Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:49 AM
There's no question money is at the heart of the state's pension problem. But the money problem limiting lawmakers' debate on reforming the two state pension systems may not be the one you think. The Public Employee Retirement Commission is out of money. In fact, it has spent $20,000 of its next fiscal year's appropriation. So without money, it can't perform actuarial studies on any more pension reform proposals — including the one crafted by Rep. Glen Grell, R-Hampden Township — until after the July 1 start of the new fiscal year, when lawmakers hope to have put this issue to bed and be heading home for their summer break. Click here for full story.
Source: Pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, June 10, 2014.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:43 AM
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Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., Hired as Assistant Executive Director of State Principals’ Association
The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., as the assistant executive director. Dr. Clapper brings more than 30 years in public education to the association.
Dr. Clapper will retire this summer from the Quaker Valley School District, Sewickley, Pa., as superintendent of schools. He has held that position since 2007. Prior to this position, he served as superintendent of schools in the North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, and as the assistant superintendent of Quaker Valley School District. He also has experience as a high school and elementary school principal, assistant principal, supervisor of instruction, elementary teacher and secondary English/reading teacher.
In addition, Dr. Clapper was an assistant professor of education at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., teaching undergraduate coursework in educational psychology, foundations of education, elementary and secondary instructional methods and early childhood education, as well as a field experience coordinator and staff development instructor for The Pennsylvania State University. While in this position, he created a new student teaching center in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
“I am thrilled about this unique opportunity to advocate for our profession on behalf of the members of PA Principals Association. I am proud to represent PA Principals Association and will do my part to improve educational opportunities for students and educators across the Commonwealth.”
Dr. Clapper has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his highly esteemed career in education, such as the Penn State Leadership and Service Award (which will be awarded in October 2014); the Tri-State Distinguished Educator Award (March 2014); the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrator’s (PASA) Award for Service to the Profession (2013); and the William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision from the Pennsylvania School Study Council (2013). He currently serves on PASA’s Board of Governors; as the chairperson of the Leadership Services Team for the superintendents in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit; and is the Superintendent of Record for the Parkway Career and Technology Center. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s State Assessment Advisory Committee, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, among others.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Shippensburg University. He earned his doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Clapper is married to Dr. Christy Clapper, who is a retired school counselor. Their daughter, Laura, will be pursuing her doctorate in music in the fall at Florida State University.
Dr. Clapper is scheduled to begin his duties at PA Principals Association in August, which will include advocacy work for the association; providing assistance to members via professional advice and referring legal matters, where appropriate; and assisting with professional development needs for members.
Monday, June 9, 2014 8:53 AM
As you progress through the final month of the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Governor and the General Assembly are working toward enacting a state budget for 2014-15.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:23 AM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), working in collaboration with First Lady Mrs. Susan Corbett's Opening Doors Initiative, has developed a software tool to help schools identify potential student dropouts based on the research of Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Balfanz's research noted that attendance, behavior and course grades can be key indicators of students at risk for not graduating. The dashboard provides this information in an easy to read format. In addition, the tool provides a customized catalog of interventions populated by the Local Education Agency (LEA) in partnership with community, regional and state agencies and organizations.
This early warning tool is available at no cost to LEAs. Interested LEAs should complete the Application/Readiness Survey available online at www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/early_warning_system.
LEAs will benefit from partnering with their local Student Information System (SIS) vendor in adopting this tool. There will be SIS vendor webinars starting the week of June 9, 2014. Vendors can register by emailing RA-EDEWSINFO@pa.gov.
For further information please email RA-EDEWSINFO@pa.gov, or visit the webpage www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/early_warning_system.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:26 AM
A bill that would eliminate a key component of the state's Common Core curriculum -- passing proficiency tests to graduate from high school -- was introduced Wednesday [May 28] by Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), his third attempt to send the tests to the back of the class. Critics have argued that the tests represent an unfunded mandate for school districts and penalize students from underprivileged schools. Dinniman, co-chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has also sought funding for districts to administer the tests, and to limit the test subjects to biology, algebra and language arts. Acting State Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq has said she would not increase the number of tests for the time being.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:47 PM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend a question and answer (Q&A) session that will address the data elements required to be uploaded to the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) for the Accountability Reporting for the Keystone Exams. The presentation related to this data collection can be downloaded and reviewed prior to the session from the PDE website at www.education.state.pa.us/pas, which will be located under the trainings subheading.
PDE will be offering two Q&A webinar sessions via "GoToMeeting" on May 28, 2014. Presenters will be from PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting.
To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to select the link associated with the session you plan to attend.
Note: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the specific system requirements and link for joining the webinar you selected:
May 28, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
May 28, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Please contact PDE's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability with any questions at 717.705.2343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:31 AM
Register now for the 2014 PA Principals Association Conference, Oct. 19-21, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa. This year's theme is "Principal Effectiveness: Leading Schools in a New Age of Accountability." National keynote speakers are Dr. Ray Jorgensen, Michael Fullan and Alan November. Click here to register online or watch for registration materials in the mail and in the May issue of the PA Administrator magazine.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:44 PM
As PDE prepares for the fall 2014 release of the School Performance Profile (SPP), it is important that all parties are up to date with contact information, timeline and data elements for the data review cycle. On May 22, 2014, districts will be receiving an email that will request your attention regarding the following.
1. LEAs must ensure that contact information for each local education agency (LEA) superintendent, career and technical center director and chief executive officer is current. Future correspondence associated with the release of the 2013-14 SPP will be directed to the email address we have on file for each LEA superintendent, career and technical center director and chief executive officer. If you anticipate that this contact information will change, please notify email@example.com when this change takes place. (Note: If you have a change in contact information, be sure to make the change in EdNA as well.) In addition, please ensure the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is not blocked by your email security system as this email address will be the originating (sending) email address for all future SPP correspondence.
2. The timeline outlining milestones associated with the release of the 2013-14 School Performance Profile (SPP) will be attached to the email. Please note that the first major review period is July 1-21, 2014 (Phase I data).
3. A template that will identify each data element by phase and data source will be attached to the email. LEAs are encouraged to begin compiling applicable documents (Accuracy Certification Statements, Cognos reports, SAT/ACT reports, etc.) in preparation for the actual review phase. Specific instructions on accessing the data review site, via your secure access link, as well as completing the actual review will be provided when you receive your 2013-14 access links (on or before June 30, 2014, for Phase I).
Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:14 AM
Updates have been made to the Comprehensive Planning Tool in order for districts to fulfill the obligations included in Chapter 16 of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa Code §16) regarding the Gifted Education plan.
a. Core Foundations - Safe and Supportive Schools
1. 22 Pa Code §16.4. Strategic plans. Describe your districts screening and evaluation protocols for gifted education.
2. 22 Pa Code §16.4. Strategic plans. Describe the gifted programs* being offered.
*The word "programs" refers to the continuum of services, not one particular option. The requirements for a student's Gifted Individualized Education Plan can be found in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa Code §16.32)
b. Core Foundations - Professional Education
1. 22 Pa Code §16.5. personnel. (c) A school district and intermediate unit shall provide, under section 1205.1 of Pennsylvania School Code (24 P.S. § 12-1205.1), in-service training for gifted and regular teachers, principals, administrators and support staff persons responsible for gifted education.
Questions about the Comprehensive Planning Tool should be addressed to Jill Neuhard, Comprehensive Planning Statewide Project Manager at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (IU 15) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the Gifted Education Plan should be addressed to Tanya Morret, Educational Consultant at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (IU 15) at email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:37 AM
The polls are open -- get out and vote today!
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