An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for September 2, 2022

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A Message from Dr. Katie Jenner

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As educators, our work is non-stop. And, whether a teacher, school administrator, or district leader, it is a rare occasion when our daily to-do list doesn’t come home! Even when it’s not a stack of papers to grade, or the next day’s lesson to finesse, it’s likely that one student, or often several students, who we spend a lot of time thinking about and considering how we might further connect with and support them. And, while this right here is what makes our collective work some of the most important in our world today, you too, need a moment to unplug and relax with family and friends.

This week, I spent three action packed days in southern Indiana on a marathon of school tours across seven counties. I can’t wait to share more with you next week about some of the great work I saw along the way, but for today, my message is simple. I encourage you to take some time for yourself this Labor Day weekend. Recharge…not only for your own wellbeing but also to be at your best when we get back at it on Tuesday!

As always, thank you for all that you do! Enjoy your long weekend.

Office of Accountability

REMINDER: 2022 Preliminary Federal Accountability Report Cards Now Available

The 2021-2022 federal accountability report cards are now available in the Accountability Portal for all public schools. These ratings are embargoed to give schools an opportunity to review the ratings and underlying data and to request an audit if necessary. The audit window will close on Friday, September 16, at 11:59 p.m. ET. More information regarding the Federal Accountability Rating calculation can be found in the Federal Accountability System folder in the Accountability & Accreditation Community in Moodle (Enrollment Key: AccountabilityCommunity). More information regarding submitting an audit can be found in the audit guidance document. Contact the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE's) Office of Accountability with any questions.

Office of Student Assessment

NEW: School Set-Up Survey for the Spring 2023 SAT School Day Due Tuesday, September 6

The Indiana School Set-Up Survey for the Spring 2023 SAT School Day collects information that IDOE and College Board will use to set up schools for the spring 2023 SAT School Day administration. If you have multiple participating high schools, you must submit the survey for each high school. All accredited Indiana high schools must submit this survey by Tuesday, September 6. Please contact College Board with any questions.


NEW: Educators Needed for the Indiana SAT Alignment Workshop

IDOE and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) are recruiting Indiana educators to serve as panelists for a two-day, virtual workshop to evaluate the degree of alignment between the SAT and Indiana Academic Standards for English/language arts and mathematics. This workshop will be held Monday, October 17, and Tuesday, October 18. More information can be found here, and educators can apply here. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions.


NEW: IREAD-3 Good Cause Exemption (GCE) Live Session on Wednesday, September 7

Join IDOE in the Indiana Learning Lab from 4 to 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 7, for Good Cause Exemptions: A Parent’s Role on the Committee. This informational session for parents, educators, administrators, and English learner (EL) and special education staff will provide a description of the IREAD-3 assessment, how students qualify for GCEs, and data to consider for student decisions. To register for workshops, create a free Learning Lab account by visiting the LINK Portal or the Indiana Learning Lab directly and use your school email to log in. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: PSAT/NMSQT Bulk Registration and Materials Order

Schools should monitor upcoming deadlines using the milestones for the fall PSAT/NMSQT paper-and-pencil administration in October.

  • Material orders for school-level paper test materials via College Board’s Test Ordering System (TOS) will close on Wednesday, September 14.
  • The deadline for bulk registration for schools registered for the PSAT/NMSQT is Thursday, September 22. 

Contact College Board or IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions.

Office of Educator Licensing

REMINDER: Adjunct Teacher Requirements

Local governing bodies may hire adjunct teachers and issue adjunct teacher permits under IC 20-28-5-27. School corporations hiring adjunct teachers on locally-issued adjunct teacher permits are required to report certain information to IDOE at the time of employment using this form. To be included in statewide educator workforce data, each adjunct permit holder must create an account in the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) and have a school personnel number (SPN). If they do not already have one, an SPN can be requested through the STN Application Center. Additional guidance released from the Indiana School Boards Association has been updated and can be found in the News From Our Partners section below. Contact Risa Regnier with any questions.

Office of Educator Talent

NEW: 2023 Indiana Teacher of the Year Top 10 Finalists Announced

The Indiana Teacher of the Year screening committee is excited to announce the 2023 Indiana Teacher of the Year top 10 finalists. The top 10 candidates will be considered by the selection committee as they select the top three finalists. Details on the top 10 finalists can be found here. Contact senior director of educator talent Rebecca Estes with any questions.


REMINDER: Webinar on Educator Recruitment and Applicant Tracking System

Indiana superintendents and/or human resources directors are invited to register for one of two Q&A webinars to learn more about the next opportunity to opt-in to the full Nimble Applicant Tracking System. This free upgrade for schools currently utilizing the job posting only feature is designed to significantly enhance local capabilities around educator recruitment.  

Contact Rebecca Estes with any questions.


REMINDER: Staff Performance Evaluation Plan Submission

Legal Standard 12 requires each public school corporation to provide a copy of its staff performance evaluation plan to IDOE. School corporations must also submit their staff performance evaluation plan to IDOE for approval in order to qualify for any grant funding related to IC 20-28-11.5-8(d). This includes the Teacher Appreciation Grant (TAG). Staff performance evaluation plans must be submitted via JotForm by Friday, September 16. For more information, click here. Contact Rebecca Estes with questions.


REMINDER: TAG Policy Submission Required

Information regarding the TAG policy submission can be found here. Local educational agencies (including charter and virtual charter schools) must submit the TAG policy for approval via JotForm by Friday, September 16, to be eligible to receive TAG funding. Contact Rebecca Estes with questions.

Office of Information Technology

NEW: Average Daily Membership (ADM) Fall Count Date

The ADM fall count date for the 2022-2023 school year is Friday, September 16. All schools should ensure the accuracy of student data provided within Data Exchange prior to the count date as there will be minimal time to make any final additions or corrections to the data before moving into the certification cycle on Wednesday, September 21. The final date for school administrators and finance administrators to complete certification will be Wednesday, September 28. In addition to certifying membership data, schools will also certify their initial 2022-2023 school calendar data. Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.


UPDATE: Student Information System (SIS) Vendor Status Update

A complete list of vendors working to become Indiana Ed-Fi certified can be found on the Data Exchange webpage.


REMINDER: Date Exchange Upgrade Planned for 2024

Data Exchange (DEX) will be moving to Ed-Fi ODS/API for Suite 3 v6.0 for the 2023-2024 school year. This upgrade includes the latest technical updates provided by Ed-Fi, including enhanced data standards and security advancements. This will result in minimal changes to the Data Exchange portal user interface. Additional information regarding project timelines, deliverables, and vendor certification will be provided at a later date. Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.


REMINDER: Designation of Key Contacts

Security coordinators for all traditional public, charter, and accredited non-public schools are responsible for making sure that their organization’s key contacts for the 2022-2023 school year are set. Key contacts (staff types) including superintendent, financial contact, special education director, principal, and Data Exchange contact, among others are needed for the current 2022-2023 school year even if those contacts were provided in the 2021-2022 school year. Contact information will need to be provided annually. Key contacts are utilized for communication purposes and do not allow access to Data Exchange validation portal. Key contacts are also utilized for INview and I-Champ.  

IDOE recommends staff types be entered and managed in their local SIS. However, all three options below are available:

  • Provide staff classifications in the local SIS following the recommended way to roll-over data from year to year per vendor’s instructions,
  • Add a staff type manually for the 2023 school year via the Security Portal, or
  • Upload template 011_StaffAssociation_StaffEdOrgAssignmentAssociation into Data Exchange, found here.

Schools utilizing options two and three may cause overriding or loss of data. Schools should connect with their SIS vendors to better understand how to avoid data loss when providing data via multiple methods. Security coordinator instructions can be found here. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: School Office Hours Schedule

Below is a list of topics that will be covered during School Office Hours and the corresponding dates. This list is also posted on Moodle in the mid-week announcements:

  • Tuesday, September 13, and Thursday, September 15, focus: Curricular Materials Assistance
  • Tuesday, September 20, and Thursday, September 22, focus: TBD
  • Tuesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 29, focus: Special Education


REMINDER: Cybersecurity Resources Available for 2022-2023 School Year

Cybersecurity attacks against schools have risen by over 16% in the past year. In Indiana, the top two categories of attacks have been business email compromise and ransomware attacks. Both of these threats are best mitigated by training users to recognize threat attempts and by adding validation checks. IDOE has free resources available to schools to assist with improving their cybersecurity in these areas. Licenses of KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training, Diamond-Level, and PhishER are free and available to all traditional public and non-public schools. This platform allows your team to create training campaigns using the included video content, allows for the creation of artificial phishing campaigns, and provides spot training based on end-user performance. Current subscriptions may be used this school year. If your school does not have a subscription, licenses may be requested in the School Cybersecurity Moodle Community. Invitations to join were sent out to the lead technology leader in each school and additional access may be requested by emailing Brad Hagg


REMINDER: Data Exchange - The Data Reporting Source of Truth

The 2022-2023 school year establishes Data Exchange as the source of truth for all data reporting. IDOE will transition identities as the source of truth to Data Exchange in late fall/early winter. At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, all school personnel numbers (SPN) and student test numbers (STN) will continue to be created in the STN Application Center and will be available in Data Exchange the following day. Data Exchange resources:

  • Data Exchange webpage
  • Data Exchange training can be found in the Data Exchange Training and Community course in Moodle (no enrollment key required). 
  • Data Exchange Knowledge Hub is for those completing manual upload templates, rather than connecting via a student information system (SIS).

Questions about Data Exchange may be submitted here.


REMINDER: School Actions to Complete SIS Setup for 2022-2023

Schools with an Indiana Ed-Fi Certified SIS Vendor will need to establish a connection between their SIS and Data Exchange. At the beginning of the school year, schools should be actively validating and reviewing data in Data Exchange for accuracy in preparation for the first September certification window.

  • A SIS vendor certification status list can be found here
  • Schools changing SIS vendors should send vendor changes to

Additional information on implementation of Data Exchange can be found on the Data Exchange webpage. Questions about Data Exchange may be submitted here.


REMINDER: Designation of Security Coordinators

The LINK Portal is able to recognize all public, charter, and accredited non-public schools’ local Google G-Suite or Microsoft 365 accounts. IDOE configures the organization’s leader as the first account, and then this person logs in to designate up to two security coordinators, who are responsible for overseeing the setup of roles for others in the organization. All superintendents and leaders of non-public schools should log in to the LINK Portal and review/update their security coordinator information.

  • Instructions for organization leaders on how to designate/update the security coordinators can be found here
  • New public and Choice schools setup of the LINK Portal can be found here
  • If you are a new superintendent or the organization leader of a non-public school and need the first account configured, please email


REMINDER: Graduation Rate

As a reminder, graduation rates for the 2022 school year will be based on data certified by schools in July 2022 and October 2022. Some schools expressed concern about the graduation data in the Data Exchange July certification window, which just closed. The graduation rate will be compiled from the graduate data submitted through Data Exchange for the 2021-2022 school year (July 2022 certification) and the graduate data submitted through Data Exchange for the October 2022 certification. Schools will be able to update their graduation records through the end of September 2022. This means any students who were not submitted as graduates by the July 2022 certification can be submitted in the 2023 school year (October 2022). IDOE understands the critical nature of a school’s graduation rate and is offering this as an additional clarification. Questions about Data Exchange may be submitted here.

Office of School Building Physical Security and Safety

REMINDER: School Safety Specialist Academy Basic Training

Registration is now open for Basic Training Group 24 of the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and will close Friday, October 14. Basic Training will be held in the traditional format consisting of three total days in person. Additionally, specialists must complete online courses to be certified. To register, please visit the Training Opportunities webpage and complete the registration forms. To ensure successful registration, all forms must be completed and returned by Friday, October 14. Contact Steve Balko with any questions.

Office of School Finance

REMINDER: Summer School Final Cost Report

The Summer School Final Cost Report submission window is now open. Information regarding the summer school program can be found in Moodle. Contact Teresa Hemmerle or Joe Engelstad with any questions.

Office of School Support and Transformation

REMINDER: Feedback Request - 1003 School Improvement Grant

IDOE is requesting feedback from administrators and families on the request to extend the period of allowable use of fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 School Improvement Grants. Please complete this JotForm by Tuesday, September 20. Contact IDOE’s School Support and Transformation team with any questions.


REMINDER: School Improvement Plans

IDOE is accepting Comprehensive Needs Assessment/School Improvement Plans (CNA/SIP) through Friday, October 7. Use of the template fulfills all school improvement plan requirements under state law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as requirements for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), Additional Targeted Support schools (ASTI), and CNA requirements for Title I Schoolwide Programs. This memo provides additional information. The SIP template can be downloaded here. Please contact IDOE’s Office of School Support and Transformation with any questions.

Office of Student Pathways and Opportunities

NEW: 2022-2023 McKinney-Vento District Liaison Identification and Certification

As a part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, every school district is required to identify a point of contact for families and students experiencing homelessness to assist with identification, enrollment, and coordinating services. This point of contact, also called the McKinney-Vento district liaison, must complete required training for certification by Friday, December 16. The contact must be updated annually and must be listed on your district website. Please visit the IDOE McKinney-Vento District Liaison Contact List to confirm that the contact person currently listed is correct. Contact with any questions.


NEW: Alternative Education Monthly Webinar

The first alternative education monthly webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. ET via Microsoft Teams. During the September session, IDOE's Student Pathways team will share important alternative education updates and calendar dates for webinars in the 2022-2023 school year. Contact with any questions.


NEW: McKinney-Vento Liaison Monthly Webinar

The first McKinney-Vento liaison monthly webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to noon ET via Microsoft Teams. During the September session, IDOE's Student Pathways team will share important homeless education updates and calendar dates for webinars in the 2022-2023 school year.  Contact with any questions.


NEW: Graduation Pathways Monthly Webinar

The first graduation pathways monthly webinar will be held on Thursday, September 22, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET via Microsoft Teams. During the September session, IDOE's Student Pathways team will share important graduation pathways updates and calendar dates for webinars in the 2022-2023 school year. Contact with any questions.

Office of Student, School, and Family Engagement

REMINDER: College and Career Resources Now Available

Resources to support students with college and career exploration are now available on the IDOE website. This includes the new Indiana Career Explorer, a free career exploration tool provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to aid students in career exploration and course/graduation planning. Schools that are interested in onboarding their students to the new Indiana Career Explorer can complete this form. If you have questions about implementation, email For technical questions, please contact


REMINDER: Parent Survey in Collaboration with Gallup

IDOE is partnering with Gallup – a world leader in education research – to better understand the challenges facing families and students in Indiana. Earlier this month, surveys were sent at random via U.S. postal mail to household across state of Indiana. IDOE is interested in knowing about the attitudes and opinions of K-12 parents regarding their children’s education experiences and interactions with their schools. The survey parents are receiving from Gallup and IDOE is legitimate, and we hope to hear from as many parents as possible. Contact IDOE's Office of Student, School, and Family Engagement with any questions.

Office of Student Support and Accessibility/Special Education

REMINDER: Apply for Special Education Student and Parent Stakeholder Groups

IDOE will establish a stakeholder group of transition-age students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP), ages 14 to 22, who are willing to participate in discussions surrounding Indiana's State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) in hopes to increase youth involvement in statewide decisions. This group would focus on graduation and drop out trends for IEP students, secondary transitions for students over 14, and post-school outcomes for former IEP students. The parent/family stakeholder group will expand to discuss similar topics, as well as assessments, school discipline, disability representation across categories, parent involvement, school environment, and more. All stakeholder group sessions will be held virtually, and the tentative initial student stakeholder group would be held from 1 to 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 7. Apply here to be considered for either stakeholder group. Contact IDOE’s Office of Special Education with any questions. 


REMINDER: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Part B Grant Period Closes Friday, September 30

All FY 2021 Part B grant funds must be encumbered by the close of the grant period on Friday, September 30. All FY 2021 Part B grant reimbursement requests must be submitted by Thursday, December 15. The last day to submit completed FY 2021 Part B Grant Proportionate Share Waiver Requests is Tuesday, August 16. Please contact with any questions.


REMINDER: Upcoming Special Education Excess Cost (SEEC) Office Hours

IDOE’s Office of Special Education will continue to hold office hours once a week throughout September to support schools in navigating changes to the SECC fund. This is an opportunity for schools to ask questions regarding new information recently released or situations specific to their district. No registration is needed, and you may join any of the sessions below from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET.

Contact IDOE’s Office of Special Education with any questions.


REMINDER: Register for Get Your LEAD On Opportunities 

IDOE’s Office of Student Support and Accessibility is excited to announce a partnership with Get Your Teach On to provide professional development opportunities to Indiana school leaders. These opportunities are designed to ignite leaders' passion for education, expand on current IDOE initiatives to support and elevate the educator profession, and make students want to come to school and learn while developing relationships. The sessions also promote positive educational outcomes to develop the whole learner. Click here for more information on upcoming opportunities or to register. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Support and Accessibility with any questions.

Office of Teaching and Learning/Digital Learning

NEW: Summer of Learning Encore LIVE

IDOE’s Summer of Learning conferences may have ended, but the learning has not. Throughout September and October, each conference will share favorite sessions in the Indiana Learning Lab during Summer of Learning Encore LIVE. View this flyer for more details. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.

NEW: September PD with IDOE

New sessions for September PD with IDOE are coming to the Indiana Learning Lab! View the September flyer for a complete list of sessions for the month. To register for workshops, create a free Learning Lab account by visiting the LINK Portal or the Indiana Learning Lab directly and use your school email to log in. If you have missed the first few August sessions, they are available on demand in the Learning Lab as well. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


NEW: 2022-2023 STEM Integration Grant Round Two - Updated Eligibility Guidance

Applications for round two of the 2022-2023 STEM Integration Grant are now available with updated eligibility requirements. All public school corporations and public charters are encouraged to apply. The application window closes at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 21. Please review the eligibility requirements in the grant memo. Contact IDOE's Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions.


UPDATE: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Educator Series: 2022 Grade Two Science Standards and Frameworks

The third presentation in the series will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 4 p.m. ET in the Indiana Learning Lab. Join IDOE’s STEM team and expert educator Dawn Bick to learn more about the 2022 grade two Science Standards and Frameworks. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: 2022-2023 Digital Learning Coach Mini Grant

Applications for the 2022-2023 Digital Learning Coach Mini Grant are now open. This competitive grant opportunity is available to anyone who spends at least half of their contracted time in the role of a digital learning coach at an Indiana public school. The grant application window will be open until 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 14. See this memo for additional information. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: Constitution Day Educational Programming

Constitution Day serves as a reminder and celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. In accordance with federal law and IC 20-30-5-1 it is required that any educational institution that receives federal funds must hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for their students. Helpful information and resources can be found here as educators prepare for Constitution Day. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


REMINDER: Health and Physical Education Standards Review

Pursuant to IC 20-31-3, IDOE reviews Indiana Academic Standards every six years. The Health and Physical Education standards were last reviewed in 2017 and are once again ready for review. IDOE is seeking K-12 Health and Physical Education educators to take part in these standards review committees. Any educators interested in being part of the standards committee must complete this JotForm by Monday, September 12. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 

Office of Title Grants and Support

NEW: Budget Application Due Date Change

The budget application deadline for Title Grants has been extended until Friday, September 16. Please note that all approved activities may be reimbursed back to Friday, July 1, or the date the pre-application was submitted in approval format, whichever is most recent. Contact your grants specialist or Frank Chiki with any questions.


NEW: Upcoming Encumbrance Deadlines

As a reminder, all funds from ESSER I, Title I FY2022, Title II FFY2019 (FY2020), and Title II FFY2020 (FY2021) allocations must be encumbered (obligated) by Friday, September 30. Schools may seek reimbursement for encumbered funds through Thursday, December 15. Contact Mitch Fortune or Brittany Kronmiller with any questions.


NEW: Share Your ESSER Story

Schools that received funding through ESSER I have until Friday, September 30, to encumber these funds. As this deadline approaches, we would love to hear your ESSER stories! Please share how your school has utilized these funds to accelerate learning, drive sustainable innovations, support educators, and update infrastructure by using #ourESSERstory and #ourESSERstory_IN on social media.

News From Our Partners


The Office of Indiana Secretary of State is accepting student submissions of sticker art as part of its “I Voted” sticker competition for K-12 students. Submissions must be received by Saturday, September 18. More information is available here. Contact with any questions.


NEW FROM THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM: 2022-2023 PreK-12 Education Program Guide Now Available

The Indiana State Museum provides resources for the classroom, museum visits, and virtual learning to enhance educators’ curriculums. Learn about the opportunities available this school year in the PreK-12 Education Program Guide. Contact the Indiana State Museum with any additional questions.


NEW FROM GIRLS WHO CODE: Get $300 for Club Supplies

Schools that initiate a free Girls Who Code Club this school year and enroll three or more members will be eligible to receive up to $300 to purchase materials and supplies for their club. There’s no obligation, and every club gains access to 120+ hours of plug-and-play programming with Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards-aligned coding lessons. No coding experience is required! Learn more via live and on-demand webinars from the Girls Who Code team and sign up here! Contact Girls Who Code with additional questions. 


NEW FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY: Eighth-Annual Indiana STEM Education Conference

Purdue University invites you to join them for the eighth-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference. The conference will be held in-person on January 12, 2023, at Purdue University. The theme for the 2023 conference is “Advancing STEM with Students.” The conference will include keynote speaker and 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year Sharita Ware, over 50 presentations on STEM curriculum, instruction, careers, and research, and networking with STEM education sponsors. Topics will involve 1st Maker Space, CATALYST, Get More Math, Keep Indiana Learning, NearSpace Education, and TinkRworks, and presentation resources. Educators may also receive Professional Growth Points. Registration will open Tuesday, October 4. Visit the conference website to learn more.


NEW FROM THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CROSSROADS FOR AMERICA COUNCIL: Now Hiring Reaching for Tomorrow Part-Time Program Leaders 

Reaching for Tomorrow, a Learning for Life Program, is looking for part-time program leaders to deliver basic life skills and character education modules in elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties. This is a paid position with flexibility to make your own schedule at 25 hours per week. Leaders are expected to set a positive example, be motivated, and self-confident. Leaders must be 21 years old, have experience working with youth, and have an automobile with insurance. Training will be provided. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying for one of these openings, complete and return this application. Contact Heidi Viergutz at (317) 813-7083 with any questions.


NEW FROM THE U.S. FEDERAL COURTS: Bill of Rights Contest Now Accepting Entries

The third annual Bill of Rights art/essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Courts is live and is now accepting entries. Students in grades five through 12 are invited to respond to specific prompts pertaining to the Bill of Rights. Students can win up to $500, and teachers can win prizes, too. The more students who mention a teacher's name on their entry, the more chances they have to win! The deadline to submit entries is Sunday, October 30. For contest prompts, complete instructions, and a link to the online submission form, please visit the Bill of Rights contest website. Contact Mary Giorgio with any questions. 



On Friday, August 12, the weekly newsletter linked to an FAQ document surrounding adjunct teachers. A correction has since been made to the previously issued guidance to address English learner teacher requirements, which cannot be met by an unlicensed adjunct teacher. This correction is reflected in question number 19 of the updated FAQ found here. Additional information can be found above from the Office of Educator Licensing. Contact ISBA Senior Counsel and Director of Policy Services Julie Slavens with any questions.


REMINDER FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

The deadline for the expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness is Monday, October 31. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education announced a change to the PSLF program rules for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. This program, known as Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF), provides a temporary opportunity to access an expanded eligibility pool for PSLF. More information about this program can be found at this U.S. Department of Education fact sheet


REMINDER FROM THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (IDOH): Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Professional Development Sessions

IDOH’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) is sponsoring three free CATCH professional development training sessions for PE teachers, health educators, and before and afterschool professionals this September. CATCH trainers will provide resources, hands-on activities, and information on inclusive and adapted play. This activity-based training will focus on easy ways to engage students and teach lessons that inspire movement and healthy lifestyle habits, and more. Each participant will be provided access to resources and tools to improve the health and well-being of their students. Five to 10 CATCH curricula will be raffled off at each training session listed below:

  • South Region: Tuesday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. at Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County in Bedford. Register here.
  • Central Region: Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. Register here.
  • North Region: Thursday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. at Baker Youth Club in Warsaw. Registration coming soon.

For more information on CATCH, please visit Contact Emma Smythe, youth physical activity coordinator, IDOH, DNPA with any questions.

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