Partnerships

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​Learn more about our collaboration with the ESC of I and how it benefits WCIESC member schools
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The mission of The Educational Service Centers of Indiana (ESC of I)  is to create a collaborative environment for all of Indiana’s educational service centers to implement statewide initiatives beneficial to all Indiana’s educators and students.
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WCIESC partners with The Castle.  The Castle offers professional development opportunities to teachers and supports learning experiences in partner schools that maximize creative problem-solving, enhance the curriculum, nurture self-expression, honor varied learning styles, and encourage essential 21st Century skills.

From the beginning, The Castle was designed to support teachers in their efforts to create energizing, meaningful, authentic and productive learning spaces for their students.  We know how stressful and chaotic the last few years have been, for you and your students.  We wanted to find a way to make it a little less so.  At the suggestion of our lead teachers, who thought it could be helpful and joy-making in this bizarre time to get some fresh ideas to spice things up, we contracted three teaching artists (bios below) to develop the BOOST video series just for you. Each video is designed to be as adaptable as possible to your individual teaching needs, and include concrete strategies and moments of reflection for teachers as well as mini-lessons that can be shared directly with students.  Our hope, in making this series, is that you’ll find a few quick takeaways that you can try out in your classrooms (or virtually) to boost student morale, engagement and enthusiasm.  We send our deepest thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission/Arts Illiana for their generous funding that has made this series possible.

 

The videos series includes:

 

Arts Integration and Creative Movement (grades K-2)

Arts Integration and Creative Movement (grades 3-6)

Arts Integration and Creative Movement (grades 7-12)
 

Created by Jessica DiLorenzo, who has worked with our teacher cohort in past years.  Everyone loved her joyful energy so much that we wanted to bring it to all teachers in the region.  These videos—targeted specifically to the given grade levels—model sample activities and help teachers consider how to frame them as both stand-alone energy boosters and science curriculum enhancers.

 

Integrating Art into your Math Course

Created by Geoff Krall, this video is aimed at math teachers K-12. Lucid and dynamic, Geoff briefly describes the benefits of integrating art into math courses, then dives into several sample projects to make it all come to life.

 

Engaging Student Voice in the Classroom through Music and Arts

Created by Martin Urbach, who we discovered through a recent feature piece on NPR, this video delves into the theory of participatory learning and describes a number of strategies that can be used with students K-12 to open up spaces for student voice, particularly in these tumultuous times.  It is slightly more geared towards older students.

https://www.castlearts.org/
Creating a culture of arts integrated, project-based learning.

We all are looking for ways to run leaner and more efficiently.  Cooperative purchasing and Partnerships help you achieve that goal.  You will get more contracts to choose from and more savings. It's easy, efficient, and cost-effective purchasing at its best and part of your ESC membership!

Current vendor agreements:

  • 1st Maker Space, Inc. is bringing hands-on learning to life by designing, developing, and sustaining makerspaces that will provide meaningful learning experiences for students to create the next generation of problem solvers and makers.

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  • 6 Crickets, Community Enrichment Learning Hub at Every School

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  • Aperture Education, The easiest, fastest, most reliable, strength-based social and emotional learning system.

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  • Argument Driven Inquiry, programs include instructional materials, classroom resources, and professional learning opportunities for teachers.

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  • Beable® is the next-generation online Literacy Recovery Platform for grades 2–12. Created and ‘battle-tested’ at the height of Covid, Beable puts all students on the path to gainful employment. By cultivating the whole child, the platform creates adaptive pathways for each learner that encompass social emotional needs, career exploration, and academic rigor…with literacy at the heart.

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  • BehaviorFlip is a school-focused software that specializes in providing schools and districts with solutions for social-emotional learning, positive behavior intervention support (PBIS), restorative practices to promote growth mindset, and trauma-informed behavioral practices.

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  • BloomBoard empowers districts to honor educators and elevate their careers, by creating coordinated opportunities to support, recognize and reward educators for demonstrating effective practice through customizable “Recognition-as-a-Benefit” Programs. These programs are designed to help districts address issues related to teacher retention, recruitment, and meaningful opportunities for career/salary advancement via micro-credential-based pathways.

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  • Schools use BrainWare Learning’s cognitive assessment and cognitive training solutions to improve academic performance and close learning gaps by strengthening students’ learning capacity.

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  • BullWall’s RansomCare is the only solution that automatically stops ransomware encryption.

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  • Teachers are using Class to simplify attendance, grade assignments, talk one-on-one with students, and more – without ever leaving Zoom.

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  • Use Class Hook to Make learning more relevant with educational clips from popular TV shows and movies.

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  • Close Education, LLC specializes in online learning tools in Reading, Math, and Social-Emotional Learning, and we are proud to bring you Ascend Math adaptive personalized math instruction and News-O-Matic engaging nonfiction content through current events available in multiple languages with the ESC of I partnership.

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  • Codelicious provides full-year computer science curriculum for K-12.

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  • Community Health is the nation’s leading publisher of customized benefits engagement media (magazines, websites, mobile apps). Our mission is to help our clients contain the cost of growth in health care premiums by boosting grassroots engagement in health and wellness programs.

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  • Magical K12 Coding Education Curriculum with Disney’s Codeillusion

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  • FinalForms is a team, product, and service designed to serve K12 school districts with registration, compliance, and risk management solutions. Simply put, FinalForms is a whole lot more than just forms.

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  • Formative helps teachers unlock additional superpowers, improve student engagement and accelerate learning. Trusted by educators at 93 districts in Indiana.

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  • Iggy’s simple and safe, eco-friendly seven-second process will enhance the effectiveness of your hand hygiene program and may help to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.

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  • Platform LEARN the edtech effectiveness system to modernize learning environments and improve academic and financial ROI.

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  • Career and college readiness (CCR) platform with Major Clarity that connects career exploration to academic and postsecondary planning.

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  • Microsoft offers a complete list of products and also a brief price list (most common products) that are available to member school corporations.

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  • Modified Logic-Digitize Records and Automate Business Processes District-Wide with Laserfiche Solutions.

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  • MyVRSpot is a complete video management solution built specifically for education, providing a single online platform for creating, editing, hosting, and sharing of media with teachers, students, and the community at large.

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  • Newsela is an instructional content tool that allows teachers to find articles with appropriate reading levels for their students.

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  • Parent Square-Building Stronger Communities via Secure, Equitable Engagement

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  • Capstone is the nation’s leading educational publisher for digital solutions, children’s books, and literacy programs for school libraries and classrooms!

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  • Possip is helping build stronger schools through the power of frontline feedback.

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  • Rachel Wixey & associates Substitute Management Services – Helping you help schools

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  • Safer Schools Together (SST) has a proven record of helping schools throughout North America in Violence & Bullying Behavior Prevention and Intervention Strategies.

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  • SC Strategic Solutions makes the transition to electronic records affordable, efficient and complete through innovative document imaging software and service solutions.

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  • SI&A’s Achievement Initiative is a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) that is successfully addressing the #1 issues facing education today: declining enrollment, missing students, chronic absenteeism, the academic side effects of missing school, and positive messaging to families – all with the objective of increasing learning time for all students. 

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  • SchoolPass enhances your school’s safety and efficiency by screening vehicles coming on and off your campus, automating dismissal, eliminating front office work, and consolidating real-time schedule changes for carline, buses and after school activities.

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  • Scrible is the super app for research and writing! It’s the most advanced platform ever built to help students, teachers and librarians through the research and writing process. Students use powerful tools to scaffold and organize their work all in one place instead of juggling 3+ separate apps. Educators get real-time access to student work and progress monitoring that enables timely feedback and support. Scrible was awarded the Supes’ Choice Award for College and Career Readiness by superintendents across the country.

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  • Skillsline is the Human Skills Company. We use microlesson technology to teach the foundations of the human skills we all need to thrive in career, school, and life.

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  • StormWind provides Live and online training for IT techs, Project Managers, and End Users. We focus on real-world implementation and certifications. Learners have 12 months unlimited access to hands-on labs, certification practice tests, and 1-on-1 mentorship with our instructors.

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  • Leveraging machine learning and data analytics to revolutionize the classroom with StormWind.

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  • SysCloud creates automatic backups for critical SaaS applications, monitors for malicious files, and delivers powerful insights about your data and compliance – all from one dashboard.

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  • Terrace Metrics a group of passionate professionals whose purpose is to improve the behavioral health of individuals.

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  • Tutored by Teachers is helping districts across the country address unfinished learning by serving students with teacher-led, high dosage tutoring online. TbT’s model featuring live teachers in small groups consistently drives double digit gains in Math and ELA as recently demonstrated in Indianapolis Public Schools.

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  • Post jobs, quickly fill openings with qualified substitutes, and intuitively track employee absences with Absence & Substitute, part of a total suite of Tyler Technologies K-12 solutions.

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  • Varsity Tutors for Schools is transforming Education, Together.

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  • This student-centered software supports all ages, abilities, and pathways. Scientifically backed and designed with input from educators, Xello helps students build self-knowledge, explore college and career options, create plans, and develop the essential skills for success beyond high school.

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  • WCIESC and Zoom have partnered to provide your school district with the leading virtual conference and meeting solution available.

 The ESC of I works diligently to develop partnerships with a wide variety of organizations that support the needs of educators in our State. New Partnerships are added regularly so check our website regularly to stay up to date

FRONTLINE TECHNOLOGIES
The Center provides a discounted rate for Frontline products.  Save time reporting on absence trends -Reduce paperwork and manual data entry, Ensure there’s a qualified substitute when needed, Stay compliant with labor law. This is an internet-based program that utilizes you existing substitute pool.
Contact:
Debbi Christy

ESSA CONSORTIUM

All schools are eligible to apply for Title IIA grant funding via an application process and some of the WCIESC districts have chosen to consort a portion of their ESSA funds so that teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, and administrators are eligible to attend the ESSA supported sessions at no cost, while the non-consortium schools will pay the member registration fees for the sessions. Additionally, we will provide, at the school’s request, planning for a specific Workshop/Training for that school district. The district may pay for a portion of the actual cost of the workshop; the planning by the WCIESC will be done at no cost to the district. 

 

WCIESC serves as the facilitator/administrative unit for the regional ESSA Consortium.  This consortium focuses on the needs of the individual school corporations to demonstrate improvement in categories required by the ESSA Act. The ESSA Consortium is open to any West Central ESC member corporation; however, it is optional to join this Consortium. 

 

This year the designated ESSA Representatives will meet in the Spring to decide on specific types of workshops that the Consortium member Schools would like to have. 

 
Contact:
Rusty King


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The WCIESC strives to assure superiority in teaching, learning, and educational leadership through region-based staff development programs.  The Center provides in-service staff development trainings for all school personnel, planning and technical assistance, resource material, and a communication link with the IDOE, local school corporation staff development contacts, and state and national staff development groups.
Contact:
Rusty King

LOAN RELIEF BENEFIT TOOL

Providing student loan benefits since 2011, Fiducius enables employers to achieve recruiting, retention and productivity goals, while empowering employees to achieve financial wellness. Our proprietary student loan financial planning approach combines expert Advisors and advanced technology to deliver a complete range of voluntary and sponsored solutions, including loan restructuring, contribution and disability insurance. WCIESC membership provides discounts for services.  Contact:  Debbi Christy

 

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