Professional Development
What's the Story with eSports?
Wednesday, Sept.14th
10:30am - 1:30pm EST
NIESC Office
  • High School Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Technology Directors
  • Educational Staff with eSports interests

Join us for an extended Lunch & Learn to hear the story of eSports from cover to cover as we explore topics that will expand your understanding on student academic and personal growth, the start of a successful club or team, outfitting your team with hardware/software and the college & career opportunities.


10:30 - 11:00: Joe Wihlelm, eSports Coach for Fort Wayne Community Schools presents information on what eSports is, why it is important in schools, and how you can get started with a program.

11:00 - 11:30: Tim McRoberts, serving his 7th year as Associate Executive Director for IASP (Indiana Association of School Principals) will reveal the eSports Program being launched Fall 2022 and the details of the platform.  

11:30 - 12:15: In this session Bytespeed’s Esports and VR Solutions Director, Josh Knutson, will outline and examine the best practices for building a space for your eSports program. 

12:15 - 12:45: Lunch & Discussion

12:45 - 1:30: Wrap up the story with Patrick Ridout,  Trine University eSports Assistant Director & Professor who will take the time to discuss their eSports program and the impacts it has on student participants with college scholarships, career paths and employment opportunities within the rising world-wide industry.

Click here to register for the FREE event

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming an
ISTE Certified Educator
and would appreciate moving through the training with fellow Indiana Educators? 
  1. Check out the ISTE Certification Program Details
  2. Look over the Certification Course Syllabus
  3. Look over the Fall '22 Cadre- Indiana ISTE Certification to see why a cadre fit may work best for you, and take advantage of regional meet-ups!
  4. Complete the ISTE Certification Interest Form so we know you're on board!
  5. Use the information provided above to apply for the IDOE Digital Learning  Mini-Grant by SEPTEMBER 14th (see full memo)
If you do not qualify for the Digital Learning Mini-Grant, you are still welcome to be part of the cohort and use other funding you may have available to you from your district or other grants.  We would love to have you!!

Registration will soon be opening for the 2022 Annual HECC Conference taking place downtown Indianapolis, Crowne Plaza, on November 9-11th. 

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Tech Study Councils
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Sign up today to join this NEW developing network of STEM focused educators to share resources, discuss state-wide initiatives and meet professionals from area districts.  This fall we will develop meeting format, dates/times and contacts.  

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Are you a Digital / EdTech Coach in your district who is looking to create a collaborative network of professionals that are responsible for digital integration in the classroom?  Sign-up to be part of our NEW Northern Indiana EdTech Network that will carve out time to collaborate on effective practices empowering today's classroom teacher.  You don't have to do it all alone...don't miss out on the first meeting coming this fall!
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Gathering Technology Directors from the North & Northwest area to focus on the challenges presented to school technology leaders and discuss solutions directly impacting education.  
2022-23 Meeting Dates / Locations 9:30am EST
Sept 9th: Virtual Coffee Break
Oct 14th:  School City of Mishawaka
Nov: HECC Conference, Dinner
Dec 9th: River Forest Community School Corp
Jan 13th: Virtual Coffee Break
Feb 10th: Wa-Nee Schools
Mar 10th: John Glenn School Corp
May 12th: Concord Schools
Jun 16th: Summer Cookout @ Plymouth Middle School
NEISSC Tech Study Council (Northeast Indiana Area) meeting information can be found here
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Gathering school network administrators to chat about challenges schools face with providing a stable, reliable network in the ever-changing environment of school technology.  
2022-23 Meeting Dates:
2nd Tuesday @ 11am EST / 10am CST
Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10,
Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9
June 16th: Summer Tech Cookout
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Interested in staying up to date on school cybersecurity tools, in-depth discussions on protecting schools from external and internal threats, and available resources?  Join our monthly cybersecurity roundtable, where we gather virtually to discuss the impact of insurance requirements, policy updates and more! 
2022-23 Meeting Dates
2nd Tuesday @ 1pm EST / 12pm CST
Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10,
Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9
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Calling all State Reporters to this newly formed study council that meets virtually every Tuesday morning to discuss the state reports due, error rectification and chat up those who use the same SIS.  Whether you are new to the position or have been around for years, this group has found most value in "I am not the only one who..."   
2022-23 Meeting Dates
Every Tuesday  @ 9:30am EST
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This fall, the IOT is wrapping up their Cybersecurity Conversations with local, county and state government agencies where they discussed HEA 1169 reporting requirements, program, cybersecurity training opportunities, and cyber-threat and attack prevention methods.  There were many opportunities and services available and they listened to needs of stakeholders in the room.  Highlights from the Marshall / Fulton County Meeting:


Indiana Office of Technology offers services to local government, including schools. See their website, contact Mike White at, or see full PDF
  • Website Hosting / Development
  • domains / email addresses (needed for many federal grants)
  • Cybersecurity consulting services & assessments
  • Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Information
  • GIS Services
  • State QPA contracts for purchasing

Indiana Department of Homeland Security discussed their Grants Management, including the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program & State Homeland Security Program.  See the provided .pdf

MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center) is a key resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery.  It is encouraged to sign-up for your free membership to be kept informed on the latest in school cybersecurity.


Student Information System (SIS) Vendor Status Update:  Harmony, Skyward Qmaltive, and FACTS have been badged for the August 2022 badging requirements. A complete list of vendors working to become Indiana Ed-Fi certified can be found on the Data Exchange webpage.
Designation of Security Coordinators: The LINK Portal is able to recognize all public, charter, and accredited non-public schools’ local Google G-Suite or Microsoft 365 accounts. IDOE configures the organization’s leader as the first account, and then this person logs in to designate up to two security coordinators.  Instructions for organization leaders on how to designate/update the security coordinators can be found here
School Safety Specialist Academy Basic Training: Registration is now open for Basic Training Group 24 of the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and will close Friday, October 14. Basic Training will be held in the traditional format consisting of three total days in person. Additionally, specialists must complete online courses to be certified. To register, please visit the Training Opportunities webpage and complete the registration forms.
Date Exchange Upgrade Planned for 2024: Data Exchange (DEX) will be moving to Ed-Fi 6.0 for the 2024-2025 school year. This upgrade includes the latest technical updates provided by Ed-Fi, including enhanced data standards and security advancements. This will result in minimal changes to the Data Exchange portal user interface. Additional information regarding project timelines, deliverables, and vendor certification will be provided at a later date. Contact IDOE's Data Exchange Team with any questions.
The Indiana Department of Education’s Office of Digital Learning Coach Mini Grant is open for applications until Wednesday, September 14. You can view the grant requirements in this memo.  

Darlene Kennedy

Director of Technology Integration



Phone: (574) 254-0111 ext 104

56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545


Phone: (574) 254-0111