Monday Minute

January 7, 2019

January-February Training Opportunities for Champions Together

We are finalizing places and dates for some training opportunities for more schools to be involved in Champions Together-In The Middle- program, in collaboration with Special Olympics Indiana. School sponsored Champions Together activities must be planned, organized and administered by an “Inclusive Student Leadership” team that strives to do things WITH students with intellectual disabilities, NOT for them. The program can be as simple as a fitness club to as advanced as teams that compete against other schools. Champions Together has been wildly successful at the high school level, and was extended to middle schools last year. The training opportunity dates will be announced very soon; so far we are working with Fort Wayne, Lowell MS, Rochester MS, Shelbyville MS, South Ripley JH, and Tri-West MS to host. The plan is to have a morning program (over by lunch), with 1-2 adults and at least 2 students traveling to the host school.There is more information on our Champions Together section on our website. Contact Susie Highley with any questions and to indicate your interest!


Please indicate interest no later than January 14 so that arrangements can be made to match you with a convenient site. Attending a training does not obligate you to participate in the program, but after hearing testimonials from the schools already involved, you will be inspired!

Interested in Becoming a School to Watch? Training at IASP February 13

Indiana is fortunate to have a growing number of schools who achieved national Schools to Watch status. There will be a training at the IASP office on Wednesday, February 13. The trainings are for schools interested in learning about the School to Watch criteria, the benefits of being a School to Watch and the application process. The workshop will now be free, and includes an "I Believe" book, a STW manual, and lunch. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Register here or on the link on the IMLEA website, www.imlea.org. There are also several resources on our website.

Beyond Data Walls: Creating a Holistic View of Students

Thanks to board member Daryl Werner for recommending this article from Mindshift. Data does not have to be test scores, or even numbers! This would be a valuable tool to help build relationships with students.

Do You Know Any Current Student Teachers/Interns Who Deserve a Scholarship?

Current student teachers who are in the high needs fields of special education or middle or high school math or science are eligible for a scholarship from the State of Indiana worth up to $4000. There are a few more stipulations and application information here. (Deadline January 31)

In addition, the Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend is available to minority individuals participating in student teaching or an administrative internship. You can find further details here.

Apply for a Steelcase Active Learning Center Grant

Interested in a classroom makeover? Steelcase Education is offering grants up to $67,000 each to redesign classrooms. Winners get to choose from four different arrangements: active, collaborative, STEM, or flexible. See the designs and learn how to apply here. The deadline is February 1.

Fun Background Tool via Eric Curts

If you are a Google district, Eric Curts is an invaluable resource for practical, creative, and underappreciated uses of Google tools. This twitter thread has some fun examples of a tool called remove.bg With this site, you can remove the background from an image in five seconds with no clicks. Students (and teachers) can have a lot of fun with this tool!

genOn IN Update

A new year, new opportunities! Here is a recent update. Highlights include: New Spotlight on Service Learning article, Project checklist and resources for Service-Based Learning criteria for the Box 2 Graduation Pathways; genOn IN mini-grant information; LTG lessons/projects focused on kindness, justice, collaboration, and service in honor of MLK Day in January and much more. Thanks for sharing these updates with your staff.

Opportunities for Educators & Students


January 11: State Deadline for Letters about Literature

January 14: Deadline to contact Susie Highley about Champions Together Trainings

January 14: Argument-Driven Inquiry Workshop, IU Southeast

January 15: Deadline for Armstrong Teacher Educator Applications

January 15: Free ASCD Webinar-Deeper Learning Strategies for Any Classroom, 3 pm ET

January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; special activities at State Museum (canned good donation) and free admission to all Indiana State Museum sites

January 24: #GoOpen Summit at Center Grove

February 4: DOE Winter Book Club begins: Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor MacKenzie

February 12-13: Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop: Focus on Student Inquiry at IU

February 12-March 21: Math Extravaganzas around the State

February 13: Schools to Watch Training at iASP

February 18: Deadline to Apply for Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars

February 21: Computer Science Curriculum Showcase, Center Grove

March 6: Special Olympics R-Word Banner Signing

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

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