open for IMLEA Shining Star Awards

Horace Mann sponsors our Shining Star Awards for both students and teachers. Nomination forms are on our website, and are due April 15.

Fun Activity with Students: Which One Doesn't Belong?

Although designed primarily for math, many teachers have reported having a lot of success with using these examples or creating their own. It's an opportunity for students to share reasoning for choices when there really are not right or wrong answers.

Learning Opportunities (all times ET, Free Unless Noted)

March 22-24: Free Microsoft Education Exchange

March 23: 10 Ways to Reimagine the Role of Educator as Literacy Leader, 2 pm

March 23: DOE Dyslexia Community of Practice Forum, 4:30 pm

March 23: AMLE Webinar-Reading Actively: Exploring Socially Conscious Topics through Middle Grades Literature, 4:30 pm (updated time)

March 23: Lights, Action, Learning: Boosting Engagement by Creating and Using Instructional Video, 6 pm

*March 24: First Webcast from Polar Bears International, 1 pm

March 24: Free OMLA Webinar, "Implicit Bias + Social Identity" (Part 1), 7 pm

*March 24: Neil's Wild Ride: The Flight of Gemini VIII, 7 pm

March 25: AMLE Webinar-Rethinking School Discipline Using a Restorative Justice Lens, 6:30 pm

*March 26: SEL Day with Dr. Adam Saenz (designed for classes), 11 am

*March 26: Linda Hall Library: How Do I Become an Architect? 3 pm

March 29: KIL with John Spencer-Inquiry-Based Learning in Blended, Hybrid, & Virtual Environments, 4:30 pm

March 29: Fisher & Frey, "Simultaneous & Hybrid Teaching: Roomies & Zoomies Learning Together, 5 pm

April 5-9: Horace Mann DonorsChoose Sweepstakes (Have your projects ready; you can enter now!)

April 13: DOE Webinar, "The What, Why, and How School School-WIde Learning Walks," 4 pm

*Includes (or aimed at) Students


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events, Archived Events

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Indiana eLearning Lab (Must Register to See Live Schedule; Tutorials always available. This week's sessions- Polypad: Online Manipulatives for Visual Learners and Indiana GEG)

Leslie Fisher Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

That's All for Now!

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INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP.

And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership!