Press Releases

Friday, December 19, 2014 8:08 AM

Applications are now available for the U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program (2015-2016 school year) at: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/12/2015-2016-teaching-and-principal-ambassador-fellowship-program-applications-now-available/. The deadline for submission is January 20, 2015.

 

 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:41 AM

The Center for Safe Schools has announced the third session in the 2014-2015 Third Thursday Bullying Prevention Online Learning Series. On Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., "School Bullying and Social Emotional Learning", a live online learning session for educators will be held.

 Supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation, this session will be presented by Stacie Molnar-Main, Ed.D. of the Center for Safe Schools.

 In recent years, the focus of most bullying prevention efforts in schools has been on systemic approaches to improving school climate and bystander behavior.  This focus is warranted based upon what is known about the social and ecological nature of bullying. Yet, bullying is more than a climate issue. It is also a matter that affects individual children. This webinar focuses on the relationship between social-emotional development in individuals and involvement in bullying.  The session introduces a new tool designed to assist schools in assessing school-wide bullying prevention strategies and in identifying class-level and individual-level interventions that support bullying prevention.

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, is offering Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants must attend the online session from beginning to end to receive credit. Only specified professional development sessions are available for credit. The Record of Attendance will be e-mailed to participants upon completion of the session.  If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Please register for "School Bullying and Social Emotional Learning" on December 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT at:

http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention/professional-development

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Third Thursdays Bullying Prevention dates:

- January 15, 2015 The Role of Physicians in Bullying Prevention, Intervention & Recovery

- February 19, 2015 Dating Violence

- March 19, 2015 Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Programs

- April 16, 2015 Fostering Cultural Competence: Using Children's Literature to Talk About Difficult Issues in K-12 Classrooms

- May 21, 2015 Bullying in Sports:  The Injuries We Don't See

 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:51 AM

Please be aware that an error in Cohort Graduation Rate programming used to generate the most recent DRC Graduation Attribution System data contained an error that resulted in the attribution of IEP students educated at their school of attendance within the district of residence to their district of residence only. At 6 p.m. December 15, 2014, these students were to be attributed back to their districts and schools of attendance, via the DRC Attribution System, and will appear in your Student Attribution Sending Report and your Student Attribution Receiving Report on the DRC website.

Unfortunately, any attribution that was performed on the impacted students by you will be overwritten by the correction applied on December 15, 2014.  Please review your Student Attribution Receiving Report beginning December 16, 2014 and if you find any students need reattributed, please send a new request to DRC. 

If you have any questions please contact the RA-CohortGraduation@pa.gov.

 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:10 AM

Two Pennsylvania principals and PA Principals Association members have been named to Governor-elect Wolf's 250+-member transition review teams (representing education). Dr. Gregory Taranto, principal at Canonsburg Middle School in the Canon-McMillan School District, and Sonia Vazquez, princpal at Donegan Elementary School in the Bethlehem Area School District, have been selected to represent K-12 education and principals across the Commonwealth.

Click here for the full article.

Source: www.pennlive.com, Dec. 15, 2014.

 
Friday, December 12, 2014 8:22 AM

Thanks to your efforts the CRomnibus cleared the first hurdle by passing the House last night! However, the Senate still needs to pass the CRomnibus and a vote in the Senate could come as early as today (Friday).  Last night, both the House and Senate approved a two day Continuing Resolution to keep the government up and running, however that expires on Saturday so the Senate must act by then. 

Please call your Senators and share this message:

On behalf of the nation’s secondary school principals, I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. While the CRomnibus is not a perfect bill, it will provide needed investments in foundational education programs such as Title I and IDEA, and a level of fiscal stability and certainty to our nation’s students, schools, teachers and principals.

You can find your Senators’ contact information at www.senate.gov.

 

 
Friday, December 5, 2014 10:02 AM

Dear PA Principals Association Member: Do you have teachers in your building who are considering a career as a school leader? If so, Penn State Harrisburg has just revamped its Principal Certification Program with the working individual in mind. The new program combines face-to-face learning with online learning and an individual can complete the program within one year.  Please distribute this information below as you see fit to any aspiring leaders. I can attest to the quality of this program as I was involved in overseeing this program for Penn State Harrisburg before my arrival at PA Principals Association.    

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

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Principal Certification Program Revisions Mean Greater Flexibility 


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.

The program features:

  • Greater flexibility and a condensed time frame to complete the requirements for principal certification in Pennsylvania
  • Five courses (15 credits) and an internship that  can be completed in one year via blended delivery of face-to-face and online instruction
  • Students take courses at their own pace and may enter the program at the start of any semester
  • Topics include: principles and practices of school administrators, school law, school improvement, financial management and instructional supervision
  • Faculty who hold doctoral degree and are practitioners in regional school districts
  • Successful placement of our graduates 
  • Four of the five required courses can also count toward the M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum offered at Penn State Harrisburg - http://harrisburg.psu.edu/programs/master-education-teaching-and-curriculum
  • Courses that are also appropriate for any teachers intending to fill leadership roles in their schools                      

Spring 2015 courses:
Financial Management for Schools (EDLDR 579) - January 17-February 26 + web
Principles of Instructional Supervision (EDLDR 560) - March 19-May 1 + web

For more information about the Principal Certification Program, contact Dr. Denise G. Meister at 717-948-6539 or dgm122@psu.edu

For complete program information, visit http://harrisburg.psu.edu/programs/principal-certification-program.

 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:50 PM

 Attention PA Principals Association Members: Today, I received information that revisions have been made to the Teacher rating tool - 82-1. The webinar below (click on the link) is a very good overview explaining the revisions and how to use the tool this year. As always, we will continue to monitor both the teacher and principal tools and push out information when we receive it.   --Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association Executive Director

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuGTy1m8lbI 

 

 

 
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:20 PM

Gov. Tom Corbett today announced that $2.6 million has been awarded to 123 schools through the Safe Schools Targeted Grant program. This funding will be used for training and the purchase of equipment to establish or expand programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence in public schools.

Click here for full press release. 

Source: PDE Press Release, http://www.education.state.pa.us/, Nov. 21, 2014.

 
Friday, November 21, 2014 9:35 AM

After warnings from his team about Pennsylvania’s nearly $2 billion projected shortfall, governor-elect Tom Wolf says he still plans to push to increase education funding next year, but the newly elected Democrat acknowledges the end result will depend on negotiations with the General Assembly, which even larger Republican majorities will control in January.

“The key is that we have a $29 billion budget, and with that amount of money, part of what any governor needs to do is look at priorities,” Mr. Wolf said in a telephone interview Thursday. “There’s still plenty of money to make sure that our commonwealth is spending whatever dollars it has intelligently and that we establish the right priorities.”

“Education has to be a priority,” he said. “We’re going to have to find the funds.”

Click here for the full article.

Source: Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, November 21, 2014 12:00 AM.

 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:22 PM

The schedule for the 3rd Annual iPad Summit at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU), Summerdale, Pa., on December 15, 2014, has been announced. Amazing presentations will showcase creative and innovative ways teachers are utilizing iPads in the classroom, as well as information and resources for those involved in the technical and leadership areas. There will also be poster sessions that participants can visit during the lunch break to learn about effective and efficient ways to integrate iPads.

Visit the event wikispace to view the schedule of sessions and the link for registration: http://caiuipadsummit2014.wiki.caiu.org/Home Register now. Space is limited.

 

 
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