INPEA Update
September 2015

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September Message

Fall is upon us! It seems like school just started! Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of meeting with nine different principal groups all over the state at their Back-to-School meetings. Through an INPEA Final Exam, we were able to review a number of significant legislative happenings from the 2015 General Assembly. There is a lot going on in education in Indiana (for public and non-public schools). It is very important to our students that we stay abreast of these issues so that our students, teachers and administrators are informed of the many changes coming our way (e.g. new assessments, new metrics for A-F grades, new proposed diploma requirements).

We look forward to working with you over the coming school year. If we can help in any way please feel free to reach out.

Thanks for all you do! 
INPAC 2015

INPEA would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who attended INPAC 2015! We had a record breaking year with over 220 attendees representing more than 100 schools across the state of Indiana.

Keynoters, Travis Allen, Debbie Silver and Todd Whitaker received rave reviews! So far the evaluations received rate the overall conference 1.4 out of 5 with 1.0 being the highest score possible.

Additional thanks go out to our Legislative Leadership Award recipient, Senator Dennis Kruse, and St. Monica School student, Ana Apfelbacher. Senator Kruse joined the conference for dinner where he graciously accepted the award and displayed his passion, career and hobby of auctioneering. Ana Apfelbacher is a Choice Scholarship Recipient at St. Monica School in Indianapolis. Ana introduced Dinner Keynote speaker Debbie Silver and presented Senator Dennis Kruse with the Legislative Leadership Award.

Please don't forget to fill out the INPAC 2015 Evaluation so we can make each year better than the last! The evaluation can be found here.

If you did not attend INPAC 2015, let us know why here.

If you would like a Personal Growth Point Certificate for INPAC 2015, please email us with which sectionals you attended at, and we will send an electronic one to you.

Senator Dennis Kruse accepting the INPEA Legislative
 Leadership Award.

Dinner Keynote Debbie Silver with St. Monica Student Ana Apfelbacher, Ana's mother Maricela Porras, fellow St. Monica student Aliyah Smith, Lindsey Rust (American Federation for Children), and St. Monica School Principal Michelle Boyd.
Want to Extend your INPAC Learning?

Todd Whitaker and Debbie Silver  Book Sale
Todd Whitaker has a number of his book on sale, to see sale listings go to  Book Sale Flyer.
To purchase, go here .  

For Debbie Silver book listings and purchasing, go here
Diploma Proposal Update

The State Board of Education heard testimony on September 16th regarding the proposed Diploma changes. A number of individuals and groups voiced concerns regarding aspects of the changes. INPEA representatives met with the  IDOE prior to the meeting, and John Elcesser provided testimony at the SBOE meeting as well. 

A number of INPEA member schools that are faith based have voiced concerns about how the additional proposed credits impact schools which already require an additional eight credits in bible/religion/theology, and how that could restrict student's ability to take electives. The SBOE seemed to acknowledge our issues. They will vote at a later meeting. We also spoke with  Higher   Education  Commissioner,  Teresa Lubbers, and hope to further conversation with her and her staff.

The IDOE, SBOE and CHE all seemed open to provide some type of flexibility for our schools.
Choice Scholarship Rules Hearings

Dates and Sites Announced
It has been a long time in coming (for a variety of reasons), but the New Choice Scholarship Rules are now published for public comment. A copy of the rules can be found here.

We would greatly appreciate any comments you have from the implementation side out in the field. Email John at You may also want to come to one of the hearings and share your comments. We will share more specific messaging info in the very near future.

Three public hearings (North, Central and South) are scheduled to allow an opportunity to provide feedback or public comment about the proposed rules.

Hearings will be conducted:
October 30th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm ET at the Indiana Department of Education Offices (Riley Conference Room). 115 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

November 2nd from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm CT at the Diocese of Evansville Catholic Center, 4 200 N Kentucky Ave., Evansville, IN 47711.

November 3rd from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm ET St. Joseph High School, 453 N Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, IN 46617 (Door A).  
Choice Update

The IDOE has hired a new Choice Program Specialist, Brad Pendleton. Mr. Pendleton was previously employed by the State Lottery Commission of Indiana. I am sure that he will pick up where Fatima Carson left off in being a great support to our Choice Schools. Welcome Brad!

Choice Scholarship Numbers
Initial estimate from September 1st is 32,955 students and 318 schools participating in the program this school year.  
INPEA Annual Dues Collection

Please watch for 2015-16 dues statements! It is your contributions and support of INPEA through your dues that covers the majority of INPEA operations. Remember your dues are based on prior year enrollment.

Dues Amounts

$1.00 for PreK

$3.15 for K-12

INPEA Annual Data Survey

Please watch your email for the 2015-16 Data Survey! By completing the survey you provide INPEA with vital information to help us serve you better! 

INPEA Job Opportunity

INPEA is growing! We are currently in search of a Part-Time Office Coordinator. We hope to have the official job posting up on our website soon.  Our INPEA Career opportunities can be found here

INPEC 2016

Call for Presentation
Continuous learning and professional development are extremely important for educators in non-public schools to ensure that our students receive the highest quality education possible. Have you experienced recent success with an idea or process that would help educators? We need you to help us provide exciting, informative and motivating programming for the  2016 Indiana Non-Public Education Conference September 15-16, 2016 . For more information, view the INPEC Call For Presentation pamphlet here .

Proposals are due September 29, 2015!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for INPEC 2016 on September 15-16th!
Complete English Learner Toolkit

This week, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice announced the completion of the English Learner Tool Kit to support schools in meeting their legal obligations to students who are learning English and ensuring them access to a quality education. Further, private school officials will find this resource helpful in serving their students who are acquiring the English language.


The  tool kit is free and accessible to the public and can be accessed here.
Early Education Matching Grants

The next RFF for the Early Education Matching Grant program will be released soon. This will be the third round of grant awards.  OECOSL has approximately two million dollars of funds available to award this year. These grants have proven to be incredible capacity building opportunities and a way to serve at risk children who would otherwise not have access to high quality Pre-K.  

This grant opportunity is open to Paths to QUALITY providers rated at Level 3 and Level 4 that are located in any county that is not part of the On My Way Pre-K Pilot (Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion, Vanderburgh). Community-based, including Head Starts, and school-based programs, both public and non-public, are encouraged to apply. 
There is a one to one cash match requirement, therefor it takes some time for interested programs to pull together necessary resources.

OECOSL is planning to release the Request for Funds (RFF) grant application in mid-October and offer two technical assistance webinars. The RFF would be due mid-January with the anticipation of announcing selected grantees by early March.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Barrett at or (317) 234-8882.

Find more information here.  
Professional Development Opportunities 

Readiness and Emergency Management for School and Technical Assistance Center 
REMS TA Center offers a free school emergency management planning software application called EOP ASSIST.  We invite you, as a current or future EOP ASSIST user, or as a Federal, state, or local partner, to learn more about these enhancements, and how schools, districts, and states may use EOP ASSIST to develop high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs) that implement the latest Federal guidance. The TA Center will be hosting two upcoming events-a webinar and a virtual meeting-that we encourage you to participate in. Any interested practitioners who are unfamiliar with EOP ASSIST are recommended to first attend the Webinar before the virtual meeting.  For more information, go here .

Indiana IEP Resource Center's Fall Institute
Registration is now open for Indiana IEP Resource Center's Fall Institute, Causes and Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems, presented by Margaret Searle. This two-day workshop, presented in collaboration with IPFW Special Education Programs, will be held in Fort Wayne  on October 12 and 13. The registration fee is $100 for both days. A free Super Session is also being offered  on October 12 for first year and pre-service educators. For more information, go here

CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training 

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention ® training:
(which meets State Seclusion and Restraint Training Requirements)
  • Aligns with PBIS concepts, premises, and strategies.
  • Is used in more US schools than any other program.
  • Provides participants with CPI's Blue CardTM credential and is validated via a secure documentation system.
  • Is the only train-the-trainer program with advanced curriculum offerings.
Become a Certified Instructor
When you attend the four-day program, you become certified to train others at your school. And when you get back on the job, you'll be equipped with both the skills and the resources to train your first program immediately. Course fee includes:
  • Comprehensive Instructor Guide to help you facilitate the program.
  • Electronic Presentation to guide you through the course content.
  • Starter supply of Participant Workbooks.
  • Additional trainer support tools and other valuable resources.
  • Access to CPI's online Instructor Community.
For more information, go  here .

Dr. George Batsche presenting Muti-Tiered System of Supports 
Sponsored by ICASE Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education.  
ICASE is pleased to announce the conference sponsoring Dr. George Batsche from the University of Florida. Dr. George Batsche will be presenting Multi-Tiered System of Support - MTSS on June 16 th in Carmel, Indiana. Our Indiana Schools have been implementing RTI in order to provide proper interventions to our students at risk.  MTSS is  an evidence-based model that uses data-based problem solving to intergrade academic and behavioral instruction and intervention based on student needs.  MTSS is a national initiative  which Dr. Batsche is regarded as the finest in the field. 
We are inviting Educators throughout the state to join us for this event.  Superintendents, Board members, Principals, Teachers, Counselors, and other support staff  are all recommended to attend  this  opportunity.   The conference will be held at the 502 Event Center in Carmel Indiana, the cost is $110 per person.  Registration may be found on the ICASE website under events.  For more information, go here.  

The Summit Grant Lab 
The Grant Lab at The Summit in Fort Wayne is an event focused on assisting educators with writing strategic grant proposals.  Grant Lab will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 8:30-1:30 and will feature Dr. Brad Oliver, who has managed over $14 million in successful grants.  Educators can receive 4 PGPs for attending, and they can also get a $20 discount with the promo code "PGP" when they register.  This $49 discounted price also includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information, go  here
Premier Business Partner Highlight
To view Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's booklet, go here

Special Offer to all INPEA Members
To celebrate our newly-formed partnership between HMH & INPEA, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt extends this special offer to all INPEA member schools:
  • 15% off catalog prices of HMH textbooks and curriculum resources
  • Orders must be placed by December 1, 2015
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Changing People's Lives by Fostering Passionate, Curious Learners
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Journeys, Collections, Go Math!, Math Expressions, Saxon, HMH Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II are just the few most utilized resources in  classrooms across the Globe!  These (and more) available at a 15% Discount!
For more information contact Indiana Field Sales Manager:
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(216) 816-6471
Many thanks to our INPEA Business Partners!

Catapult Learning
Contact Person: Pat Lacognata,

Contact Person: Laura Zapp,

DAST Consulting
Contact Person: David Sexauer,

Contact Person: Steven Allspaw,

VoWac Publishing Company
Contact Person: John Pfeifer,

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Contact Person: John Hurley, 
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John Elcesser
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Indiana Non-Public Education Association

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