The Monday Minute

The Quick-Hit Testing Edition, April 19, 2021

TESTING, TESTING, 1...2...3...

With the test window opening today, this week's edition might really take just a minute to read! With the complexity of scheduling for in-person and virtual students, there may be blocks of time where some of these programs or opportunities could be used during non-testing times. (The 5th grade brain breaks could work for older students, too.)

Young Hoosier Voting Open Until May 1

The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high school children. On the Indiana Library Federation website, librarians, teachers, and parents can access the lists and resources, and students can vote. With an unusual year, students may vote through their library or at home. (Testing breaks are a good time for students to read!)

Great Opportunity for Rural School Librarians

This year's REALISD program is going to be virtual. It is open to school library teachers from rural areas (see their pages to see what "rural" can be.) It is completely free, starts this summer in July, continues during the school year, and includes 3 grad credit hours. Needed materials and equipment will be shipped to participants. I have friends who have attended in the past, and said it was a wonderful program, with several ideas that they added to their MakerSpaces and other activities.

Applications are due May 31. You can find more information here.

Olympics Resources

Although many schools will be back in session during the Olympics (July 23-August 8), there are some preliminary activities you might want to check out or use at the end of this school year. Here are resources from the Olympic Museum, and some Olympian and Para-Olympian profiles that could lend themselves to good advisory/SEL lessons. (They link to paid providers ClassDojo and Classroom Champions, but these resources are free.)

Horace Mann Extends Free Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Horace Mann has been one of IMLEA's most supportive sponsors. Nationally, they have also recently announced that they are extending a program they offer free of charge through the 2021-22 school year. They will help teachers navigate the steps needed to earn loan forgiveness through personal consultations. So far, they have saved educators over $350 million!

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

That's All for Now...

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