Press Releases

Friday, December 12, 2014 8:22 AM

Thanks to your efforts the CRomnibus cleared the first hurdle by passing the House last night! However, the Senate still needs to pass the CRomnibus and a vote in the Senate could come as early as today (Friday).  Last night, both the House and Senate approved a two day Continuing Resolution to keep the government up and running, however that expires on Saturday so the Senate must act by then. 

Please call your Senators and share this message:

On behalf of the nation’s secondary school principals, I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. While the CRomnibus is not a perfect bill, it will provide needed investments in foundational education programs such as Title I and IDEA, and a level of fiscal stability and certainty to our nation’s students, schools, teachers and principals.

You can find your Senators’ contact information at www.senate.gov.

 

 
Friday, December 5, 2014 10:02 AM

Dear PA Principals Association Member: Do you have teachers in your building who are considering a career as a school leader? If so, Penn State Harrisburg has just revamped its Principal Certification Program with the working individual in mind. The new program combines face-to-face learning with online learning and an individual can complete the program within one year.  Please distribute this information below as you see fit to any aspiring leaders. I can attest to the quality of this program as I was involved in overseeing this program for Penn State Harrisburg before my arrival at PA Principals Association.    

Thanks,
Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director

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Principal Certification Program Revisions Mean Greater Flexibility 


The Principal Certification Program has been nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program features:

  • Greater flexibility and a condensed time frame to complete the requirements for principal certification in Pennsylvania
  • Five courses (15 credits) and an internship that  can be completed in one year via blended delivery of face-to-face and online instruction
  • Students take courses at their own pace and may enter the program at the start of any semester
  • Topics include: principles and practices of school administrators, school law, school improvement, financial management and instructional supervision
  • Faculty who hold doctoral degree and are practitioners in regional school districts
  • Successful placement of our graduates 
  • Four of the five required courses can also count toward the M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum offered at Penn State Harrisburg - http://harrisburg.psu.edu/programs/master-education-teaching-and-curriculum
  • Courses that are also appropriate for any teachers intending to fill leadership roles in their schools                      

Spring 2015 courses:
Financial Management for Schools (EDLDR 579) - January 17-February 26 + web
Principles of Instructional Supervision (EDLDR 560) - March 19-May 1 + web

For more information about the Principal Certification Program, contact Dr. Denise G. Meister at 717-948-6539 or dgm122@psu.edu

For complete program information, visit http://harrisburg.psu.edu/programs/principal-certification-program.

 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:50 PM

 Attention PA Principals Association Members: Today, I received information that revisions have been made to the Teacher rating tool - 82-1. The webinar below (click on the link) is a very good overview explaining the revisions and how to use the tool this year. As always, we will continue to monitor both the teacher and principal tools and push out information when we receive it.   --Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuGTy1m8lbI 

 

 

 
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:20 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett today announced that $2.6 million has been awarded to 123 schools through the Safe Schools Targeted Grant program. This funding will be used for training and the purchase of equipment to establish or expand programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence in public schools.

Click here for full press release. 

Source: PDE Press Release, http://www.education.state.pa.us/, Nov. 21, 2014.

 
Friday, November 21, 2014 9:35 AM

After warnings from his team about Pennsylvania’s nearly $2 billion projected shortfall, governor-elect Tom Wolf says he still plans to push to increase education funding next year, but the newly elected Democrat acknowledges the end result will depend on negotiations with the General Assembly, which even larger Republican majorities will control in January.

“The key is that we have a $29 billion budget, and with that amount of money, part of what any governor needs to do is look at priorities,” Mr. Wolf said in a telephone interview Thursday. “There’s still plenty of money to make sure that our commonwealth is spending whatever dollars it has intelligently and that we establish the right priorities.”

“Education has to be a priority,” he said. “We’re going to have to find the funds.”

Click here for the full article.

Source: Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, November 21, 2014 12:00 AM.

 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:22 PM

The schedule for the 3rd Annual iPad Summit at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU), Summerdale, Pa., on December 15, 2014, has been announced. Amazing presentations will showcase creative and innovative ways teachers are utilizing iPads in the classroom, as well as information and resources for those involved in the technical and leadership areas. There will also be poster sessions that participants can visit during the lunch break to learn about effective and efficient ways to integrate iPads.

Visit the event wikispace to view the schedule of sessions and the link for registration: http://caiuipadsummit2014.wiki.caiu.org/Home Register now. Space is limited.

 

 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:48 AM

Governor-elect Tom Wolf named the Steering Committee for his transition team. The steering committee will work with already named leadership on efforts to review state agencies, commissions, departments and functions. "As we begin to understand the complexity of the fiscal crisis my administration will face, it is important that my Transition Team move forward," said Governor-elect Tom Wolf. "Today's announcement, which rounds out my steering committee, continues that momentum, and I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead."

http://wolftransitionpa.com/sections/blog/tom-wolf-transition-steering-committee

Source: November 18, 2014 by Wolf Transition.

 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:24 AM

Pennsylvania is continuing its development of a series of online courses in iTunes U. Courses, aligned to the Pennsylvania standards, are designed as course resource collections and are available at no cost.

Pennsylvania educators are invited to join a Pennsylvania Learns iTunes U digital content team to assist in this work. The winter 2015 teams will convene to address the following subjects and grade levels:

*             English Language Arts - Grades K-5

*             Mathematics - Grades K-2; Algebra II and Geometry

*             Science - Grades 5-8

This round of course development will occur on January 21, 22 and 23, 2015, at PaTTAN Harrisburg, with two additional days scheduled for February 11 and 12, 2015. PDE will pay mileage and expenses, as appropriate, and reimburse districts up to $100/day for substitute coverage.

Go to http://www.pdesas.org/Main/News/589409 to access the application to participate in this event. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2014.

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 2:48 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and its statewide assessment vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2014-15 Winter Keystone Exams. The training sessions will be presented live at the PaTTAN sites listed below at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and broadcasted via video-conference to the other two PaTTAN locations, along with additional intermediate unit sites that choose to participate.

Click here for more information.

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 2:05 PM

After more than a year of intensive advocacy by NASSP and its partners, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced its intention to permanently increase funding for the federal E-Rate program by more than 60 percent to $3.9 billion.

As you likely know, E-Rate is the primary source of federal funding for technology infrastructure to U.S. schools and libraries. When it was first created in 1997, the E-Rate program was funded at $2.25 billion, and received only a nominal inflationary increase starting in 2010. Total funding for the program in fiscal year 2013 was $2.43 billion.

Quite simply, the funding increase translates into broadband Internet access for many more students. Funding the E-Rate program at $3.9 billion provides necessary funding to cover telecommunications services and Internet access requests, and also ensures that at least 10 million of our neediest students—particularly in rural areas—will gain access to broadband in 2015.

NASSP applauds the FCC’s and Chairman Tom Wheeler’s effort to expand educational opportunities for our nation’s students.

Principals remind us regularly that they cannot prepare students for this century without tools of this century. Modernizing E-Rate will put those tools in more students’ hands, and it will help fulfill principals’ aspirations of more personalized, student-empowered learning.

Please read more about the FCC proposal on the Principal’s Policy Blog.

 
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