Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Department of Education’

Indiana Graduation Pathways

As you have read in previous updates, the Indiana Graduation requirements are changing.  I am going to keep talking about this because what it takes to get a diploma is about to look very different and parents need to stay informed!  Here is a graphic put out by the Indiana Department of Education to attempt to capture the changes.  You can find more resources online through the Indiana Department of Education and through Indiana State Board of Education (scroll to the bottom of the page).  Boone Grove High School has used and will use the Indiana Graduation Pathways as a way to help students meet graduation requirements.  As we move closer to the implementation, more information will be coming!

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And for a bonus this week, here is a video that the Indiana Department of Education put out about the shift in state assessments that is fast approaching this spring.

PTSC Standouts

Congratulations to Jacelyn Benkovich who received her CPR/lifesaving certification this weekend!

Have you checked out the latest awards happening at BGHS and BGMS?  Students of the week are being handed out and it is so great to see our kids celebrated for the awesome things that are happening each week!  Way to go!

Did you know Mrs. Dombrowski at BGMS has an after school coding club?  I love the ways we are supporting our students, student interest, and teaching skills that will be useful in college and careers!  Way to go, Mrs. Dombrowski!

There’s nothing like the PCC Tournament, even if we don’t land in the championship.  Great job to our fans who came out to support our teams and made our cheering blocks festive.  Great job to our basketball teams, our cheerleaders, and our dance team!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at to make sure your standout is included.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • February 18:  President’s Day–No School
    • February 27:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  BGHS Graduation
  • Things to Know/Do:

    • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
    • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
    • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.

From the Indiana Department of Education:

Indiana Academic Standards Review 2014 Evaluation Process

Posted: Fri, 02/14/2014 – 8:12am Updated: Tue, 02/18/2014 – 8:16am


Public Law 286 was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, which creates Indiana Code 20-19-2-14.5 concerning the State Board of Education’s responsibility to review Indiana’s Academic Standards. This charge specifically mandates the State Board to develop college and career readiness standards compliant with state and federal requirements before July 1, 2014 and to hold public hearings on the proposed standards prior to adoption.

Review and Evaluation Process

DOE and SBOE staff briefed the State Board on February 6, 2014 on the planned review and evaluation process. An overview and timeline of that process can be found here here. Members of the evaluation panels can be found here here. The review and evaluation process includes multiple reviews by the State Board of Education and the Indiana Education Roundtable. Final adoption of the standards by the State Board is scheduled for April 9, 2014.

Public Hearings

Pursuant to IC 20-19-2-14.5(d)(2), the State Board will hold the following hearings:

FEBRUARY 24, 2014 3:00PM – 7:00PM
Ivy Tech Community College-Southern Indiana
Horseshoe Foundation Assembly Center, Ogle Hall
8204 Highway 311
Sellersburg, IN 47172

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 3:00PM – 7:00PM
Indiana State Library
History Reference Room
315 W. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

FEBRUARY 26, 2014 3:00PM – 7:00PM
Plymouth High School
Weidner School of Inquiry Room NT 201
810 Randolph Drive
Plymouth, IN 46563
Park in Lot 7, Enter through Door 7

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by SparkCBC

Last week I was invited to participate in my first ever Twitter Chat.  (Learn more about their regular chats here!)  It was about blogging which was ironic since I hadn’t posted in a couple of weeks, but I thought it was a good opportunity since I’d never participated in a Twitter Chat before–and I love to learn something new.

I read up on the chats on the Indiana Department of Education eLearning page (because I really didn’t know what a Twitter Chat was)–and learned about Twubs.  I have to admit I don’t know how I would have been successful in my participation were in not for Twubs!  This tool helped to capture all of the Twitter posts with #INeLearn in the post and it also added the hashtag to all of my posts for me.  This made it easy to follow the chain of posts and also fast for me to add posts.

And…fast is exactly what I needed!  I consider myself a driven person, able to keep pace with most people.  A Twitter Chat is a whole different beast!  Within the first two minutes I was completely overwhelmed by the constant stream of posts and trying to respond to people yet still read the tweets arriving to my Twubs pages.  Incredible!  The chat lasted an hour–but it seemed like ten minutes.  I have no idea where the time went and was actively engaged the entire time.  It was just like the photo above that I used to start this post.

Why do I share this with you?  Well…I learned a few things.

1.  Twitter Chats won’t be for everyone.  If you don’t like fast paced–it might not be something you’d find enjoyable.

2.  Leaders need to be learners, too.  I have a hard time not having tried what others are doing.  Even if I decide it’s not a helpful tool for me, I want to at least give it a shot.  (Next up, flipping an administrative team meeting!)

3.  Use tools to help and ask for help if you need it.  The Indiana Department of Education eLearning Division is incredible–and they take the time to help you by putting out a page to help you know how to participate in Twitter Chats.  Don’t be afraid to use resources provided–it would have been hard to figure out on my own!

4.  Fear can cause you to miss out!  Don’t be afraid of jumping in to something new.  I met lots of new people, visited and followed lots of new blogs, and even joined a Google+ community about blogging.  None of that would have happened without the professional learning I did on that Twitter Chat (thanks, guys!).

5.  Be authentic.  It’s good for superintendents to interact these ways with teachers, administrators, those studying to be teachers–we all gain knowledge and perspective from each other.

I hope that you’ve taken the opportunity to embrace Connected Educator month.  Even more than that–I hope you’ve grown this month in ways you could never have expected.  I know I did!