Executive Director Notes


Below are two initiatives that we are involved in with the other Educational Service Centers in Indiana and the IDOE.  



I encourage you to explore and share these opportunities with others.


Cooperative Purchasing

Why Use Cooperative Agreements?

To foster greater economy and efficiency, and in accordance with efforts to promote cost-effective use of shared services across the Federal Government, the non-Federal entity is encouraged to enter into state and local intergovernmental agreements or inter-entity agreements where appropriate for procurement or use of common or share goods and services. (Per CFR 200.318(e))
NWIESC has over 21 years of experience to offer your business and purchasing staff to provide training and guidance on utilization of cooperative purchasing agreements. 
For more information, reach out to Lisa Abell or visit our Cooperative Purchasing section of our website. 

Food Service

Getting Creative
Supply chain disruptions are making menu planning challenging these days. Many of the unavailable items are prepackaged or individual serving heat & serve items.  Food service directors are getting creative with recipes using available items.  Great resources for recipes:

2021 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant
  • Applications for the National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant will be accepted from Thursday September 30 through Sunday, October 31.
  • Indiana has received $617,901 from the USDA to award Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Equipment Assistance Grants.
  • Award recipients will be announced by March 1, 2022.
  • The maximum individual grant will be $30,000. 
  • Schools that have submitted grants in the past, but have not been awarded funds, should consider reapplying. 
  • More information, including the application, can be found here.
  • Questions?  Contact SCNFinance@doe.in.gov and enter your sponsor number/Equipment Grant in the subject line.

Technology Integration

The 2021 HECC conference is November 10-12th located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Historic Union Station in Downtown Indianapolis.  CLICK HERE to see more info....

Serving Hoosier technology professionals and teachers in K-12 since 1986. 

Professional Learning

Connecting the Dots
When connecting dots, something new appears. When connecting dots through professional learning, changes in teacher practices and improvements in student outcomes occur. My role as Director of Professional Learning is to help schools gain clarity on the dots that have the biggest impact and to provide the resources, support, and training needed for the outcome to be relevant and impactful, while not overwhelming to staff.
Sometimes the hardest part of knowing which dots to focus on is due to a lack of clarity. In the world of education, there is a constant barrage of ideas, legislation, resources, and sales pitches thrown at our leaders and educators. Where does a school focus? Below are Dr. Jenner's 6 strands she uses at the IDOE as pillars for clarity to support IDOE related agenda items.
  1. Leading Transformational Change
  2. Accelerating Learning: Leading Data Analysis
  3. Accelerated Learning: A Culture of Inquiry 
  4. Accelerating Learning: Leading the Rebound 
  5. Competency-Based Grading 
  6. Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Teachers

The summarized list below provides clarity on how NWIESC will support your school based on the above-listed pillars and NWIESC member feedback. Look for opportunities on our website, through the curriculum study council, emails, and https://keepindianalearning.org.

  1. Creating Connection – Relevance, Engagement, & Relationships
  2. Bouncing Back Higher – Teacher Clarity & Instructional Strategies
  3. Assessing for Learning – Standards Driven, Student-Centered
Dr. Michelle Grewe, Director of Professional Learning

Member Spotlight

Tammy is the Child Nutrition Director at Duneland School Corporation and has been there for 26 years.

COVID really hit Tammy's department balance hard. She shared that they were just inches from going into the red but she was able to make changes and do monitoring to keep them in the black. It was critical to keep the program financially solvent so as to not put extra burden on the School Corporation by requesting funding to keep them afloat.  Tammy’s goal is to get them back on solid ground financially. Once that happens, she would like to implement something she has wanted to do for a long time, which is to create an indoor "Food Truck" area, where kids can order their food just like they would at an outdoor food truck.

 When asked what she finds the most rewarding about her job, Tammy said, “The most rewarding part of my job often times comes from the parents who call, sometimes in tears, thanking us for helping their family with free meals or telling us how much they appreciate our dedication to feeding the kids, especially when we were standing outside in the rain and snow handing out meals to go. It warms your heart when you see that people really do appreciate what you are doing but I could not do any of it without my amazing staff who were real troopers through these unprecedented times.” Tammy also shared that the service center has been such a blessing to her. The red tape of her job keeps piling up and Lisa Abell, as well as the services provided by NWIESC have really lifted a great deal of the burden from her allowing her to focus on what is really important, which is feeding the kids.

In her spare time Tammy loves spending time with her family and friends. She also volunteers at her church and in the local community. One way that she serves her community is by partnering with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to host Mobile Markets or Food Pantries at her local Fire Station.