September 2019, Volume 7

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Welcome to the seventh edition of the #INspirEDearly Monthly Newsletter! This is a resource for early educators across all settings, administrators of Pre-K programs, and anyone looking for early learning updates from the Indiana Department of Education. We will be sharing resources, updates, research, events, and spotlighting work being done around the state. To subscribe to this newsletter, please visit our website. To see previous editions, please see our Newsletter Archive. Please share this newsletter with your network and colleagues!

New Releases from IDOE

Social Studies Foundations Guidance

The Social Studies Guidance is now available in the Foundations Guidance Online Tool!
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It's That Time - OMWPK Enrollment!

On My Way Pre-K is now available in all counties! Please see the OECOSL Website for more information and to find the application.

Are You Eligible to Become an On My Way Pre-K Provider?

Check out this resource to determine if you meet the requirements. Providers from all counties became eligible to apply on July 1st. Public School Pre-K Coordinators or Administrators can contact Pre-K Expansion Specialist, Sarah Parks-Reese, for additional support.

ISPROUT Training for Data Managers and Trainer of Trainers

Training is scheduled for data managers and for trainer of trainers of ISPROUT, the early learning assessment tool for all students with an IEP. Each district or site should have a data administrator. Data managers will be responsible for creating ISPROUT accounts and importing students for their district or site. Trainer of Trainers will become certified to prepare other teachers in their district/site to administer ISPROUT. Additional dates and locations will be added. For some schools or sites, the data manager and the trainer of trainers may be the same individual. Please contact Felecia Jordan at fjordan1@doe.in.gov with any questions. See the Office of Assessment's website for training dates and registration.

ISPROUT Webinar Recording

Missed the ISPROUT introductory webinar on 8/15? The recording can be found here.

Reminder: 2019 Indiana Child Care Workforce Study

Now is your chance to make a difference! The 2019 Indiana Child Care Workforce Study includes all licensed centers, licensed family child care homes, and registered child care ministries. School based programs that are licensed by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning received an email sent to the “director of record” with a link to complete the survey for directors with an additional link embedded for the teacher survey. Please contact Stefanie Brooks at Indiana AEYC with any questions.

Reminder: Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition

Part of Early Learning Indiana’s Solution Series, the Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition, invites local communities to solve the significant challenge of child care deserts. Up to ten access grants, totaling up to $1M in value, will be awarded to communities that submit winning proposals focused on expanding access for children, from infants to age five, to quality early learning opportunities. Today, more than four out of 10 Hoosier children live in a child care desert, where there is just one early learning seat for every three children; this competition aims to address that significant issue. Schools may consider applying and assembling their own community partners, and should be aware they may be approached as potential community partners for applications from other organizations.

Initial letters of intent are due by September 13 at 5 p.m. For more information, please see Early Learning Indiana's site.

The Indiana Child Care Deserts Competition is made possible by the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Funding Opportunity: CHS Foundation Classroom Grant

The CHS Foundation provides $500 grants each year to Pre-K-12 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more. Eligible projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, embryology projects, aquaculture projects and agricultural literacy reading programs to name a few. The CHS Classroom Grant application deadline is September 15th. Teachers have until June 30 the following year to complete the project and submit a final report. Only state-certified classroom teachers who are employed by a school district or private school are eligible to apply. More information can be found here.

Spotlight From the Field

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Jessica Tomasino, IDOE's Special Education Specialist

Jessica is the Early Childhood Special Education Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. As a Special Education Specialist, Jessica oversees the monitoring of Early Childhood indicators for federal reporting and supports. Jessica provides technical assistance to local education agencies around Early Childhood Special Education and is the co-lead for the State Systemic Improvement Plan and Results Driven Accountability. Jessica is the Part B 619 Coordinator for the State of Indiana, a member of the Interagency Coordinating Council for First Steps, and a former special education teacher.

She has always found joy in working with children and families. Prior to her life in education, Jessica worked in community mental health as a school-based life skills specialist. In her time away from work, Jessica enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and crafting.

Nominate Your Colleague!

We are hoping to spotlight an early educator or program administrator in our newsletter every month. Nominate your early learning colleague by filling out this form!

Resources We Love

Article: Types of Play

Check out this article that can be used as a resource to help families understand the various types of play in a child's development!
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Professional Development

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Indiana Library Federation

Thank you to the Indiana Library Federation for the opportunity to share the Social Emotional Foundations Guidance with children's librarians!
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Office of School Improvement Conference: Sailing Towards Proficiency

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 7:30am-4pm

1 South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN

The Office of School Improvement is excited to announce its inaugural School Improvement Conference for all schools across Indiana on September 5, 2019! Gerry Brooks, popular speaker and principal, will be the keynote. The Office of School Improvement Team will be hosting 27 breakout sessions. We are eager to extend the invitation to Indiana educators and administrators to join us in this free conference! More information can be found here.

Special Education Administrators Conference

Monday, Sep. 16th, 11:30am to Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 3pm

3912 Vincennes Road

Indianapolis, IN

Join us September 16-17 for the Preschool Special Education Administrators Conference. For more information, contact Pauline Busby at pgbusby@sbcsc.k12.in.us.

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