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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:25 PM

The PA Principals Association and PASA (in partnership with PDE) hosted a free webinar yesterday, "ESSA School Improvement Requirements: Targeted Support and Improvement." The webinar explained how Targeted School Improvement (TSI) as a part of ESSA may affect your school this coming school year. The different components of both TSI and CSI were discussed. Presenters included Paul Healey, Ph.D., PA Principals Association Executive Director; Matthew Stem, Sherri Smith and Adam Schott, PDE; and Connie Kindler, PASA.

Please click on this link to view the video: http://files.pasa-net.org/ESSA8-7-18.mp4

 
Friday, October 19, 2018 12:23 PM

It’s no secret that American workplaces are becoming more reliant on technology.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 12:19 PM

Educational technology, or “ed tech,” provides teachers with a way to enhance student learning through tech-based tools like apps, software and videos that instill and foster critical thinking and creativity. It might include students playing a computer game to learn how a bill becomes a law or a lesson on how to write a persuasive letter to their legislator.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:28 AM

The Pennsylvania Principals Association joined PASA and PASBO in this webinar on the mandated Act 44 Safety and Security Survey to be completed by all school entities by November 30, 2018.

Please click here for the webinar.

 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:27 AM

State lawmakers this week passed legislation that would push back Keystone graduation requirements until 2022 and allow seniors to demonstrate mastery in other ways, such as gaining acceptance to a four-year college, securing full-time employment post-graduation, completing an internship, or earning a to-be-determined score on the SAT.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 16, 2018
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:13 AM

The PA Department of Education's (PDE) SAS Institute, Future Ready PA:  Transforming Student Pathways, will be held December 9 – 12, 2018, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.  This year’s Institute will feature multiple keynote presenters:

  • Tony Wagner, in his book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, makes a compelling case for how our education system has to change if we are to create the innovators we need to face tomorrow's challenges.
  • Gary Schoeniger is co-author of Who Owns The Ice House: Eight Life Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur and is recognized internationally as a thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education.
  • Sunanna Chand, Innovation accelerator, Pittsburgh explorer, and director of the Remake Learning Council, will share the Council’s work in sparking creativity in kids, activating them to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for navigating lifelong learning, the workforce, and citizenship.
  • Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development with Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, will address Pennsylvania workforce needs and how increasing partnerships can build a system of competitiveness and innovation.

 Note: Registration for this event opened on October 8, 2018. Go to http://www.iu5.org/ to view a draft agenda and access the registration form.

December 9, 2018

Onsite registration opens at 3:00 p.m.; guaranteed check-in is 4:00 p.m.

A 40-hour Act 45 program, Reimagining Schools for Today and Tomorrow,  begins on December 9, 2018, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

December 10 - 12, 2018

Breakout sessions will feature multiple initiatives: 21st Century Employability Skills, Pathway Models, Teacher in the Workplace, Entrepreneurship and Partnerships, Regional Partnerships, and Engaging the Whole Community.

Additional Information

Location:

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.

Registration Fees:

$100 – SAS Institute Registration – Full Conference

Registrants are responsible for lodging accommodations; the SAS daily rate for single person is $150/night. Reservations may be made at https://book.passkey.com/go/SAS2018PADepartmentOfEducation

Act 45 Program (in addition to the SAS Institute registration fee)

$150 – Act 45 Program (requires Sunday afternoon attendance). Act 45 hours are awarded upon successful completion of the program. 

There are no attendance quotas or restrictions.

Questions: Email sasevents@iu5.org.  

 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:31 AM

The state Senate unanimously voted on Monday to approve changes made to Senate Bill 1095 by the state House of Representatives late last month. The legislation seeks to offer students who do not score proficient on Keystone Exams alternative pathways to demonstrate their readiness to graduate from high school.

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Source: Capitolwire, Oct. 16, 2018.


 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:49 AM

In accordance with Act 44’s requirement for a school safety and security survey of school entities, the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)—the entity charged with implementing much of Act 44—is poised to send out the survey to school entities today, Monday, October 15.

To provide you and your school entity with an overview of the survey and the related Act 44 requirements, and to answer your basic questions, join PASBO, PASA and the PA Principals Association for a very brief free web forum on Tuesday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. We’ll spend just 15-20 minutes reviewing the survey and your obligations under Act 44.  To join the free web forum, please register using the link below. 

WEB FORUM: School Safety and Security Survey: A Quick Review of the Survey and Timeline

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6384346546581131267

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:42 AM

School psychologists across Pennsylvania are providing a wide variety of services to students every day. Working alongside teachers, administrators, school nurses, school counselors, social workers, and others, they meet academic, mental health, and behavioral needs of students and others in the school community.
Central Penn Parent, Oct. 15, 2018
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:20 AM

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his intention to sign Senate Bill 1095, which reduces the reliance on high stakes testing as a graduation requirement and provides alternatives for high school students to demonstrate readiness for postsecondary success.

 

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