Executive Director Notes

For the 2023-2022 school year, the NWIESC staff is reading the book GRIT by Angela Duckworth. We are meeting monthly to discuss, reflect, and share thoughts. A few key points and statements from the book are:

  • There are four defining characteristics of grit. You can work on improving these characteristics to have more grit.
    • Interest: Thoroughly enjoying what you do is passion
    • Practice: Resisting complacency by addressing your weakness with continual practice
    • Purpose: Your work is important
    • Hope: Hope is defined in every stage of grit

  • There are six (6) ways you can become “grittier”: 1) clarify your goals, 2) discover your interests, 3) practice deliberately, 4) know your purpose,  5) practice optimistic self-talk,  6) join a gritty culture

  • There are two (2) components of grit: passion and perseverance

I encourage you to remain positive, be “gritty, and remember challenges allow for opportunities!

Cooperative Purchasing

Registration Coming Soon!! ESC Vendor Fair!!
Please save the date of Friday, March 10, 2023 to join us for a fun, information-packed day! This will be a FREE event to our members! 
Lunch will be included as well as some time for collaboration with your colleagues! 
Talk one on one with our vendors, attend break-out sessions to see how best to utilize cooperative purchasing contracts, register for door prizes, and more!! Watch our newsletter or visit our event site for more information. 

Food Service

Are you on track to complete your training hours? Click here to learn more.
Professional Development
Minimum Training Hours for School Food Service Professionals:
  • All Directors- 12 hours
  • All Managers- 10 hours
  • All Other Staff (20 or more hours/ week)- 6 hours
  • Part-Time Staff (20 or less hours/ week)- 4 hours

Resources for training

Technology Integration

Designed for middle 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 topics covered in each workshop include:

  • Role of Computer Science in society and the classroom
  • Indiana Computer Science Standards, including where to locate the standards and how to navigate the curriculum map
  • Introduction to the 5 core concepts of CS: Data and Information, Computing Devices and Systems, Programs and Algorithms, Networking and Communications and Impact and Culture
  • Experiencing classroom lessons for each core concept

Learn more and register today!
  • Computer Science Teachers
  • Media/Library Specialists
  • Resource/Tech Teachers
  • Gen Ed Classroom Teachers

March 7th, 2023
8am - 2:30pm CST
9am - 3:30pm EST
Northwest Indiana
Location TBA
NIESC Office

Professional Learning

Click for the January Connect the Dots Newsletter

Member Spotlight


Doug Taylor
Technology Director

Doug Taylor has been at Duneland School Corp since September of 2021 but his K12 experience began in January of 2000 at Michigan City Area Schools. There he started as a computer technician, moved into a team lead role, and then network administrator. From there, he went to Crown Point Community School Corporation as network engineer and a few years later was promoted to IT Manager. After that, he was employed as a technical analyst for a large healthcare organization and then as a systems engineer for a managed service provider where he was exposed to nearly every facet of IT imaginable. Doug went back to K12 as the IT Director for East Porter County Schools in the summer of 2021 and then to DSC.

This last year has brought many changes to his environment. Doug has been shoring up all aspects of IT security infrastructure beginning with MFA and continuing with “under the hood” improvements. He has moved from the typical user/password authentication method to a MFA/2FA for any system that contains sensitive data. While these changes typically make end users’ lives “more difficult”, he knows that what they're doing is absolutely mandatory in these times.

What Doug has found most rewarding is hearing from his teammates who tell him the changes they've enacted are absolutely vital and well needed and that they are happy to have him leading the charge. These changes aren't always the popular choice to make but the team makes sure he knows they are moving in the right direction.

Doug's goals for this coming year are to better utilize the CyberTAP program offered by Purdue and take their in-person training for himself and the IT team.

When he isn't working, Doug enjoys time with his wife Lisa, their four kids, and Siberian Husky Scout (yes, named from TKAM). Also, if you ever have the chance to do Disney without kids DO IT, it's so much fun!

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

219-926-5555 | nwiesc.k12.in.us


Click Here to Access our Newsletter Database