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February 2019 East Central ESC Newsletter
            On the heels of a highly successful initial year of procuring dairy and bakery products through a cooperative purchasing arrangement for participating member school districts, the East Central Educational Service Center is expanding the procurement program for the 2019-2020 school year to include foods and supplies necessary in the provision of school lunches for students.   The ECESC will be joining forces with 4 other ESCs in the northern part of the state to provide a broad-based purchasing program for the purchase of foodstuffs and related supplies for cafeterias. 
           In addition to the broadening of the purchasing program, there will be a significant increase, almost double, in the number of member school districts participating for the upcoming school year in the dairy and bakery procurement program.   The intended end-result of the procurement program is to obtain the best pricing available for the products utilized in the preparation of student lunches.  A savings of over $150,000 was realized by participating school districts in dairy and bakery needs for the current school year.
            It is not too late for any interested member school district to become involved in the program for the 2019-2020 school year.  If more information is needed about the program, please call or e-mail Larry Williams ( or Larry John (  at the ECESC or call 1-800-669-3010.

Newsela recently partnered with the East Central Education Service Center to offer discount pricing and professional learning opportunities to member districts.  Newsela is an instructional content platform, much like a newsletter, that makes publisher content accessible and engaging for K-12 readers.  Every article comes in 5 reading levels, tailored to the skill level of the reader. 
Take a few moments to listen in on a brief webinar that will walk you through the key benefits of Newsela PRO.  The link to register:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If your school decides to purchase Newsela, you will get 5% off the list price as an ECESC member.  Tiered discounting provides cheaper costs over time, as more schools in the region sign up.

Spring 2019 is the best time to pilot Newsela PRO.
Schools and districts that start piloting Newsela PRO before March 15, 2019 will be eligible for a special additional discount on top of the negotiated consortium partner discount.  What can Newsela PRO do for you?
  • Support effective differentiation with informational texts that span all content areas and grade levels, at five reading levels
  • Ensure educators deliver targeted instruction informed by frequent standards-aligned formative assessments, embedded on every text
  • Maximize your investment with access to school- and district-wide data on teacher utilization and student engagement  
To claim this special pilot offer, fill out this form to speak to a Newsela representative:

Check out the upcoming East Central ESC workshops
Google University Online Guided Courses

Join Google Certified Trainer and Innovator Amber Harper for a series of weekly online sessions that will take you progressively deeper into the tools of Google Suite. Sessions will take place live on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. and recorded for later viewing, if you can't make it to the live class.The courses will be available from January through May.

This is a great opportunity for educators to experience Google Classroom firsthand, facilitated by a Google Certified Trainer, all without leaving the comforts of home or school.
Click here for more information about Google University
The Heartbeat of Number Sense
Math Fact Fluency
February 13, 2019
Presenters: Virginia Luce and Virginia Smith 

Give your primary students a leg up for Math ILearn testing by teaching them strategies for addition and subtraction fact fluency. Research says that learning relationships among facts and using these reasoning strategies fosters number sense. Now available---a program to help teachers teach that foundational addition and subtraction fluency standard. Learn time proven methods for moving students from counting to mental fluency---all in 20 minutes a day. Ginnie and Ginger have designed a workshop to train and equip teachers to implement A Strategic Approach to Addition Fact Fluency and Subtraction-A Better Way of Thinking.
Google Certified Educator 
Level 2 Training
2-day Bootcamp
February 21 and 22, 2019

If you are a super user and lover of all things G Suite for Education, then plan on attending the Google Certified Educator Level 2 boot camp. In this 2-day workshop, plan to go beyond the basics and learn how to integrate G Suite for Education tools at a deeper level. Participants will learn how to integrate these tools on a daily basis to create a 21st Century learning environment.
Dyslexia: What Educators Need to Know
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

All students Grades K-2 are all to be screened for dyslexia next year. Early identification of students "at some risks" for dyslexia is critical to the development of early and appropriate interventions that will support the student before he/she begins to fall behind peers.

Joellyn Hartley, a dyslexia specialist who is on the DOE approved dyslexia training program list, will present a one-day workshop for the East Central ESC.
Tech for Middle School Intervention
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Presenter: Kara Guiff

Need more ways to individualize math instruction for your students? Need more time for you to meet with small groups or individual students in your math class? Need activities that engage and motivate your students as well as give instant feedback and collect good data? Come learn how to utilize free and inexpensive online math tools to make blended learning truly work within the math classroom. Explore Kahn Academy, Woot Math, Prodigy, and other tools.
Asking The Right Questions in the Math Classroom:
The Usefulness and Benefits of
Assignments and Homework (Grades -12)
Friday, February 22, 2019

Content in this one-day workshop will focus on the teacher being a "facilitator of learning", not just the "conveyor of knowledge" or "sage on the stage". The presenter will share ways to assign fewer math problems for practice and how to gain greater mathematical understanding from completed work.
Star Early Literacy
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

You are cordially invited to attend a special morning/luncheon presentation with Brian Karsbaek from Renaissance STAR Early Literacy, a universal screener on the DOE approved list that is designed to measure dyslexia factors in K-2 students. The site is the East Central ESC in Connersville. This is a free program open to all educators.
Mathematically Rich:
Low Floor, High Ceiling Problems and Resources (Grades 6-12)
March 1, 2019
Presenter: Bill Reed

During this one day event, educators will discuss, work, and receive many resources for "Mathematically Rich Problems", also called "Low Floor/High Ceiling Problems." The specific requirements of what makes problems Mathematically Rich, along with techniques for finding, teaching, and students solving Mathematically Rich Problems, will be shared and modeled.
UAV Ground & Flight School
On March 13, 14, 15, the East Central ESC will facilitate a UAV Ground & Flight School for prospective UAV pilots. This class is open to all who need the Part 107 license to be "legal" to fly drones. 

Dave Sell, experienced NASA Aerospace and Technical Specialist and UAV certified pilot, will be the instructor.
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