An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for April 26, 2019

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Superintendent Summit Set for June 13-14

Dr. Mac

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is hosting a summit for all Indiana school superintendents (or his/her designee) and one additional member of his/her leadership team. This event will start with a late afternoon/evening event supported by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) on June 13, followed by a full-day summit on June 14 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Summit attendees will receive a legislative update from Dr. McCormick and information critical to planning for the 2019-2020 school year from IDOE officials. Cost of the Summit is $75 per person; however, hotel rooms at the JW Marriott will be provided at no charge for the first 100 individuals to register outside of a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis. Click here to register. Please direct questions to Dr. Andrew Melin.

Office of Assessment

ISTEP+, ILEARN, and I AM Windows Are Underway

Here are a few reminders to share with educators:

  • If educators experience testing issues, please document them by immediately contacting either either the AIR (866-298-4256) or Pearson (866-683-6668) Help Desks.

  • Callers should note the item number, grade level, and content area before reaching out to the Help Desk. As a reminder, secure test content should not be transmitted. Once a Help Desk ticket is created, callers should note the help desk’s ticket number for future reference.

  • Policy questions such as assessments given outside of order or mis-administration should be either emailed to IDOE or phoned in to 317-232-9050.   

Office of Accountability

School and Corporation Profile Amendment Window Opens May 1

The school and corporation profile amendment window for the 2019-2020 school year will open on May 1. Please review this memorandum for information on how to submit a profile amendment. Questions may be directed here.

Office of School Improvement

Webinar Series Opportunity-Analytical Algebra II: Adapting and Gathering Resources 

In this follow-up webinar, IDOE will focus on resources and how schools can utilize and adapt their current Algebra II text with Analytical Algebra II. Presenters will also explore utilizing the Math Framework and begin to share digital resources. This webinar will be held Thursday, May 16, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET). Register here.

Regional Summer Learning and Collaboration Opportunity

Join IDOE for a deep dive into Analytical Algebra II. During the course of two days, educators will receive resources and pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement the course. Educators will also be given meaningful work time to collaborate with colleagues from around the state. Click on the location to register. Additional information will follow to registered participants closer to the date.

Southern Indiana - June 4 - June 5 - Jasper, IN

Central Indiana - June 6 - June 7 - Indianapolis, IN

Northern Indiana - June 10 - June 11 - Warsaw, IN

Office of Innovation

Teacher, Counselor, Administrator Summer Externship Opportunity: CTE Summer Expansion Grant Released

The Office of Innovation has released $1.75 million in Perkins Leadership funds to be equally disbursed to the 50 secondary CTE districts. Funds can be used for the purposes of increasing statewide participation in a paid summer externship opportunity for any teacher, counselor, or school administrator. Funds can also be used to plan or implement professional development on integrating project based learning principals and increasing CTE awareness. For more details, contact your local CTE Director.   

USDOE Releases Over $2M for Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program

More than $2 million are available for this grant, and up to six grants will be awarded to scale evidence-based innovative programs that lead to better student outcomes and program effectiveness. Grantees will receive between $400,000 and $500,000 for a 36-month project. Each grantee must match awarded funds with non-Federal funding sources. To learn more about this opportunity, please read this memo.  

Vincennes University Hosting Welding Workshop Led by Lincoln Electric Trainers

Vincennes University will host two three-day welding workshops for educators in June of 2019. Both workshops will be taught by Lincoln Electric trainers from corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and assisted by the welding faculty of Vincennes University. More information is available here.


IDOE in the News

IDOE Sends Critical Areas of Teacher Shortage to U.S. Department of Education

The annual report shares content areas within Indiana having the most critical need for additional educators. Learn more here.


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