Press Releases

Friday, January 18, 2019 9:59 AM

In June 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf signed school safety legislation as part of a response spurred by the February 2018 horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. Act 44 mandates the establishment and use of the "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS) Anonymous Reporting System by every Pennsylvania school entity by January 14, 2019

Additional information is available at the Safe 2 Say Something Resource PortalClick on this link to visit the portal and bookmark it for future reference. This link includes information on:

  • NEW updated training manual and videos
  • Quick "How To" videos and cheat sheets
  • Critical Steps to launch S2SS
  • Parent/Caretaker brochure/guide, template letter, and presentation
  • Educator/administrator program overview and template letter
  • Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
Friday, January 18, 2019 9:58 AM

Statewide, more than 15% of polling places appear to be in schools, according to a rough estimate by the Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees elections. It’s unclear how many districts hold in-service days to avoid co-mingling students and voters.
Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 17, 2019
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Friday, January 18, 2019 9:56 AM

Building on his commitment to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, Governor Tom Wolf on Jan. 17 announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth.
Bucks Local News, Jan. 17, 2019
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Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:59 AM

As the nation continues to deal with the longest partial federal government shutdown in history, most school leaders aren't very concerned about how school operations will be affected this year since the U.S. Department of Education is funded during the shutdown.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 9:02 AM

The program which started Monday was created by the attorney generals' office to help prevent and report dangerous situations in and out of classrooms. Anyone can make an anonymous tip online, by phone, or through the Safe 2 Say Something app. Those tips are then sent to the Pennsylvania attorney general's crisis center for review.
WNEP Channel 16, Jan. 16, 2019
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Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:54 AM

The Pennsylvania Principals Association is requesting small group session proposals for its LEAD19 State Conference, Oct. 13-14 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. 

The sessions must focus on one of the following four conference strands:

  • Strategic/Cultural Leadership 
  • Systems Leadership
  • Leadership for Learning
  • Professional and Community Leadership

Click here to complete and/or print the LEAD19 PA Principals Association ConferenceCall for Presenters Form (for small group sessions).

Please Note: The form is a Word document.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:30 AM

   Margaret S. (Peg) Foster, principal, academic affairs, in the Crestwood School District, has been appointed by President Michael Allison to serve as the chairperson of the 2019 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee to oversee the 2019 election. Her committee consists of the following members: Curtis Dimmick, principal in the Northampton Area School District; Jacqueline Clark-Havrilla, principal in the Spring-Ford School District; and Joseph Hanni, vice principal in the Scranton School District.
   If you are interested in running for one of the open board positions (shown below) in the 2019 election, please contact Stephanie Kinner at kinner@paprincipals.org or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the state office by Friday, February 22, 2019.

Statewide Office:

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(Applicants Must Be an Elementary Member)


Click Here for the Duties and Responsibilities of the President-Elect.

Regional Representative Positions:

Region        Level                Current BOD Member     Counties Represented

East II       Elementary      Philip L. Giaquinto          Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, (part of) Pike, Schuylkill                   

East III      Secondary       Jonathan Bauer             Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia

Central I    Elementary     James E. Orichosky         Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga                

Central III  Secondary      Dr. Maureen D. Letcher   Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Somerset

West III      Elementary     Dr. Heather L. Bigney      Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland

West III      Secondary      Dr. Zeb Jansante            Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland

Click here for the Duties and Responsibilities of the Regional Representative.

 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:28 AM

Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you're likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they're fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained.
Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2019
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:27 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, today and throughout this year, will explore the data tying childhood deprivation to a host of other problems, and delve into a dozen communities in which half of the kids live in poverty. Reporters and photographers will visit with families doing their best in difficult surroundings, explore the causes and effects, and search for solutions.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Jan. 14, 2019
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:07 AM

On Monday, schools across the commonwealth implemented a new anonymous tip line through a partnership between the Pennsylvania attorney general's office and Sandy Hook Promise.
WJAC Channel 6, Jan. 14, 2019
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