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Meet the New Executive Director

b18e703e-764a-4024-ada5-6d7bb2b21a1bMeet the new Executive Director of CIESC, Dr. Kevin Caress

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 27, 2014) – Kevin Caress, Ed.D., has been named Executive Director for the Central Indiana Education Service Center (CIESC). His appointment comes after a regional search and is effective immediately. His responsibilities include driving policy and services for more than a dozen CIESC programs.

"Kevin Caress has the energy, passion and vision to move CIESC to the next level, and we are thrilled to have this highly respected Central Indiana education leader at the helm," said CIESC Interim Executive Director Michele Moore, Ed.D. "CIESC will be in good hands. He not only understands the culture..., but he also grasps CIESC's future potential." In his role as Executive Director, Dr. Caress will oversee the organization's $9 million budget, develop new collaborations, and direct more than a dozen educational support programs that help central Indiana organizations achieve their goals.

"Service is everything. We are committed to maintaining value-added services that benefit other non-profits. I look forward to helping our members meet the challenges provided by the state and by economic conditions. Together, we will shape a vision going forward," said Dr. Caress.

Dr. Caress received his Master's degree from Purdue University in 1981, and his Ed.D. from Indiana University in 1989. He was Superintendent of Clark-Pleasant Schools from 2009-2012. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, and as CIESC Board President.
"His familiarity with this organization, his leadership style and strong commitment to education make Kevin Caress an ideal choice for CIESC," noted Board President, Dr. Robert Taylor.

Dr. Caress replaces Dr. Moore, who served as Interim Executive Director for nearly a year.

New Tips and Tricks video series

The Media Services team at CIESC has launched a new "Tips & Tricks" series on The series provides quick and easy to follow information that teachers can use in the classroom. The first set of video include Improving audio quality when recording from an iPhone or Android and Google Search Secrets. In under 3 minutes you can learn 4 tricks to vastly improve the recorded audio from your smart device, or filter results from common search engines. For more Tips & Tricks video visit  Learn how CIESC Media Services can help with your media project.


CIESC Technology Leadership Certification (TLC)

The TLC is designed for teachers, Technology Coaches, Technology Integration Specialists, Administrators, and Curriculum Specialists who want to be educational technology leaders in their districts or school.

Example Topics:
• Becoming a Connected Educator
• Technology Coaching Strategies
• Mobile learning – Apps for Education
• Educational Technology Leadership
• Web 2.0 Tools

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January 15-16, 2014
March Webinar - TBD
June 25-26, 2014 

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Health Posters


The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) provided the results of the Youth Risk Behavior survey and posted them on the attached poster size PDF’s for your printing convenience.

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Back to School Resource Fair

Join us for the “Back to School Resource Fair!”

The Indiana Department of Education and the Central Indiana Education Service Center are hosting this event for all interested teachers and administrators.

What: This open house style event will be an opportunity for educators to gather resources, ask questions, and provide feedback on Indiana’s newest education initiatives. IDOE representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about:
Teacher Evaluations A-F School Accountability Indiana’s Common Core REPA II eLearning

When:  Wednesday, October 10, 5-7 p.m. 

Click on the link to download flyer.  Resource Fair Flyer 

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