July 2022 Newsletter
It’s that time again! Bells are ringing, buses are running and we are heavy in the midst of the hubbub of a new school year beginning. There is nothing like the excitement of a new school year! At INPEA, we have enjoyed getting to experience a little of the hubbub as we travel around the state meeting with principals groups. Principals seemed to be excited as they start the school year with some understanding of our new normal. We really hope to see many of you at INPAC in September and would love to visit your schools in person some time this school year as well. Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance and be looking for our monthly newsletters and our legislative communications as we prepare for a big budget session at the Indiana Statehouse. Until we can see you in person, we wish you a successful school year!

John, Andrea, and Beatrice
The INPEA Team
INPAC 2022 is less than two months away! Have you registered yet? INPAC is the only conference designed specifically for non-public school leaders in Indiana and will include outstanding keynote speakers and educational sessions. Whether you are a new or seasoned school leader, there will be something for you at INPAC 2022! Take a look at the INPAC program - you will want to bring a team with you so you do not miss any of these sessions!

A variety of registration options are available and INPEA members receive a discount. You can pay via check, credit card, or use Title or EANS funds. The registration deadline for the conference and the hotel is September 7, 2022!

Don’t miss these topics at #INPAC2022 “Leading with Passion and Purpose”: All things special education (pre-conference), teacher pipeline, creating a culture of excellence, early childhood, IDOE’s GPS Dashboard, supporting new teachers, PLCs, assessment rigor, operational vitality in light of choice, standards based instruction, finding serenity in school leadership, marketing and enrollment, learning loss, 5 things new principals need to know, working with your LEA. Also, back by popular demand: the INPEA Wellness Room! 
Meet Miss Virginia at INPAC!
In 2019, a movie was made about Virginia Walden Ford’s valiant fight for school choice for students in inner city Washington, DC. Although a struggle, it was a battle she won! We have invited Virginia back to INPAC after a 10 year hiatus. With choice exploding in Indiana, it seemed like the ideal time to bring Virginia back to the Hoosier state. Don’t miss the dinner at INPAC where Virginia will be our speaker. In the meantime, check out Miss Virginia on AppleTV or Amazon Prime Video. Learn more about Virginia Walden Ford here.
Employee Retention Credit Webinar

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Federal Government has passed legislation to provide a variety of emergency funding programs for schools, including non-public schools (e.g. CARES, GEER, EANS, and PPP). A program, which has gotten less attention, is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

In an effort for schools to learn about the program and make an informed decision about participating, INPEA has invited Synergi Partners, the largest privately-owned tax credit and business incentive processor, to provide a webinar for INPEA members about the Employee Retention Credit. 

Join us on August 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar, How the Employee Retention Credit Can Help Schools Impacted by COVID. Participants will:
  • Learn about ERC eligibility requirements
  • Receive updates on the ERC
  • Hear about changes in the legislation/program
  • Learn how the ERC can benefit their school

We hope you will join us for this important webinar and invite anyone from your school or jurisdiction who is involved with finances and/or processing payroll to attend. Please note that some jurisdictions (e.g. a diocese) may have a position about their schools participating.
INPEA Schools Are ILEARN Top Performers!

INPEA is proud to have several member schools recognized as top-performing schools on this year’s ILEARN assessment. We congratulate all educators, administrators, and students (and families) for completing this assessment and we are especially proud of these top-performing schools:

Top School Districts:
Diocese of Evansville (ranked 3rd)
Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana (ranked 8th)

Top Schools - English and Language Arts:
Evansville Christian School (ranked 3rd)
SS. Peter and Paul School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 4th)
St. Patrick School, Diocese of Gary (ranked 5th)
St. Wendel School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 6th)
Christ the King School, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (ranked 7th)
Blackhawk Christian School (ranked 10th)

Top Schools - Math:
SS. Peter and Paul School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 3rd)
St. Patrick School, Diocese of Gary (ranked 5th)
St. Wendel School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 7th)

Top Schools - ELA and Math:
SS. Peter and Paul School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 1st)
St. Wendel School, Diocese of Evansville (ranked 2nd)
St. Patrick School, Diocese of Gary (ranked 5th)
Christ the King School, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (ranked 9th)

Read the full article from the Indianapolis Star here. For performance context, the percentages shared in the article reflect students at or above proficiency. 41.2% of Indiana’s students statewide are at or above proficiency standards in English/language arts and 39.4% of students are at or above proficiency standards in math.

Congratulations to these schools!
Welcome, New Board Members!

We're happy to welcome Chris Brunson and Michelle Priar to our INPEA Board of Directors this year! Chris is the Director of Finance and Operations for the Mother Theodore Catholic Academies (MTCA)/Notre Dame Ace Academies. He joins our Board of Directors Executive Committee as treasurer this year. Michelle is the Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Evansville. We are grateful to have Chris and Michelle on our INPEA board!
Chris Brunson
INPEA Treasurer
Michelle Priar
Jurisdiction Representative - Diocese of Evansville
Update Your Contact Information! 

With the new school year comes new changes in administration. Please let us know if you have new leadership at your school so we can update our records and keep you in the loop! Please send an email to Andrea Anderson with new contact information for school leaders. It is important that we have accurate information by September when we send out dues invoices and member surveys. 
ESA Updates from the State Treasurer’s Office

The State Treasurer’s Office has created guidelines for Qualified Schools regarding which types of tuition and fees can be paid for using ESA funds. The amounts of fees and discounts are determined by a school's governing body, and the final tuition and fees policy should be included in your Qualified School's application to participate in the Indiana Education Scholarship Program. Any tuition, fee, and/or discount amount that is not included as part of our application cannot be charged to an ESA Student and paid using ESA funds. 
Professional Development: Improving Math Performance

Marian University's Center for Vibrant Schools will be hosting a virtual training on “How to Teach Mathematics to Struggling Learners on August 30 and September 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET. The presenters will be Dr. David Allsopp and Dr. Sarah van Ingen from the University of South Florida. Dr. Allsopp is a professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning's Exceptional Student Education program. Dr. van Ingen is an assistant professor of mathematics education and co-directs the innovative and nationally-recognized Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program. Watch for additional information and a registration link next week!
Upcoming Dates

August 17: Employee Retention Tax Credit Webinar with Synergi Partners
August 30: Center for Vibrant Schools Virtual Math Training
End of August: 2022-2023 Dues Invoices Will Be Sent 
September 6: Center for Vibrant Schools Virtual Math Training
September 7: Deadline to Register for INPAC Conference and Hotel
September 22-23: INPAC 
Thank You to Our Business Partners!
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Would you like to be come an INPEA Business Partner or know a business that would be a good fit? Check out our website here or contact John Elcesser at jelcesser@inpea.org for more information!
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