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Monday, May 11, 2015 3:22 PM

A Senate vote this week on a bill to eliminate guaranteed pension benefits for state and school employees sets the stage for budget negotiations between Republicans controlling the legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat.
Click here to read article.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 11, 2015; PSBA Daily EDition, May 11, 2015.

 

 
Monday, May 11, 2015 2:14 PM

When it comes to offering high-quality pre-k, Pennsylvania still isn't making progress, according to a new report out today from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

NIEER's latest State of Preschool report finds that, among states offering publicly funded pre-k programs:

  • Pennsylvania has dropped to 15th in the nation (down from 14th last year) in pre-k access for 3-year olds. Five years ago, we ranked 11th nationally.
  • Pennsylvania remains stuck at 30th in the nation in pre-k access for 4-year olds - the same ranking we held last year. Five years ago we ranked 24th nationally.

The good news is that we know how to turn this around - and you can help.

The governor has proposed increasing state funding for high-quality pre-k by $120 million in the coming fiscal year so that about 14,000 more Pennsylvania 3- and 4-year olds can benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. This investment would increase access to publicly funded, high-quality pre-k from about 1 in 6 of our 3- and 4-year olds to about 1 in 4. It's a big step in a much longer journey to make high-quality pre-k available to every family that wants it for their child.

Here's how you can help: Tuesday, May 12 is Early Childhood Action Day at the state Capitol. Join us in Harrisburg to let state lawmakers know we need to invest more in high-quality pre-k. Can't make it? You can still lend your voice by taking part in Virtual Action Day tomorrow.

You can also join the Pre-K for PA campaign's Capitol Caravan and make a trip to the Capitol at your convenience to talk to your lawmakers.

With your help, more Pennsylvania children can benefit from high-quality pre-k and the lifelong advantages it offers.

 
Monday, May 11, 2015 1:37 PM

On Thursday, May 14, PA Principals Association will be participating in a statewide “Call to Action for Public Education Day.” Join thousands of parents, students, teachers and community members from across the state to SPEAK UP in support of our public schools.

The message is simple:  Harrisburg’s top priority this year must be enacting a new system that provides sufficient funding for public schools so every child has an opportunity to learn. In addition, state funding MUST be driven out to districts using a formula that is based on the real costs of delivering services to students.

This Thursday do three things in five minutes to make a difference:

  1. Call your state Senator.
  2. Call your state Representative.
  3. Call Gov. Wolf’s office at (717) 787-2500 and encourage him to hold strong on his support for fair funding for public schools.

(Talking points and instructions on how to find your legislator are available at fairfundingpa.org.) 

We know that just 10 calls to one legislator in one day is extremely effective. Please take five minutes on Thursday to help ensure a bright future for Pennsylvania!

 
Friday, May 8, 2015 8:38 AM

Next Thursday, May 14, PA Principals Association will be participating in a statewide "Call to Action for Public Education Day!”

The message is simple:  Harrisburg’s top priority this year must be enacting a new system that provides sufficient funding for public schools so every child has an opportunity to learn. In addition, state funding MUST be driven out to districts using a formula that is based on the real costs of delivering services to students.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 14 – Save the date!

WHAT:  Call to Action for Public Education – Support fair and adequate funding for PA’s schools!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  See the flyer for instructions. You can also refer to the Campaign for Fair Education Funding handout.

It is incredibly important for legislators to hear that people are paying attention and that we are spreading the word about what is happening to our schools! 

Please find attached a flyer that you with instructions on how to find your legislators and key points about what we need legislators to support in this year’s budget. 

Thank you for your participation.  Let’s make our voices heard on May 14!

Click here for instructions on how to participate.

Click here for The Campaign for Fair Education Funding handout.

 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 8:27 AM

Principal Certification Program -- A program offering of Penn State Harrisburg's School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. 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.

For complete program information, visit:

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/teacher-education/principal-certification-program

For registration procedures, see: http://harrisburg.psu.edu/academics/registration-instructions

For additional Summer 2015 courses for teachers, refer to: http://harrisburg.psu.edu/summer/educators/courses

 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:54 AM

PA Principals Association Executive Director, Dr. Paul Healey (right), and PA Principals Association Assistant Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Clapper (left), met today with Acting Secretary of Education Rivera.

 

 

 

secretary rivera

 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:18 AM

PA Principals Association Members: We have been advocating on your behalf on current issues over at Harrisburg and thought we would share the PA Principals Association positions on these issues. Please feel free to use these talking points as you discuss the issues within your community and with local legislators. As always, please let me know if you need additional information.  

 Talking Points on Current Issues.  

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

 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:29 AM

PA Principals Association has announced its Aspiring Principals Workshop schedule for May 2015 - Previewing the Principalship (May 8) and Getting the Job-Done Right! (May 9) to be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square. The workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided. The cost for each workshop is $175, but are now being offered for $150, provided to you at a discounted rate through a grant from The Horace Mann Companies.

Workshop Schedule

- Friday, May 8 - Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square   

Previewing the Principalship-- A hands-on workshop designed to familiarize participants with the daily functions of the principalship.  

- Saturday, May 9 - Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square   

Getting the Job-Done Right! -- A workshop designed as a follow-up to Previewing the Principalship. Activities include: resume writing, creating your professional portfolio and enhancing your interview skills. 

Click here for the Registration Form.  

(Note: The form is writeable, but you must open the file in a different viewer at the top of your screen. Then, click on Open With to access the writeable file.

 Click here for the Session Descriptions.

 Click here for the 2015 Workshop Flyer.

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP

 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 2:08 PM

State Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) will join the next monthly Twitter chat with Pennsylvania’s major educationleadership organizations on Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

Topics will include, but not be limited to: PlanCon, Property Tax, Governor Wolf’s budget proposal and of course the need for a fair, predictable basic education funtwitter chat april 28ding formula.

Use hashtag #FairFundingPA to participate and follow the conversation.

On the last Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m., the following organizations go to Twitter to discuss timely topics, ask questions and listen to the public’s responses:

  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA);
  • The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA);
  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO);
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association)   
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS)

Join the conversation. Share your ideas, lurk, learn and let us know what you think about the state’s support for public schools. It’s a simple, free and fast-paced way to communicate and share information. If you’ve never tweeted before, here are directions and a few tips:

How to Get Started

Log-on to www.twitter.com, sign-up, create your profile, find people and organizations you are interested in following and start tweeting out messages in 140 characters or less. Be sure to follow our Twitter chat participants:

  • @PASASupts          – Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
  • @PSBA                  – Pennsylvania School Boards Association
  • @PASBO_org        – Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • @PA Principals Association               -- Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals/Assistant Principals
  • @PARSS2go           – Pennsylvania Association of Rural and School Schools

What is a Twitter Chat?

Twitter chats happen when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific tag (#), called a hashtag, which allows it to be followed like a transcript on Twitter. The chats are at a specific time, once, and often repeated at announced times.

Follow the Conversation or Check Back Later

To follow a Twitter chat live or to read the conversation later, log-on to Twitter, click on the #Discover link, then search for #FairFundingPA. By search for the hashtag, you can see all of the recent tweets on that topic. Then, read, reply and post your own thoughts and messages.

It’s That Easy to Join the Conversation!

 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:51 PM

A Principals as Evaluators and Coaches Workshop, Stragegies for Success, will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Capital Union Building, Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, Pa., from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The workshop is sponsored by Project EXCELLENCE-A PDE Funded Project.  

Principals have many roles in today's schools and the demands of the job can be overwhelming. This morning workshop will focus on building Principal's capacity as an evaluator and as a coach to promote effective teaching and student learning. Three top experts will share research-based strategies and information related to these roles.  Click here for the workshop flyer.

Any questions, please contact Jane Wilburne (jmw41@psu.edu).

To register, please check out the evite link below:

https://principalsandevaluators.eventbrite.com

 

 
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