-----------------------June 2020 ----------------------


Thank you to all the amazing educators who pivoted to remote learning to serve their students and families during this unprecedented school year! We wish you a happy and restful summer!

Below you will find some great opportunities for summer professional development.

A Message from the Director

Coming with the start of a new school year, IDOE is excited to offer two new newsletters! Beginning with the next issue, the #DigitallyINspired newsletter will focus on Digital Learning resources and supports. In late July or early August, we will unveil newsletters specific to Computer Science and STEM. Creating individual newsletters will allow us to tailor the newsletter to the specific needs of those content areas. Of course, you can receive all three if you want. We are continually looking for ways to improve our service to you!

To subscribe to the Computer Science newsletter, #CSforIN click here.

COVID-19 Health and Safety School Re-entry Guidance

In partnership with ISDH and FSSA, IDOE has created IN-Class, a document designed to provide re-entry considerations to school communities for the 2020-2021 school year .

Virtual Summer School 2020 Guidance

A series of supports to assist in building a highly successful summer learning program.

Resources Database

A comprehensive (and growing) database of resources for educator and family use, searchable by grade, content area, and whether the resource is online, offline, or on television.

Resources and Support Requests

We understand that this transition has been difficult and we see you. Please reach out if you have any questions or need support, regardless of content area. We will make sure your questions are answered and you are supported.

Submit a Resource for the IDOE Database

The submission of this form does not guarantee inclusion in the database until evaluated by IDOE content specialists.

Professional Development Opportunities

Digital Course Curation Training Opportunity

Due to the high interest more dates have been added! On June 24 and 25 IDOE will provide an additional two day synchronous and asynchronous training session via WebEx to enhance digital learning and to develop online-based courses within learning management systems. Participants will focus on building the necessary skill set and knowledge base required for digital course curation, will begin building a course, and receive 15 PGPs. Please register here. Please email Jennifer Watson with any questions.

Upcoming Digital Learning Webinar - Getting Copyrighteous

Join us on Tuesday, June 30 at 4:00pm Eastern for a webinar with Diana Gill, Indiana educator and author of our summer book study selection, Copyrighteous. Learn about being a responsible creator and respecting copyright while creating an engaging classroom with the support that you need. Register for the webinar here.
Indiana Connected Educators LIVE

Indiana Connected Educators is inviting all Hoosier educators to Go Big and #StayHome on July 20-24, as they host Indiana Connected Educators LIVE, a free week-long virtual event focused on teaching and learning in a digital world. A powerhouse lineup of top EdTech leaders and authors has been assembled to bring inspiration, resources, connections, and ideas to educators preparing for the coming school year. Registration is now open. Email Jennifer Watson with any questions.

ASEE Annual Conference June 22-26

The Pre-College Engineering Education division of the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) is offering teachers an amazing opportunity to engage with professionals and academics in the engineering profession with specific ideas and methodologies to implement engineering practices in their classrooms and become a member of this society at no cost to practicing teachers.

June 20 – Registration deadline

Please go to: https://www.asee.org/annual-conference/2020 for more information and to register.

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Rose-Hulman PRISM hosts the Moodle LMS for Indiana K-12 teachers

These "Crash Courses" are meant to be an introduction to the Moodle LMS and these specific features. These courses are intended for existing Moodle users looking to enhance their existing courses. Once on our website, interested teachers need to create an account on our website. After creating an account, they will see an Event Registration link in the main menu. Each distance education course will be listed. www.rose-prism.org.

  • Crash Course Activities and Resources for Moodle (8 PGP Points)

This course focuses on learning how to use the Moodle activities and resources to develop quality lessons for students on the online Moodle platform. Teachers will learn how to grade assignments and other activities more efficiently and provide feedback to students in a secure online environment.

Dates: Ongoing – Sign up any time.

  • Crash Course on Gradebook & Grading for Moodle (8 PGP Points)

This course focuses on learning how to use the Moodle grade book. Teachers will learn how to add, edit, and update grade items in addition to advanced grade book topics.

Dates: Ongoing – Sign up any time.

  • Crash Course on Quiz Question Types for Moodle (8 PGP Points)

This course focuses on learning how to create and use the various Moodle quiz question types.

Dates: Ongoing – Sign up any time.

Computer Science Professional Development for K-12 Educators

IDOE is working with five organizations, including CodeHS, IndianaComputes!, IU School of Informatics and Computing, Nextech, and Project Lead The Way to bring FREE computer science professional development to Indiana K-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers. All summer 2020 opportunities have shifted to a virtual format. More information can be found here. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Lexile® and Quantile® Measures: Summer Professional Development for Educators!

In our effort to help schools anticipate potential achievement amid curricular demands once schools reopen, the Office of Student Assessment partnered with MetaMetrics to estimate students’ projected Lexile and Quantile measures. In anticipation of releasing these data to schools in early fall, three training sessions will serve to calibrate educators’ understanding of Lexile and Quantile measures. Three subsequent sessions will provide an overview of the projected measures and how educators can use them to inform instruction. Review this flyer for more details. Please contact the Office of Student Assessment with any questions.

Summer, NO-COST STEM Program PD for Middle School Teachers

Do you want your middle school students (and their teachers) to be excited about STEM and computing, practice technology innovation, and enjoy being physically active? If your answer is yes, then please encourage middle school teachers you know to apply to our 2020 TECHFIT professional development (PD) program this summer:

July 27-31, 2020 via Web-Ex and Google Classroom

If you have questions or need additional information about TECHFIT, please visit our website at http://techfit.tech.purdue.edu or send email to techfit@purdue.edu.



Members of the IDOE’s Teaching and Learning Team have been working with the State’s STEM Leadership Cadre to update the STEM School Certification process, including the STEM School Evaluation Rubric. In an effort to address the current and future landscape of education, Domain I of the rubric has been updated. Access the 2020-2021 STEM School Certification Guide here and updated rubric here. A webinar explaining the application process will be available soon and will be located on the IDOE’s STEM Education page. Contact Shannon Dick, Innovation Specialist, with questions.

Design it Make it (At-home) Challenge Announcement:

TechPoint Foundation for Youth's 2020 Design it Make it (At-Home) Challenge is now live! We want all Indiana kids to think creatively and critically to solve real-world problems from the comfort of their homes by building and/or coding a solution! Learn more here (https://www.techpointyouth.org/design-it-make-it).
Project PEACE by Youth is seeking teachers in IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI that are interested in supporting student environmental champions

The program is seeking highly interested science teachers to work with other non-science teachers on student led school environmental health projects. The 2021 program will empower teachers to support student led environmental citizen science action projects. The program will train teachers to teach students in utilizing EnviroAtlas, EarthEcho International and Roots and Shoots resources along with other data resources to learn more about the environmental health of their school/community and choose an environmental health issue in their community they want to tackle.

Please join us for our Informational webinar on June 25, 2020 at 8:20 am CST. Register at bit.ly/ProjectPEACEbyYouth

It’s Time to Renew Your Girls Who Code Club!

The club renewal process is officially open. More information can be found here. Additionally, Girls Who Code has created this resource document to help you think about virtual options for your club. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Grant Opportunities

Robotics Start-Up Grants Available - Grades 1-12!

TechPoint Foundation for Youth's (TPF4Y) 2020-21 Robotics Start-up grant is now open! We want to help launch a robotics team at every school in Indiana.

Learn more and apply here: www.techpointyouth.org/robotgrant

Innovative Educator Spotlight Nomination Form

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for innovative educational practices? Tell us about them in this nomination form.

Meet Our Team!

Jake Koressel

Computer Science Specialist

(317) 234-6702


Jennifer Watson

Senior Digital Learning Specialist

(317) 234-2137


Meri Carnahan

Learning Resources Specialist

(317) 234-1329


Shannon Dick

Innovation Specialist

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