Monday Minute

December 3, 2018

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At today's IMLEA board meeting, we finalized plans to hold next year's conference on September 29-30, 2019. Attendees were unanimous in their approval for the hotel, and we are happy to report that we will be returning to the Marriott at Keystone at the Crossing. Look for the request to present forms soon after the new year. We really appreciate the evaluations that we received, and used your input. They also reinforced that we had outstanding presenters this year. Mark you calendars!

Share Your Expertise with Pre-Service Students & Instructors

Applications are now open for the prestigious Armstrong Educator Awards at IU. Approximately ten educators from a variety of disciplines will be chosen to interact with education students and instructors at IU Bloomington. Superintendents received the information in the mail last month. If you are interested, why not let her/him know that you would like to be nominated? For the first time ever, they are allowing more than one nomination per district. A complete timetable and the application are available on the award website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs

Looking ahead to warmer weather may be wishful thinking, but now is the time to apply for several special opportunities for next summer. One outstanding program is NEH. Their seminars range from one to four weeks and have stipends to cover expenses. Each seminar on this page has its own description and application.Some of the slots for these opportunities are reserved for recent/new teachers.There are over thirty for K-12 teachers. Applications are due March 1.

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has a multitude of free materials and opportunities for teachers. Their summer teacher seminars are very competitive; participants receive free room & board and a travel stipend while learning from the experts. Many of these are in concert with top museums, and some are even abroad. Application deadline is February 18, 2019. You do not have to teach history to apply; some seminars do have grade stipulations.


You must teach at a Gilder Lehrman affiliate school, but, guess what! This is also free, and by signing up, you get access to many free or discounted materials. They have also have online collections that serve as reliable sites for student research.

National History Day

National History Day is a competition for students to carry out a project on a topic of their choice in a unique variety of formats, including making a documentary, website, exhibit, paper, or performance. This year's theme is "Triumph & Tragedy in History." If you'd like to learn more about NHD, you can also start with the Indiana resources; regional competitions start in February, with most happening in March. You can have students enter, and they are also looking for judges. Gilder Lehrman also has special collections for events like National History Day. A National History Day project can easily be an interdisciplinary effort, whether you enter it in the competition or not.

ICE Edvent Calendar

Indiana Connected Educators (ICE) have their own special event for the month. Each day, a new tool or resource is added. You can access this during their Facebook page, this link. their twitter account. For example, the first day was an image editing tool, LunaPic, the second day was a Spotify song list, and today was Google Code Lab Santa Tracker. What better way to celebrate the season than by sharing learning!


Year round you can get the Big Idea Book, full of apps and resources, via ICE. See the latest issue and sign up here.

edWeek Virtual Event to Feature Michele Eaton of Wayne Township

Michelle Eaton from Wayne Township in Indianapolis will be one of the featured panelists on Education Week's personalized learning online summit this Thursday, from 1-3 pm ET. Topics include research for and against, principals' views, 5 big mistakes education companies are making in trying to serve schools’ personalized learning needs, low-tech personalized strategies, and more. More details and registration information are found here.

This Week's Update from generationON Indiana

Beth Smith has a new Spotlight on Service article posted on our website and featured in the Indianagram, "Hungry to Help." How do you make food drives more than just a collection, competition, or one-time a year event? How do you make it more meaningful to all involved? It includes recent examples of school projects.


This article about gratitude from ASCD has been recirculating recently; it includes several ways the power of gratitude can benefit students, and things educators can do to assist.

Time's Up!

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