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We invite you to take part in this week's #INeLearn Twitter Chat. Learn more: http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/
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To wrap up 2016 and look ahead to 2017, share one online "gift" with colleagues in your #INeLearn Community of Practice. It could be a lesson, a resource, a blog post, or anything else you think might be helpful for a peer in your content area or grade level. You can share something you created or that you found and have used.
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Let's make a virtual Tour of Indiana! I've already started and added what I can think of. Click the link the Google Map to add a historical site or place of interest near you. Add a brief description & a couple pictures or short YouTube video that students can explore. I plan to make a scavenger hunt to go with this as well and will share that when complete. 

Office of Special Education-Short Share #4-Universal Design for Learning
Both the November 2015 Dear Colleague Letter and ESSA emphasize the importance of Universal Design for Learning when striving to improve outcomes for ALL students, including those with disabilities. In this fourth Short Share video, we partner with the PATINS Project to provide more information on universal design. Please click here to view this new video as well as our entire short share series: http://www.doe.in.gov/specialed.


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Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities- The Office of Special Education (OSE) is excited to share our commitment to making a difference for students with disabilities in Indiana by collaborating with schools, parents, other local, federal and state agencies, and all of the offices within the Indiana Department of Education. Our mission is to close the gap between students with and without disabilities, not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but also in expectations and opportunities. Below is a link to a new form of communication from the OSE called a “Short Share”. The first Short Share will introduce the concept of improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Improving outcomes can be achieved through a core curriculum based on grade level standards, high quality instruction that meets the diverse needs of all students, unbiased assessment that guides instruction and collaboration among administrators, general and special education staff, parents, and the community. Enjoy!
 
https://youtu.be/jUZHX8c-Te0

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The White House Announces the Presidential Math and Science Award Winners from Indiana

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently announced the recipients of the 2014 & 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). We are proud to announce that four of those teachers are from Indiana. The awardees of math are Martin Briggs from Crichfield Elementary School and Michael Spock from Columbus North High School.  The awardees of science are Kristen Poindexter from Spring Mill Elementary School and Hugh Ross from Guerin Catholic High School.
 
Our state winners will join other awardees in Washington, D.C. for a series of events in their honor, including professional development opportunities, discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science education, and an awards ceremony.  In addition, awardees will receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
I hope you will take the time to learn more about Indiana’s awardees and their commendable work by reviewing their bios here http://recognition.paemst.org/ .  The PAEMST program is proud of the impact these teachers are making for both our students and the future of science and mathematics education nationwide.  To learn more about the PAEMST program or to nominate a 7-12 Science or Math teacher this fall, please visit www.paemst.org .

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Our state Twitter edchat has some relevant topics to wrap up the month. We'd love to see you join #INeLearn Thursdays at 9p EST. Details are on the blog linked below.

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Interested in getting a FREE robotics kit for your classroom? What if we throw in all of the curriculum and training you need to get a robotics team started, as well as activities to use in your classroom?

TechPoint Foundation for Youth has launched an exciting State Robotics Initiative giving all Indiana elementary teachers the opportunity to become a Robotics Educator. No prior robot knowledge is necessary, we will train you! The application deadline is June 10th.

We only have 400 kits available - learn more and apply here today! (www.techpointyouth.org/robotgrant/)

The Robot Team
State Robotics Initiative
TechPoint Foundation for Youth
DeveloperTown
5255 Winthrop Ave, #150
Indianapolis IN 46220
www.TechPointYouth.org

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GREAT BUY FOR LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES!!! REGISTER TODAY!!!

Join us at eLEAD 2016 on the campus of Anderson University.
Registration at elead.info

Over 170 sessions, student showcases, free lunch, great swag, door prizes, and more....
Keynotes: Steve Dembo, Ramsey Mussalum, Robbie Grimes, Nathan Davidson

Best buy for your learning at $40 for two days of professional development!

Sponsored by Discovery Education, Five-Star Technology Solutions, Anderson University, and the school corporations of Madison county

An IDOE Summer of eLEARNING conference #INeLearn
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