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Professional Development
Integrating Computer Science in the Classroom and Unpacking the Updated Computer Science Standards
Hanover Schools, Cedar Lake, IN (See Details)
NIESC, Mishawaka, IN (See Details)
September 26, 2023 
FREE Event with sub reimbursement
See more details for both locations
Integrating Computer Science in the Classroom and Unpacking the Updated Computer Science Standards
for Grades K-5
Hanover Schools, Cedar Lake, IN (Central Time)
NIESC, Mishawaka, IN (Eastern Time)  
September 28, 2023
FREE Event with sub reimbursement
See more details for both locations
Ransomware Awareness Primer
Statewide Tour
Get ready for an  opening experience! The Indiana Cybersecurity Task Force and Purdue University are teaming up to launch an exclusive Ransomware Awareness Primer Tour across the state. Don't miss out on this crucial opportunity to protect yourself and your organization from cyber threats.

Kicking off on June 9th at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center, this month-to-month tour across Indiana will equip you with the knowledge and skills to combat the ever-growing menace of Ransomware. From top-level school leaders to frontline tech experts, our 4-hour course, led by Purdue's esteemed cyberTAP, will ignite discussions on organizational preparedness for cyber-attacks.

Discover the secrets behind the evolution and mechanics of Ransomware, learn about crucial decision-making during an attack, explore incident response playbooks, witness a live cyber-attack simulation, delve into business continuity planning, and confront the question: "Are You Prepared?"
Sign Up Today!
Sept 15th - Mishawaka
Oct 6th - Evansville
November- HECC Conference
December 15th - Fort Wayne
Event Schedule
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 2:00 
Full group presentation
2:00 - 3:45
Cyber Range activity or business continuity planning
3:45 - 4:00  -
Wrap up
Elevating  Indiana Academic and Early Learning Standards  
brought to you by  IDOE, ESCI and Indiana Educators  
Sept 12th: Fort Wayne, IN
Sept 13th: Merrillville, IN
Regional Summits for instructional coaches, district administrators and Indiana educators
Learn more and register today!
Supporting educators in establishing an
Indiana Educator License or adding STEM
to their existing license
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is partnering with the Educational Service Centers (ESCs) of Indiana to provide support for both currently licensed teachers in non-STEM areas, and prospective teachers who are not licensed and hold a bachelor’s degree, to become licensed to teach a STEM subject. The IDOE has identified eligible STEM content areas as life science, chemistry, earth/space science, physics, physical science, computer science, technology education, and mathematics.
Get all the details about the program here...
Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Powered Platform Pilot Grant
Application Now Open
Indiana Dept of Education announced last week that they have released an AI Pilot Grant, due August 25th.  Khan Academy has released Khanmigo, an AI-powered student tutor and teaching assistant, which could be paid with grant funding.  

2023 - 2024 Meetings

We welcome staff from all public, private or charter schools in Indiana who are interested in collaborating, sharing experiences and networking with peers.  Your ESC membership is not required to participate.  Contact dkennedy@niesc.k12.in.us with questions.
Northern Indiana Technology Directors & Instructional Tech Coaches
  • 9:00 AM - Lunch (Eastern Time)
  • October 13th: Elkhart Community Schools
  • December 8th: School City of Mishawaka
  • January 26th: Wawasee Community Schools
  • February 23rd: Penn-Harris Madison Schools
  • April 26th:  Location TBD
  • sign up for email reminders

Northwest Indiana Instructional Tech Coaches - NEW THIS YEAR!

  • Time to be announced soon (Central Time)
  • September 14th: Hanover Community Schools
  • October 13th: Lake Ridge New Tech
  • Future Meetings: Location & Dates TBD
  • sign up for email reminders

Northeast Indiana School Study Council - Tech/eLearn

  • 9:00 AM - Lunch
  • September 22nd: East Noble Schools
  • October 20th: West Noble School Corp
  • November 17th: Dekalb Co Central Schools
  • December 15th: Whitley County Consolidated Schools
  • January 19th: East Allen County Schools
  • February 16th: MSD of Steuben
  • April 19th: St. Vincent's, Fort Wayne
  • May 17th: Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • sign up for email reminders

Network Administrator Virtual Study Council

Cybersecurity Planning Virtual Meeting - New Format

  • 1pm - 2pm EST / 12pm - 1pm CST
  • Second Tuesday of each month
  • First Meeting: Sept 12th
  • We will be including online tabletop scenarios to the agenda
  • sign up for email reminders

State Reporters Virtual Study Council

Tech Purchasing
Our Indiana ESCs are working together to develop partnerships with a wide variety of organizations to support the needs of our member districts. The value brought to our members includes savings in both purchasing cost and employee time, which equates to even greater cost savings.
Check for discounts here...


GRANT: Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Powered Platform Pilot Grant Application Now Open: IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning invites school corporations and charter schools to apply for a one-time competitive grant opportunity to fund a pilot implementation of an AI-powered platform of their choosing. Corporations will select a vendor that meets the criteria outlined in the memo. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Friday, August 25. See this memo for more information and join the grant support session here on Tuesday, August 15, at 2 p.m. ET. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.

GRANT 2023-2024 Digital Learning Parent and Family Support Grant: Applications for the 2023-2024 Digital Learning Parent and Family Support Grant are now open. This grant allows school corporations to design a plan to support parents with topics related to educational technology and blended/virtual learning environments. The grant application window closes Friday, September 15, at 5 p.m. ET. See this memo for additional information and to apply. Join the grant information session on Thursday, August 10, at 11 a.m. ET. Contact IDOE’s Office of Digital Learning with any questions.

Resolution of Conflicts for Membership 2023: Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, IDOE will no longer be brokering the resolution of conflicts after the certification date. If, after the certification date, schools are unable to resolve an outstanding conflict, schools may petition the State Board of Education for an adjustment in their average daily membership (ADM) count by providing the Board with evidence supporting an adjustment in their membership claim. The process for petitioning the Board will be made available this fall and communicated in Dr. Jenner’s Weekly Update. IDOE wants to make sure each school receives full funding for the students they are serving and completes the Membership count within two to three weeks of the count date. This process will help achieve both of these goals. See this memo for a more complete explanation of this change. 

Ed-Fi Upgrade Complete: This week, IDOE launched an upgraded version of the Ed-Fi technology and data standard for the 2023-2024 school year. School personnel and their vendors have been participating in training and will continue to be trained in the weeks ahead. While the changes in this upgrade will be transparent to schools, Indiana will benefit from the many improvements to the data standard which have occurred since Ed-Fi was first implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. These changes include improvements in the data model and increased efficiencies in the Ed-Fi technology platform. Contact the Data Exchange Team with any questions.

Designation of Key Contacts: Security coordinators for all traditional public, charter, and accredited non-public schools are responsible for ensuring their organization’s key contacts for the 2023-2024 school year are set. Key contacts including the roles of Superintendent, Financial Contact, Special Education Director, Principal, Data Exchange Contact, etc. are needed for the 2023-2024 school year even if those contacts were provided last school year. IDOE will recognize active staff assignments/roles during the summer months from the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years and will begin recognizing only the 2023-2024 school year assignments beginning Friday, September 1. Security coordinator instructions can be found here.

Indiana STEM Educator Expansion Program (I-STEM) Registration Now Available: IDOE is partnering with Educational Service Centers (ESCs) of Indiana to launch the I-STEM partnership. I-STEM provides support for both currently licensed teachers in non-STEM areas and prospective teachers who are not licensed and hold a bachelor’s degree to become licensed to teach in a STEM content area. IDOE has identified eligible STEM content areas as life science, chemistry, earth/space science, physics, physical science, computer science, technology education, and mathematics. Click here for more information and registration. Contact IDOE's Office of Educator Talent with any questions.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Cohort Registration Closes Thursday, August 31: ISTE Certification was designed to help educators take the next steps in using technology for learning—to move from integrating technology to catalyzing active, high-impact learning. Join this cadre for support throughout the certification process. Digital Learning Grant funds may be applied to this certification. Registration closes Thursday, August 31. Contact Keep Indiana Learning with questions. 

Darlene Kennedy

Director of Technology Integration


Email:  dkennedy@niesc.k12.in.us

Phone: (574) 254-0111 ext 104

56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545


Phone: (574) 254-0111


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