May 2020, Volume 20

Virtual Summer Learning Series

Join the Indiana Department of Education’s Math Teaching and Learning Team in a virtual summer learning series to explore high-quality math resources. Whether you consider yourself a novice or expert, learn ways to integrate these resources into your instructional routines for remote learning or in-person environments.



When: June 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET


When: June 4, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

Click here to sign-up for the webinar!

Three Act Tasks


When: June 16, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET


When: June 18, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

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Slow Reveal Graphs


When: June 30, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

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Solve Me Puzzles


When: July 2, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

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Area Model Progression


When: July 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET


When: July 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

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Which One Doesn't Belong?


When: July 28, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET


When: July 30, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

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Opportunities for the Field

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.

Why should you start a robotics team at your school?

  • Robotics develops student interest in STEM careers & builds 21st-century skills
  • Robotics build’s Indiana’s workforce of tomorrow in high-demand careers
  • Robotics helps teachers connect the classroom to careers

Click here to see robotics in action and why it is important for your students!

TPF4Y’s Robotics Start-Up Grant covers the cost of all of the start-up resources needed to launch a VEX robotics team!

If your elementary school, middle school, or high school does not have a VEX team, then you are eligible to apply! No prior robot knowledge is necessary, this grant will provide educators with everything needed to get started!


  • Robotics Start-Up Grant - Elementary School (grades 1-5)
  • Robotics Start-Up Grant - Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Robotics Start-Up Grant - High School (grades 9-12)

Click here to learn more and apply!

Visit the Robot Map or the Full List of Indiana Schools eligible for this grant.

Design it Make it (At-home) Challenge

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!

Click here to learn more!

Project-Based Learning Math Summer Workshops

This FREE online workshop, funded by the STEM Teach IV Grant, supports Indiana teachers in designing project-based learning units to deeply engage their students in mathematics. With presenters, Dr. Jean Lee of the University of Indianapolis and Dr. Enrique Galindo of Indiana University Bloomington, you will explore the nuts and bolts of designing an effective PBL unit while ensuring the Indiana Mathematical Process Standards are the cornerstones to the unit.

You will leave with a draft of a Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit you can use in your own classroom next year, sample PBL units, free NCTM/PBL book, access to free digital manipulatives/simulations, new ideas for your teaching toolbox, and a PGP certificate.

Elementary PBL Workshop

When: Monday, June 8 - 12, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Secondary PBL Workshop

When: Monday, June 15 - 19, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This workshop will be offered using a combination of synchronous sessions via Zoom.

Click here for more information.

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Calling all tech loving high school girls in Indiana!

Are you interested in learning more about what it's like to be a woman working in the tech world? Do you want to learn new skills in computer science and engineering? Look no further! Bit by Bit is being brought directly to you at home. You will be able to use any device and access all of the amazing resources and experiences Bit by Bit has to offer. This FREE digital conference created by girls, for girls, will provide panelists to answer your questions, mentor talks about their tech experiences, at-home tutorials, and future opportunities to pursue computer science.

Click here for more information and how to register!

Still have questions? Email Bit by Bit at bitbybitnyc@gmail.com.

Nominate a Colleague!

Do you know a teacher who exemplifies commendable teaching in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science in grades K-6? Nominate them for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This award encompasses a great professional development experience that brings many benefits. Teachers receive:

  • A certificate signed by the President of the United States;
  • A paid trip to Washinton, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities;
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and
  • An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

You may nominate through the following link: https://www.paemst.org/

New Experiences for Instructors of Dual Enrollment (NExIDE) Scholarship Program

The purpose of the NExIDE Scholarship program is to provide financial support and incentives to eligible Indiana public high school mathematics teachers who teach or plan to teach dual credit mathematics. Based on expectations from the Higher Learning Commission, college faculty are required to have completed a master’s degree in their discipline or to have completed a master’s degree in another field with 18 hours of graduate credit in their discipline. This requirement includes dual credit teachers who teach college classes in the high school setting.

Click here for more information and access to the application!

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Upcoming Chats:

May 20 - Title Grants Team with Creatively Meeting Students’ Needs and Dreams

Follow #INedchat to be a part of the discussion!

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News from IDOE

How to Vote By Mail Online

IDOE is providing educators with information on the process of voting in the Primary Election to share with students. Check out the video to learn how to Vote By Mail Online in Indiana. You can also click here to find an infographic with additional information.
How to Vote By Mail Online - Indiana

News From Academics

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.

News From Assessment

July Automated Scoring Focus Groups - Share with Educators!

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) invites interested educators to register for one of three focus groups to engage in discussions about the potential use of automated scoring for Indiana’s state assessments. Click here to share a flyer with educators containing more information and meeting registration links. Contact the Office of Student Assessment with any questions.

News from Title Grants

Healthy Hoosier Challenge for Secondary Students

IDOE has created the Healthy Hoosier Challenge card for secondary students. You can learn more about this physical activity program, with guidance for students Pre-K to grade 12 here.
Mathematics Educator Spotlight Nomination

We are looking for rock star math educators who are innovative and inspiring; educators who lead, learn, and collaborate with humility and passion. If you know someone (or are that someone) click the button and nominate them (or yourself)!

Your IDOE Mathematics Team