May 2019 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on May 30, 2019

How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips from Daniel Pink

Author Daniel Pink

Best-selling author Daniel Pink breaks down how schools can improve the use of time during a keynote address at Education Week’s 2019 Leaders to Learn From event.    —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Scheduling for educators is a difficult aspect of the profession. Author Daniel Pink, who has written When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, describes it as a “science” and has four tips for educators looking to schedule more effectively. First, move tasks requiring extensive analysis to the beginning of the day, unless you’re dealing with high school students. Next, research shows that recess has many benefits for student education and it shouldn’t be removed. Third, starting high school classes later is better for learning from teens in need of more sleep. Lastly, working singing or rhythmic activities into the day provides a great way for children to bond and become more inclusive.

Teacher pay: Find the average salary in every Indiana school district

A report by IndyStar has recorded the average salaries of every Indiana school district. The highest average salary in Indiana can be found in the Hamilton Southeastern district at $64,983, and the lowest is in the Medora district at $37,221. Browse the data, and see where your district ranks among area type, minimum salary, average salary and maximum salary.

Thousands of Indiana Teachers, Startled by New License-Renewal Rule, Rush to Beat July 1 Deadline

New professional license-renewal requirements for all teachers that quietly advanced through the Indiana General Assembly this year will require any teacher who starts the process after July 1 to log 15 hours of professional development related specifically to their community’s workforce needs before they can renew their teaching license. This licensure change applies to all teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Newly Required Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Points

After July 1, 2019, educators will be required to earn 15 Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points through an externship, professional development promoting career navigation, or professional development relating to current and future economic needs. The Indiana Department of Education has issued a FAQ document regarding the purpose of this new requirement, which can be read and distributed to fellow educators. For additional information, please email

North Putnam Superintendent Nicole Singer Supports Riley Children’s Foundation

Nicole Singer, Ph.D., a 22-year veteran of the educational system and current Superintendent of the North Putnam School Corporation, has decided to include Riley Children’s Foundation as a life insurance beneficiary on her policy. She was inspired by having many Riley kids as students over the years, and seeing firsthand the good the organization has done. To add Riley as a beneficiary to your own legacy, visit

North Putnam Superintendent Nicole Singer