An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for November 6, 2020

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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees serve as leaders in the improvement of STEM education. This year's cycle is for teachers in Grades 7-12. Nomination applications are available here. Nominations are due March 1, 2021. Contact PAEMST Mathematics and Science Coordinator, Sheridan Rayl with any questions.


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Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. IDOE joins with a grateful nation in honoring all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.




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November 15 is the Deadline to Submit Holiday Cards for Our Military

Thank you to the schools and districts that have joined IDOE in supporting the Cards for Our Military Challenge. This initiative sends holiday greetings to active duty military stationed around the world. Learn more about the project here. The deadline to send cards is November 15. Questions can be sent to IDOE's John Althardt.


IDOE Newsletters Centrally Located

All IDOE newsletters are located in one convenient location. Please find updates and past issues here.


Office of School Accountability

Reminder: Public Comment on Indiana’s Request for Flexibility from Federal Accountability Requirements for 2020-2021

IDOE is seeking public comment on its request to the US Department of Education to waive certain federal requirements pertaining to federal accountability for the 2020-2021 school year. This request is in response to the direct impact of COVID-19 on the ability to produce valid, reliable, and comparable accountability data and results for the 2020-2021 school year. Information on the request is available on IDOE’s website. Public comments should be submitted hereIDOE will accept public comment through December 4. Please send all questions here.


Office of Student Assessment

New! ISTEP+ Winter 2020 Retest: Window Opens Monday, November 9

The ISTEP+ Winter 2020 Retest windows open next Monday, November 9. This test is primarily for Seniors (cohort 2021) and adult education students (previous cohorts) who need ISTEP+ scores to fulfill graduation requirements. Please contact Andrew Jones with questions or concerns.

New! ISTEP+ Winter 2020 Retest Monitoring

The Office of Student Assessment (OSA) will conduct monitoring visits during the ISTEP+ Winter 2020 Retest testing window beginning November 9. Please ensure that school administrators and staff are aware that these onsite visits will be conducted. Click here for additional details.


Office of Academics / Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness

New! Ten Tips to End the Semester on a High Note

As schools are returning from Fall Break please read this information for 10 tips to help end semester one on a high note. Please contact Christy Berger with any questions.

New! Save the Date for the Third “Educating the Whole Child Summit”

The Educating the Whole Child Summit will be held virtually on February 24, 2021. Please find additional information, registration and session proposal links here. Please contact Christy Berger with any additional questions.


Office of Academics / Special Education

New! Weekly OSE Webinar (WOW): Challenges to Proposed Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Please plan to participate in "WOW #9: Challenges to Proposed Individualized Education Programs," on Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST). Presented by the Dispute Resolution Team, participants will have opportunities to review how parents can challenge proposed IEPs and discuss several hypotheticals to assess whether an IEP has been challenged. Please register here.

New! Results Driven Accountability (RDA) Planning Tool and Matrix Coming

The RDA Planning Tool and Matrix will be emailed to local and coop directors the week of November 9. The tool contains information and scores related to compliance and results indicators and next steps if applicable. Information regarding the December RDA Data Retreats will also be contained in the tool. For additional information please contact Kristan Sievers-Coffer.


Office of Academics / Teaching and Learning

New!: Mighty Moments in Early Learning Guidance Available

Families are a child's first and most important teacher, so please join IDOE in sharing a new series called Mighty Moments. These messages will help extend the school day by providing families with easy activities to support child development during daily routines. Contact Sarah Parks-Reese with any questions.

Reminder: Secondary ELA Literature Roundtables

Join IDOE’s Kelly Waller in sharing ideas on how teachers implement commonly taught novels into their classrooms. Participants will join the Literature Round Table to share their experiences with teaching these novels and will be asked to explain strategies they have found to be successful with students. Click here for additional information. 

Reminder: IU Turnkey Courses Available

IDOE has partnered with Indiana University to make available full high school courses for immediate use in virtual and hybrid settings. You can find the courses here.  IU will offer a webinar, How To Use Course Materials, on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Click here to register. Contact Jennifer Watson with any questions.

Reminder: Computer Science Education

IC 20-30-5-23 requires that, after June 30, 2021, all public and public high schools offer at least one computer science course as an elective each year. See this page for a full list of courses that satisfy this requirement. Contact Jake Koressel with questions.

Reminder: Upcoming Webinars - Teaching In a Digital World Series

The “Teaching in a Digital World” webinar series supports teachers and their utilization of digital learning, whether remote, in the classroom, or hybrid. Episode 10: STEM/PBL is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10. Click here to register. Contact Jennifer Watson with any questions.

Reminder: U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Deadline is Today (November 6)

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. Please read this memo outlining the qualifications and nomination forms. Nominations are due today, November 6. Please email Shannon Dick with any questions.


Office of Academics / Title Grants and Support

New! Family and Community Engagement Toolkit Now Available

The Office of Charter Schools is making a Family and Community Engagement Toolkit available for all schools to. Click here to access the toolkit.


Office of School Finance

Reminder: Summer School Reimbursement

The Office of School Finance has finalized the computation for reimbursement of summer school costs. The summer school payment will be made the week of November 23. Additional information and the detailed list of distributions is available in this memo. Please contact Kathryn Roth or Teresa Hemmerle with questions.

Reminder: Curricular Material Reimbursement

The sign-off phase for the 2020-2021 school year curricular material reimbursement closes November 13.  If you have any questions, please contact Skii Ficklin.

Reminder: Supplemental Financial Reporting Update

As previously shared, this memo provides an overview of the new platform for school corporations and charter schools to upload financial data as well as a new Form 9 step in compliance with state transparency requirements outlined in IC 5-14-3.7-3 which begins in January 2021. Please direct any questions to here.

Reminder: November Tuition Support

The Office of School Finance is working on the November payment reconciliation process for the Basic Grant. Please read this memo regarding the reconciliation process. If you have questions, please email either Amy Pattison or Melissa Ambre.


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