Monday Minute

October 15, 2018

Opportunities for Students

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Introducing the Children of Indiana Nature Park

As teachers, providing your students with opportunities to engage with nature has multiple benefits—scholastically, emotionally and physically. Expanding a child’s understanding of our natural world can help him or her appreciate nature so that they want to help care for it. The time that your students spend outside with nature goes a long way toward creating a happy, healthy childhood. Watch this new video and start your nature learning adventures!

P.S. If you’d like to share this message with the parents at your school, email and we’ll provide content for your school newsletter.

Interested in Being a Part of a Middle Level Research Project?

The purpose of this study from professors at Northern Kentucky and Appalachian State is to examine current middle school practices and programs from the perspective of administrators and teachers. Your anonymous responses will help the researchers gain valuable insights into the current trends in middle schools across the country.

Completing the survey, which will take about 15 minutes, will ensure your school and our state are represented in the findings. If you would be willing to participate, please click this link. It will take you to the informed consent and more detailed information regarding the study.

I plan to write to them to see how we can get the results. Taking part in a survey like this might help if you plan to do something similar yourself, or to get an insight into current research and practices.

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Free Posters from Every Child a Reader

You can receive 10 free posters featuring gymnast Laurie Hernandez by filling out the form on this page. You can also request past posters separately (with a shipping charge), including Indiana Olympian Nick Goepper. There are several different reading promotion campaigns connected to the Every Child a Reader page.
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K-12 teachers in any subject can apply for National Geographic Certification, a process offered three times a year. Those who apply and finish during the current cycle (must apply by October 21) are then eligible to apply for another special opportunity: The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, an all-expenses paid expedition. Two educators told me it's the trip of a lifetime! Even if you do not plan to apply for the fellowship, the certification is worthwhile.

Future Ready Workshop, October 30

There are still openings for a free, one-day workshop on Future Ready Schools. Up to 5 people from a district may attend. This workshop will be held at the Project Lead the Way office in Indianapolis. Activities include

  • dive into the FRS five-step planning process;
  • develop an engagement strategy for transforming and modernizing student learning;
  • analyze your DLA and begin creating an action plan ;
  • collaborate with peers to receive support for their district’s journey.

Update from generationOn IN

This update from genOn IN includes resources for many events, including awareness months and highlights for October and November. There are still mini-grants available, especially for schools that have not received one before. There is also contact information for the five genOn representatives located across the state who are able to meet with or consult your staff on project ideas.

As we think ahead to the holiday season, the time when many philanthropic programs take place at schools, what can we do to make them more meaningful and have a lasting impact on our students?

Time's Up!

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For those of you on vacation, or starting soon.... Enjoy!