Monday Minute: Spring Break Edition

March 28, 2022


Young students offer pep talks on free hotline
You may have seen the tweets & shares about pep talks from kindergarteners. I like the above story that goes behind the scenes to see how it all started. (BTW, the phone number is 707-998-8410.)

You can show youtube videos to classes without the ads by using SafeShare tv (the link created only lasts for an hour without an account), or by putting a hyphen between the 't' and 'u' in youtube, as in


IMLEA and the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University are sponsoring a webinar with Sharita Ware, Indiana Teacher of the Year, on Monday, April 11 at 7 pm. You can register for this event in advance, and can even submit questions. You do not have to be a member of IMLEA to attend. Ms. Ware teaches Engineering Technology at East Tipp Middle School in Lafayette.

Surprising Lessons from Indiana Schools and COVID "Learning Loss"

Until I saw this same article in my local paper, I did not even know that such a study existed. Economist Michael Hicks from Ball State explains, " The results were surprising and largely positive — or, at least, more hopeful than I expected." You can also read the entire study here.

Schools to Watch School Improvement Program

IMLEA is the Indiana administrator for the national Middle Grades Forum Schools to Watch Program. Schools that have completed the process have told us that in addition to the self-study, school visits, and involvement of the entire staff, the long-lasting positive effects include valuable networking with others. We will be holding an in-person training in June for schools that would like to apply, and for individuals who would like to be evaluators. The program itself is free; schools that earn designation are invited to a national conference the following June. Schools of any size are welcome to apply, and DOE has approved us as a TAP for CSI and TSI schools.

We have additional information on our website.


In conjunction with Readable English, we are offering a brief informational session this Thursday from 2-2:30 pm. While this session is primarily to offer assistance to CSI and TSI schools to offer support in applying for the SIG and creating a literacy cohort, we will also share information for any school that is interested in exploring Readable English. Please RSVP or refer any questions to Susie Highley.

AMLE National Conference Call for Programs

#AMLE22 will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee/Orlando on November 3-5. You can see the keynote and featured presenters here, and the call for presentations here. Proposals are due April 15. Conference registration and housing are also now open!

Review Period Open to Comment on New Science/CS Standards

Educators, parents, professionals, and the general public are invited to comment on the proposed Indiana science and computer science standards up for adoption. The comment period is open through April 8. There are standards from kindergarten all the way through Physics II.


Indiana’s first-ever CSPDWeek sponsored by the National Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Indiana CSTA Chapter, Nextech, and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will be June 27-July 1 in Bloomington. This free PD with stipend (and free room and board for those living over 50 miles away) has a choice of several workshops and some follow-up responsibilities for incorporating the resources into next year's teaching. Find more information on topics and how to register here. Classroom teachers, librarians, and others who incorporate CS are eligible to attend.

Greenfield Central JHS Unified Virtual Assembly 2022
This virtual assembly from Greenfield Central Junior High is a great introduction to the Champions Together program. If you are interested in training for your school and would like to learn more about the program, contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics.

The roadmap at the right can be downloaded by clicking on the file below. It shows the steps to become a Unified Champion School, and includes clickable links.

For example, Greensburg Junior High is having in-person Inclusive Youth Leadership training on March 29. Champions Together is also still offering whole school assemblies- both in person and virtual. They can also do multiple assemblies in one day to accommodate numbers with individual school COVID regulations.

There is still time to begin the program this year; you can also learn more on our website.

Combine Test Prep and Collaborative Thinking

With the advent of state testing next month, this article from MiddleWeb offers strategies to combine collaboration with test prep.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers three different types of PD this summer:

The latter two require that your school is an affiliate member of Gilder Lehrman, which is free (and many Indiana schools already are.) You can also see an overview here.


The Indiana competition for National History Day on April 30 could use more judges; you do not have to be a social studies teacher, and training will be provided. The contest will be at Marian University from approximately 8 am to 2 pm, and you will have a chance to interact with students. For more information, see the flyer below.

Stay in Touch with Us!

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Learning Opportunities (Times EDT) Free unless noted.

March: Middle Level Education & Women's History Month

March 29: Virtual Reality and Learning, 3-6 pm

March 30: IDOE-Lost in Translation: Best Tools for EL Learners, 4 pm

March 31: Webinar for CSI & TSI Schools Interested in SIG Grant Assistance or Any Schools Interested in Readable English 2 pm

*March 31: Deadline to Enter Students in ICTM State Contest

*March 31: NASA's Evolving Role in Human Spaceflight with Astronaut Linda Godwin, 8 pm

April 2: AMLE Recharge Workshop, 10 am-2 pm (Charge involved)

April 4-8: Horace Mann Draws Donors Choose Winners (Apply Now!)

April 7: Virtual Voyagers: Exploring Strategies & Resources for Meaningful Online Learning, 10 am (recording available in IN Learning Lab later)

April 11: IMLEA Webinar with Sharita Ware, Indiana TOY, 7 pm

April 15: Deadline to Apply for IDOE's Next Generation SIG (for CSI & TSI Schools)

April 15: Deadline to Apply to Present at #AMLE22 (which is November 3-5 in Orlando)

April 16: Strobel Summit, 10 am-3:45 pm (free replay for 15 days)

April 19: "Closing the Implementation Gap" with Douglas Reeves, 3 pm

April 21: IDOE Alternative Education Programs for Virtual & Blended Learning, 1 pm

*April 23: Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Contest (10 Local Host Sites)

May 1: Nomination Deadline for the Colts Classroom Quarterbacks Award

*involves students


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events (many free) Archived Events Webinars

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 (Most on Mondays)

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.


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go directly to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.

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.

We realize this is prime time for spring vacations; whether you have had yours, are currently on break, or have that to look forward to in the near future, enjoy!

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To support you, your teachers, and your students, long-time corporate supporter, Horace Mann, is funding at least $10,000 in DonorsChoose projects! Please share this with your teachers and encourage them to enter for a chance to win!

Here’s how they do it.

1. Enter their DonorsChoose project at /giveaways now through April 8.

2. During the week of April 4 - 8, Horace Mann will draw winners and fund at least $2,000 in DonorsChoose projects each day.

To learn more about DonorsChoose or if your teachers need help setting up a DonorsChoose project, click here or contact your local Horace Mann representative.

See link for official rules. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Not valid in Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Washington or West Virginia. Must be at least 18 years of age or older to enter. Your school and/or district may have guidelines around DonorsChoose funding. Please ensure you are adhering to all pertinent policies and procedures. DonorsChoose is not an affiliate of Horace Mann.

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