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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:29 AM

For more than a decade, states and districts have had to consider off-the-shelf, federally prescribed interventions for many schools in which students weren't meeting expectations. That's about to change.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 27, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:08 PM

A state House panel debated Monday whether Pennsylvania should join 14 other states in mandating that high schoolers, to get a diploma, must pass the same civics test immigrants must pass to earn U.S. citizenship.
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Source: Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 26, 2016.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:06 PM

As part of the Keystone Crossroads' continued look at education funding in Pennsylvania, multimedia journalist Jessica Kourkounis set out across the state to speak to parents about how they were feeling.
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 26, 2016.



 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:02 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend a live webinar that will address the details of the winter Keystone Exams’ precode internal snapshot, which will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS).

PDE’s Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting will host the webinar via "GoToMeeting" on Sept. 29, 2016. To register, please select the link provided below.

Note:  Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the specific system requirements and link for joining the webinar:        

Sept. 29, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3724269460697579267

Questions can be submitted in advance, but we will be taking questions at the conclusion of the webinar. Please contact Shazia Waters in PDE’s Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with any questions at ra-pas@pa.gov.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:58 AM

Every Pennsylvania certified educator is required to complete 180 credit hours of continuing professional education by the end of their respective five year compliance period in order to maintain an active certificate. The current continuing professional education compliance period for many educators will end June 30, 2017.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently sent notices to all educators who have a balance of hours to complete by June 30, 2017. As this deadline approaches PDE is reaching out to educational leaders and partners to encourage everyone to join in a united effort to get the message out to educators that they need to complete their hours as required.

As a reminder PDE currently provides free online courses for Pennsylvania-certified educators to earn Act 48 hours through the Standards Aligned System. Pennsylvania educators register for free on the site and then follow the instructions to access a wide variety of self-paced courses based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching, as well as a variety of general professional development courses anchored in the components of the Standards Aligned System.

The Division of Planning will continue to communicate reminders to educators in the coming weeks and work to assist those who may have questions or concerns. Educators may access the Act 48 Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS) to check their progress and email any questions to ra-edact48@pa.gov.

 
Friday, September 23, 2016 1:33 PM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday to tout increases in education funding and push for more.

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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 23, 2016.

 
Friday, September 23, 2016 1:32 PM

Members of Congress will have a chance Wednesday morning to hear arguments for and against the Obama administration’s proposal for how school districts spend billions of dollars meant to educate poor children, perhaps the most hotly contested education issue in Washington since Congress passed a federal education law late last year. 

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Source: Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2016.


 
Friday, September 23, 2016 1:21 PM

The concept of growth mindset — the belief that intelligence can be developed through effort — has gained considerable attention in K-12 education in recent years. To learn more about educators’ experiences and views regarding growth mindset, the Education Week Research Center developed an original survey and administered it to a national sample of more than 600 K-12 teachers in May 2016.
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Source: Education Week, Sept. 22, 2016

 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:21 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received $750,963 in federal grant funding that will go towards defraying Advanced Placement test fees for low-income students.
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Source: Beaver County Times, Sept. 21, 2016.

 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:20 AM

On average before they graduate high school, American kids sit in class without their regular teacher for what adds up to most of a school year.  But what happens if there aren't enough substitutes?  
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Source: WHYY Newsworks, Sept. 19, 2016.


 
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