Tuesday Tribune

March 12, 2019

IMLEA Board & Schools to Watch (STW) Principals Meet

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The IMLEA board and Schools to Watch principals met at the IASP office in Indianapolis on March 11. The STW principals in attendance, front row: Destiny Rutzel, South Ripley JH; Amber King, East Washington MS; Kathleen Miller, IPS School for Inquiry #84; back row: Rachel Vallance, Northridge MS; Jeff Brooks, Hebron MS; Ryan Mikus, Shelbyville MS; Doyle Dunshee, Lebanon MS; Oscar Haughs, Rochester MS; Ryan Nickoli, Tri-West MS. (STW Principals Jean Sienkowski, Ben Franklin MS; Bobby Thompson, Triton Central MS; Ryan Welch, Assistant Principal, Riverside intermediate; Matt Maple. Sunman-Dearborn MS were unable to attend.)


At the March 11 IMLEA board meeting, many details were finalized for the September 29-30 conference. We will be announcing our keynotes soon, but rest assured, we plan to address social-emotional-learning, trauma-informed teaching, and sessions for each discipline. We have also reached out to DOE, as they provided several outstanding sessions last year. Beyond presentations we have already received, we would like to include:

-a panel on best practices for eLearning Days (multiple schools represented)

-Indiana's Graduation Pathways

-new Computer Science requirements and incorporation into science testing.

-technology tips and tricks

-implementing special education IEP's, inclusion, and co-teaching

-classroom management (for lack of a better term)

If you are interested in presenting on these topics, or any other, please complete a proposal form. We have extended the deadline; we know that many are busy wrapping things up before spring break and are still adjusting from many weather disruptions.

March Madness: Academic Style

Sorry that I forgot to share #MarchMammalMadness earlier! You wouldn't necessarily have to do this in March; I like the originality and the way students are encouraged to do research to defend a particular preference; this could be done in several subjects. There are extensive resources on this page from Arizona State. "May the Best Mammal Win!"

March Book Madness (#MBM2019) is also very popular. Many schools participate in this one out of Ohio, and in other schools, librarians create their own brackets with state award or popular books. Poetry has also been very popular for March Madness, or even brackets for April for Poetry Month; this post from NCTE has many resources.

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Infosys Pathfinders Summer Workshops in Bloomington

Infosys Foundation USA will host the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2019, an intensive week of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making at IU Bloomington from July 14-19. Over 700 U.S. K-12 public school teachers are expected. For the computer science groups, all expenses for Indiana teachers are paid.

Other workshops are funded 50%, with participants expected to raise the other half (often $999) DonorsChoose is an option, and many of those were funded by corporate sponsors last year. Teachers and schools can register their interest and find additional information here. These workshops were a tremendous hit last year, with several teachers planning to return in 2019. Applications are due April 15.

Middle School Math Teachers Needed April 26

The next meeting for a math expert group will be meeting at the IASP office on April 26. The plan is to create practical examples and provide digital resources for every standard in grade 6-8 mathematics, as well as Algebra 1You can register and learn more here.

Speaking of Math....

A math teacher friend cites the "SolveMe Mystery Grid" as one of the most intriguing sites for his students. Not only can they solve puzzles, but they also have the opportunity to create them.

Principals: A Chance to Promote Middle Level Leaders

From DOE: The Office of Innovation is looking for confidential recommendations of secondary (6-12) educational building-level leaders (including principals, teachers, instructional coaches, and other specialists) who represent not only the best in the state of Indiana, but who could be considered for national recognition. These emerging leaders have a minimum of five years’ experience and a maximum of 15 years, are unsung heroes who demonstrate leadership beyond the classroom, and are those educators who positively affect school culture and student achievement. Superintendents and principals may submit a recommendation here. The link will close April 1. Please contact Sarah Rush with any questions.

Reminder: Nominate Outstanding Middle Level Counselors

Just a reminder that you can still nominate staff members for the School Counselor of the Year Award. The process has been streamlined this year; all information can be found on the ISCA site. The organization tends to receive the fewest nominations at the middle level.

Quick Service Project Idea

Looking for a quick, meaningful, inexpensive service project? Indy Honor Flight has issued a MAIL CALL. Send cards, letters, notes, kids' drawings saying such things as “Thank you for your service” or “thank you for my freedom” to their Post Office box. They need lots of mail for the veterans (now including WW II, Korea, Vietnam) who will be flying to Washington, D.C in April and May on a day trip to honor them. They are presented with the mail on the return flight.

Indy Honor Flight Mail Call
PO Box 10
Plainfield IN 46168

The mail can be placed in one large envelope, and is needed by April 5.

Opportunities for Educators & Students

ASAP: Deadline for Articles for IMLEA Print Newsletter and Conference Proposals

March 14: Pi Day!

March 16: RosieCon, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis

March 18: Webinar: Commercialism is the Missing Link: How corporate marketing makes screen time more harmful to children, 7 pm

March 21: Math Extravaganza at Brownsburg

March 22: Education First Social Emotional Grants Due

April 5: Honor Flight Letter Deadline

April 26: Math Framework Meeting, IASP

September 29-30, 2019: IMLEA Conference, Indianapolis Marriott North

Time's Up! Happy Spring Break to Many of You!

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We realize that many schools will begin spring break this Friday, the Ides of March, while others are not out until April. Have a well-deserved, restful time!