The Monday Minute

May 16, 2022

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Greenfield-Central Schools Host Unified Track Meet

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Today I had the pleasure of witnessing the Unified Track Meet for all Greenfield-Central Schools with students K-8. The energy was high, from the police escort for student buses, to the welcome from cheerleaders, to constant encouragement and cooperation among the Special Olympians and their Unified Partners during the events, ending in everyone eating lunch together.

Unified Champions is more than just sporting events and one-day wonders; it is an entire program that brings classmates together in sustained friendships and includes student leadership development. To become involved, you can contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics, and check out the resources on our webpage.

End of the Year Ideas

Some teachers feel that when testing is over there is more latitude in classroom activities to include. A few ideas to explore:

Modern CLassroom Project: 2 Free Sessions Left for This Year

The first two sessions are full, but there are two more opportunities to learn about the Modern Classroom Project through free PD offered in collaboration with DOE and four regional service centers. Basically, the framework incorporates student choice, but includes must-do and extension activities. Find the training information and many examples of units here. This also includes a virtual mentorship through 2023.
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Capstone is offering free themed eBooks for students that can be combined with these choice boards. While designed more for primary and intermediate grades, there may be books of interest for some older students, or for teachers to use with their own children. Further instructions can be found here.


There is research that suggests something as simple as students reading 6 books over the summer can help them retain reading skills. Here are some ideas from MiddleWeb to encourage reading without assigning it.

YOUR WAY PD: open to all educators

Sponsored by the Schwab Foundation and the Region 8 Educational Service Center, this group of 15 different self-paced courses can be taken over the summer. There is enough to renew a teaching license for free! From STEM to writing, to PBL, to question forming, there are courses that apply to all disciplines. See the complete course list and register here.

Learning Opportunities (Times EDT) Free unless noted.

May 18: Indiana Learning Lab "Greatest Hits" webinar, 4 pm

May 19: IDOE Webinar with Sharita Ware, "Engaging Kids with Rigorous Problem-Based Projects," 4 pm

May 19: "Mastering Digital Storytelling in Canva for Education," 8 pm

May 23: IDOE Webinar, "The Knowledge Gap," 4 pm

May 23: Corwin Webinar: "Teaching Reading," 6:30 pm

*June 1: Student Applications Due for Scholastic Kids Press

June 1-August 5: Summer of Learning Events Across the State

June 2: iTeach Conference at East Allen County Schools

June 2: "3D Printing in the Movies Webinar with Industrial Light & Magic," 1 pm

June 2: Gilder Lehrman Webinar, "Women in Miltary History," 7-9 pm

June 3: Deadline to Apply for Arts Integration Lab, 4 pm

June 9: Keep Indiana Learning 2022 Reading Summit ($100; some free videos available now)

*June 13: Problem Solving through Innovation Camp for Students at BSU (register by 5/31)

June 14-15: Keep Indiana Learning #VirtuallyDifferent2022 Conference ($25); You can also apply to present!

June 14-15: Kahoot Summit

July 15: Applications Due for AMLE Collaboration Grants.

*involves students


Free Summer CODEHS Opportunities (some virtual, some in person)

Keep Indiana Learning Complete Calendar , Free Events & On-Demand Recordings Webinars (if sponsored, "commercials" are at the end)

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Teachers First/OK2Ask Spring Virtual Workshops

AMLE Podcast Series

AMLE Events (some free, some paid)

IN LearningPartnership (Includes Wednesday PD with IDOE)

Corwin Webinars

Please note: Webinars and events mentioned in this space are not an endorsement of commercial products; on the contrary, we try to avoid listing events that appear to be commercial in nature. Every effort is made to strip social media/tracking data from provided URLs. In many cases, you can register and receive a recording later.

That's all for Now...

The Monday Minute is a publication of IMLEA. Generally, it is sent to members on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month during the school year. You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.

Did you miss our last edition? Find it here.

While many districts dismiss for the summer before Memorial Day, there are even some that are done this week! All hopes for a relaxing, refreshing summer for you! We will have one more edition of "The Monday Minute" before a summer break.

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