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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:09 PM

Join GrapeSEED for a webinar to discuss Oakland University’s independent research into the effectiveness of oral language acquisition for early reading fluency and what it means for early childhood educators worldwide.

These longitudinal studies were conducted at multiple schools and in diverse populations of children from preschool to Grade 2. We will review the testing measurements used but quickly drill down into understanding the impact on various student subgroups and on their literacy skills.

Presenter: Deonna Montei, Literacy Consultant

Deonna has served as a Teacher, an Administrator, a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, a Regional Literacy Training Center Director, and a Literacy Consultant for more than 30 of Michigan’s public and private school districts in rural, urban and suburban areas and in the inner city, as well as in public, private and charter schools. It has given her a first-hand perspective on what really makes a difference when it comes to language.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:26 AM

On Wednesday, March 23, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET), NASSP will begin its three-part webinar series on the new Every Student Succeeds Act, also known as ESSA. This historic law, which was passed in December 2015, ends most of the punitive provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and shifts responsibility to the states for all decisions related to adoption and implementation of challenging academic standards. This could include Common Core State Standards, the development of accountability systems for schools and educators, and evaluations and support systems for teachers and principals.

 

These webinars will help educators understand how ESSA differs from current law, and what they can do as advocates at the state level to ensure they are part of the policy development process.

The first webinar in this series will highlight the major Title I provisions of ESSA and discuss the responsibility of states to adopt challenging academic standards and assessments, establish accountability goals for all student subgroups and schools on a wide range of performance indicators, and implement locally designed school improvement strategies for schools that are struggling.

Presenters:

Amanda Karhuse is the director of advocacy at NASSP. She coordinates all federal policy and advocacy efforts for NASSP, which include lobbying congressional staff, monitoring legislation affecting middle level and high school leaders, and participating in coalition-building activities with other national education organizations.

 

David Chodak is the associate director of advocacy at NASSP. He is responsible for developing NASSP’s grassroots advocacy agenda, representing NASSP before Congress and the U.S. Department of Education, and integrating student leaders into NASSP’s advocacy initiatives.

 

Richard M. Long is the executive director at Learning First Alliance (LFA) and has spent the past four decades working in education policy. Under Long’s leadership, LFA will focus on the implementation of ESSA while continuing work on college and career ready standards through LFA’s “Get It Right” campaign.

 

Fees:
This webinar is sponsored by the Learning First Alliance and is free for both NASSP members and nonmembers.

Registration:

Click here to register.

 

Save the Dates for Part 2 and Part 3 - 

Part 2: ESSA Title II Provisions
Wednesday, April 27 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)
Learn about the allowable uses of funding at the state and local levels, including the Title II grants to help states and districts prepare, train, and recruit high-quality school leaders.

Part 3: ESSA Title IV Provisions
Thursday, May 12 | 3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will discuss the requirement that states work with districts to provide effective student transitions to middle school and high school, as well as provisions to support literacy programs, digital learning, and personalization in schools.

 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:24 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday he has agreed, at state Democratic legislative leaders' request, not to veto the state budget closure package on his desk "today."
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Source: Pennlive.com, March 21, 2016.

 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:13 AM

Luzerne County schools aren’t standing alone against Gov. Tom Wolf in a budget battle that threatens their closure because of a funding crunch.
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Source: Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, March 22, 2016.

 
Monday, March 21, 2016 9:31 AM

Join the Pennsylvania Principals Association at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at The Capitol in Harrisburg, PA, for its second annual Principals' Lobby Day. To register, contact Dr. Joseph Clapper at clapper@paprincipals.org by Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If you need assistance, we will provide information about how to contact your legislators to schedule meetings.

Click here for the informational flyer, which includes important issues to discuss with your legislators.

 

 

 
Monday, March 21, 2016 9:19 AM

A funny thing has happened on the way to Pennsylvania's next budget veto. Thirteen House Democrats cast their votes Wednesday with Republicans for a $30 billion spending plan designed to serve as a three-month truce in the state's unending budget wars.
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Source: PennLive.com, March 20, 2016.


 
Monday, March 21, 2016 9:19 AM

Pennsylvania's budget crisis now has a vise grip on the East Allegheny SD. School superintendent Donald MacFann says the district has no money to pay teachers.

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Source: WTAE, March 18, 2016.

 
Monday, March 21, 2016 9:16 AM

Carlisle Area School Board (Cumberland Co.) took a stand Thursday by agreeing to send a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf urging him to sign into law new legislation that could end the state budget stalemate.
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Source: The Carlisle Sentinel, March 17, 2016.


 
Friday, March 18, 2016 9:28 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Pittsburgh Brashear High School to spotlight its career and technical education programs Thursday, but also to warn of continuing danger to state education funding in the ongoing budget battle between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled state legislature.
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Source: WTAE, March 16, 2016.


 
Friday, March 18, 2016 9:24 AM

Local school districts on the brink of a financial collapse faced yet another roadblock on Wednesday in their efforts to secure months-overdue state funding.

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Source: Bradford Era, March 17, 2016.

 
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