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Gifts From Region 8

posted Dec 6, 2018, 4:10 AM by Dave VanLue

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ILEARN-Preparing for Math (3-8)-December 12
ILEARN-Preparing for ELA (3-8)-December 14
ILEARN Science and Social Studies Prep-January 23
Developing Classroom Formative Assessments Aligned w/ILEARN-February 1
Graduation Pathways
Graduation Path Best Practices w/IDOE-December 11
Graduation Pathway Tracking through Powerschool-January 17
Technology PD
Google University Online-begins January 10
Google Certified Educator Workshop-January 25
Increasing Student Engagement in World Language Classrooms: Using Technology for Profiency-Jan 29
Tech for Middle School Intervention-January 31
Google Suite for Beginners-February 21
Social Emotional Learning
Evidence-Based Practices: One School's Roadmap-January 22
Strategic Wellness for Today's Students and Educators-March 6
Other Great Opportunities!
Extraordinary Outcomes for Exceptional Learners-December 10
ELA Textbook Caravan-January 30
Leading with a Formative Mindset-February 28
Donuts and Dialog for EL Stakeholders-March 7
School Nurses Spring Check Up-March 11
Newsela has recently partnered with the Region 8 Education Service Center to offer your districts discounted pricing and strong professional learning opportunities. This webinar will walk you through the key benefits of Newsela PRO, as well as how Region 8 will support you through this partnership!
Join us on Thursday, November 8th from 3:30-4:20 EST
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  If you cannot attend, webinar will be recorded.
Click HERE for more info
Other Great Stuff Happening!
MARCH 23, 2019
8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Guaranteed workshop choices!  Program emailed to early registrants late December for workshop choices.  Confirmed sessions include:
High Ability
 Guided Math
8 Mathematical Teaching Processes
Working with EL Students
Teacher Wellness
Socio-Emotional Learning
Engagement Strategies
Writing Engagement
Breakout EDU
Children’s Literature
Google Tools
Classroom Management
Art Ideas
Many more to Come!!
Early Bird Registration - $10
from November 1 – December 20th !

  Over 65 K-12 sessions
LIMITED: 20 Attendees to a Session!
 Purchase Orders accepted! 
  Your check is your registration confirmation.  Please include your name, school and email.  Make check payable to Northeast Literacy and send to:
ATT:  Nancy Hankee, University of Saint Francis, Department of Education, 2701 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN  46808
For more information, please contact Nancy Hankee at

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Hour of Code December 3rd-9th

posted Nov 28, 2018, 5:13 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 5:13 AM ]

Check out this website to register an event in your classroom:

There are lots of free resources available!

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

eLearning Lab Webinar - Coding in the Classroom and After School

posted Nov 27, 2018, 11:35 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 11:35 AM ]

Meri Carnahan has posted a new announcement for the community IDOE - Ed Tech Connect. View and Respond Online

Title: eLearning Lab Webinar - Coding in the Classroom and After School

In this webinar you'll hear from a representative from Girls Who Code and two teachers who are teaching coding in their classrooms and in after school clubs. Join us at 4pm Eastern on Tuesday, December 4th. Register for the webinar here.

The Learning Connection is a service of the Indiana Department of Education

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Google Slides sticky note brainstorming

posted Nov 14, 2018, 8:05 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 8:05 AM ]

Google Slides sticky note brainstorming:
Powerful planning

Google Slides is WAY more than presentations in front of class on the projector.

Recently, I started using it to brainstorm ideas -- sticky note style.

Brainstorm lessons.

Student speeches.

Research reports.

Projects. Labs. Brain dumps. And on and on and on ...

Use the template in today's post with your students -- or on your own -- to organize your thoughts, find holes to fill, and make sure everything makes sense.

It's easy to assign with Google Classroom.

Plus, you'll never run out of sticky notes -- and there's a virtually limitless selection of colors!

Grab your FREE template and get started now!

Google Slides sticky note brainstorming:
Powerful planning


Transform your learning space with Jamboard

posted Nov 13, 2018, 4:51 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Nov 13, 2018, 4:51 AM ]


Dear Dave,

You’re invited to the upcoming Google for Education EDU OnAir live stream: Transform your learning space with Jamboard! On Wednesday, November 28th at 3pm PT/6pm ET, join us to hear from the Google Jamboard team as they discuss some of the latest updates to Jamboard, as well as provide an overview of the top Jamboard features for education. We’ll also have educators share best practices on how they use Jamboard features to enable collaboration and creativity in the classroom. Come ready to learn!

Special guests include members of the Jamboard product team and top-contributing educators.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm - 7:00pm ET



You will receive a confirmation email and an option to add this event your calendar. We will be recording the live stream, so if we miss you, we will send the recorded on-demand link all registrants. 

Feel free to reach out with any questions and share this invite with those who may be interested!

The Google for Education Team




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The Hour of Code is coming. What will you create?

posted Oct 16, 2018, 5:56 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 5:56 AM ]

This year the Hour of Code will be the biggest and best ever. There is so much I can’t wait to share, and it starts with a special video!

Creativity is our theme for the Hour of Code this year.


Computer science is about so much more than computers. It’s about solving problems, helping humanity progress, and building a world that only existed in your mind. It’s not just coding, but the things that fuel it: passion, collaboration—and creativity.

In just seven weeks, we’ll kick off the Hour of Code during CS Education Week, December 3 - 9th. Students worldwide will uncover something to love about computer science, to see that they too can code and create.

Join us as we post videos and stories about creativity
With 630 million served, you’ve helped build the largest learning campaign in history. Help us reach 1 billion! We invite students, parents, coders, artists, teachers, and creators of all walks to share what creativity means to you. You can post to social media in this format:

Creativity is _______  What will you create? #HourOfCode

Post to Twitter - ideally, include a video or photo with whatever crazy thing makes you feel creative.

Host an Hour of Code
Please join the movement and sign up to host an Hour of Code this year! Raise awareness in your school that CS is crucial for students, draw support from your school leaders to expand CS offerings and programs, and recruit students into courses.

While the Hour of Code is in December, you can prepare in advance. There are one-hour activities for beginners and intermediates at all grade levels, and exciting new ones coming! Reach beyond your classroom. Host a school assembly, a parents coding night, or an activity in your community.

Need guidance on how to start? See our easy how-to guide. You can even do an Hour of Code without computers or an internet connection! See our recent blog post with tips from experienced organizers.

All new classroom posters and robotics giveaways! When you sign up for the Hour of Code, you’ll get a 50% discount on six brand new inspirational posters (while supplies last) and a chance to participate in giveaways from our robotics partners. You'll be sent a link to the posters when they are available to order.


Invite a technology professional to your classroom.* Check out our volunteer database and schedule a classroom visit! We’re excited to have university students, independent professionals, and volunteers from technology companies available to make the Hour of Code even more special!

Spread the word. Technology is changing every industry on the planet, and computer science has become relevant to every career—even those outside technology and engineering. For tens of millions of students, the Hour of Code will be an inspiring introduction to crucial 21st-century skills. Help us reach even more people by forwarding this email to another teacher. Or forward it to a principal to get your whole school on board!

In only five years, the Hour of Code has engaged 10% of the world’s students, giving flight to imagination for hundreds of millions. I’d like to thank every educator who’s made this the largest learning event in history. You’re an inspiration to me, and to all of us at Thank you for all you do for our children.

I can’t wait to share’s 2018 Hour of Code activities. They’re our best yet! ;-)

Hadi Partovi and the team

Fall into Great PD Region 8 ESC

posted Oct 11, 2018, 5:25 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 5:25 AM ]

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Region 8 is always looking for ways to support our schools and empower local experts.  Check out our new Resource Adoption Wrap Around Services below and register for the ELA Texbook Caravan to be held at The Summit on January 30, 2018.
ELA Textbook Adoption Registration Link
ELA Resource Adoption Wrap-around Services
For Classroom Teachers
ILEARN Ready: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Rigor-Date TBD
We LEARN about ILEARN Math 6-8 w/Bob Trammel -Nov 2
Service Learning w/GenerationOn Indiana-October 18
Formative Grading: Using Quality Success Criteria to Drive Learning-November 29
For Tech-Minded Teachers and Leaders
G-Suite for Education Deep Dive-October 25
Google Levels 1-2 Certified Educators Workshop-October 26
Digital Leadership and Learning Academy-starts Nov 8
SCRIPT Computer Science Planning-December 3
For Administrators
ILEARN Ready: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Rigor-Date TBD
Leveraging ESSA, Building Supports for All Students-Date TBD
RISE 2.0 Taking Evals Beyond Compliance-October 22
Leading With A Formative Mindset: Focus on Adult Clarity-Nov 9,30
Region 8 Curriculum Council
For Counselors 
Service Learning w/generationOn Indiana-October 18
Counselor's Roundtable
For Special Educators
Extraordinary Outcomes for Exceptional Learners-November 15
Evidence-Based Practices: One School's Roadmap-January 22
For Social Studies Teachers
Global Exploration, Conquest and Imperialism: Investigating Origins-November 30
For World Language Teachers
Increasing Student Engagement in World Language Classrooms: Using Technology for Profiency-Jan 29
Other Great Stuff Happening!

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Digital Leadership and Learning Academy

posted Oct 4, 2018, 6:10 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 6:10 AM ]


Embracing Technology to Support Rigorous Learning and Real-World Relevance

Eager to move the needle on student learning?  Wondering why your technology initiatives are not producing the results you want?  Join Region 8 ESC and International Center for Leadership in Education for our newly established Digital Leadership and Learning Academy.  You will learn how to implement technology as a mechanism for transforming teaching, learning and community engagement through the frameworks Pillars of Digital Leadership and Learning and the Bold School Framework for Strategic Blended Learning.

Begins November 
Sign up today, district teams encouraged!
Copyright © 2018, Region 8 ESC, All rights reserved.

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1027 W. Rudisill Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN  46807

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Free Seesaw PD

posted Oct 3, 2018, 5:09 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 5:09 AM ]

Did you know that Seesaw offers free online professional development? It's a great way for teachers to learn more from the comfort of home. This month, we're focusing on how teachers at all grade levels can get started with Seesaw.

You can even gather a group of teachers to watch together at your school or invite your teachers to join us! Forward this email, or click the button below.

Invite Your Teachers

Teachers just getting started with Seesaw can join us for this hands-on training that will go step by step. 

PreK-2nd grades, register here.

3rd-5th grades, register here.

6th-12th grades, register here.

We have hints and easy ideas to share that are perfect for your teachers' Seesaw setup! 

5 Tips for Shared Devices, register here.

Easy Seesaw Ideas & Tech Tips, register here.

We're happy to support your teachers as they start using Seesaw in their classrooms!

- The Seesaw for Schools Team 

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

posted Sep 28, 2018, 5:16 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 5:16 AM ]

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and a good time for schools, districts, and communities to review current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying through increased awareness. Indiana Department of Education has developed a webpage of resources, found HERE, to support schools in increasing awareness, improving school climates and reducing rates of bullying. School corporations should also ensure that they are meeting the Senate Enrolled Act 1230 mandate which requires them to provide a link on their website to the IDOE resource webpage. The IDOE webpage also provides guidance for parents and school officials outlining how to report bullying and cyberbullying incidents to law enforcement when the incident occurs off of school grounds. Please contact Deborah Swain-Bayless at or Ryan Stewart at for additional information.

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