Monday Minute

May 21, 2019

As Some of You Inch Toward the Finish Line....

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Some schools finished last week; others don't finish until mid-June. Don't forget to register for the 2019 IMLEA Conference. Our conference website is now live. You may register your staff members (no price increase) and make hotel reservations (an increase of only $3 from last year.) In addition to several sessions for language arts, math, and STEM, here are just a few of the breakout sessions that will be offered:

  • eLearning Days Panel on Best Practices
  • Mindful in the Middle: Realistic Technology Integration
  • Coordinating Services for Special Needs Students
  • Effective Anti-Bullying Programs
  • Digital Safety
  • Developing Student Leaders through Inquiry
You can register now and submit names of attendees later. You can use a PD eLearning Day and send your entire staff! (See the next story on eLearning!)

Further information about our keynote speakers, Buddy Berry and Lori Desautels; in addition, here are some of Dr. Desautels' many articles for Edutopia. She is an expert in neurodiversity, trauma-informed, and brain-based learning.

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Last week I attended an outstanding DOE workshop on eLearning days led by Nadine Gilkison of Franklin Township. The above slide prompted many questions and conversations: schools no longer will have to apply for nor report when they hold eLearning days for inclement weather or professional learning. Districts will be trusted to define what constitutes an instructional day.

Sessions at our IMLEA conference will include a panel on best practices for eLearning days. In the past Triton Central Middle School used an eLearning day and sent their entire staff to our conference. Feel free to contact Susie Highley if you have questions about how you could do this, or about the basics of the recent DOE workshop.

South Ripley Junior High Celebrates STW Redesignation

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South Ripley's redesignation celebration Monday included a video message from State Superintendent Dr. McCormick, formal presentation of the update to their STW banner, and a visit from State Representative Randy Frye with a Proclamation for Destiny Rutzel as Indiana Middle Level Principal of the Year! South Ripley Junior High is an Indiana Four Star School, received an "A' school grade, and participates in Champions Together and many other programs.

As a School to Watch, they are prepared to serve as a mentor to other schools. As a matter of fact, the Schools to Watch Program was included as an official Technical Assistance Partner for School Improvement at DOE's TitleCon. To see the complete list of available mentors for Indiana Schools to Watch, and to learn more about the program, visit our website.

Everybody's Talking about.... PGP's

We will send along any updates we receive concerning PGP's. In the meantime....
  • if you attended Ben Carter's session at IMLEA last fall, "Integrating Career Coaching and Navigation Using Indiana Career Explorer," you can apply that PGP as one of 15 that are career-related.
  • Nadine Gilkison of Franklin Township (see eLearning above) is offering an opportunity for her Phase 2 of "Techflix- Online PD for PGPs Created by Teachers for Teachers!" If you are interested in helping, fill out this form. You can also see this tweet for more information and to follow her!.
These workshops have a cost (which we realize everyone is hoping to avoid) but would fit the economic/career requirement.
By May 14, over 4600 teachers had begun new PGPs in LVIS. As it stands now, if you begin a new plan before July 1, the new guidelines will not apply to this renewal. Some clarifications were sent out in Superintendent McCormick's Friday message.

This Week's INSPIRE3 Update

This week's INSPIRE3 update includes the three free service-learning workshops in northern IN, new Indiana service-learning stories posted on Learning to Give a, Service-Learning/SEL article, and our INSPIRE3 mini-grants that are still available to support service-learning projects. Contact Joan Belschwender with any questions.

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Next week's edition will be published on Wednesday, May 29, and will include our Shining Star winners!

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