Northwest Indiana Education Service Center

October 2022

Executive Director Notes


Don Harman
Executive Director


Have you heard of the Indiana Learning Lab? Learning Lab offers many opportunities for resources, workshops, a live help desk, and ways to earn Professional Growth Points.

There is also something NEW for administrators called the District Admin Feature. This new tool allows administrators to send notifications to teachers, create private resources and collections, and run reports to track resource completion. If you are a leader at your school corporation, explore the following resources to learn more about how you can begin using this feature:

Admin Overview

District Admin Features
Click Here to Check out the Learning Lab

Cooperative Purchasing

Contract Spotlight:

Save on thousands of products with your School Specialty contract via K12Indiana/Spendbridge.

School Specialty  is your source for contract savings on thousands of educational supplies from crayons to entire room environments and everything in between.  Buy through the K12Indiana/Spendbridge contract and enjoy these advantages:

  • 34% off list price on supply items
  • 25% off list price on furniture items
  • Free shipping on all orders-This is a recent update to the contract!! 

For more information, contact Lisa Abell at NWIESC!

Food Service

October 10-14, 2022 is National School Lunch Week!
Technology Integration
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ParentSquare is relied upon by millions of educators and families for unified, effective school communications and two-way communications-based services. ParentSquare provides parent engagement tools that work from the district office to the individual classroom, supported by powerful metrics and reporting.
View Member Discount Info...

Working together to offer Indiana member districts discounts to quality educational services and products.

CLICK HERE to see a full list of partners

Professional Learning

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Member Spotlight

Stacey Schmidt

Stacey Schmidt is the Superintendent at Porter Township School Corporation. She has been there since July of 2012. Stacey and her team just opened an early learning center and welcomed 125 three and four year old's to the center this year. This project is something that they had been working on for the past three years.

Stacey has many goals for Porter Township. One is building out a mentoring program this year with peer mentoring and rebuilding their teacher-mentoring program with a focus on their culture and climate. She is also focused on their Wolf Pack, creating a dynamic, student-focused learning environment that focuses on the growth of students.

We asked Stacey what she finds the most rewarding about her job. She shared, “Empowering others to use their skills to their fullest potential, making lives better for kids and families.”

In her spare time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family. Her boys play soccer, swim, and participate in BMX racing. She also likes to read and spend time outdoors. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include hiking and paddle boarding.


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

219-926-5555 |