Press Releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:50 AM

#FairFundingPA Chat - March 2015 -- Pennsylvania's major education leadership organizations meet on Twitter at 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month to discuss basic education funding and other issues. This story captures our March 2015 chat with Acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and Policy and Planning Secretary John Hanger.

https://storify.com/PARSS2go/fairfundingpa-chat-march-2015?utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=&awesm=sfy.co_h0Tx7

 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:34 PM

President-elect Steven D. Geis will join Brian K. Partin, Adam Drummond, Dave Steckler, Dwight C. Cooper and Kimbrelle Lewis as new members of NAESP’s Board of Directors. Click here for the full press release.

 

 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:26 AM

John Hanger, the Governor's Secretary of Policy and Planning, will participate in the Fair School Funding Twitter Chat (#FairFundingPA) scheduled for next Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST.

pa school funding twitter chat

 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:14 PM

PA Principals Association members will soon receive an e-mail with a code that enables you to click on the link, access your ballot and VOTE in the election, but only if we have your e-mail address! The e-mail with the link for your ballot will be sent to you on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

On your ballot, you will only see the positions for which you are eligible to vote in the election. All members will vote for the statewide office of president-elect. Members in the regions with a position up for election will also vote for their regional representative.

Reminder e-mail messages will be sent to those who have not voted. The deadline for voting is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The election is once again being conducted by Vote-Now, a secure, web-based provider of voting services for professional organizations (www.vote-now.com). Please add vote-now.com to your address book OR ask your IT staff person to add vote-now.com to your district’s spam filter list so that the e-mail can get through.

We appreciate and value your participation!


 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:37 AM

A one hour recorded web presentation, Pension "Reform" and the Unfunded Liability - Two Grand Challenges, is being offered by the PA School Study Council (PSSC) and is being made available to registered districts beginning on March 27, 2015, after 12:00 noon.      

Dr. James A Pawelczyk is the featured speaker. Dr. Pawelcyzk is a second-term school board director for the State College Area School District and an associate professor of Physiology and Kinesiology at the Pennsylvania State University.   
      
There is a special reduced rate for PA Principals Association Members.

Click here for the flyer and for registration information.

 
Monday, March 23, 2015 2:11 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs. Please consider completing a recommendation form to identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition. Completed forms are due no later than June 15, 2015. 

The talent pool seeks secondary educators (Grade 6-12 teachers and principals) with a minimum of five years of experience in education and who are likely to remain in education for the next 15-25 years.  Specific criteria should include the following:

* Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school

* Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession

* Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight

* Early to mid-career educators who offer strong, long range potential for professional and policy leadership

* Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students colleagues and the community

Talent pool candidates must be building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, but a principal or specialist may be considered. 

PDE seeks your assistance in identifying one to three candidates via the Talent Pool Recommendation Form available in the RSS Feed at www.pdesas.org. Information provided is CONFIDENTIAL and should not be shared with the individual(s) nominated. Questions can be directed to Marlene Kanuck at (717) 783-9294 or mkanuck@pa.gov.

 Complete information must be sent by U.S. Mail and posted marked no later than June 15, 2015, to:

Marlene Kanuck
Division of Planning
Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Pennsylvania
Department of Education
333 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:32 PM

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting is announcing a change for the PSSA Accountability Reporting internal snapshot to May 14, 2015. PDE learned from LEAs that there would be an issue in meeting the expected turnaround time for each assessment testing window, in order to submit data to PIMS. In an attempt to lessen the burden, PDE analyzed the PSSA and Keystone internal snapshot process and calendar to see if there were opportunities to consolidate some of our individual internal snapshots.

To that end, PDE is pleased to announce that the internal snapshots scheduled for PSSA Accountability (4/17/2015, 4/24/2015, 5/1/2015 and 5/8/2015) will be performed during the scheduled 5/14/2015 internal snapshot

Additionally, the Winter and Spring Keystone Exam Accountability Reporting internal snapshot scheduled for 5/27/2015 will be changed to 5/29/2015 to ensure that LEAs have enough time to validate their data at the end of the testing window prior to uploading to PIMS for the internal snapshot.

The revised PIMS Elementary Secondary Consolidated Collection Calendar 2014-2015 rev 1.9, which includes the changes outlined above, has been published on the PIMS web page.  It is located at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pims-pennsylvania_information_management_system/8959

LEAs are encouraged to use the sandbox as a tool to test and prepare data for successful data submission. LEAs should be aware that data submitted in this internal snapshot will be used to calculate participation and performance rates. It is important to start early and submit data on time. There is no correction window so there is no opportunity to update or change data after the deadline.

Contact Pennsylvania Information Management System customer support at 800.661.2423 or help@pimssupport.org for help with uploading data. The direct link to submit an electronic ticket is https://paitsm.service-now.com/pde_wizard_redirect.do.

Please contact PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting with questions at 717.705.2343 or ra-pas@pa.gov.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:52 AM

Gov. Wolf is ushering in a new political opportunity in Pennsylvania. His budget is a home run for Pennsylvanians, actually focusing on things that matter to voters — quality education, more and better jobs, government that works.

Click here for full article.

Source: PSBA Daily EDition, March 18, 2015; Allentown Morning Call, March 17, 2015.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:50 AM

To receive their share of the proposed $400 million increase in basic education funding, school districts will have to submit spending plans to the state by May 15.

Click here for full article.

Source: PSBA Daily EDition, March 18, 2015; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 17, 2015.

 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:19 AM

One week after Senate Republican leaders warned superintendents against counting on the $400 million increase in direct support to school districts that Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in his budget, the Wolf administration is asking districts to detail how they will spend it.

Click here for full article.

Source: www.pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, posted on March 17, 2015.

 
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