An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for September 16, 2022

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A Message from Dr. Katie Jenner

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As a nation, we value and consistently elevate the pursuit of excellence. We see this in everything from entertainment to sports to the latest technology. One example of that took place just this week as the Emmys honored the stars of television in a swanky, black tie event. There are also the Oscars and Golden Globes for film and television, the Tony Awards for Broadway theater, the ESPYS for sports, the White House Correspondents dinner for print and broadcast journalism, and the list goes on.

Other industries have these cool (and very special) awards nights too–like right here in Indiana, there’s the prestigious Mira Awards for the tech industry, as well as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards dinner honoring Indiana businesses. But…did you ever wonder, what if there was a major event like this for education?!

Last Friday, Indiana educators and school leaders came together for the first ever Educator Excellence Awards Gala. The night was truly electric, and it was certainly more than I ever imagined when the idea was first considered (shout out to Dr. Rebecca Estes who organized this event and made it spectacular!). Like most great ideas, this one came from listening and hearing directly from you about this need that exists in education today–we must do everything we can to continue elevating the educator profession, in Indiana and across our country.

As K-12 educators, some of you have attended them…our K-12 recognition events are often understated, taking place in a conference room with snacks or appetizers, sometimes dinner (when we are lucky!)... So when this idea bubbled up, “What ifwe had an Oscars in education…the question quickly became “how might we” have an Oscars in education? Because above any profession in the world…and I am totally biased by saying this…educators need and deserve to have the red carpet rolled out.

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As a result of your feedback, and ultimately, the work you lead daily, we were able to come together this past Friday for a unique celebration of our schools’ progress and achievement in supporting student excellence and growth…and what those in attendance did not know at the beginning of the evening is that it would also include up to $4.6 million in grant awards to support this ongoing work, as well as to share their best practices with other schools and educators.

While the awardees below represented the best of the best in their categories, as we have discussed many times before, there is impactful work for students happening daily in schools across Indiana. We know that real impact for students happens at the educator-level, and our team will remain dedicated to serving and supporting you…amplifying your good work…and doing everything we can to raise the bar and help more schools join us for this celebration next year.

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  • Excellence in STEM Award: West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School, West Lafayette School Corporation
  • Excellence in Leading and Learning Award (Corporation): Randolph Eastern School Corporation
  • Excellence in Leading and Learning Award (Educator): Emily Batton, North Liberty Elementary School, John Glenn School Corporation
  • Excellence in Early Literacy Award: Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation, Eman Schools, Pleasant View Elementary School, and Zionsville Community Schools
  • Excellence in Crossing the Finish Line: Elkhart High School, Elkhart Community Schools and Hammond Area Career Center, School City of Hammond
  • Excellence in College Readiness Award: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
  • Excellence in Work-Based Learning: Heritage Jr./Sr. High School, East Allen County Schools
  • Excellence in Academic Gains: Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation,
    East Gibson School Corporation, Paramount Englewood, and Western School Corporation

More information about the winners and why these award categories were selected can be found here.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to each of you for helping countless students to ignite their own purpose, know their value, and understand the possibilities for their life’s path.

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 today, 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: Updated Dyslexia Programming Guidance for Schools

IDOE has updated the Dyslexia Programming Guidance for Schools to provide additional guidance for supporting English learners. Refer to Appendix D (page 14) for details. As a reminder, all students in kindergarten through grade two must be screened for learning characteristics related to dyslexia within the first 90 calendar days of school. Additional resources can be found on IDOE’s Dyslexia webpage. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment for support with assessments related to dyslexia screening and Office of Teaching and Learning with general questions regarding dyslexia.


NEW: College Board 2022-2023 Accommodations and Supports Handbook Now Available

College Board has posted the updated Accommodations and Supports Handbook for the 2022-2023 school year. Please review this document for guidance on how to appropriately apply for and utilize accommodations in College Board’s systems. If you have any questions about this document, please Contact College Board with any general questions and Services for Students with Disabilities via phone at 844-255-7728 with questions regarding accommodations.


REMINDER: Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) 2022-2023 Refresh Occurs Monday, September 19

TIDE will refresh on Monday, September 19, for the 2022-2023 school year. Authorized users can access TIDE through the Indiana Assessment Portal. Users will need to reset their password for the school year. Corporations and non-public schools must ensure enrollment and demographic data remains up-to-date within their student information system (SIS), as student enrollment and accommodation data will be updated via Data Exchange for ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM assessments. Please contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk with any questions regarding TIDE and IDOE’s Office of Data Reporting with questions regarding school data.


REMINDER: Accessibility Advisory Group Participation Requested

IDOE invites participation in the Accessibility Advisory Group for the 2022-2023 school year to provide input regarding accommodations and accessibility features for students requiring additional support on statewide assessments. The advisory group consists of expert consultants and educators with distinct knowledge of specific student populations utilizing accommodations. Interested educators should submit this JotForm to apply by Thursday, September 29. Please contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions. 

Office of Educator Talent

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 today, Friday, September 16. For more information, click here. Contact Rebecca Estes with any 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 today, Friday, September 16, to be eligible to receive TAG funding. Contact Rebecca Estes with any questions.

Office of Information Technology

UPDATE: Average Daily Membership (ADM) Fall Count Date

The fall count day for the 2022-2023 school year is today, Friday, September 16. Schools should ensure the accuracy of student data provided within Data Exchange. As of Thursday, September 15, nearly 1 million valid membership records had been submitted in Data Exchange, out of an anticipated 1.1 million. Schools will have minimal time after today to make any final additions or corrections to the data before moving into the Certification phase beginning on Wednesday, September 21. The final date for administrators with the Data Certification role to complete Certification (or sign-off) will be Wednesday, September 28. Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.


UPDATE: SIS Vendor Status

A complete list of vendors working to become Indiana Ed-Fi certified can be found on the Data Exchange webpage. This week One:Ten Communication and Gradelink were badged for August and Infinite Campus was badged for October.



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 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: International Youth Exchange Frequently Asked Questions

IDOE has updated its frequently asked questions that schools may face regarding Indiana students studying abroad and international students studying in Indiana. Contact Cathy Danyluk with any questions.

Office of School Finance

NEW: 2022-2023 Curricular Material Memo 

Please read this memo regarding the 2022-2023 curricular material process for submission of costs and student level data. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions. 


NEW: Teacher Salary Data Reporting

Please read this regarding upcoming updates to the Chart of Accounts. The guidance takes effect January 1, 2023, for expenditures reported by July 31, 2023. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions.


REMINDER: 2022-2023 Fall Membership Count

Please read this memo regarding the fall membership count, which occurs today, Friday, September 16. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions.


REMINDER: 2022-2023 Residency Requirements

Please read this guidance regarding residency requirements for the 2022-2023 school year. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions.


REMINDER: Form 9 Financial Data July to December 2022

Please read the following memo regarding updates for the July to December 2022 Form 9 financial data submission. The due date for the financial data is January 31, 2023. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions. Please include the school’s four-digit school corporation number in the subject line of the email.

Office of School Support and Transformation

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. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Support and Transformation with any questions.

Office of Student Pathways and Opportunities

REMINDER: 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

NEW: Project AWARE Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 - Call for Letters of Interest

IDOE, in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA’s) Division of Mental Health & Addiction (DMHA), is writing a proposal for the competitive Project AWARE FY 2022 Grant released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and funded from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. IDOE’s proposal will build off Indiana’s current Project AWARE successes to continue developing sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services. The proposal will outline activities to support implementation of school-based mental health related promotion, awareness, prevention, intervention, and resilience activities to ensure that students are aware of and have access to appropriate and effective behavioral health services. IDOE is seeking letters of interest (LOI) from schools and their existing community-based or private mental health providers demonstrating the need for and commitment to project goals. LOIs must be sent to by Friday, September 23. Please see this memo for details. Contact with any questions.


NEW: Indiana Career Explorer Webinar

IDOE and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) are hosting an informational webinar on the new Indiana Career Explorer on Monday, September 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This session will have a brief overview of the platform and will discuss onboarding options. Please use this link to register. We will be available in the last 15 minutes to answer any questions. Contact with any questions. 


NEW: Project AWARE Goes to the Park

Project AWARE Goes to the Park is an annual initiative in September encouraging students, teachers, and other school community members to spend time in nature as one part of improving overall mental wellness. Visit this page to participate and this page to learn more about the connection between mental health and the great outdoors. Contact with any questions.


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 DWD 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. Contact with any questions.

Office of Student Support and Accessibility/Special Education

NEW: State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Stakeholder Meeting- Wednesday, September 28

Join the SSIP Stakeholder Meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 28, to continue discussion related to revising Indiana’s SSIP. This will include a review of data related to Preschool Outcomes, Indiana’s Part C SSIP, example plans from other states' Part B SSIPs, and discussion around the development of the State Identified Measurable Result (SiMR)/improvement strategies. Participants can join the session here. Contact IDOE's Office of Special Education with any questions.


NEW: English Learner (EL) Resources for Educators

IDOE’s Office of Student Supports and Accessibility and Office of English Learning and Migrant Education have created an EL Quick Start Guide and updated the EL Program Evaluation Toolkit. Both can be found on IDOE’s English Learning and Migrant Education webpage and Indiana English Learners Community in Moodle. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Support and Accessibility with any questions.


NEW: Register for Get Your Teach On Virtual Sessions in October

IDOE’s partnership with Get Your Teach On is providing additional professional development opportunities to Indiana educators through free, virtual workshop sessions in the Indiana Learning Lab. Register for October sessions via the Indiana Learning Lab calendar. All sessions will be held at 4 p.m. ET.

  • Assistive Technology - Special Education Educators: Thursday, October 6
  • Coaching Classroom Management - Instructional Coaches: Thursday, October 6
  • Session Focusing on School Leaders - Leadership Teams: Thursday, October 6
  • Student Accountability & Engagement - Lower Elementary Educators: Thursday, October 13
  • Student Accountability & Engagement - Elementary Educators: Thursday, October 13
  • Student Accountability & Engagement - Middle School Educators: Thursday, October 13

Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Support and Accessibility with questions


NEW: EL Leadership Meeting on Thursday, September 22

School and corporation EL leaders are invited to join IDOE’s Office of English Learning and Migrant Education virtually on Thursday, September 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET for the September EL Leadership Meeting. The meeting will cover a variety of EL topics, such as grant and guidance updates, upcoming professional learning opportunities, opportunities for discussions with EL leader peers, and more. No registration is required, and meeting links and information can be found on the Indiana EL Professional Development (PD) Opportunities Calendar. Contact IDOE’s Office of English Learning and Migrant Education with any questions.


REMINDER: Register for Get Your LEAD On Opportunities 

Get Your Teach On will provide additional professional development opportunities to Indiana corporations and school leaders through participation in free conferences, workshops, and training sessions. These sessions kicked off this week in Richmond and Westfield and 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. Join us next week in South Bend on Monday, September 19, or in Leopold on Wednesday, September 21. Information on how to register and attend is available here. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Support and Accessibility with any questions.


REMINDER: Indicator 8 Parent Involvement Survey Now Available

IDOE is required to solicit feedback from parents and families on their involvement in the IEP process each year. For the 2022-2023 school year, the parent survey and letter explaining the survey purpose are now available. Burmese, English, and Spanish versions of the survey are available. Survey materials are available in the Office of Special Education Community in Moodle as well as on IDOE’s Indicator 8 - Parent Involvement webpage. 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. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: Part B Office Hours

The Office of Special Education’s Part B fiscal team will be hosting office hours to assist schools with questions or issues concerning reimbursements, modifications, reports, etc. for any Part B grants.  Because each session is structured as a time for individual questions, there will be no formal presentation. Join at any time during the 60-minute sessions. The following dates and times (Eastern Daylight Time) are scheduled for Part B Office Hours (click to join):

  • Friday, September 23, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28,  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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.

Office of Teaching and Learning/Digital Learning

NEW: Indiana Academic Standards for Fine Arts: Educators Needed for Review Committees

Pursuant to Indiana Code 20-31-3, IDOE reviews the Indiana Academic Standards every six years. The standards for fine arts were last reviewed in 2017 and are once again ready for review. IDOE is seeking K-12 arts educators to take part in upcoming standards review committees. Any interested educators must complete this JotForm application by Friday, October 7. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


NEW: PD with IDOE - Authentic Literacy Sessions

Join IDOE in the Indiana Learning Lab for a two-part series focused on helping students produce reading-and-writing projects for real audiences. The first session, A Gift of Reading, will focus on how students can utilize their reading skills and will be held at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 28. The second session, The Great Thanksgiving List, will focus on how students and their families can participate in a national interviewing project and will be held at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 26. Review this resource for more information regarding the sessions. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


NEW: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Educator Series - 2022 Grade Four Science Standards and Frameworks

The fourth presentation in the NGSS series will be held at noon ET on Thursday, September 22, in the Indiana Learning Lab. Join IDOE’s STEM team and former science educator Deb Vannatter to learn more about the 2022 Grade Four Science Standards and Frameworks. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions.


NEW: Synchronous Virtual Learning Research Findings

Pursuant to Indiana Code 20-30-2-2, 50% of a student virtual learning day is required to consist of synchronous learning beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning and Office of Teaching and Learning collaborated to provide research and guidance on finding the most intentional balance between synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction. The research document can be accessed here in the Indiana Learning Lab. Attend the live PD with IDOE webinar at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 21, to learn more. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.  


NEW: Indiana Learning Lab District Administrator Feature 

IDOE is excited to announce the opportunity for schools and corporations to utilize the Learning Lab's District Administrator features. Send notifications to teachers, create private resources and collections, and run reports to track resource completion. To learn more, join IDOE’s information session at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, September 26. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions. 


REMINDER: Constitution Day - Saturday, September 17

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


REMINDER: K-8 STEM Certification Open Office Hours

Join IDOE’s STEM team during open office hours to discuss questions regarding the 2022-2023 K-8 STEM School Certification process. Join us at one of the following times to ask questions, get feedback, and share ideas.

Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: 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.


REMINDER: September PD with IDOE

September PD with IDOE continues next week with Science of Reading Supporting English Learners led by IDOE Literacy Specialists Tara Bohn and Kathleen Schuckel and IDOE English Learner Specialist Erica Sponberg. 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 website directly and use your school email to log in. If you have missed any previous PD with IDOE sessions, they are available on demand in the Learning Lab as well. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: 2022-2023 STEM Integration Grant Round Two

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.

Office of Title Grants and Support

NEW: Charter School Program Call for Quality Counts Cohort 6 Grant Reviewers

IDOE will release applications for Cohort 6 of the Quality Counts Grant Program soon and is in need of grant reviewers. The most qualified candidates will have proficiency in ESSA, urban/rural communities, student groups, charter school innovation, charter school policy, and/or prior experience reviewing grant applications. Qualified candidates could include individuals with current or former experience as:

  • Charter school organizers
  • Charter school administrators
  • Charter school board members
  • Charter school funders
  • Management organization leaders (EMO/CMO)

A training session will be held for all accepted reviewers. Contact with any questions. 


REMINDER: Updated Budget Application Deadlines

Please note the deadlines to submit the budget applications for Titles I-A, II-A, and IV have been changed to Friday, September 30. Please contact your respective federal grants specialist for assistance. Contact with any questions.

News From Our Partners


Fall into learning with the INLearning Partnership! Become a #INLearningPartner through an exciting week of live events focused on a variety of literacy topics every day at noon ET from Monday, September 19, through Friday, September 23. View these live and on-demand opportunities via the Keep Indiana Learning YouTube channel. Refer to IDOE’s INLearning Partnership webpage for more information. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 



The Reading League Indiana and Amplify are partnering to host the Science of Reading Leadership Summit on Wednesday, November 2, in Carmel. Literacy leaders throughout the state are invited to attend breakout sessions focused on the Science of Reading, receive updates from IDOE staff, and network. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Barb Postal from Amplify with any questions



To show their gratitude for Indiana’s educators, the Indianapolis Colts are offering discount educator tickets for the Sunday, October 2, game against the Tennessee Titans. This offer is available to all educators and school staff. Additionally, the first 255 educators to purchase a ticket will have the opportunity to carry the American Flag on the field during the National Anthem pregame. More information and discount tickets are available here.



Senator Todd Young will be hosting a virtual Academy Day on Tuesday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. This virtual event is for high school students who are interested in learning more about attending one of our nation’s service academies. This meeting is an opportunity for students to learn more about the admissions process and what life is like at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students interested in attending the virtual Academy Day should RSVP to


NEW FROM JOBS FOR AMERICA'S GRADUATES (JAG): Indiana's JAG Students Garner $24.3 Million in Scholarships

The Indiana chapter of JAG announced that this year’s graduating class earned more than $24,300,000 in scholarship money. Recipients included students from 48 Indiana counties. JAG Indiana helps high school students of promise who have experienced challenging or traumatic life experiences achieve success through graduation. JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. JAG Indiana’s achievements for the 2021-2022 school year include:

  • 94% graduation rate (national goal is 90%);
  • 85% full-time employment rate (national goal is 80%);
  • 82% positive outcome rate (national goal is 80%);
  • 69% job placement rate, including military (national goal is 60%); and
  • 39% further education rate (national goal is 35%).
  • Click here to see the list of scholarships awarded by county

Contact with any questions.



As part of the CareSource grant, Overdose Lifeline is doing benchmark research on what Indiana schools are doing with regards to overdose preparedness and their thoughts or beliefs on the need for training. The survey can be found here. Contact Jeanette Craw with any questions.


REMINDER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME: Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program (AP-TIP) Accepting Applications

AP-TIP at the University of Notre Dame is now accepting applications from schools to join Cohort 11. For more information about how AP-TIP supports stronger outcomes in AP math, science, and English courses across Indiana, click here. AP-TIP will begin reviewing applications on Friday, October 14. Click here to apply to join Cohort 11. Contact AP-TIP with any questions.


REMINDER 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 your 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. Indicate your involvement with IDOE on the application to unlock additional support, access to special events, and exclusive opportunities for swag. 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 any questions. 


REMINDER 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, 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 plan (PGP) points. Registration will open Tuesday, October 4. Visit the conference webpage to learn more.


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