Press Releases

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 

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:

For registration procedures, see:

For additional Summer 2015 courses for teachers, refer to:

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.


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, 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 (

To register, please check out the evite link below:


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:43 PM

All public school principals, including charter and cyber charter school principals, are subject to the applicable certification requirements of the Public School Code ( 24 P.S. § 11-1109) as well as any Act 45 continuing education and Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders (PIL) requirements. In keeping with the intent of section 1109, any person  who devotes half or more of their time to supervision or administration in a public school, without an identified principal, is serving as the "principal" of the school regardless of the locally titled position (i.e., school director, head teacher, etc.). Such individuals must hold a valid administrative certificate and comply with all applicable Act 45 and PIL requirements.  In addition, the public school should properly identify the individual as a principal in PIMS/PERMS regardless of the local title utilized.

Public schools should not create and utilize local titles to avoid employing a principal and circumvent the mandates of Public School Code (24 P.S. § 11-1109) and the Act 45 continuing education requirements.

For further clarification please visit the following links on PDE's website 

For additional inquiries, a ticket may be submitted to the Help Desk through the Help & Contact Info section of PDE's website.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:08 AM

Research shows that children who have access to high quality early education experiences with families engaged in their early development are more likely to be prepared for and succeed in kindergarten. Families always want what’s best for their young children, but may not know where to start. 

The new Early Learning GPS,, is a great tool for all families who want to learn what they need to know and can do to help their young child learn and grow. This is a great resource for teachers and schools to share with families who have children in pre-kindergarten and the elementary grades. Because the Early Learning GPS is online, schools can post the logo and link to their websites and internet portals.

The Early Learning GPS helps families get reliable answers to questions like “how do I know if my child will be ready for kindergarten?”

After a family answers a question, they receive a simple video tip and links to reliable resources. Families can save their favorite tips and resources to their child’s map as well as:

  • Follow their child’s milestones;
  • Find fun family activities based on Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards; and
  • Compare child care/ early learning programs.

The child’s map will grow with him until kindergarten!

All of the information is from reliable sources like Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Visit to get started. Professionals can access tips, ways to share the GPS with families, and professional development at /gps.

Schools may also order free Early Learning GPS promotional kits with bookmarks, table tents and posters that they can display in school offices and classrooms and include with other parent communications at

The Early Learning GPS is developed by Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning with funding from Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant. For more information, visit

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