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February 2020

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Higher Education Course Reimbursement

Coursework Reimbursement for High Ability Licensure

March 9--Deadline to submit request

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is proud to announce additional funding opportunities for teachers and administrators seeking high ability, English learner, or dual language licensure. Any administrator who wishes to request course reimbursement for one or more teachers must complete the Request to Participate by March 9.

  • Click here to learn more.

High Ability Licensure

Adding the High Ability Content Area to a Valid Teacher's License

In order to attain high ability licensure, coursework must be completed at an accredited university and a content area exam must be passed.

Once these criteria are met, a request to add a content area must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education Office of Licensing.

  • Click here for the Renew and Add Content Areas application.

Indiana Colleges Offering High Ability Licensure Courses

Ball State University

Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education

  • Click here for more information.

Indiana State University

Gifted and Talented Graduate Licensure

  • Click here for more information.

Indiana University Southeast

Gifted and Talented License

  • Click here for more information.

Purdue University

Gifted Education High Ability Certificate

  • Click here for more information.

High Ability Content Area Test for Licensure

After completion of graduate coursework, candidates must pass a content area test as a final requirement for licensure.

  • Click here to register for the high ability test.

  • Click here for test preparation materials.

TitleCon 2020

Title Con 2020

April 15-16 at Embassy Suites, Plainfield

The IDOE is sponsoring its third annual Title Conference. The Office of High Ability will be leading an informative session on how to fund best practice program models for high ability students.

  • Click here for more information.


Important Dates

Please keep these dates in mind as the second semester gets underway.

Final Reports

Notification will be sent to high ability coordinators upon review of each submitted 2018-2019 High Ability Grant Final Report.

Cash Requests

Funds can be requested by filling out a cash request form and emailing the form to The entire allotment of the approved grant can be requested up front, and all funds must be requested prior to the deadline of June 1.

  • Please keep detailed records of each of your expenditures and ensure purchases are designed to enhance the educational experience of your high ability students.

Grant Amendments

A grant amendment should be requested if there is a significant change to the programming delineated in the approved grant and/or there is a desired change in any line item greater than 10 percent.

Grant Amendment Process

  1. Download the High Ability Grant Amendment Form.
  2. If requesting a budget amendment--> enter your revised budget.
  3. Provide the rationale for the programming and/or budget change.
  4. Send in the completed form for review.
  5. Wait for approval.


High Ability Education: Infusing Higher Order Thinking & Problem Solving in core Content Areas

March 2 OR May 12 at Conner Prairie, Fishers, Indiana

This workshop, led by gifted education consultants, Dr. Ginny Burney and Dr. Kristie Speirs Neumeister, focuses on how to use instructional strategies and techniques to enrich core content with higher order thinking and problem solving. Learn valuable questioning methods and problem solving approaches that can be used at all grade levels.

  • Click here for more information.

Social and Emotional Learning

Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of High Ability Learners

March 5 OR May 13 at Conner Prairie, Fishers, Indiana

Join Dr. Ginny Burney and Dr. Kristie Speirs Neumeister as they unravel the social and emotional characteristics of high ability students. Learn strategies and share resources to best address these differing needs. Receive materials to develop a framework for a district Guidance and Counseling Plan.

  • Click here for more information.

Curriculum and Instruction

6 Tips for Differentiation at any Level

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) showcases six differentiation strategies that are easily employed in classrooms. The strategies are designed to ensure high ability students maintain a consistent level of challenge.

  • Click here for more information.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Mini-Course: The Musts of a Differentiated Classroom

This course is comprised of two lessons: The Myth of Average and The Musts of a Differentiated Classroom. Each lesson has an accompanying assignment participants are asked to complete and upload to a shared learning community.

  • Click here for more information.

Advanced Placement (AP) Information

AP Important Upcoming Dates

  • March 13: Final Exam Ordering Deadline

AP Updates

Changes for the 2019-2020 school year can be found in the AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1.

  • Click here for details about course updates.

AP Startup

Your district or charter schools can begin offering Pre-AP and AP courses. The process begins with your choice of which of the current 38 AP courses offered by the College Board your LEA would like to add.

  • Click here for a list of AP Courses.

  • Click here to learn how to add an AP course.

  • Click here to learn how to get approved to administer exams.

AP Growth

The College Board audits each AP course syllabus to ensure consistent and equitable delivery of the information students are to know for each of the respective exams. If interested in adding additional courses, please click here for a calendar of important AP course audit dates.

  • Click here for information on the process of auditing courses for Advanced Placement designation.


Free Online Learning Modules

The College Board offers free learning modules that include practice questions, videos, and resources for improving student work.

  • Click here for more information.
Modules are currently available for the following courses:
  • AP Calculus AB and BC
  • AP European History
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Advanced Placement Live Online Training

January 9 through March 10

Online Live Training

Join the College Board for Session #4, Preparing for the Exams, in their five part series of live online training sessions designed for AP coordinators, administrators, and staff. Session #4 focuses on the components necessary to prepare for the May 2020 AP exam season.

The College Board is offering 10 different dates and times between January 9 and March 10 to participate in this session.

  • Click here for more information on this series.

AP-TIP-IN Opportunities

AP-TIP-IN Teacher Regional Collaborative

4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. February 20-March 12

FREE Facilitated Topics/ Discussion

FREE pizza and beverages!

AP-TIP IN hosts free regional meetings open to all AP math, science, and English teachers. The Regional Teacher Collaborative meetings are held at AP-TIP high schools providing an environment for teachers to work on strategies that ensure best practice in content areas.

  • Click here for more information.

Find a location near you!

  • February 20, Milan High School, Milan, IN
  • February 25, New Albany, New Albany, IN
  • March 5, Boonville High School, Boonville, IN
  • March 10, Speedway High School, Speedway, IN
  • March 11, Griffith High School, Griffith, IN
  • March 12, Elkhart Memorial High School, Elkhart, IN
  • March 12, Muncie Central High School, Muncie, IN
  • March 15, Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN

Mock Training Exam

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

The Mock Exam Training is open to all AP math, science, and English teachers to hear from a College Board Reader on how the AP Exams are scored.

Registration closes March 6.

Cost to attend, $249

  • Click here for more information.

Purdue College of Science

Spring 2020 PD at Purdue: The ‘T’ in STEM: Exploring Technology in the Classroom

Friday, February 21 at Purdue's West Lafayette campus

Registration is open for a one-day Technology professional development. This PD will focus on the integration of technology into the classroom. Participants will learn how to use Vernier probeware, iPads, Google extensions, and a variety of programs. This workshop will be appropriate with whatever technology you have in the classroom including iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops. Bring a device and see ways of using technology to help students learn, collect data, e-journal, and more. The registration fee is $85 and includes parking pass, continental breakfast, and lunch for each participating teacher.

The deadline to register is this Friday, February 14.

  • Click here for registration information.

AP Fridays at Purdue during the Spring 2020 semester.

March 6, 13; April 10, 17; May 1, 8 at Purdue West Lafayette Campus

The purpose of these lab sessions is to provide schools with the time and support needed to conduct suggested AP Labs in a guided-inquiry format on a college campus. Participation in one of the scheduled labs would help to ensure AP students have access to necessary resources outlined in the AP curriculum frameworks that are requirements of the AP Course Audit. The AP Lab sessions are FREE to any participating high school that registers to attend. Space is limited, so class registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Click here for registration information.

A Note from the High Ability and Advanced Placement Specialist

As we enter into the last month of winter and the days progressively get longer, we should take the time to reflect on the growth we have witnessed in our students and ourselves. Value time to reflect on the beauty of life's moments. Take a breath and appreciate all that you do--all that you affect--all that you are. You are what makes education in Indiana outstanding!

Whitney Coake

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