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East Central ESC
Updates 

August 2020 
A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
 I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Executive Director and Instructional Program Coordinator at the East Central Educational Service Center. In the past, you may remember emails coming from Larry John and Gay Worth. As a principal in our region, I became conditioned to know that those messages represented opportunities at the service center. We wish them both the best as they transition to retirement. I hope you will take note that now those emails will come from me and I am excited to continue to share with you all of the opportunities available to you in our region from the ESC. Before I started in this position, I can admit that I did not always take the time to fully read the emails filled with important information and now that I work here I realize that I certainly should have. It is my goal to make sure all of you are getting the most out of the membership your district holds with us. While I know my name on emails will be the best way to communicate to the whole, I hope you will give me a call or allow me to set up a time I might visit your district (socially distanced, of course). I would love to share with you our services or brainstorm with you innovative ways that we can support your classrooms. I am so honored that this role allows me to continue my work in education to support over 4,500 educators and over 67,000 students in our 42 member districts. 
What we offer to you...

In 1976, Indiana Education Service Centers (ESCs) were authorized by legislative action to provide joint services for Indiana K-12 schools. With definitive geographical boundaries in nine (9) regions, covering all ninety-two (92) counties, local school corporations may voluntarily cooperate and share programs and services which they  cannot individually provide, but collectively may implement
(Indiana Code 20-1-11.3).

Current opportunities include:
  • Operations (natural gas, ESCRFT liability coverage, dietary bidding, procurement purchasing, and more)
  • Professional Development (contracted speakers, compliance trainings, statewide updates, and more)
  • Educational curriculum partners (discounts in bulk purchasing on licensing and services from vendors, this content is shared with your superintendents and exclusive to members)
The service center is working on new partnerships and opportunities to expand our impact. We are excited to share those updates with you in monthly newsletters. 
As we all deal with the uncertainty and challenges caused by COVID-19, we'd like to hear from you about how ECESC can meaningfully support you and add value this Fall. To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called Thoughtexchange. 

You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (a minimum of 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group. As the service center, we must consider options that make an impact for many of you collectively. 

Your thoughts and stars are anonymous but visible to the group so please take note that your thoughts should not include district specific information and should remain constructive for our overall regional growth. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on as we offer services and support to you.

Click Here to Participate

If you have attended events at the ECESC in the past, you remember heading to the old junior high school in Connersville at 1601 Indiana Ave. We look forward to showing you around our new and updated space located in a building with Ivy Tech Connersville. 
 
Please take note that our new address is: 
705 West 21st Street
Connersville, IN 47331
A new service offered through the center is the certification program for teachers and staff from the Crisis Prevention Institute. This training offers skills for "managing and preventing difficult behavior."

We will be hosting initial certification workshops in our new location but can also offer this training to your district on-site. Please send an email to klash@ecesc.k12.in.us to schedule your on-site training or to learn more about this training. 
The service center is in the process of supporting various roles within the schools by building networks among those who perform similar duties across our service region. These groups would interact on a monthly basis, facilitated by the ECESC. If you would like to stay up-to-date on the formation of these cohorts, please register here for information as we grow. 
Register to Receive Updates
Building Your Re-entry Substitute Teacher Guide - VIRTUAL EDITION

The service centers across the state have been teaming up more than ever to offer you all access to content that might be helpful during this challenging time. This prerecorded presentation includes information AND a template to guide you to making a substitute guide for your return to school. The link to register is in the flyer and you will receive the content (video and template with resources) immediately upon registration. The cost is $50 and we will invoice you after but we know you are working on this now. 

View Flyer/Register:  https://5il.co/ilvm


Schools and other student-focused organizations are preparing for an increase of child abuse disclosures once students return to school. Through a partnership with the ECESC and JACY House, we will offer two sessions of this valuable training to our districts to support you right at this start of school. The training will be offered for FREE in a hybrid fashion so that participants may attend in-person or virtually. 

Thursday, September 27 from 9 AM to 12 PM
REGISTER HERE 
Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM to 12 PM
REGISTER HERE
 
 
How do I attend a workshop at ECESC?

Much like you are creating innovative learning opportunities for your students this fall, we have modified our PD workshops to meet your needs (in-person, hybrid, online). When registering, please be sure to take note of the format for that offering. We use your registration to decide if our workshops will have enough attendance to run so we thank you in advance for early registration! Below are a few of the topics we have in store this Fall for our members: 
  • IDOE Updates for Attendance and Expulsion Officers - Virtual - FREE for Members
  • Educator Wellness - Virtual - FREE for Members 
  • Teacher Evaluation Training For Evaluators - Virtual Edition - $125
  • Rules vs. Logic: Mathematics Instruction for Elementary and Middle School Teachers - In-person/Hybrid- $75/Member - $150/Non-Member
Check this link for details on these and many more workshops. If you have requests for a specific workshop, please email klash@ecesc.k12.in.us. 
View/Register Here


One of the best ways that we can help you save money and get the most out of your membership is by using K12 Indiana. This procurement site offers members deep discounts on a variety of school essentials. 

If you need assistance on an existing account OR if you have new staff who need training on this benefit, contact Larry Williams at lwilliams@ecesc.k12.in.us.
How Do I Get My PGP Certificate or Transcript?
 
Participants at ECESC workshops and meetings receive Professional Growth Points (PGPs), for sessions they attend.  You can request either your transcript of all sessions you have attended through the East Central ESC, or receive a PGP Certificate for a specific workshop. Simply contact Mary Barbour at mbarbour@ecesc.k12.in.us to arrange to have either your transcript or certificate emailed to you.
The service center offers you access to many partnerships that directly impact the operations of your district and learning happening in your classrooms. Each newsletter we hope to highlight a few of the opportunities available to you. 
EAST CENTRAL ESC STAFF
Katie Lash, Executive Director and Program Coordinator
klash@ecesc.k12.in.us
Larry Williams, Educational Technology Coordinator
lwilliams@ecesc.k12.in.us
Teresa Amick, Treasurer
tamick@ecesc.k12.in.us
Mary, Barbour, Receptionist 
mbarbour@ecesc.k12.in.us
 
ECESC Executive Board
Mr. Paul Garrison, Daleville Community Schools
Mr. Tom Hunter, Greensburg Community Schools
Mr. Matt Vance, Rush County Schools
Mr. Wes Hammond, South Henry School Corporation
Mr. Scott Collins, Fayette County School Corporation 
Dr. Melissa Brisco, Alexandria Community School Corporation
Mr. Aaron Black, Randolph Eastern School Corporation 

 






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