Executive Director Notes

For the 2023-2022 school year, the NIESC staff is reading the book GRIT by Angela Duckworth. We are meeting monthly to discuss, reflect, and share thoughts. A few key points and statements from the book are:

  • There are four defining characteristics of grit. You can work on improving these characteristics to have more grit.
    • Interest: Thoroughly enjoying what you do is passion
    • Practice: Resisting complacency by addressing your weakness with continual practice
    • Purpose: Your work is important
    • Hope: Hope is defined in every stage of grit

  • There are six (6) ways you can become “grittier”: 1) clarify your goals, 2) discover your interests, 3) practice deliberately, 4) know your purpose,  5) practice optimistic self-talk,  6) join a gritty culture

  • There are two (2) components of grit: passion and perseverance

I encourage you to remain positive, be “gritty," and remember challenges allow for opportunities!

Cooperative Purchasing

Registration Coming Soon!! ESC Vendor Fair!!
Please save the date of Friday, March 10, 2023 to join us for a fun, information-packed day! This will be a FREE event to our members! 
Lunch will be included as well as some time for collaboration with your colleagues! 
Talk one on one with our vendors, attend break-out sessions to see how best to utilize cooperative purchasing contracts, register for door prizes, and more!! Watch our newsletter or visit our event site for more information. 

Food Service

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Professional Development
Minimum Training Hours for School Food Service Professionals:
  • All Directors- 12 hours
  • All Managers- 10 hours
  • All Other Staff (20 or more hours/ week)- 6 hours
  • Part-Time Staff (20 or less hours/ week)- 4 hours

Resources for training

Technology Integration

Designed for K-8 Indiana 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 topics covered in each workshop include:

  • Role of Computer Science in society and the classroom
  • Indiana Computer Science Standards, including where to locate the standards and how to navigate the curriculum map
  • Introduction to the 5 core concepts of CS: Data and Information, Computing Devices and Systems, Programs and Algorithms, Networking and Communications and Impact and Culture
  • Experiencing classroom lessons for each core concept

Learn more and register today!
  • Computer Science Teachers
  • Media/Library Specialists
  • Resource/Tech Teachers
  • Gen Ed Classroom Teachers

March 7, 2023
9am - 3:30pm EST
8am - 2:30pm CST
Two Convenient Locations
NIESC Office
Northwest Indiana
Location TBA

Professional Learning

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Member Spotlight

Angela Piazza

Angela Piazza is the Superintendent at Union-North United School Corporation and has been there for one year this month.

In her first year there, she has been working to get to know the staff, students, and community of LaVille. One new change implemented this year was a delayed start to Wednesdays to provide focused time for staff professional development and shared planning time for teachers.

Angela’s goal for the corporation is to continue to grow the programs and opportunities for students that will fulfill the corporation’s mission of empowering and inspiring students to excel in service, leadership, academics, and personal growth.

We asked Angela what she finds the most rewarding about her position. She shared, “As a superintendent, it is rewarding when you know you have been able to orchestrate a decision that will positively impact teaching and learning. However, it is most rewarding to see students excited and engaged in learning, growing and achieving.”

In her spare time, Angela enjoys working with adult learners as an adjunct professor and doctoral committee member/chair. She also really enjoys spending time outside and although she does like to ice skate, she prefers to be outside in warmer weather when she can walk, swim, work in the yard, and play pickle ball.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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