Monday Minute

January 28, 2019

Schools to Watch Training: February 13

Interested in finding out more about Schools to Watch? Considering applying? Attend a training! The next one will be held in the IASP conference room on Wednesday, February 13, and will include explanations, examples, handouts, and lunch. The registration form is now active. Contact Shirley Wright with questions. There are also several resources on the STW pages on our website.

Champions Together Available Training Dates Update

What our members are saying:

"Champions In The Middle has helped to improve our overall culture at the JH level. Our HS was already a Champions Together School and students wanted to be part of this program. To see the students interact, smile, and truly open their hearts to acceptance of all students has been phenomenal! I love to walk down the halls and see our students smiling, talking, and interacting with all students. Students working together to make a difference one day at a time and one smile at a time leaves me speechless. I love what this program brings to South Ripley" (Destiny Rutzel)

"Students who used to walk the halls looking at the floor, now walk with their heads high and give high-fives all the way to class." - Dan Bailey, mentor

"Athletes now come through my classroom giving hugs to students they once never knew."-

"The most influential Anti-Bullying program I have ever been a part of" Oscar Haughs, RMS Principal

You can see a video of Rochester's volleyball event here.

Please contact Susie Highley to sign up for a training, or if you have questions.Trainings will be from 9:30-11:30.

Thursday, February 14: South Ripley JH (Destiny Rutzel)

February 20: Homestead HS (Fort Wayne)

Thursday, February 21: Rochester MS (Oscar Haughs)

Tuesday, February 26: Tri-West MS (Travis Smith)

Wednesday, February 27: Lowell MS (Becky Pavich)

(Due to this week's weather, the training at Shelbyville has been cancelled.)

The training involves a staff member bringing at least 2-3 students to meet with staff & students at the host school. For more information, you may also check our website or contact Susie Highley

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One of THE best, reliable resources for students to use for biographical information is the Biographies in Context database from Gale. All Indiana residents and students have access through our State Library and the INSPIRE databases. During the month of February, there will be special, daily entries highlighting different accomplished African Americans, as well as instructional tools. Often librarians will incorporate database tips & tricks in instruction, or in collaboration with classroom teachers. Some have found that this database page is easier for students to navigate. One of the great things about the Gale databases is that students are able to annotate articles and share them directly to Google or Microsoft folders.

Conversation Starter: Can We Make Middle School Less Awkward?

Do you agree with the points in this article? It highlights incorporating knowledge of adolescent brain development and social emotional learning into our teaching. I had the pleasure of meeting AMLE Chair Christine Thielen, one of the authors, at last year's AMLE conference in Orlando. I was eating lunch by myself and she came over, introduced herself, and sat down. I felt like I was a loner student in the school lunchroom befriended by a compassionate classmate!

What Teachers Want: The Most Popular Items on Donors Choose

This article gives some interesting insights into what teachers are requesting via Donors Choose. The most requested item-- still books! There are also staggering stats on the number of grants and teachers involved. One reason the number of proposals has increased: the number of times different organizations have swooped in and funded all grants in particular areas or disciplines.

And remember-- our good friend and partner, Horace Mann, also works with Donors Choose and funds many projects on their own.

Children's Museum Spring Preview Evening, February 28 5-7:30 pm

I have attended several of these events, and they are well worth it! This link has more details. Areas open for you include:
  • Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
  • Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater
  • PAW Patrol: Adventure Play
  • American POP
  • The World of Sport
  • National Art Museum of Sport
  • History of Hoops
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generationOn Indiana will now be called INSPIRE3 - INdiana Service-learning Philanthropy Initiative Resources to Educate, Engage, Empower

· We continue our grant funded program facilitated by the IASP and the IMLEA with the same level of support, training, resources, and mini-grants. It is our hope that our new name will attract even more educators to the free resources we promote and to the incorporation of service-learning into the existing curriculum.

o Incorporation of service-learning Educates students while addressing academic standards and employing critical 21st century skills

o Engages students in their content with real-world application

o Empowers students to see themselves as an integral member of their community with the power to affect change.

· We look forward to new and continued collaboration with educators, administrators, schools, and youth serving organizations in Indiana. Any new educators and administrators need to Connect with us for the first time by filling out this short form HERE.

· Complete update linked here – Thank you for sharing this with your staff!!

Opportunities for Educators & Students

February 4: DOE Winter Book Club begins: Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor MacKenzie

February 4-8: School Counselor Week

February 12-13: Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop: Focus on Student Inquiry at IU

February 12-March 21: Math Extravaganzas around the State

February 13: Schools to Watch Training at IASP

February 18: Deadline to Apply for Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars

February 21: Computer Science Curriculum Showcase, Center Grove

February 22: Schools to Watch Workshop at South Ripley JH

February 28: Children's Museum Spring Educator Preview, 5-7:30

March 6: Special Olympics R-Word Banner Signing

March 9: Thinking Outside the (Specimen) Box: Digital Paleontology Workshop, Bloomington

September 29-30, 2019: IMLEA Conference, Indianapolis Marriott North

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