Happy New Year 2014! The staff of the NWIESC looks forward to sharing a successful
second half of the school year with member and non-member school corporations.
Special Projects Coordinator, Mr. John M. Lewis retired effective Jan 1, 2014, and we
are assessing his replacement and congratulate him on a job well done .
Looking back on the first half of the school year we are happy to have hosted learning
sessions for Title programs networking with the help of IDOE, social studies teacher
workshop looking at world cultures, advanced placement English and Calculus sessions
conducted by local experts, helping teachers with classroom management supports and
strategies, establishing formative assessments and writing and reading supports for
elementary classrooms as well as inter rater reliability scoring for the teacher evaluation
process. We offered and arranged many others workshops but had to cancel many
because of the lack of registrations as school professional development funds are
limited. The online purchasing program seven years old now continues to be successful.
Using the electronic purchasing programs efficiently saves both time and money. If
you are interested in using these programs, please check with your building principal
and or connect with our office and we can arrange for training and account set up
working though the appropriate channels. During the past school year member school
corporations purchased $18.8 million dollars of materials purchased online.
We are having some success in merging the technology, curriculum directors and
media professionals into an e-learning committee. This has taken an investment of time
form our staff that will prove too beneficial into the future.
The NWIESC membership agreement is in the final updating steps with a new logo,
vision and mission statement. As winter is upon us all please be safe in your travels.
What a great time of year, exciting, safe, structured, and fun; school is back in session.
I advise we all FOCUS on what is the best for students. Over the last few months "a lot of water" so to speak has gone under the education bridge in Indiana, mistakes made and some remain unfocused. I believe the focus needed lies in strong teacher student relationships within this professional role – a classroom teacher. All educators need to guide students to become self-directed learners, teaching them to take responsibility for their own future [college and career ready] and strengthen their literacy skills. Instructional delivery that motivates students to higher levels of rigor and relevant learning must be at the core of what occurs in each classroom. Of course this instruction must be blended. In our diverse geographic area ALL people have persisted in the past and we need to stress persistence to the students in our schools today.
NWIESC and all members will continue to address the challenges of this economy, Indiana constitutional tax caps, and the expansion of waivers. I think your participation at NWIESC will help your school and corporation accomplish this challenge.
The eVisionary Conference held at the end of July 2013 was one of the best conferences for teacher in which I’ve participated. My thanks to the team of planners at the Valparaiso Schools, the IDOE and vendor partners for placing this type of conference in the lakeshore area.
I’m sure by now your central office administrators have been introduced to the IDOE Outreach Coordinators. We welcome them in our office as a landing point and I would encourage each of you to reach out to them if you have questions that the department can help. And know the NWIESC staff always stands to help too. The outreach concept will work if we engage more of the groups in our communities.
The NWIESC is here to SERVE you: I promise a Great 8 approach focus.
1. No excuses "responsive member service"
2. Smart planning listening to the needs of members and the use of data to build benefit returns, using the Annual Plan to guide efforts
3. Effective and Efficient use of resources
4. Dollars saved for your school corporation for the investment in NWIESC
5. Collaboration and open to suggested future operations / offerings, and programs.
6. Transparent, honest, and ethical operations with additional programs that help teachers, systems, and networking groups to their next step.
7. ALL vendor agreements with NWIESC, administrative fees collected, and the
Return of Investment (ROI) reports will be understandable to benefit the lakeshore area and strive for continuous improvement of all schools.
8. Increase cooperation with the IDOE and eight (8) Indiana education service centers
We cannot accomplish the Mission and Vision of NWIESC without the participation of members. Last spring’s assessment (2013) of what the service center offered and what is needed gained an additional large group of interested teachers, about 250 additions and we thank each of you for taking part in the survey. We need YOU to accomplish the Great 8. You can help by committing to a Service Center group to assist making suggestions to strengthen this work.
It is going to be a great new school year. Review the newsletter, website and register as you can to attend impactful workshops that are being rolled out this school year.We cannot accomplish the Mission and Vision of NWIESC without the participation of our members. We need YOU to accomplish the Great 8. You can help by committing to a Service Center group to assist in making suggestions to strengthen this work. It is going to be a great new school year.
Please call or text me if you need assistance at 1(219)309-6120 mobile.
NWIESC, 48 W. 900 N.
Chesterton, IN -46304-9357
219.926.5555 ext. #7 office
219-926-5553 faxThe NWIESC is here to SERVE you:I promise a Great 8 approach focus in the 2012-2013 school year:1. No excuses “responsive member service”2. Smart planning—listening to the needs of members and the use of data to build benefit returns, using the Annual Plan to guide efforts3. Effective and Efficient use of resources4. Dollars saved for your school corporation for the investment in NWIESC5. Collaboration and openness to suggested future operations, offerings, & programs6. Transparent, honest, and ethical operations with additional programs that help teachers, systems, and networking groups to their next step7. ALL vendor agreements with NWIESC, administrative fees collected, and the Return on Investment (ROI) reports will be understandable to benefit the lakeshore area and strive for continuous improvement of all schools8. Increase cooperation with the IDOE and the other eight Indiana education service centersPlease call me if you need assistance from me, or from NWIESC (219)309-6120.Edward SchoenfeltDear Members of the Northwest Indiana Education Service Center (NWIESC):
As of January 1, 2012, I began my service as Executive Director for the Northwest Indiana Education Service Center. I wish to extend Dr. Charles Costa best wishes in his retirement and also to thank him for the help he provided as I’ve transitioned into the position. I am honored to serve the schools along the lakeshore.
I have always been proud to be a teacher. Although I grew up in Indiana, I spent my college years in Canton, Missouri. My career began in 1978 as a teacher in theHannibal Public School System in Hannibal, Missouri. During this time, my foundation as a classroom teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal was built. Next I served the Missouri State High School Activities Association as an Assistant Executive, directing state championship events across the state. I became a principal at Macon R-1 High School in 1997 helping the school to transform and earn distinction in student performance. In 2001, I became a superintendent at Marceline R-5 School where I helped to stop deficit spending and helping their schools reach and achieve the distinction in student performance award.
It has been enjoyable for me to return to northwest Indiana be closer to my family and friends. Please feel free to call me if I can be of assistance.
Related Web Sites:
Hannibal School System
Missouri State High School Activities Association
Macon High School
Edward Schoenfelt, Executive Directorwww.nwiesc.k12.in.us