Executive Director Notes


Does anyone in your corporation need to be certified or recertified on CPI?  

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. Certification and recertification requires an on-line course as well as a one day in-person training.

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

There are two very exciting opportunities coming up in the next several weeks. We are offering an Introduction to Cooperative Purchasing as well as Radon and Asbestos Training. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Lisa Abell or Jessica Wright with any questions.
Introduction to
NIESC Cooperative Purchasing
Join us on February 22, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST on Zoom to meet Jessica Wright and to see how our Cooperative Purchasing Department can help you with your cooperative purchasing needs! We will also have an overview of the TIPS Cooperative Purchasing Program. TIPS is a FREE Cooperative with hundreds of contracts that meet state and some even federal regulations. To sign up for TIPS, visit our website. For more information or to register, use the link below.
Register Here
Radon & Asbestos Training
We are offering this training on two separate dates and at two locations! The first will be held at Thomas A Edison Jr/Sr High School in Lake Station on March 7. The second will be held at the Mishawaka Administration Building on March 8. You may attend in person or via Zoom. For more details or to register, click on the link below.
Register Here

Food Service

School Breakfast Week Preparation Webinars

Register for Culinary Skills for A+ School Meals virtual training opportunities and register for IDOE's Breakfast Best Practices webinar on Thursday, February 22.

Technology Integration


When: June 10 - June 14, 2024
Where: Indiana University, Bloomington 
Cost: $0

  • $1060 for the summer week
  • $460 for the school year professional development and professional learning community sessions

What’s Included: Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, all workshop supplies, professional development, and optional evening events and socials throughout the week


Brought to you by the Indiana Computer Science Teachers Association


In order to be eligible for CSPDWeek, teachers must meet the following requirements:

  • Teach in an Indiana K-12 public school for the 2024-2025 school year
  • Complete all required pre-work and actively participate throughout all professional learning at CSPDWeek 2024
  • Implement the content covered during CSPDWeek 2023 in their classrooms during the 2024-2025


Learn more & apply today!

Professional Learning


Are you thinking about how to implement Integrated STEM Standards into the curriculum and aren’t sure where to start? Not sure you have room on your plate to plan the professional learning for your educators? Frustrated with short grant windows? Keep on reading….

Join us for a 1 day event where you will be able to create a plan with provided documentation to prepare a turn-key solution that fully funded 4 school districts’ implementation with the STEM Integration Grant.

Same workshop, two locations and dates below:

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
NIESC Office, Mishawaka, IN
9am - 2pm EST
Lunch will be provided
Click Here for Mishawaka Location
Thursday, March 14th, 2024
Lake Station Admin Building
Lake Station, IN
9am - 2pm CST
Lunch will be provided
Click Here for Lake Station Location
Building Scientifically Based Literacy Blocks
Presenter: Jamey Peavler
This one-day course examines research on the essential components of effective literacy instruction to build a
language arts block. Participants will examine reading science frameworks and research on instructional design
to plan word recognition, language comprehension, and written expression instruction.  
Click below to register
See more details for both events & locations

Member Spotlight

Melissa Walley 
Technology Coach & Educational Technology Specialist

Melissa Walley has been on staff at Hanover Community Schools for 12 years. She is the Technology Coach for grades 5-12 and Educational Technology Specialist for the district.

Melissa and her team have been working on several projects over the last year. After receiving the Indiana Department of Education's Digital Learning Parent and Family Support Grant, she has been working on recognizing the needs of the district’s families in the area of technology integration and resources. Her team has created the Wildcat Information Network, also known as the WIN Page, which is their parent technology hub. Additionally, they have been streamlining the format of the resources, while working to provide multiple options such as translation services, screencasts, videos, text-based, and audio options. Her goal is that the WIN Page continues to grow as their district continues to expand.

This year, the district chose to apply for the Indiana Department of Education's AI Powered Platform Grant. Melissa co-wrote and received this grant, which allows for all students in grades 3-8 to pilot the use of Khanmigo. Their use of Khanmigo as a support for students provides instant feedback to students. This allows students to leverage this support when they are not working directly with their teacher. Khanmigo's data tool tracks student progress, saving teachers time and allowing them to proactively provide targeted support. Providing support for teachers as they learn the platform, while navigating AI in general, so that their pilot implementation is successful.

Melissa’s future goal for the district is that they are able to continue to provide digital resources for all students so they have the knowledge and experiences they need for the future. Education is always changing, it can be overwhelming as new platforms, websites, and apps are released. AI is a game-changer for education, but with it comes a great responsibility. Supporting teachers, informing families, and providing opportunities for students will allow students to be ready for whatever their future looks like.

We asked Melissa what she finds most rewarding about her position. She shared, “The most rewarding part of my job is working with different groups of people, because this allows me to continually improve my practice in educational technology. I am fortunate to work with students, teachers, staff members, administrators, and family members within our school community. This is important to me because I want to make decisions with all different perspectives in mind. I also have the pleasure of collaborating with people in similar roles as myself that work all around the state. I am so grateful for the relationships that have formed with my digital leader friends.”

In her spare time, Melissa likes to travel. Even if it is just a short trip for the day. She loves to decorate and change out the décor in her home for the seasons. She just started a new hobby, needlepointing, to keep her hands busy and her mind focused on something other than a screen. For her, it is a nice way to relax!

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

219-926-5555 | nwiesc.k12.in.us


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