Executive Director Notes

I have recently become a certified CPI Trainer.  

What is CPI? Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) equips corporations and individuals with training and resources on prevention and de-escalating difficult behaviors and situations. The training provides individuals with skills to safely recognize and respond to crisis situations that occur everyday in our schools.  

If your corporation or school is interested in me providing CPI training or you have questions about CPI, please contact me at dharman@niesc.k12.in.us.


Cooperative Purchasing

NWIESC, through the ESC of I has provided members with even more ways to save money by developing partnerships with a wide variety of organizations to support the needs of our members. The value of the partnerships includes savings in both purchasing cost and employee time, which equates to even greater cost savings. Our partnerships are vetted by our ESC team for quality, service, and return on investment.  With nearly 60 agreements, there is something to fit most every need. To browse the agreements, click the button below. 
ESC of I Partnership Page

Food Service


Save the date July 27, 2023 for NIESC's annual Cafeteria Staff Day Out!

Click here to register!

Click here to download the flyer!



Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Eligibility

Families with children receiving free or reduced-price school meals are eligible to participate in the ACP. This includes children attending a school participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

The ACP provides eligible households a discount of up to $30 per month off their internet bills (or up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands), as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 off an eligible connected device, like a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. View this August 2022 letter from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for more information, or click here to apply.

Technology Integration

Social Media Strategies for School Districts
April 19th
10:30am - 11am EST
FREE Virtual Event
Join us on April 19th to discover ways to improve your district's use of social media , gather resources on how to write your story, and learn best practices.
Vendor Fair
April 27th
FREE  Virtual Event
Do you have purchasing responsibilities in your district but aren't sure where to turn for best pricing on products and services? Join us for our first ever Virtual Vendor Fair where we explain purchasing procedures and live partner presentations.
South Shore
Summer of Learning Conference
June 12-13th
Hammond, IN
Conference Presenters are still needed.
Registration opens soon!
Google Workspace  Level 1 Summer  Self-Paced Course
Designed for office staff, administrators and instructors who want to learn Google tools for efficiency.  Learn at your own pace all summer.
More Details & Events in our March Tech Newsletter

Professional Learning

Click Here for April Connect the Dots Newsletter

Member Spotlight

Christina Gutierrez
Director of Elementary Curriculum

Christina Gutierrez is the Director of Elementary Curriculum at School City of East Chicago. She has been with the corporation for six years.

Christina has been quite busy over the last year. Some of the things that she has been the most focused on include incorporating Science of Reading with all K-2 classrooms, unifying district formative cycle assessments to support priority standard teaching cycles, after school and summer school curriculum, and high ability identification and leader training.

Christina shared that her dream for the corporation would be that all SCEC students would have the tools to grow academically and socially through meaningful and rigorous curriculum.

We asked Christina what she finds the most rewarding about her position.  She said, “Working with teachers and instructional coaches who want to make a difference and continue to grow as educators.”

In her spare time, Christina likes to attend her children’s sporting events, church fellowships, and spend time with her immediate and extended family.

Northwest Indiana Education Service Center
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-254-0111 | nwiesc.k12.in.us


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