Executive Director Notes

Don Harman
Executive Director

NWIESC continues to partner with the Indiana Department of Education on various projects and grants including:

Literacy Cadre: We have partnered with the other Educational Service Centers and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to address literacy in our schools in Indiana. We have a total of five (5) Trained Support Specialists (TSS) who work daily with instructional coaches and schools.

STEM Integration Grant: We are working collaboratively with the following members to implement STEM into teaching and learning: Concord Community Schools, New Prairie United School Corporation, River Forest Community Schools and Union Township School Corporation.

3E Grant: This grant was written in conjunction with the three school corporations in LaGrange County; Lakeland School Corporation, Prairie Heights Community Schools and Westview School Corporation to build partnerships with local businesses to increase work based learning opportunities for students. We hope to expand this vital work to other counties and schools. This article is about the program in LaGrange County.

I-STEM: The goal of the Educational Service Centers of Indiana is to increase the number of STEM-licensed teachers in Indiana.

Future-Focused Learning Series: A partnership between the Indiana Department of Education and the Educational Service Centers of Indiana. We will provide professional development opportunities to Indiana educators to assist in the understanding and implementation of the new Indiana Academic Standards.

Cooperative Purchasing

It's a new school year and new staff have started! If you are utilizing the K12Indiana/Spendbridge Online Purchasing Platform, don't forget to update your staff purchasing list. If you are unsure how to do this or need assistance, contact Lisa Abell at NWIESC or email Spendbridge Support

Food Service

       National School Lunch Week is October 9-13, 2023. Click the picture above for more information!

Technology Integration

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Professional Learning

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Member Spotlight

Deb Snedden

Deb Snedden is the Superintendent at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology.

She was on the planning committee with Purdue Calumet (Purdue Northwest) for two years prior to the school’s opening to help design the curriculum. She was the original curriculum director when the school opened in 2010. Deb worked in Hanover for ten years then returned to HAST this year as the superintendent.  

Deb and her team will be working on a new strategic plan to further the direction of the school.  In particular, they will be looking at the development of intervention systems at both the middle school and high school to address significant skill gaps in Literacy and Math.  

Deb’s dream for HAST is that all and she really means ALL students can have the options they need when they graduate to be a productive member of society.  

One part of Deb’s position that she finds most rewarding is talking with the families and students. She enjoys seeing how devoted they are to the school and talking through what students can accomplish post high school.  

We asked Deb what she liked to do in her spare time. She shared, “HAHA. I am finally finishing my doctorate and trying to devote some time to my seven kids, amazing husband, and the rest of our family. My nephew is a starter for the CP football team so the family and I are spending much of our free time supporting him.”

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