Administrator Academies

A series of one-day professional development opportunities (with professional growth points available) offered in several locations throughout Indiana that focus on building awareness, understanding, and the skills needed to be an innovative 21st century leader in today’s schools and districts. A typical agenda includes introductions, a keynote, lunch, professional learning planning and goals work session, and digital tool swap. Our most recent series, “Facilitating Change in K-12 Districts,” explored best practices for planning and evaluating professional learning experiences (Guskey, SAMR), tips and strategies for leading with clarity, methods for setting clear goals and managing complex change, bringing the right people to the table (aligning resources - not just money, but people), and tools for improving workflow. To view all available events click here.

 

eLearning Online Courses

Indiana educators are invited to take advantage of outstanding, free professional learning through Five-Star Academy’s facilitated online courses. As part of our eLearning Strategic Partnership, each Indiana school district in the state is entitled to four (4) FREE seats in our online courses. Participants receive 40 Professional Growth Points (PGPs) upon the completion of each course. To view all available courses click here.  

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K-12 ZONE - EDUBLOGS

Actually, This IS my First Rodeo
My  lifelong dream was realized at the end of June when I became a “horse person.” Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by the ...
November 17, 2014
Walled Gardening
One of the primary duties of tech department workers in an education environment is to protect students and staff from the various dark alleys, ...
November 10, 2014
Best of Blogs: The
Originally posted November 25, 2013 If you must work with data for state submission then the title to this article might make you think the author ...
November 03, 2014
Flipped Lesson, a video blog
October 27, 2014
10 reasons why I love teaching ...
When I found out a year and a half ago that my district was officially adopting Google Apps for Education, it was almost like Christmas for me.I had ...
October 20, 2014
How People Work Series - ...
There are so many software tools and apps out there how do you find ones that actually works?  Here are a few tools that I use on a daily ...
October 13, 2014
Slow Learning
Let's face it, every day information technology is changing. Not for worse, usually for better, but always with the perception of SLOW. I remember a ...
October 06, 2014
Planning My First Educator ...
Planning My First Educator Conference Debbie Waltz The planning of my first educator conference, it was quite an experience.  First it was all ...
September 29, 2014
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    Working with Five-Star provides us with dedicated professional partners that truly understand the expectations and challenges of today’s schools. Five-Star works with us to provide quality resources, leadership, and professional development opportunities for all our Indiana school districts. Our strategic partnership with Five-Star is a perfect example of collaborative teamwork that truly bene¬fits our schools and ultimately Hoosier students.
    Candice Dodson | Director of eLearning
    Candice Dodson | Director of eLearning
    Indiana Department of Education • Indianapolis, IN
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    Five-Star Pivot provides a simple, efficient, and effective platform for teachers and administrators to do the work necessary to provide students with high quality learning experiences.
    Colin Ripmaster | Associate Executive Director
    Colin Ripmaster | Associate Executive Director
    Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals • Lansing, MI
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    Five-Star has been instrumental in helping us develop our technology plan. Five-Star worked with us to develop an affordable plan for ongoing service along with our hardware and software needs. Their technical experts are also very responsive. Five-Star is truly a great business partner.
    Susan Miller | Business Manager
    Susan Miller | Business Manager
    Rock Creek Community Academy • Sellersburg, IN
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    Continuous improvement is at the heart of their offerings which helps drive our staff and students forward for maximum achievement in the classroom. The staff at Five-Star are true K-12 experts who understand our unique and challenging needs as a school district. Partnering with Five-Star provides peace of mind because of their high level of commitment, expertise, and flexibility.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Crothersville Community Schools • Crothersville, IN
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    As a "progressive" school district we have appreciated the give and take relationship of Five-Star Technology Solutions.  Five-Star has met our specific needs and requests relating to all services and the implementation of our staff evaluation tool, the accessibility of student data, and professional development.  Five-Star has never told us "we cannot do that."
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Dan Scherry | Superintendent
    North Spencer County Schools • Spencer, IN
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    I just want to express how happy we have been at South Ripley with our Five-Star relationship.  Our technology environment is in much better shape than when you first started working with our district.  All of the Five-Star personnel are excellent representatives and are first-class professionals.  Just wanted to provide you with some feedback from the superintendent's perspective.  Thank you!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Rob Moorhead | Superintendent
    South Ripley Community Schools • Versailles, IN
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    Five-Star Technology Solutions provides our school district exceptional service and support for a fixed cost. In the past we had variable and unpredictable expenses related to our technology initiatives. Five-Star Technology Solutions provides peace of mind knowing they are technology experts and have years of K-12 education experience.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Sal Costanzo | Technology Director
    New Albany Floyd County Schools • New Albany, IN
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    We have been very impressed with Five Star Technology Solution's ability to make recommendations, implement those ideas, and support our network at Southeast Dubois County Schools.  Their professionalism is second to none.  Our questions are always answered in a timely manner and their attention to detail makes them stand out above all others.  We highly recommend them to other school districts.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Richard Allen | Superintendent
    Southeast Dubois County Schools • Ferdinand, IN
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    In a short period of time we have found Five-Star Technology Solutions to be very knowledgeable in assisting us with our school technology.  Their K-12 experts are to be commended for their promptness, professional attitude, and appearance. Five-Star Technology Solutions has already implemented, quickly and successfully, technology solutions that will save our school district time and money for years to come.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Technology Staff
    North Harrison Community Schools • Ramsey, IN
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    We could not be more pleased with having Five-Star as a partner in our success. Having a qualified K-12 team to rely on is such a blessing as technology becomes a bigger and bigger part of what we do each day. With Five-Star beside us we have been able to keep up with many of the demands and changes taking place in education. Five-Star's help has allowed us to keep up with technology demands to stay competitive and provide an environment where students can thrive and receive a high quality education.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Karen Haas | Principal
    St. Paul Catholic School • Sellersburg, IN
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    I have been extremely impressed with the entire Five-Star Team at Madison-Grant United Schools! It is difficult for me to find the words to express my deep gratitude for each member of the team. To say that our staff and students are blessed to have the Five-Star team working with them is an understatement to say the least.  I literally could not do this without you!  I am excited about our future at Madison-Grant, and Five-Star is a partner that is truly valued. The Five-Star staff is to be commended for all of their hard work and dedication!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    John Trout | Superintendent
    Madison-Grant United Schools • Fairmount, IN
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    We had two years left with our previous technology support provider and had a failure last school year.  We terminated the old contract and immediately began working with Five-Star.  They immediately improved our network and I feel really good about our new support agreement having already witnessed a substantial improvement in our technology infrastructure.  They are fantastic!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Brett Garrett | Superintendent
    Eastbrook Community Schools • Marion, IN
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    I highly recommend Five-Star!  When I arrived last year we were constantly hearing how bad technology was in the district.  Since bringing in Five-Star our technology is fully operational.  We have saved money while improving the quality of our technology.  Their team is experienced, talented, and work extremely hard - I could never find or hire their level of talent.
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Tim Smith | Superintendent
    Elwood Community Schools • Elwood, IN
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    Our district is very pleased with Five-Star!  If I ever land at another district I would be looking for a way to partner with them again.  They are top notch, fully understand K-12, and give no excuses.  The whole Five-Star team is top notch!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Jim Diagostino | Superintendent
    Mill Creek Community Schools • Clayton, IN
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    Prior to my arrival the district had already partnered with Five-Star.  After working with their team I wish we would have had them at my former school district.  They have saved us signficant money and improved our overall network.  I would have no hesitation hiring them again, I just cannot say enough good things about them!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Daniel Noel | Superintendent
    North Putnam Schools • Bainbridge, IN
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    I am a really big supporter of Five-Star, all schools in our county utilize their services.  Their staff is comprehensive so we never need to bring in any outside resources, plus they are extremely knowledgeable.  We have saved a lot of money and our technology has improved signficantly.  Having Five-Star takes so much of a burden off of me so I can focus on my budget and our district!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Bruce Bernhardt | Superintendent
    South Putnam Community Schools • Greencastle, IN
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    I have been extremely pleased with Five-Star!  They take care of all our technology support and we have no issues.  Their staff is extremely high quality.  I would hire them again if given the choice.  We have saved money by making this change and improved the quality of our technology.  We are starting our first eLearning days this year for school cancellations and that would not be possible without the help of 5-Star!
    Dr. Terry Goodin | Superintendent
    Tim Resler | Technology Director
    Beech Grove City Schools • Beech Grove, IN

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