Monday Minute

September 11, 2018

Congratulations to IPS Center for Inquiry School 84

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Above: Gregory Newlin, IPS Director of School Improvement; Shirley Wright, Schools to Watch State Director; Steve Stangel of Horace Mann, and IPS 84 Students Hold the Celebration Banner

IPS Center for Inquiry School 84 held their Schools to Watch celebration on September 7. You can read more about it and see the story that aired on Channel 13 here. They actually had three different TV cameras there. "The number one thing that makes our school special and the word I always think of when I think of CFI is "community", said CFI 84 Principal Kathleen Miller. "Our school is absolutely a community of students, staff and parents and they're all working together toward one mission and that's to provide our kids with the best education possible." After wonderful performances by the orchestra and choir, short speeches and the presentations, the loudest cheer was after Miller announced, "Sometime today, there will be cake!" Got to love middle school students!


Conference information is on our special site & linked on the IMLEA website. You may register at the discounted rate through September 15; after that you can still register, but will pay a higher rate. The special hotel rate was guaranteed only through September 10, but rooms are still available at a higher rate. Attendees may be registered by purchase order, credit card, check, or PayPal. You may join IMLEA at the same time to take advantage of the member discount. While many schools use Title II funds for this, you may also use Title IV.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

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Another Great Resource for Indiana Digital Literacy Week

Our DOE leads INDigital Citizenship Week from September 10-14. You can find many activities, broken down by grade level, on this DOE page for eLearning. Many school librarians collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate these activities this week.

In addition, Frank Baker of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse wrote this piece for MiddleWeb on "Using Short Clips to Teach Media Literacy." It is full of resources suitable for this week and beyond.

DOE Announces Girls Who Code Partnership

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school girls across Indiana. You can find more details on this page.

You can also learn more about the program by attending one of these webinars, held several times from September 12-October 3.

Any educators interested in learning more about coding can also check out the "Flipping the Switch Conference on September 21-22.

The Latest from Alfie Kohn

Perhaps you are already familiar with Alfie Kohn, author of many books, such as Punished by Rewards, The Homework Myth, Schooling Beyond Measure, and more. If not, you might want to poke around his blog.

His most recent, provocative blog post for Education Week, "It's not about Behavior" pulls together many educational hot topics: behaviorism, PBIS, grit, testing, overscheduled students, and more. This could be used for some great faculty or small group discussions.

This Week's genOn IN Update

This update includes suggested activities for many of the special events this month, including 9/11 and Constitution Day. It also features service projects from the Garrett-Keyser-Butler, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Palestine, Rushville, Indian Creek, and Fort Wayne school districts. In addition to the projects themselves, these descriptions and links show how teachers related these activities to standards, project-based learning, and philanthropy education.

So Many Opportunities!

September 10-14: Indiana Digital Citizenship Week

September 10-19: DOE webinars on iLearn, including ELA, Math, SS, Sc, & Accommodations

September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance Day

September 14: Deadline for Jacobs Educator Fellowship

September 15: International Dot Day (Some Ts, such as librarians, start celebrating today)

September 16-17: IMLEA Annual Conference

September 17: Constitution Day

September 18: DOE Webinar, 4 pm ET, Computer Science Standards in the K-8 Classroom

September 21-22: Flipping the Switch K-8 Computer Conference, UIndy

September 22: Free Museum Day (Each person who registers can get two free tickets.)

September 22: Public Lands Day: Free admission to IN State Parks (Spring Mill 9/23)

October 1: Schools to Watch Deadline for New & Redesignation Applications

October 20: Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival for Teens, Indiana State Library

October 25-27: AMLE Conference in Orlando

Time's Up!

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