Archive for November, 2010

A Special Place To Share

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Diana Hadley

The loss of my dad on Nov. 12 encourages me to reflect on the personal lives all of us lead as we try to keep our professional lives in some kind of order.

The varied ages of the members of IHSPA represent the entire life cycle. As younger advisers are planning their own weddings or celebrating the births of their children, others are attending soccer games, planning graduations and weddings for their children, or caring for relatives who are battling health problems.

Most of us would say, “Family comes first,” but our reality is the effort good teachers make to meet their school responsibilities even when family issues are profound. Teachers are lucky to have personal/sick days, but many have sat in an emergency room and made lesson plans for a substitute teacher as they waited for a diagnosis.

That brings us back to the purpose of this organization: to support each other with both routine professional issues and the more personal ones. I have appreciated the many gestures of support from members over the last couple of weeks, and I hope every member knows that IHSPA is a place to share good news and bad with colleagues who care.

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Media Literacy Workshop Set For Nov. 18

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Diana Hadley

It was great to host almost 400 students and advisers representing 32 schools at this year’s IHSPA convention. We continue to welcome feedback about the convention and other IHSPA events throughout the year.

Our next big idea project is a workshop at Southport High School, Thursday, November 18. Workshop leaders will highlight the Common Core State Standards and help teachers incorporate media literacy into composition and literature classes.

We are relying on IHSPA members to help us find the special English teachers who might be interested in this free workshop also sponsored by the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University and the Indiana Department of Education.

(If this workshop is successful, others will be planned in other regions of the state.)

Teachers who participate can earn Professional Growth Points from the Department of Education for the workshop and subsequent individual projects.

For more information check out the flyer below or download it from the IHSPA web site at the link below:


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