Northwest Indiana Education Service Center

December 2022

Executive Director Notes

As we enter the holiday season and break, make certain that you take the opportunity to enjoy your family and friends. The endless hours you dedicate to our youth is a true blessing and makes a lasting impact. YOUR IMPACT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Remember to take care of yourself over the holidays as this is a time to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Keep doing great things for kids! 

Cooperative Purchasing

School corporations can save time and money by utilizing the CIESC web-based bus purchasing program.  With this program, a district buying one bus gets the same price as a district ordering 20 buses. 
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Food Service

Team Nutrition offers nutrition education materials to schools and child care centers.  Schools are able to order various posters, handouts and other materials at no charge.  Click here to learn more!

Technology Integration

Upcoming Learning Opportunities with NIESC 
Helpdesk & Asset Management
Technology and Maintenance Depts.
December 15th
10:30am EST
See Event Details
with CIS
(Center for Internet Security)
January 17th
10:30am EST
Virtual & In-person Options
See Event Details
Digitize District Forms with
Google Templates:
Darlene Kennedy
in the Learning Lab
January 24th
2pm EST
See Event Details on January 24th
Tech Newsletter Link

Professional Learning

December Connect the Dots Newsletter
ILEARN Virtual PD Package
Science Standards and Adoption
The IDOE will cover tuition, books, and material fees for coursework leading to English as a New Language (ENL) licensure for existing educators licensed in other content areas or individuals seeking to transition to a new career in teaching.
November's State Board of Education Slideshow has valuable information related to NAEP measurements, HEA 1251, and Standards Reduction and Prioritization. 
Indiana State Board of Education November 2022

Member Spotlight

Dr. Peggy Buffington

Dr. Peggy Buffington is the Superintendent at School City of Hobart. She has been with the corporation since 1988.

In the last year, Dr. Buffington has been focusing her efforts on Early College, which are FREE opportunities for Hobart students to earn a credential at Hobart University (K-12 Initiative). Hobart was also the proud recipient of the EEE Grant (partnering with Ivy Tech to expand career pathways) and putting maker spaces in every school.

Dr. Buffington has many future goals and dreams for the corporation. She would love every student to have attended pre-school. She wants to continue to grow the number of students who graduate as Brickies with college credentials (certificates, technical certificates, Indiana College Core or Associate’s Degrees) and industry certifications. She would also like to see the college partners help with stackable credential plans to deliver for students to ensure that degree completion is obtainable.

We asked Dr. Buffington what she finds the most rewarding about her position. She shared, “I love when students talk to me and know that we want them to be successful and safe. I especially love graduation when we celebrate early college and CTE credentials earned as our students are celebrated and embark on their new journey of life.”

In her spare time, Dr. Buffington is an avid gardener.

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

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