Executive Director Notes

NWIESC is involved with a STEM initiative which is the Indiana STEM Ecosystem. The vision of the Indiana STEM Ecosystem revolves around supporting and nurturing collaborative efforts among various stakeholders. By serving as a statewide mediary, the Indiana STEM Ecosystem will facilitate the development and launch of regionally-based STEM ecosystem hubs. These localized ecosystems will work cohesively towards aligning regional STEM goals and priorities with the broader STEM objectives of the state of Indiana, resulting in a powerful collective impact. To join a STEM Ecosystem hub, fill out this interest form.

 

As we continue with the development of our regional STEM Ecosystems in Northwest and Northern Indiana, we are creating  advisory boards. These core advisory teams will serve within the larger STEM Ecosystem in our region and across the state with the Indiana STEM Ecosystem. We are seeking industry pioneers, and influential community members to collaboratively shape our strategic direction and ensure impactful development of STEM education initiatives in our region.

Advisory Board duties include:

  • Attendance at in-person and virtual advisory board meetings (2x per year; our first meeting will be spring 2024)
  • Participation in virtual ecosystem meeting (1x per year)
  • Optional work group opportunities
  • If you or someone you know is part of a local business that would be interested in sitting on the STEM Ecosystem advisory board for NWIESC, please fill out this nomination form!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Laura Unsicker, STEM Integration Specialist, lunsicker@niesc.k12.in.us

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Food Service

 
ISNA is excited to be hosting the 2024 ISNA School Nutrition Summit, April 12, 2024 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Plainfield, Indiana. ISNA has put together a great program for both school nutrition professionals and business and industry partners to network and gain valuable insight through a series of professional development opportunities. 
 
There will be a single bank session this year at the ISNA School Nutrition Summit!
 
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Technology Integration

AI for the High School
Classroom
Join us to learn how AI can impact learning in the 9-12 Classroom    
 
Monday, April 22nd Mishawaka, IN 9am - 3pm    
 
FREE Event w/ Lunch Provided 
 
 
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Plan Ahead!
Summer of Learning Opportunities for Educators
  • June 6 & 7th - South Shore Learning Conference @ Duneland Schools 
  • July 17th - ignitED @ Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • July 25th - East Allen School

Professional Learning

 
 
 
EduProtocols Summer Academy
Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
Join us on July 29 & 30, 2024 for a national conference in our own backyard at the historic Notre Dame University! Participants will learn how to implement EduProtocols and bring about lasting engagement and impactful learning in your classroom, school, or district.
 
 
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Member Spotlight

 

Britni Luster
Director of Food Services

 

Britni Luster is the Director of Food Services at School Town of Highland. She has been with the corporation a little over a year.

In the last year, Britni has been working on teamwork, comradery, and building relationships. She thinks it is so important to build strong and healthy relationships with the kitchen/cafeteria staff throughout the district. She tries to maintain trust and balance with her kitchen managers so that it trickles down to the kitchen staff and ultimately the students. Britni lets all of her staff know that they can always talk to her whether by phone or stopping by Central Office, her door is always open. At the moment, they are short on subs, so Britni and her assistant Nancy, will go to a few of the schools to assist in any way they can when a kitchen is short staffed. Britni & Nancy both have truly grown to love these interactions because they get a chance to spend time with the kids. They get a real time overview of what their kitchen staff goes through every day and a real chance to talk with the students and get their opinions on their experience with meals at school. 

Future goals Britni has for the corporation would include being able to offer free meals to all students. She believes it is the ultimate goal for ALL Food Service Directors. Another goal, which they slowly started implementing this semester, is offering more savory meal options versus sweet, especially at breakfast service. With the nutritional standards changing in the near future, it's important to prepare their students' flavor pallets with flavors other than sweet, but still tasty! It's hard because they (including adults) are so used to sweet breakfast options that they LOVE. So figuring out compliant ways to boost savory and protein based meals to satisfy their students' ever-changing needs, is a huge goal for her.  

We asked Britni what the most rewarding part of her positions is. She shared, “Knowing when the kids really like something we have on the menu, and the managers who make it happen! Our High School kitchen manager Mary Anderson is a new manager with a big heart! She likes to listen to the students and take surveys for new menu ideas for the next semester/year. I love how involved she is with making sure the students like what we offer them. In all honesty, all of my managers make it a point to take interest in what our students are looking for when it comes to their daily meals and nutrition. The managers are always offering up new ideas that may peak their kiddos interests. Whether it's adding nachos supreme to the spring menu, taste testing a breakfast yogurt parfait, or creating a lunch meal to celebrate the great Dr. Seuss, my managers are invaluable in the success of our nutrition program.”

In her spare time, Britni is with her family! Her son Tre who is 6 1/2, is a ball of energy that keeps her and her husband on their toes! Tre was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3 and their world has never been the same. They struggle with some things, but find that they are tremendously blessed to be that little boy's parents. In addition, they welcomed their baby girl Bayli, 2 years ago and she has completely stolen their hearts. She definitely runs the house (including her brother haha). Her kiddos love activities including going to the YMCA. Involving their son in ninja gymnastics and youth basketball programs has been essential to his amazing development, especially when his little sister cheers him on! If there is any spare time after that, she loves to dabble in different mediums of art. It is truly her happy place. 

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

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

 

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