Executive Director Notes

NIESC as well as other ESCs have partnered with the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to help Indiana’s students read proficiently by the end of third grade through the Indiana Literacy Cadre.  What is the Indiana Literacy Cadre?  Review the link below for more information and details to join Cohort Two.

Indiana Literacy Cadre Information

Cooperative Purchasing

Join us March 10th for our first ever ESC Cooperative Purchasing Fair! Visit with vendors who hold current ESC and state contracts! Participate in multiple breakout sessions to learn more about cooperative purchasing, current trends in purchasing, and more!! Sessions include:       
      > Cooperative Purchasing Best Practices (SBOA Panel Q & A)
      > 5 Common Problems of a Procure-to-Pay Process
      > Amazon Business
      > Accounts Payable Automation
 and more...
This event is FREE to ESC Members and includes lunch and chances to win door prizes!! 
Register Here

Food Service

Reminders if you are serving mixed age groups in the same cafeteria, make sure you specify what the meal pattern is for each age group.  Your production records should also reflect the difference in serving sizes.  REMEMBER K-8 may be served the same meal pattern meeting the calories for the specific K-8 which is 600-650, sodium will be the limit of 1,230 mg.  YOU MAY NOT SERVE THE SAME MEAL PATTERN TO 7-12.  The 7-8 graders must follow the 6-8 grade meal pattern with the limit of calories to 700 and sodium at 1360.  The calorie level for 9-12 grade starts at 750 and sodium is at 1420.
Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

USDA Team Nutrition is pleased to announce new and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten resources. Team Nutrition has expanded the set to include additional foods, Spanish-language components, and new materials showing where food comes from.

  • Kindergarten teachers and health and nutrition educators can use the standards-based lessons to help kids learn about nutrition while also reinforcing math, science, English, and health education content.
  • School Nutrition Professionals can reinforce key Discover MyPlate messages at school meals.
  • Discover MyPlate can serve as a tool for local educational agencies to meet nutrition education goals described in their Local School Wellness Policy. 

All materials are free and available online hereQuestions about these resources may be submitted to TeamNutrition@USDA.gov.

Technology Integration


Designed for all K-8 Indiana school educators teaching across all subjects, the Integrating Computer Science professional development workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and instructional strategies to integrate computer science into existing coursework.

The workshop will provide an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

The day will consist of learning, engaging with your peers with meaningful discussion, and gaining strategies to implement in the classroom.

Free PD / Free Lunch / Sub Fees Reimbursed

Space is limited. Be sure to register today!

March 7, 2023  
Northern Indiana Registrations & Locations Mishawaka, IN
  • Computer Science Teachers
  • Media/Library Specialists
  • Resource/Tech Teachers
  • General Education classroom teachers

See the full flyer for details

Professional Learning


Member Spotlight

Jim Evans
Chief Financial Officer

Jim Evans is the Chief Financial Officer at Concord Community Schools and has been with the corporation for two and a half years. 

In the last year, Jim and his team have been working hard to navigate the loss of referendum funds while remaining competitive with wages and benefits. His future goal for the corporation is to continue to streamline processes and procedures to increase efficiency. He would also like to increase the professional development opportunities for classified staff.

We asked Jim what he finds the most rewarding about his position. He shared, “The most important thing is knowing that I have a part in one of the most important jobs in the world, and that is helping our students succeed. I also have the privilege of working together in that adventure with a dream team of colleagues who find purpose in that mission just as much as I do.”

In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling just about anywhere and at any time.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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