The Monday Minute

January 18, 2022


We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for our March 12 conference at Lebanon High School is none other than Indiana's 2022 Teacher of the Year, Sharita Ware! Ms Ware is an Engineering Technology Educator at East Tipp Middle School in Lafayette. She uses Project Lead the Way, incorporates robotics, design challenges, Lego League, and much, much more in her classroom. She has an engineering background and became a Woodrow Wilson Fellow to transition to a career in teaching.

Registration details, including all sessions, will be sent out next week. Stay tuned, and mark your calendar!


Recently, there has been increased discussion about the proper term to use for this holiday: Chinese New Year is very well known, yet other cultures celebrate as well and use the term Lunar New Year. I have found two articles (without extensive ads) that could be incorporated into lessons. It will be the Year of the Tiger!

National Today

Asia for Educators, Columbia University

Line Up a Free Virtual Author Visit for World Read Aloud Day

Use the list found on this post by Kate Messner to find authors willing to interact with your classes on World Read Aloud Day, February 2.

You can find the general page for WRAD here. It includes a line up of live virtual read-aloud events as well as other resources.

You can also find recent suggestions from the "Read Aloud Indiana" lists from the Indiana Library Federation. (Image from Bethel MS, CT license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Librarian Shannon Miller has created a "Reading Olympics" with students encountering different kinds of literacy as their events. For example, students might learn by accessing, print, eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts, or other media during a designated time or lesson.There is also a "Reading Olympics Choice Board" with many activities. You can copy the choice boards and revise them to substitute links to resources that are available in your district. (Her school is K-8)

In addition, I have created this Wakelet with several links related to the Olympics, and will be adding to it. Here is an example of one site with several activities.

And Check Out This Outstanding Olympics Choice Board Below, Suitable for Middle School!

You can make a copy and edit it here! (Thanks to Dr. Torrey Trust, who made this in Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 to share.)
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The Amazing Lesson Design Outline (ALDO)

I subscribe to emails from TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association), which offers many great tech resources (and once a year, free membership). A recent post by Miguel Guhlin offers this comprehensive form for lesson design. (Click here to make a copy.) There are many options for each part of a lesson, complete with hyperlinks to activities.

They also shared their top blog posts from 2021, including this one about Google cutting back on "free" storage, especially after February 1, 2022. It's well worth exploring their site!

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Applications Open

There are several Fulbright programs through the State Department, varying in length, countries abroad, and application deadline. Find the various programs and some of the deadlines here; the first is due February 14, 2022.

Great Opportunity: Summer Workshops at WW II Museum

The National WW II Museum in New Orleans is offering two different seminars this summer.

Workshop 1: Voices of the Pacific War: July 10 - July 15, 2022
Workshop 2: The Power of Propaganda: July 17 - July 22, 2022

Each seminar will give teachers access to noted WWII scholars, as well as hands-on experiences and virtual resources they can incorporate into classroom instruction. There is no cost. Participants will receive free lodging, a travel stipend, seminar materials, and most meals free of charge. Find more information and the application here (due February 4)

NEH Summer Professional Development Opportunities

NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. From studying Steinbeck in California to the space program in Florida, the seminars take place across the country. Stipends of $1300-$3450 for residential programs and $650-$1725 for virtual programs help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Applications for all programs close on March 1, 2022. Of course, programs are subject to change.

CELL STEM Teach Offerings

Registration is now open for STEM Teach Courses through CELL (Center of Excellence for Leadership in Learning at UIndy) You can narrow the offerings down to middle level with this link. They support attendance at HASTI or a chance to win a Marble Maze Kit. Register by January 30.

IASP Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Open

The 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest is now open! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this contest. Students are being asked to write their essays based on the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiples hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”
More specific contest information can be found on the IASP Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest website, The online submission deadline is February 28, 2022.

Learning Opportunities (all times EST)

January 19: It All Starts with a Plan: Priorities & Best Practices for STEM Integration (IDOE), 4 pm

January 20: INLearningPartner: Reflecting Back to Spring Forward LIvesteam, 1-4

January 20: Learning Forward-Supporting & Encouraging Student Voice & Agency: Experiences & Resources, 3 pm

January 22: Using Gmail and Calendar as a Digital Assistant, Noon

January 24: Enhance News and Media Literacy Learning: Tips and Techniques for Teaching a Lifelong Skill, 4 pm

January 24: Social Emotional Well-Being for Educators, 6:30 pm

January 25: The Social Media Predicament (FIve-Star), 4 pm

January 26: INLearning Lab: New Year, New You Tech Tips for 2022,4 pm

January 26: Lesson planning for your misinformation unit—UbD® educator framework, Checkology ® and other news literacy resources, 4:30 pm

January 29: I Can Do Anything with Canva! Noon

January 30: Applications Due for Armstrong Teacher Educator Awards

January 30: Deadline to Register for STEM Teach Offerings

January 31: Shake Up Literacy Learning with Multitasking Mentor Texts, 6:30 pm

*January 31: Entry Deadline for ASA & AMLE Playbook Challenge

*January 31: Entry Deadline for Indiana Poetry Society Contest (Grades 6-12)

February 1: AMLE Webinar-Strategies to Build Strong Lines of Communication with Kids, 4 pm

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 2: World Read Aloud Day

February 4: Deadline to Apply for WW II Summer Workshops (New Orleans)

February 4-20: Winter Olympics

February 6: Deadline for PAEMST Applications

March 12, 2022: IMLEA Conference, Lebanon High School

*Applies to students


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events (many free) Archived Events

IN LearningPartnership (includes Wednesday PD with IDOE) Webinars

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

AMLE Podcast Series

Corwin Webinars (Most on Mondays)

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