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Monday, May 6, 2013 11:07 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) invites all school districts, charter schools, intermediate units and career and technical centers to join them in Phase III of the continued development and implementation of a new principal effectiveness system in the 2013-14 school year.  Please note that schools receiving School Improvement Grants (SIG) using the Transformation model are required to participate in Phase III unless these schools have developed an instrument which has been approved by PDE. In addition, all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) receiving Race to the Top (RTTT) funding are required to participate in Phase III.

The major elements of this project include:

  • A detailed practice rubric based on feedback from Phase II and research collected from multiple practice models;
  • On-going study and refinement of measurable evidence and its correlation with the Principal practice rubric;
  • Detailed guidance on the effectiveness process, its components and the evidence to be considered for evaluation;
  • The refinement of a formula for determining the summative evaluation rating;
  • Participation in a training network;
  • External evaluators to analyze the second phase of the project; and
  • Utilization of an online evaluator training system to address inter-rater reliability.


Phase III implementation sites will have the opportunity to provide recommendations, based upon their experience, into the final design of the new principal effectiveness form and rubric. In addition, Phase III implementation sites will be able to offer recommendations for the evaluation guidelines that will include local flexibility, practice components and evidence recommendations.

Phase III implementation sites will also have the opportunity to receive ongoing assistance at no cost, as well as priority registration for the PDE Institute, which will be held in December 2013.  

Please join PDE in this very important endeavor.  PDE needs a broad representation of the education community across Pennsylvania to develop a strong system. You may select individual building principals (with the exception of SIG & RTTT Schools) for Phase III rather than the entire LEA.  This will be one of the last opportunities to have input before PDE finalizes the rubric and components of the system.

If you know you are ready to participate in Phase III, you can indicate your commitment by visiting the following URL and providing the requested information. The deadline for registering to participate in Phase III of the implementation process is June 14, 2013. The URL is http://webapps.pattan.net/tes/PE3/pecontactandlea.asp

 
Friday, April 26, 2013 12:26 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett today signed legislation that will lead to overhauling the way future state funding for special education is distributed to school districts.

Click here for full story.

Source: PennLive.com, By Jan Murphy, April 25, 2013.

 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:58 PM

The results of PA Principals Association’s 2013 Election have been announced thanks to our Nominations Committee - Margaret S. (Peg) Foster, chairperson, and members, Kristopher Vancas and Robert Frioni, along with Kurt Nyquist, PA Principals Association president.

After our members voted online, we are proud to report that the following are your newly- elected President-Elect, NAESP Representative and Regional Representatives:

President-Elect (Elem. Division):     –      Gregg L. Paladina, Karns City A.S.D.

NAESP Representative (Elem. Division):   –     Dr. Melissa D. Patschke, Spring –Ford A.S.D.

Regional Representatives:

East II Elementary            –     Brian J. Gasper, Jim Thorpe A.S.D.

East III Secondary            –     Jonathan Bauer, Upper Merion A.S.D.

Central I Elementary       –     James E. Orichosky, Bald Eagle A.S.D.

Central III Secondary      –     Dr. David A. Crumrine, Spring Cove S.D.

West III Elementary        –     Heather L. Hauser, Highlands S.D.

West III Secondary          –     Dr. Zeb Jansante, Bethel Park S.D.

West IV Elementary        –     Rodney A. Necciai, Pittsburgh S.D.

West IV Secondary          –     Dr. Jeffrey J. Spadafore, Pittsburgh S.D.

 

 
Monday, April 22, 2013 2:35 PM

Last week, the Senate Education Committee reported Senate Bill 34 from Committee to the Senate for further consideration. SB 34 (Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-13) would make extensive changes to the Professional Education Discipline Act.  It would shorten the title to "Education Discipline Act" and further provide for definitions and imposition of discipline on additional grounds. SB 34 would provide for confidentiality, subpoenas, and disposition of fees and fines.  It would also provide for cyber charter schools and make substantial editorial and technical changes and related repeals.  A technical amendment was adopted and then SB 34 was reported as amended.

Source: EPLC Education Notebook, April 19, 2013.

 
Monday, April 22, 2013 12:22 PM

Today is the deadline to vote in the May 21st Primary Election. For more information on voting, go to www.votespa.com.

 
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:41 PM

While this is not PA Principals Association's position, please be aware that:  During a state House of Representatives committee hearing about proposed state pension plan changes, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) caught the attention of state lawmakers twice. First, Emily Leader, PSBA’s acting chief counsel, announced, for the first time, PSBA’s support of efforts to change future pension benefits for current employees. Click here for more. Click here to read a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Leader’s remarks.
Source: PA Education Policy Roundup, April 18, 2013.

 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:48 PM

Each year, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) selects a recipient for the “Service to Children” award.  Nominations for this award are now open to elementary and secondary members and are limited to one of three regions – east, central or west - on a rotating basis. This year the recipient will be selected from one of the following intermediate units in the western region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 27 or 28. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2013.

Click here for the informational letter or a 2013 nomination form.

(You must print a copy of the nomination form -- not a writeable file.)

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:09 PM

HB 2 was passed by the Senate this week and will now be sent to Gov. Corbett for his signature. HB 2 implements a new special education funding formula, establishing how any increases in the current special education appropriation are distributed using weighting factors based on category of disability. The bill also creates a Special Education Funding Commission to develop the components of the special education funding formula, including the weighting factors and the parameters of each category of disability.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:08 PM

The House of Representatives passed HB 930 this week, which makes extensive changes to the Professional Educator Discipline Act. Among the changes, HB 930: expands the jurisdiction of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission to include educators holding Private Academic School certification and educators working for independent contractors in public schools; expands the bases for discipline to include founded and indicated reports of child abuse as well as “grooming” behaviors such as sending a student sexually explicit text messages; shortens the time period for mandatory reporting to Pennsylvania Department of Education; requires an educator arrested or indicted for or convicted of certain enumerated crimes to report the indictment, arrest or conviction to the employing school entity within 72 hours; prohibits school entities from entering into confidential settlement agreements that interfere with a school entity’s mandatory reporting; and eliminates the current statute of limitations for the filing of misconduct complaints.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:07 PM

The House Education Committee will consider several bills of interest next week, including HB 969, which changes the requirement for all professional employees in a school district to be certified.  Instead, only 75% of the professional employees would be required to be certified.
Note: The PA Principals Association does not support this legislation.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, April 11, 2013.

 
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