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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:18 AM

Advance registration is closed as of 8 a.m. today, 10/14/15, for the PA Principals Conference at The Penn Stater (10/18-10/20). From this point, all registrations must be done on site. We hope to see you in State College!

 
Friday, October 9, 2015 1:00 PM

Lincoln Charter School in York has about 750 students and 100 staff, who have agreed to take only half their salaries while the state budget standoff continues.

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Source: ABC27.com, Oct. 8, 2015.

 
Friday, October 9, 2015 11:45 AM

The National Association of Elementary School Principal's (NAESP) premier program, the National Panel of New Principals, is up and running for the 2015-16 year and is actively recruiting panelists. 

Now entering its third year, the panel includes nearly 1,000 first and second year principals from all 50 states, who participate in 4-6 brief, topical online surveys during the school year. The time commitment is small—a total of less than one hour per year. The results are published in a Rise & Shine brief that is proving highly popular among principals, education policy makers and the media.

The panel was featured in a recent EdWeek article as a groundbreaking initiative that is helping early career principals feel more connected to the profession, gain valuable insights from peers, and know that their voices are being heard.

Becoming a panelist is easy—principals in their first or second year of practice can simply enroll at newprincipal.org. The panel is open to all new principals—NAESP members and non-members alike.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:57 AM

Thirty members of the PIAA board of directors came together Wednesday in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for a meeting. They should have arrived in bulldozers.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:56 AM

The Pennsylvania state budget impasse seems sure to drag on after the House on Wednesday rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increases and the Democratic governor refused Republican demands that he acknowledge his agenda lacks support.

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 7, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:53 AM

Eric Eshbach and Michael O'Brien deal with prepubescent temper tantrums all the time. And that actually might be easier than dealing with the fall-out from Pennsylvania's budget impasse, which turns 100 days old on Thursday.

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Source: The Patriot-News, Oct. 7, 2015.

 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:39 AM

The Pennsylvania's ESEA waiver approval was dependent upon PDE making minor modifications to the SLO templates for teachers and principals.

Specifically, PDE is required to demonstrate that Pennsylvania's teacher and principal evaluation systems differentiate among teachers and principals who make significantly different contributions to growth in student learning and that 1) "the rating systems consider prior student performance by classroom in setting targets; and (2) include safeguards to ensure that teachers are not disadvantaged based on students' prior academic performance" (Pennsylvania ESEA Waiver, 2015). The USDE defines growth as performance of students between two or more points in time.

In order to comply with this federal mandate, PDE has modified the respective templates to emphasize the need for a growth SLO (see links below). PDE recognizes that many LEAs have already had their educators develop SLOs for the 2015-2016 school year and that some of those SLOs might be mastery based and set against benchmark targets. In such cases, PDE would encourage LEAs to reconsider these mastery goals and revise the SLO to demonstrate growth.

For example:

1) What data was used to inform the mastery based SLO?

2) Was the SLO calculated to take into account students' prior academic performance? If so, reflect the baseline data in your SLO.

In the near future, PDE will conduct a statewide webinar regarding all of the ESEA waiver requirements. However, given the time sensitive nature of SLO development for the 2015-2016 school year, IUs have been asked to disseminate the revised templates to the field now.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVE (SLO) PROCESS TEMPLATE

Elective Data / SLO Template for Principals/School Leaders
Elective Data / SLO Template for Principals/School LeadersGuiding Questions

 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:46 AM

On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding.

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Source: Public News Service, Oct. 6, 2015.

 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:45 AM

An open revolt against standardized testing is spreading among some Pennsylvania school boards and administrators -- but not in at least one Chester County district.

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Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 8:40 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf is warning that steep spending cuts on education and higher borrowing costs are among the inevitable consequences if he can’t get Republican lawmakers to support higher taxes to pay for bad budgeting practices he inherited.

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Source: Associated Press, Oct. 5, 2015.

 
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