An Update From the Indiana Department of Education for October 21, 2022

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A Message from Dr. Katie Jenner

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As we continue to celebrate Indiana’s principals and the positive impact they have on student learning and development, I’d like to share a bit more today about our recent school tour across southern Indiana!  

With everything we saw over the course of the three-day tour, I imagine I could have written six weeks worth of messages. What I have described is only a small portion of the many positive interactions and conversations I experienced in the southernmost counties of our state, and I will long be thinking about the impact of these visits.

In addition to working alongside local business and community leaders, the high schools we visited are each laser focused on helping prepare students for life after high school, whether their post-graduation plans include employment, enrollment, or enlistment leading to service. This includes providing students an opportunity to take intentional coursework for their path ahead, and in some cases, even earn a credential of value before leaving high school.  

In fact, the power of student choice and opportunity for future career experiences was a major recurring theme in many of the conversations I had with students and principals at each high school on the tour. Tenth grade students at the Signature School in downtown Evansville, led by Executive Director/Principal Jean Hitchcock, emphasized the importance of rigorous coursework and the opportunity to experience the world. One of my favorite classrooms was Ms. Shannon Hughes', where students were actively engaged in their AP and IB Calculus AB and BC coursework by working complex problems on the completely covered walls of whiteboards! The students only paused their learning for a moment as they shared what their future hopes and plans are after high school.

At Perry Central Junior-Senior High School, in addition to dual credit and dual enrollment courses, because of the leadership of Principal Jody French, students really have the opportunity to flex their creativity in new ways…I spoke to a group of students who showed off a design for a (patent pending!) self-filling water bottle! I won’t say too much about their process and materials, but these students have found an innovative, cost-effective solution to the water crisis many people across the world experience every day, and they did it right in Perry County! 

Another example of this was Crawford County High School, where just this year, they began offering the Indiana College Core - a 30-credit-hour block of general education courses that transfer among all public institutions and some private colleges in Indiana. As one of 141 high schools to offer the Indiana College Core, Principal Brandy Stroud sees it as a huge opportunity to help some of their students out of poverty through direct pathways into enrollment...and save the students some money!


Saving students time and money is also the name of the game at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School, where Director Wendy McNamara shared that students spend half of their day at their home high school and the other half of their day at Ivy Tech Evansville. I had the opportunity to meet with the teachers as well as hear from several students who showed me around the facility and talked about their work, oftentimes leading to an associate degree before graduating high school.

In addition to the health sciences pathway I mentioned last week, Corydon Central High School, led by Principal Keith Marshall, also offers a pathway near and dear to all of us…education! One student, who is working toward becoming an elementary teacher, has long felt the calling to be an educator (like many of you reading this today!) and knew from the start that this pathway was right for her. Another student tried as many as three different pathways, testing the waters as a nurse, a pilot, and a cosmetologist before she found her fit in education. Through a wide range of course offerings, she was able to experience a number of pathways and ultimately find the path that was right for her.

I also really appreciate the team at Heritage Hills High School, including Principal Jeff Cochren, and their commitment to CTE pathways. One of the classrooms at the school allows students to engage in hands-on learning using innovative technology. Engineering teacher and girl’s soccer coach Andy Fischer showed off their laser cutting machine by making me a Cincinnati Reds coaster!

Thank you to the students, teachers, principals, and staff who helped make this tour incredibly engaging and informative, and thank you to the teachers and principals, in particular, for helping more students find their purpose and open new doors of opportunity through education! I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to hit the road for another round of school visits and can’t wait to share what we see!

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Office of Student Assessment

NEW: Updated Dyslexia Programming Guidance for Schools

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) published minor updates to the list of approved training programs (Appendix A) and the list of approved assessment programs (Appendix C) within the Dyslexia Programming Guidance for Schools. The updated document may be accessed on IDOE’s Dyslexia webpage. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions. 


NEW: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2022 Mathematics and Reading Results Released Monday, October 24

NAEP 2022 mathematics and reading results will be released on Monday, October 24. Results will include national, state, and select district-level scores for grades four and eight in mathematics and reading, along with insights into students’ learning experiences. Join the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics for the release event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Click here to register for NAEP Day 2022. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions. 


NEW: Practice Tests for IREAD-3 and ILEARN Biology End-of-Course Assessment Available Monday, October 24

The online practice tests for IREAD-3 and the ILEARN Biology ECA will be available for students on Monday, October 24, via the Indiana Assessment Portal. Test Administrators may use the IREAD-3 online practice test scripts for the associated IREAD-3 practice test and the ILEARN Biology ECA Test Administrator’s Manual (TAM) for ILEARN Biology ECA practice tests. Contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk with functionality questions and IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with policy questions. 


NEW: I AM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Now Available

Schools may review the I AM Alternate Assessment Participation FAQs for information regarding determinations for student qualification and participation in Indiana’s alternate assessment. This decision should be made during the Case Conference Committee with the student’s formal Individualized Education Program (IEP) reflecting the need for I AM participation. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions. 


REMINDER: Public School Corporations Must Report 2021-2022 Naturalization Examination Results by Today, Friday, October 21

Public school corporations in Indiana are required by state legislation to provide the naturalization exam to students taking the U.S. Government course, as outlined in this memo. All public schools must report results to IDOE via this JotForm today, Friday, October 21, to be reported to the Indiana General Assembly. An updated form will become available in November for the submission of 2022-2023 data. Contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions. 


REMINDER: SAT School Day Resources Now Available

The following resources are now available to support the spring SAT administration on IDOE’s High School Assessment webpage:

IDOE encourages School Test Coordinators (STCs) and additional testing staff to register for the in-person SAT workshops offered by College Board in late October and early November. If you are unable to attend these in-person sessions, register for the virtual workshop on Friday, November 18. Please contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment with any questions.

Office of Communications and External Affairs

REMINDER: Nominations Now Open for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors outstanding high school seniors and encourages high attainment among all students. This memo outlines the required qualifications and nomination process. The rubrics for General and CTE applications are now available here. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 28, in order to be considered. Contact Emily Black with any questions.

Office of Information Technology

UPDATE: Student Information System (SIS) Vendor Status

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

The following vendors are now certified for August 2022:

  • PowerSchool 
  • RDS

The following vendors are now certified for October 2022:

  • PowerSchool

Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.


REMINDER: Student Test Numbers (STN) and School Personnel Numbers (SPN) Transition to State Ed-ID Portal

IDOE is excited to announce Ed-ID, a new system for generating IDs for students and educators. Ed-ID will provide IDs to educators from early childhood settings through secondary settings. This new approach will allow more versatility for the generation and use of IDs across a variety of state agencies involved in student learning and will improve the management of these IDs through a centralized service. The transition will begin on Wednesday, December 14, with the new Ed-ID portal up and running shortly afterwards. IDOE expects the upgrade to take one week to 10 days and will communicate when the new Ed-ID portal is available for use. More information may be found in this memo. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: October Certification

Certification concluded at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. IDOE will continue to work with schools that had identified data concerns prior to noon on Wednesday, October 12. For those schools with data concerns, certification can be completed once data is considered valid. Data certified for October includes:

  • Pupil Enrollment
  • Staff Employment (CE)
  • Other Staff Personnel (NE)
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Curricular Materials Assistance
  • Graduate (Graduation rates for the 2021-2022 school year will be based on data certified by schools in July 2022 and October 2022. 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.)

Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.


REMINDER: Data Exchange - The Data Reporting Source of Truth

Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, Data Exchange is now 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. Until Wednesday, December 14, all SPNs and STNs will continue to be created in the STN Application Center and will be available in Data Exchange the following day. Data Exchange resources include:

Contact the Data Exchange Team with any questions.


REMINDER: Cybersecurity Resources Available

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

Office of School Finance

REMINDER: 2022-2023 Curricular Material

The window is now open through Monday, October 31, to submit curricular material costs through this JotForm. Please read this memo regarding the process for submitting curricular material reimbursement information for the 2022-2023 school year. Contact IDOE’s Office of School Finance with any questions. 


REMINDER: Common School Loans

IDOE is accepting applications for common school construction and/or technology loans through Thursday, November 10. Applications can be found in Moodle Finance under Common School. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: Teacher Salary Data Reporting

Please read this memo 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: 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

NEW: Next Generation School Improvement Planning Grants

The Office of School Support and Transformation is now accepting applications for planning grants as part of the Next Generation School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. This is a competitive grant to aid in school transformation and eligibility extends to all schools currently identified as Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) under Indiana’s ESSA Plan. View the grant overview here and a list of eligible schools here. The Title 1 SIG Application will remain open through Monday, December 5. The scoring rubric that will be used to evaluate the application can be found here. Contact IDOE's Office of School Support and Transformation with any questions.

Office of Student Pathways and Opportunities

NEW: High Ability Courageous Corner

IDOE’s Student Pathways and Opportunities team has partnered with Indiana’s Education Service Centers to provide professional development network sessions for high ability coordinators, administrators, teachers, counselors, and other school personnel. Beginning in November 2022, professional development sessions will include time to answer questions in what will be called “Courageous Corner.” Please submit any questions regarding high ability programming to this JotForm. Answers will be discussed or provided at the next webinar. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: October Graduation Pathways Monthly Webinar

IDOE’s Student Pathways and Opportunities team will host the Graduation Pathways October webinar on Thursday, October 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET via Microsoft Teams. Please use this link to join. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: High Ability Program Plan Due Sunday, October 30

Schools must complete the self-assessment of their program plan against the rubric shared via email by Sunday, October 30. After this self-assessment takes place, please complete this brief JotForm. Superintendents must affirm that the program has met all required components of the rubric. Contact with any questions.

Office of Student, School, and Family Engagement

REMINDER: Comprehensive School Counseling Grant Opportunity

In partnership with the Indiana School Counseling Association (ISCA), American School Counseling Association (ASCA), and other school counseling stakeholders, IDOE developed and published a new Indiana Model for Comprehensive School Counseling that outlines a developmental framework for school counseling programs in Indiana. In concurrence with the release of the new model, IDOE is releasing the Comprehensive School Counseling grant to provide up to $5 million in competitive grants to schools, corporations, and education service centers to support efforts in the development of a comprehensive school counseling program based on the new model. Details of the grant can be found here. Please email with additional questions.  

Office of Student Support and Accessibility/Special Education

NEW: Indicator 8 - Parent Involvement Parent Survey Data Available to Special Education Directors 

IDOE’s Office of Special Education encourages special education directors to request updates on the number of parent survey submissions to the Indicator 8 parent involvement survey submitted during the 2022-2023 school year. IDOE is available to assist schools by providing paper versions of the survey to ensure families complete it following every annual case review. Contact IDOE’s Office of Special Education with any questions. 


NEW: Dual Language (DL) Office Hours - “Dual Language 101”

IDOE’s Office of English Learning and Migrant Education is hosting the first DL Office Hours on Tuesday, October 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Join IDOE to discuss curriculum and resources, target language usage, and purposefully planning for language. Participants will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other DL teachers in the state, and will leave with a variety of resources and ideas for implementation. Visit the Indiana EL Professional Development Opportunities Calendar for more information and the meeting link. No registration is required. Contact IDOE’s Office of English Learning and Migrant Education with any questions.


REMINDER: 2021-2022 English Learner (EL) Count Correction Requests

IDOE is allowing schools to request a review and possible correction to their EL counts from the 2021-2022 school year to allow for a review of any possible discrepancies due to the new system implementation. Public corporation EL counts can be found here, and non-public EL counts can be found here. Submit this request for a review by Friday, October 28. At that time, the following will occur:

  1. IDOE reviews the EL count request submission. 
  2. IDOE’s data team will share a secure file link via email with individuals who submitted the form. Data will indicate students who were and were not included in last year’s EL reporting. Directions will be provided on how to indicate and return data corrections to IDOE securely. 
  3. Schools review, correct, and resubmit data to IDOE by Friday, November 11. 
  4. IDOE reviews and verifies revised EL counts.
  5. Updated 2021-2022 EL Counts are posted to IDOE’s English Learning and Migrant Education webpage.

Contact IDOE’s Office of English Learning and Migrant Education with any questions. 


REMINDER: Special Education Excess Cost (SEEC) Office Hours

IDOE’s Office of Special Education will continue to hold office hours once a week throughout October 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 here on Wednesday, October 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET. Contact IDOE’s Office of Special Education with any questions.

Offices of Teaching and Learning, Digital Learning, and Kindergarten Readiness

NEW: Interest Form Now Available for Indiana Literacy and STEM Cadre Cohort Two

IDOE and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) invite schools to join cohort two of the Indiana Literacy Cadre and the Indiana STEM Cadre. Cohort one schools received an established coach and tailored curricula delivery. Coaches have educated school staff with additional onsite support provided by training support specialists (TSSs) who are equipped with the expertise to guide schools in implementing research-based literacy and STEM strategies. Visit or to submit an interest form to start the process now. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


NEW: General Election Classroom Instruction Required

In accordance with Indiana Code (IC) 20-30-5-4, all Indiana public and non-public schools must provide five full recitation periods of class discussion for grades six through 12 of the following topics within the two weeks preceding a general election: systems of government in Indiana and in the U.S., methods of voting, party structures, election laws and responsible citizen participation in government and elections. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


NEW: Professional Development (PD) with IDOE: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Join IDOE in the Indiana Learning Lab at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 26, for Family Literacy: The Great Thanksgiving Listen, which focuses on how educators can guide students and their families in recording an interview for StoryCorps' annual event. As part of the project, the Library of Congress will catalog student interviews with their parents' permission. Review this flyer for more information regarding the session and view the October 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 and use your school email to log in. View previous sessions via the on-demand learning section. Contact IDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning with any questions. 


NEW: 2022-2023 Digital Learning Coach Mini Grant Recipients Announced

IDOE is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Digital Learning Coach Mini Grant recipients. This competitive grant opportunity continues the work around high-quality blended and online teaching practices by focusing on supporting digital learning coaches and their work with teachers in four strands: virtual instruction, digital integration coaching cycles or models, learning recovery efforts, and best practices for virtual instruction, and universal design for learning (UDL). For more information and the list of recipients, please view this memo. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


UPDATE: Digital Citizenship Week

To promote the importance of digital citizenship, IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning will share a variety of resources and learning opportunities throughout the month of October. Join us in the Learning Lab Wednesday, October 26, at 12:30 p.m. ET for Effective Policies as a Tool for Digital Citizenship. More resources can be found in this collection of digital citizenship resources. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: Virtual Learning Blitz - A Micro Conference for Leaders - Now Open to Building Leaders

The Virtual Learning Blitz Conference will be held at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, November 19. This one-day event will focus on the most important research-based strategies for high-quality blended and virtual learning and is geared towards those in curriculum leadership roles. Learn more about the conference and speakers by reading this flyer. Register here to attend this free conference. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.


REMINDER: STEM Certification Applications Due Friday, October 28

Schools applying for STEM Certification and Recertification should revisit either K-8 or Secondary STEM Certification guidance when preparing evidence and artifacts to earn STEM School Certification. Applications are due Friday, October 28. Contact with questions.


REMINDER: Summer of Learning 2023 Grant 

IDOE’s 2023 Summer of Learning Grant application is open through Friday, October 28. This grant will support local school corporations interested in hosting a Summer of Learning conference during summer 2023. The conference series will offer opportunities to connect with innovative, technology-enhanced pedagogy related to multiple strands. For more information, see this memo and access presentation slides here. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions. 

Office of Title Grants and Support

NEW: Title Con 2023 Call for Proposals

The Title Grants and Support team is excited to announce the return of Title Con. The event will be held on April 11-12, 2023, in Plainfield. Title Con 2023 will bring together hundreds of Indiana educators and school personnel from across the state to learn and build stronger federal programs for student growth and achievement. Title Con seeks dynamic presentations on topics related to Title grants and federal funding that align with the theme of “Drafting a Blueprint for the Unknown.” Please review the call for proposal form for more information. All submissions are due by Friday, December 16. Contact Brittany Kronmiller with any questions.


NEW: Risk Assessment Rubric

After seeking comments and feedback from the Federal Programs Advisory Board, the Title Grants and Support team has revised the Risk Assessment Rubric for the 2022-2023 school year. You may view the draft rubric at this link. There will be four risk levels: low risk, moderate low risk, moderate high risk, and high risk. Schools will receive a copy of their risk assessment results no later than Friday, November 4. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER: Title I-A Staffing Report

The Title I-A Staffing Report is no longer required to be submitted. Please contact with any questions. 


REMINDER: Late Liquidation Extension Request Template

The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of a Liquidation Extension Request template for grantee use for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Please view this process flowchart for information on how to apply for a late liquidation approval. Use this JotForm to submit necessary information. There will be an open call on Wednesday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to noon via Microsoft Teams. Contact or with any questions.


REMINDER: Charter School Program - Quality Counts Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) Now Available

IDOE’s Office of Charter Schools and Special Programs is pleased to announce the release of the RFP for Cohort 6 of the Charter School Program - Quality Counts Grant. Please visit IDOE’s Charter School Program webpage and navigate to the Quality Counts Grant dropdown menu for grant materials and guidance documents. Applications are due by Monday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET. Contact IDOE’s Office of Charter Schools and Special Programs with any questions.

News From Our Partners


CELL invites educators to join for its latest Insight Series event on Thursday, November 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. featuring Dr. Michael Hicks, an economist and professor of economics at Ball State University, for a presentation on data supporting the value of postsecondary attainment. Following the presentation, a panel of key state leaders will discuss how to best share this information broadly with students and the public. More information and registration are available here. Contact CELL with any questions.


NEW FROM INDIANA UNIVERSITY (IU) SOUTHEAST: High Ability Additional Licensure Program

The gifted and talented education licensure program at IU Southeast offers interested candidates a program of coursework toward an Indiana PK‒12 High Ability certification. The program requires four courses totaling 12 credit hours. Graduate programs at IU Southeast School of Education feature a rolling application process. Application and additional information can be found here. For individual advising for the gifted and talented license, please contact Dr. Donna Albrecht at (812) 941-2594.


NEW FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD: Advanced Placement Exam Order Deadline

Tuesday, November 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET, is the deadline to submit 2023 AP® Exam orders. Additional fees apply after the deadline, with some exceptions. AP coordinators can still make changes to their school's order until Tuesday, November 15, without incurring additional fees. To organize exam orders for final submission, AP coordinators should:

  • Make sure the AP Participation Form has been signed and submitted in AP Registration and Ordering.
  • Make sure all AP students have enrolled in their class or exam only section(s) using the join codes provided by their teachers or AP coordinator.
  • Check that students who should be included in the exam order have an Order Exam? status of "Yes" in AP Registration and Ordering.

See the 2022-2023 AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1 for information about specific ordering scenarios, including exams for second-semester courses, students testing at another school updating existing orders after the deadline, etc. 

 Learn more about managing the exam order:

Contact College Board with any questions.



Have you made your plans to join NAGC in Indianapolis this year? From Thursday, November 17, through Sunday, November 20, educators, parents, and supporters will gather to share ideas for innovation, strengthening connections, and celebrating success. Explore the full schedule for NAGC22 here. Learn more and register here. Contact with any questions.


NEW FROM NEXTECH: Register for Computer Science (CS) PD

Join the community of computer science teachers across the state who will participate in the updated computer science PD offerings from Nextech. 

Visit or information on the full range of computer science professional development opportunities. Contact Nextech with any questions. 


NEW FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (NCWIT): Applications Open for NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing

The Award for Aspirations in Computing honors students in grades nine through 12 for their computing-related achievements and interests and encourages them to pursue their passions. Interested and eligible students should apply by Thursday, October 27. View the step-by-step application guide for assistance. Contact with any questions.


NEW FROM CODE.ORG: $1 Million for Hour of Code Celebration

Are you actively developing a computer science pathway to give more students in your school or corporation access to computer science? Partners at are awarding $1 million to U.S. schools as part of the tenth #HourOfCode celebration! is awarding $10,000 to one high school and one middle school in every state and Washington D.C. to assist districts with establishing a computer science pathway. In addition to the $10,000 award, the implementing teacher in each winning school will receive a no-cost scholarship to attend’s Professional Learning Program. Learn more and enter to win here. Contact with any questions.


REMINDER FROM IU: Well Rounded Course Access (WRCA)

IU and IDOE are offering an opportunity for schools to enroll students in free online courses developed and taught by Indiana teachers as part of the well-rounded course access (WRCA) project within the Indiana Course Access Network. Students remain enrolled in their own school, but can take one or more courses that may not be offered at their school or be accessible with their schedule. Click here for a full list of WRCA courses. Contact Mark Conrad, Project Management Specialist at Indiana University with any questions.


REMINDER FROM PLAYWORKS AND THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (IDOH): Play Leadership Essentials for Early Childhood Educators

Playworks and IDOH are offering a two-day virtual interactive workshop with proven strategies to foster a stronger sense of engagement and enhance opportunities for physical activity. Registration is free, and participants should plan to attend both days of the workshop. Materials will be mailed to each participant upon registration, and all attendees will be entered to win a mini play kit with all the equipment necessary to support Playworks games. Attendees will receive a certificate documenting attendance and content covered. When registering, participants will need to select which two-day session they plan to attend. 

  • Register here for Monday, October 31, and Wednesday, November 2.  
  • Register here for Tuesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 15. 

Contact Abby Roach at Playworks with any questions.



The 2022 Candice Dodson EdTech Trailblazer Award is now open for nominations. Each year, the award is presented to a superintendent or assistant superintendent who has promoted and supported innovative uses of technology in their district and has helped others do the same around the state of Indiana. To submit a candidate for nomination, fill out this form. The winner will be announced at the IAPSS annual meeting in early December. Contact Bill Stein with any questions.


REMINDER FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: School-Based Mental Health Federal Grants

Two competitive grants have been released from the U.S. Department of Education to help support school districts in increasing the number of school-based mental health providers. The School-Based Mental Health Service Grant program provides competitive grants to help increase the number of school-based mental health providers in your schools. This includes school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists and will be awarded based on need. The notice inviting applications can be found here. Contact Amy Banks with any questions. The Mental Health Services Provider Demonstration grant program provides competitive grants to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers for employment in schools and districts. The grant program aims to address the supply of school-based mental health professionals. The notice inviting applications can be found here. Contact Tawanda Avery with any questions.



The DigCit Coalition will be hosting DigCit Connect, a virtual summit, on Saturday, October 22. This event will feature content on creating a healthy digital culture and practical ideas for supporting students in a digital world. All educators, parents, and families are welcome! Sessions on digital citizenship include topics such as social media, cultivating digital citizens, and district practices and policies. Learn more and register here. Contact Marci Prince from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) with any questions. 

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