Executive Director Notes 

As we navigate through the month of March and various weeks of spring breaks, remember to attempt to enjoy some time away from your corporation to relax, rest, and recharge. Take some time to read a book, go on a walk, take a nap, spend a day fishing on a lake, go golfing, spend a day shopping, or whatever allows you to unwind and rejuvenate your mind and body. You are an extremely important member of your corporation and you must take care of yourself!


Cooperative Purchasing

Disposal of Personal Property


What is the Indiana Code? 

1. Surplus property with an estimated value under $1,000 or group under $5,000 IC 5-22-22-6 states you can sell at a public or private sale without advertising. 

2. Surplus property with an estimated value over $1,000 or group over $5,000 per IC 5-22-22-4: you may engage an auctioneer, and advertising must include a detailed description of property sold. Additionally, IC 58-22-4.5 states you may use an Internet auction site approved by the office of technology and linked to the electronic gateway; posting must include a detailed description of property sold. See http://in.gov/iot/2379.htm

Per IC 5-22-22-5 You may sell at a public sale or by sealed bids; advertised in accordance with IC 5-3-1; sales must be made to the highest responsible bidder. 

3. Worthless Property: May be demolished or junked; property is considered worthless if the value is less than the estimated cost of the sale or transportation.  IC 5-22-22-8


Food Service

USDA Transitional Nutrition Standards
On February 4, the USDA announced transitional nutrition standards for coming school years.  These include:
  1. 1% flavored milk for grades K-12
  2. 80% of grains each week must be whole grain-rich
  3. No changes to current sodium requirements in SY 2022-2023.  For lunch only, 10% decrease in the sodium limit in SY 2023-2024.
To read the entire rule or make public comments before March
24th click here.

ServSafe Class Opportunities April 22nd and May 3rd

Register Here

Technology Integration

Course available ONDemand
Click for information & registration.
Click for information & registration
Welcome to the Indiana’s Google Educator’s Group! Google Educators Groups (GEGs) bring local educators together, in person and online, to provide a forum to share, collaborate, and support each other in using technology in impactful ways with students.

Professional Learning

The resources below have been created for educational leaders to support their staff with the new IDOE professional development online platform. Any information can be copied/pasted/edited to your own letterhead - it is for YOU!
INLearning Lab - Video (Grewe) 13 minutes
INLearning Lab Slideshow 
Slideshow Converted to Google Doc
Sample Letter for Staff

ILEARN Web Sites

NIESC and NWIESC have 2 websites dedicated to supporting our members with ILEARN. The sites will continue to grow as we work to create a one-stop shop.

Note the tabs at the top to change focus areas.

ILEARN for Administrators Google Site
ILEARN for Teachers Google Site

ILEARN Support 

Practice Tests for ILEARN - Grewe Abbreviated Directions

Administrator Checklist - to support administrators before, during, and after ILEARN. 

ELA PT:  Prompt Examples - Provides clarity on what is/is not a quality response with multiple responses to the same prompt at different grade levels, organized by genres. 


Curriculum and ILEARN

Virtual 3-hour trainings will be offered to support teachers and anyone in an administrative or coaching role for ILEARN.

Participants will receive a large number of resources as they learn about computer-adaptive tests, difficulty VS DOK, IDOE resources that support the curriculum and lead to ILEARN success, the ins and outs of the portal, and most importantly, how all the resources connect to support all of us.

Past participants most commonly share their happiness with all the resources and the clarity that occurred with the training. These trainings are not just for those new to ILEARN.

March 15: Virtual ILEARN Prep for Administrators
March 16: Virtual LEARN Prep for Teachers


State-Wide High Ability Support Network

The Educational Service Centers of Indiana have paired with the IDOE to begin a statewide high-ability support group to service teachers, principals, curriculum directors, and coaches. In March, we plan to build a database of resources. Come prepared to share resources you use with high-ability learners, and we will work in breakout rooms to create a High Ability Resource Repository to share across the network. This could include websites, lesson ideas, names in high ability, resources, books, etc. We will also be joined by Jason Callahan, Assistant Secretary of Student Pathways and Opportunities, and Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways, at IDOE as they share about Indiana’s Graduates Prepared to Succeed (GPS).

Dr. Donna Albrecht will join us in April to speak about HA – EL Services & Supports, and Dr. Lori Desautels will join us in May to speak about anxiety in high-ability learners. Be sure to register at the links below so you have that spot reserved on your calendar to join us.

                                March 9               April 13               May 11 

Member Spotlight

John Hunter 
John Hunter is the Superintendent at Union Township School Corporation and has been employed there since June 2005.

 The last two years, Union Township has been involved with several building projects. In the fall 2021, they completed an addition to and renovation of Union Center Elementary School. In this project, they added seventeen classrooms on the back of the building, demolished the front wing, and renovated eight classrooms in the back wing. Currently, they are doing an addition onto their fieldhouse, adding a wrestling room, two locker rooms, a classroom, three single use restrooms and a mezzanine for storage. They are also ready to break ground for a transportation building to house an office, restroom, and their school buses. John continues planning for another renovation to Union Center Elementary and to their outdoor athletic facilities.

 John’s goal for Union Township is to be recognized as the premier school corporation in Northwest Indiana, academically and athletically.

When asked what John finds the most rewarding about his job, he said, “The most rewarding part of my job is providing resources and programs for our children to learn and prosper into productive citizens of our community.”

 In his spare time, John enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. He currently has 4 grandchildren: Ava, age 7, Casen, age 2, Bronson, age 1, and Jackson, 4 months.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org