Executive Director Notes

NWIESC as well as other ESCs have partnered with the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to help Indiana’s students read proficiently by the end of third grade through the Indiana Literacy Cadre.  What is the Indiana Literacy Cadre?  Review the link below for more information and details to join Cohort Two.

Indiana Literacy Cadre Information

Cooperative Purchasing

Join us March 10th for our first ever ESC Cooperative Purchasing Fair! Visit with vendors who hold current ESC and state contracts! Participate in multiple breakout sessions to learn more about cooperative purchasing, current trends in purchasing, and more!! Sessions include:       
      > Cooperative Purchasing Best Practices (SBOA Panel Q & A)
      > 5 Common Problems of a Procure-to-Pay Process
      > Amazon Business
      > Accounts Payable Automation
 and more...
This event is FREE to ESC Members and includes lunch and chances to win door prizes!! 
Register Here

Food Service

Reminders if you are serving mixed age groups in the same cafeteria, make sure you specify what the meal pattern is for each age group.  Your production records should also reflect the difference in serving sizes.  REMEMBER K-8 may be served the same meal pattern meeting the calories for the specific K-8 which is 600-650, sodium will be the limit of 1,230 mg.  YOU MAY NOT SERVE THE SAME MEAL PATTERN TO 7-12.  The 7-8 graders must follow the 6-8 grade meal pattern with the limit of calories to 700 and sodium at 1360.  The calorie level for 9-12 grade starts at 750 and sodium is at 1420.
Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

USDA Team Nutrition is pleased to announce new and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten resources. Team Nutrition has expanded the set to include additional foods, Spanish-language components, and new materials showing where food comes from.

  • Kindergarten teachers and health and nutrition educators can use the standards-based lessons to help kids learn about nutrition while also reinforcing math, science, English, and health education content.
  • School Nutrition Professionals can reinforce key Discover MyPlate messages at school meals.
  • Discover MyPlate can serve as a tool for local educational agencies to meet nutrition education goals described in their Local School Wellness Policy. 

All materials are free and available online hereQuestions about these resources may be submitted to TeamNutrition@USDA.gov.

Technology Integration


Designed for all K-8 Indiana school educators teaching across all subjects, the Integrating Computer Science professional development workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and instructional strategies to integrate computer science into existing coursework.

The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

The day will consist of learning, engaging with your peers with meaningful discussion, and gaining strategies to implement in the classroom.

Free PD / Free Lunch / Sub Fees Reimbursed

Space is limited. Be sure to register today!

March 7, 2023  
Northern Indiana Registrations & Locations Mishawaka, IN
  • Computer Science Teachers
  • Media/Library Specialists
  • Resource/Tech Teachers
  • General Education classroom teachers

See the full flyer for details

Professional Learning


Member Spotlight

John Flanagin
Director of Technology

John Flanagin is the Director of Technology at Hanover Community School Corporation and has been there for 17 years. He started a year after he graduated from Hanover as a Computer Technician back in 2005.

Hanover has seen tremendous growth over the last few years. During this past year, they built a new Upper Elementary, Administration Center, Bus Barn, Maintenance Building, and Mechanics Building. They also renovated their High School. John has worked closely with their architect, general contractor, vendors, and installers throughout the process.  

Looking forward, John’s goal is to continue to strengthen the district’s cybersecurity posture to help minimize or mitigate the impact of a potential cyber threat in the future. Cybersecurity has been a hot topic and John has heard of local attacks recently.

John finds many aspects of his job to be rewarding. As a former student at Hanover, the thing that he values most is seeing the success of the district and how technology helps play a role in that success.

In his spare time, John likes playing games. He enjoys disc golf in the summer and board games in the winter.

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

219-926-5555 | nwiesc.k12.in.us 


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