Monday Minute

February 4, 2019

It's National School Counseling Week!

School counselors perform a myriad of tasks for staff and students, often behind the scenes in ways that no one else sees. The presence of a trusted adult, outside the realm of grades and other judgments, can be a lifeline for students in need. This post from the National School Counselor Association has some suggestions for ways you can celebrate and thank counselors. In an upcoming Monday Minute, we will share some resources from the Indiana School Counselor Association, including their annual awards.
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It's Digital Learning Month!

From Meri Carnahan at DOE: It's Digital Learning Month in Indiana! We're so excited to shine the spotlight on awesome teachers and what digital learning looks like in their schools and classrooms. Please check out our Digital Learning Month website, participate in the book club and/or webinars, and share your stories on social media (using the #INDLmonth and #INeLearn hashtags) and in Flipgrid. Please share this with your teachers!

You can also find out more about national Digital Learning Day, February 28, here.

Schools to Watch Events: Feb 13 & 22

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. STW is a school improvement program; the workshop will include discussing what the program is about, what are the benefits, what is the Self Study- Rubric, what are the steps to apply, and how to meet the criteria in your school. The registration form is now active. Contact Shirley Wright with questions. There are also several resources on the STW pages on our website.

IMLEA will be hosting a regional Schools To Watch workshop at South Ripley Jr. High School (1589 S Benham Rd, Versailles, IN 47042) for teachers and administrators who are interested in learning more about the program and/or applying for Schools To Watch designation. The workshop, led by Shirley Wright, Destiny Rutzel and Daryl Werner, will go from 8:00am-noon. To register go to

Science Teachers: Did You Know 1919 is the "Year of the Periodic Table?"

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There are several interesting articles about the periodic table on the website called The Conversation, and teachers are free to use them under a Creative Commons license. Other resources on the site include an updated periodic table song, endangered elements, the history of the table and other versions, common chemistry misconceptions, and more.

Especially for Social Studies & Language Arts Teachers: Access to Selected Rick Steves Videos

Last week in Seattle at ALA's Midwinter Conference, I was able to hear travel expert Rick Steves. During the conference, he announced the debut of Rick Steves Classroom Europe. Teachers and students are free to use any of the materials on the site. There are multiple ways to search, and you can create a free account and playlists.
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What participants 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)

Wednesday, 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)

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

Opportunities for Educators & Students

INSPIRE3 (formerly genOn IN) Update

INdiana Service-learning Philanthropy Initiative Resources to Educate, Engage, Empower. Filling out our program’s new form HERE will add new users to our existing database and request updated Information listed on the form. This month’s update is linked here. Highlights include: Updated LTG Current Events page- Technology, Social Media, and Youth on ways to educate youth on when, how, and why to use technology and social media to benefit others and themselves and February events that spark teachable Moments of Service. Thank you for sharing this with your staff.

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