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2020 - ECESC Spring Newsletter
Professional Development Opportunities




2/25/20 & 4/16/20



Writing in the Wild (Angela Faulhaber and Holly Mueller)

Moving Away From the "Quit!" "Stop!" "Don'ts"
Strategies for Promoting Social Emotional Learning the Classroom
 (Dr. Mandy Rispoli)

Wrapping Our Heads Around Indiana's New World Language Standards
Series or separate workshops (Jill Woerner)

Prevent Burnout - Support Staff Mental Health (Tiffany Creager)

Culture Hearths: Cases From Around the World (IU Faculty)





Time to STEM, Grades 3-5 (Elaine Gwin)

Child Abuse Prevention: What Every Educator Needs to Know (Tiffany Creager)

Teaching Informational Text, Grades 3-6 (Julie Monetta)

Instructional Coaching Seminar (Hamilton County, Ohio, ESC consulants and Instructional Coaching Institute staff)

The Heartbeat of Number Sense (Virginia Luce and Virginia Smith)




Bring Computer Science to Your Elementary School with CS Fundamentals (Nextech Staff)

Middle School Math Made Magnificent! (Shannon Gardiner and Tammy Weiss)

Integrating Computer Science into All Subject Areas, Grades 6-8 (Nextech staff)

Wrapping Our Heads Around Indiana's New World Language Standards (Jill Woerner)

In the

      As the 2nd semester gets underway, there are at least two (2) new faces in the superintendents’ offices in the East Central Educational Service Center district.  On behalf of the ECESC, I want to welcome these two gentlemen to their new roles.
     Cowan Community School Corporation welcomed Tim Brown to the top role in the district at the beginning of 2020.  Mr. Brown is not a new face to the Cowan patrons and staff but is new in his position as superintendent.   Mr. Brown began his teaching career at Cowan and has moved up through the ranks.
     Nettle Creek School Corporation welcomed Kyle Barrentine to the position of Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Barrentine began his teaching career at Hagerstown in 1993, so the move to the superintendent’s position is somewhat of a “homecoming” for him.  He looks forward to working with the patrons and staff to meet the needs of the students.
     The East Central Educational Service Center is in the process of evaluating locations for a new “home” for the ESC.  Occupying a building owned by Fayette County Schools, the current location has been the original home of the ESC since inception.  Due to the need for major expensive repairs to an old, outdated building, the school board for Fayette County Schools has opted to close the facility this coming summer.  With that thought in mind, the Executive Board and staff of the ECESC have begun looking at potential sites for offices and, hopefully, large-group presentation rooms to accommodate the needs of the service center and the member school districts.  To date, no location has been identified.  Once that process has been completed, the new address and other information will be shared with all the schools.  In the meantime, planning for next school year is already beginning to take shape. 
     I know some of you may be missing snow.   BUT, for those superintendents and other staff members who get out in the early morning hours to drive the roads to make determinations about school delays or closings, this winter has been a bit of a blessing………so far!!!!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the remainder of the winter is a mild, safe winter for all of us.

Have a great day and 2nd semester!
Larry D. John
Executive Director

Congratulations to Rushville’s Matt Vance for completing the EPIC Superintendents Academy. This yearlong program was developed by Butler University and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS), in collaboration with the College of Education and the Andre B. Lacey School of Business.
EPIC is designed to position Superintendents for dynamic leadership in their districts. Based on the feedback provided by superintendents throughout the state, the experience builds skills in many areas including Strategy Development, Budgeting/Finance, Change Management, Community/Stakeholder Outreach, Building a High Performance Team and Board Relations. Superintendents who completed the program return to their districts with more tools to use in their work to help schools and students be successful.
Instructional Coaching Connection of Indiana:  A New Resource For You
The East Central Educational Service Center and the other eight ESCs in Indiana work hard to support education in Indiana and meet the needs of local schools.  Brand new for you now is the Educational Service Centers of Indiana website  On that site Indiana ESCs and teacher leaders are pooling their knowledge to provide reliable resources and opportunities for instructional coaches through the Instructional Coaching Connection of Indiana (ICCI).
Your title may not be “instructional coach” but if you are a principal or teacher leader in your district - if you are a strong advocate for positive change in the classroom - this resource is for you!   The goal is to create a community of instructional coaches who want to share their experiences and expertise with others.
The ICCI aims to be the comprehensive, centralized hub for support in your role.  Whether you are looking for networking opportunities, the latest research, or high-quality resources, ICCI wants to provide a formal avenue for you to collaborate with peers and mentors across the state.
To sign up for free membership, go to and click on Instructional Coaching Connection.  Membership offers lots of resources on coaching strategies, leadership skills and development, and relationship building.  Learn about free or discounted professional development available to you.  Check out the constantly evolving, constantly updated materials under the following links:  coaching, math, ELS/writing, STEM, technology, and MTSS. 
As a member, you will be first in line to discover the latest and best resources and educational tools available today.  Remember, membership is free!  Take advantage of this great opportunity now!
Newsela will be offering three new products: Newsela Social Studies, Newsela Science and Newsela ELA. As a partner of Newsela’s, we are thrilled to empower your district with the ability to leverage this great content, equipped with built in instructional tools and mapped to state standard alignments, and expand it into your comprehensive curriculum. Here’s a snapshot of the new products:


·  Newsela Social Studies
Teachers can leverage differentiated content that is as foundational as the U.S. Constitution and as up-to-date as yesterday’s news.


·  Newsela Science 

Integrate science and literacy at every grade grade level, with up-to-date real world phenomena, Science career overviews, and more, all published at 5 reading levels and aligned to science standards.


·  Newsela ELA 

Teachers use authentic content to drive authentic literacy skills that will transfer to college, career, and other subjects.


We are excited for you to experience these new content products and encourage you to learn more by registering for a “First Look” webinar. Also, we are pleased to partner with Newsela to offer a special discount for anyone who purchases a pilot by March 31st. 

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