Executive Director Notes

As the 2021-2022 school year is coming to a conclusion, the month of May provides many opportunities to celebrate. Several dedicated dates include:
  • May 1st: School Principal’s Day
  • May 2nd-6th: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4th: School Nurses Day
  • May 18th: Speech Pathologist Day

Every day is a day to celebrate as an employee of a school corporation! All of you make a positive impact on the lives of your students, staff, and community. KEEP IT UP!

Cooperative Purchasing


If your district is in the market for a construction project, be sure to check out the TIPS Construction area of the website. TIPS Construction is a one-of-a-kind team dedicated to bridging the gap between supplier and end user by streamlining the procurement process.

With TIPS Construction you secure a team of seasoned individuals that collaborate with vendors and members at all levels ensuring a successful, efficient, and compliant process.

Learn More

We are excited to announce a NEW cooperative purchasing contract with Amazon Business that is free and available to all districts who are a member of any Educational Service Center in Indiana. The added benefits of this new contract are:

1. Districts can use Amazon Business Prime to satisfy procurement requirements for quotes since the award was done through a vetted RFP process.

2.  Purchases made through this contract directly support Indiana’s Educational Service Centers.

3.  You can switch over to our vetted contract in a couple of easy steps!

4. You have the option of using the free Amazon Business or the Paid Amazon Prime. Contact us for pricing on the paid version. 

This contract reduces procurement complexity by eliminating the need for multiple bids and gives districts the ability to:

  • Access business only pricing and bulk discounts
  • Utilize one stop comparison shopping to simplify the purchasing process
  • Receive free shipping on orders that include at least $25 of eligible items.

Are you ready to sign up?  Click the link below to get the information on the process or contact Lisa Abell. 
Amazon Account Instructions

Food Service

USDA Professional Standards for School Nutrition Program Professionals
It is time to start planning back to school trainings for next year to ensure staff success and help meet the USDA professional standards.  
  • All Directors are required to have at least 12 hours of annual continuing education/training.
  • All Managers are required to have at least 10 hours of annual continuing education/training.
  • All Other Staff (work 20 or more hours per week) are required to have at least 6 hours of annual continuing education/training.
  • Part-Time Staff (work 4 hours of annual continuing education/training.

Annual training requirements apply to the 12 months between July 1 and June 30.

USDA Professionals Standards
Register for August 4th ServSafe Class at Mishawaka

Technology Integration

Summer Tech Staff Cookout

June 16th 

Plymouth Community Schools

Free Lunch & Door Prizes
CLICK HERE for all the details!

Summer Course
Google Workspace Level 1:
Self-Paced Course

This course is designed for staff and administrators that missed out on Google Apps training and have been "just getting by" with what they know.
A self-paced course allows participants to learn on their own schedule with materials organized in a 6 week structure, but could be done all in a single day!
CLICK HERE for all the details!
Summer Course
Google Workspace Level 2:
Self-Paced Course

Build on what you know! Take the basics of your Google Apps and use add-ons and extensions to take your skills to the next level! 

Join us for a deep dive into Google Forms to gather data and automate processes based on responses. Great for HIPPA & FERPA requirements.
CLICK HERE for all the details!

Professional Learning

The IDOE is coming to Plymouth June 14th to support schools in our region with High Ability and STEM. The sessions will happen on the same day and in the same facility so you can send team members to one or both and have the flexibility of talking with state representatives on two topics in one location on the same day. Bring your teams and enjoy the close proximity while working with our state specialists. The event is free and sponsored by the Educational Service Centers of Indiana. Details below.
STEM Details:  Join members of the Indiana Department of Education’s STEM Team, along with schools that have recently experienced the STEM School Certification process, for an in-depth look at STEM integration and STEM Certification. During the morning session, IDOE will provide an overview of
the STEM Certification process and recently revised rubric and schools will share their certification journey. In the afternoon, school teams will be provided the opportunity to network with other schools and work on their school-wide STEM goals and associated plans. K-8 schools interested in learning about STEM education, furthering STEM in their schools, or pursuing STEM School Certification are encouraged to attend. Participants will leave with robust knowledge of the STEM Certification process, connections to other schools with STEM interests, and ideas to further STEM education in their schools.  *Note: This is a K-8 event only. Additional opportunities focused on high schools and career centers will be held at a later time.
HA Details: Join the Indiana Department of Education Student Pathway High Ability division for a hands-on, interactive day examining the craft of differentiation in the Humanities domains in the morning and STEM domains in the afternoon. Each of the five dimensions of differentiation will be explored in depth through a cross-disciplinary approach to instruction that can be implemented in the K-12 classroom. During each session, participants will receive instructional tools and practices that will provide rich learning experiences that are rigorous and appropriately challenging in order for students to thrive. Participants will leave with templates, examples, and easily implemented pedagogical practices to ensure high-ability students continue being challenged at all levels of learning.
Overview and Registration

High Ability Network - Virtual
Registration Link
Cost: Free.
Presenter: Dr. Lori Desautels.
Dr. Lori Desautels will join us in May to speak about anxiety in high-ability learners. The High Ability Network is hosted by Educational Service Centers of Indiana in partnership with IDOE to provide support for high-ability educators across Indiana.

August 5 - Save the Date!
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Department Heads
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Admin Teams
  • Central Office Leaders

If your school is on the PLC journey you've likely discovered unique challenges for those educators who work as singletons or in small groups. This opportunity is designed to support teams and schools facing this challenge.

Register Here

Member Spotlight

Kathy Wilkinson
Food Service Director
Kathy Wilkinson is the Food Service Director at Rochester Community Schools. She has been with her corporation for thirteen years and started out as a manager.

In the last year, Kathy has had to overcome many complex challenges in her position. From the Covid-19 pandemic, to packing and food shortages, and staffing issues, she has been able to tackle these issues head on by being flexible and taking things one day at a time.
Kathy has also been active with the service center. She attends the procurement meetings and provides input for bids and RFPs. Kathy graciously helped organize and host a large vendor food show of Indiana state commodity items in 2019. She and her staff were very well organized and everyone enjoyed their time at Rochester High School. 

In the future, Kathy would love to see kids taking an interest in food service or dietary related areas. She would also love for them to have the opportunity to work alongside staff.

When asked what Kathy finds most rewarding about her job, she shared, “The smiling faces of the kiddos and the connections I make with them. Just knowing they appreciate the time you take for them.”

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family. She is excited to have two great grandchildren born this summer.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org