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Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:05 AM

New Year's resolutions don't have to be about joining a gym or eating healthier. Try out these 7 strategies to help you build better relationships with your students in 2019.

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Source: NAESP Communicator, December 2018, Volume 42, Issue 4. 

 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:19 AM

This morning, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report for improving school safety. The commission was launched by the Trump administration shortly after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.

The 180-page report is divided into three sections: prevention, protect and mitigate, and respond and recover.   

Whether explicit or not, communication is essential in many of the recommendations found at the end of each chapter. Chapter six (page 59) details the effects of press coverage of mass shootings. In these recommendations, it notes that “…school leaders play a critical role in developing any crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plan. They should include a media plan as well.”

Many of the initial news stories are focusing on the commission’s recommendation to roll back the Obama administration’s policies that “were adopted after strong evidence emerged that minority students were receiving more suspensions and tougher punishments than white students for the same or lesser offenses (The New York Times).”

Source: NSPRA, Dec. 19, 2018.

 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:32 AM

In an era when education funding is limited and the gap between well-resourced districts and their less fortunate neighbors widens, sharing emerges as one of the few options for opening up high-quality academic and extracurricular programs to all students.
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Source: Public Source, Dec. 17, 2018.

 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:55 AM

The purpose of this PENN*LINK is to inform local educational agencies (LEAs) that certain special education forms on the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) website have been revised.

The revisions to the special education forms are a result of a change in terminology replacing mental retardation with intellectual disability in both 22 PA Code Chapter 14 and 22 PA Code Chapter 711.  The revisions to the special education forms also bring Pennsylvania School Code into alignment with federal regulations and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

The revised special education forms are effective immediately and include:

Non-Annotated forms

     *  Procedural Safeguards Notice

     *  Procedural Safeguards Letter

     *  Evaluation Report

     *  Reevaluation Report

     *  Individualized Education Program

Annotated forms

     *  Agreement to Waive Reevaluation

     *  Permission to Reevaluate -- Reevaluation Request Form 

     *  Evaluation Report

     *  Reevaluation Report 

     *  Individualized Education Program

The revised special education forms can be found on the PaTTAN website at www.pattan.net.  The Special Education Forms tab is located on the top of the home page for easy access to the revised forms.  LEAs are advised to use the July 1, 2018 special education forms.

If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact John Gombocz at 717.772.3745 or jgombocz@pa.gov.

 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:02 AM

A three-year pilot program testing Flexible Instructional Days at 12 Pennsylvania school districts expired at the end of the 2017-18 school year. But that does not mean an end to the idea or even to the implementation of the program.
York Daily Record, Dec. 18, 2018
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:02 AM

Over 14 million students attend public schools that have at least one police officer, but no counselor, psychologist, or nurse. 

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Monday, December 17, 2018 9:00 AM

A Penn State study of broadband access across the state, due out in January, will likely demonstrate that federal data about availability of high-speed internet is misleading, the director of the study said Thursday.
New Castle News, Dec. 15, 2018
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Friday, December 14, 2018 9:32 AM

Pennsylvania released a list of 289 struggling schools Thursday that will have to develop “improvement plans” with the direction of state advisors.
WHYY, Dec. 13, 2018
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Friday, December 14, 2018 9:31 AM

Executive Deputy Secretary David Volkman from the Pennsylvania Department of Education sat in on a roundtable discussion at Chambersburg Middle School South. According to Volkman, there is a requirement in which students should be exposed to opioid education. 
LocalDMV.com, Dec. 13, 2018
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Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:18 AM

The past year has seen 93 gun-related incidents in K-12 schools across the United States, the highest number since recording began in 1970 and more than double the number of shootings in 2017.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 12, 2018
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