Press Releases

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:24 AM

PSSC Webinar Regarding the Teacher & Principal Effectiveness Process With Dr. Paul Healey and Dr. Joseph Clapper, Dec. 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) presents a webinar regarding the Teacher and Principal Effectiveness Process titled, "Teacher and Principal Effectiveness -- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, from the Krause Innovation Studio in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Hear from the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), Dr. Paul Healey and Dr. Joseph Clapper.
 
Topics of discussion include:

- Learn the position of PA Principals Association on the Act 82 Educator Effectiveness Process
- Clear up concerns
- Reinforce progress and compliance
- Provide suggestions
 
The cost for registration is $20 per school ($10 for PSSC and PA Principals Association members).  
 
 Click here for more information and a registration form.
 
The deadline to register is Dec. 10, 2014.

 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:13 AM

Report card on Pennsylvania schools is set for Thursday [Nov. 7] barring any unforeseen issues arising at the last minute, according to the state Department of Education. The department is expected to release the School Performance Profiles that provide parents, taxpayers, educators and students with a look at how well their school performed in 2013-14 on various measures.

The profiles provide information on graduation rate, attendance rate, promotion rate, student's academic growth and various other measures. Along with that, each school will receive an academic score. New to this year's profiles is a trend line that will include information about a school's performance on the various indicators from the 2012-13 school year. The plan is to ultimately show a five-year trend line on each school's performance, said department spokesman Tim Eller.

Click here for full article.

Source: Penn Live by Jan Murphy, November 05, 2014 at 2:55 p.m.

 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 2:07 PM

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Democrat Tom Wolf was elected as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor, defeating Republican incumbent Tom Corbett with 55% to 45% of the vote. The new Lieutenant Governor is Mike Stack, Democratic Senator from the 5th senatorial district in Philadelphia. Wolf’s election breaks the traditional cycle of the governor’s office changing parties every eight years.

Click here for Patriot-News article (www.pennlive.com).

Click here for more election results.

 

 

 

 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 8:43 AM

Pennsylvania voters have told pollsters and candidates for months that education issues, especially education funding issues, are the most important issues in the 2014 election.

Now voters have a chance to express themselves where it really counts --- at the polls on Tuesday, November 4. The polls are open in Pennsylvania on Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. On the ballot are candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, State House and (in some places) State Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives.

If unsure where your polling place is located, go to votespa.com 

Source: EPLC Education Notebook, Monday, November 3, 2014.      

 
Friday, October 31, 2014 2:34 PM

TO:   News Editor/News Director

CONTACT:    Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals

122 Valley Road, P.O. Box 39, Summerdale, PA 17093

(717) 732-4999 (Phone)

(717) 732-4890 (Fax)

 sherit@paprincipals.org

RELEASE: UPON RECEIPT

Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla Named President of State Principals’ Association

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, principal of Evans Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District, was recently named President of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa. Havrilla assumed her new position on PA Principals Association’s Board of Directors following the association’s annual business meeting held October 21, 2014 during its 22nd annual state conference held in Pittsburgh.

"It is my privilege to serve the principals of Pennsylvania, especially during a time when being linked isn't an option, but a requirement, in this quickly changing world. It is important as leaders to continue to learn and grow as professionals. We have at our fingertips the means to connect that were not possible only a few years ago, and the effect that this can have on our schools and districts is limitless. PA Principals Association is the perfect organization to foster those connections and to give principals the tools needed to better prepare Pennsylvania's youth in the 21st century," said Havrilla.  

Havrilla began her education career in 1973 as an elementary school teacher at Turnpike Elementary School in the Sullivan County School District. After 21 years with Turnpike Elementary School, she became the assistant principal at Schuylkill Valley Intermediate/Middle School in the Schuylkill Valley School District from 1994-1995. She then went on to serve as assistant principal of Schuylkill Elementary School from 1995-1997; and from 1997-2002, as principal of Schuylkill Elementary School. She served as principal of Limerick Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District (2002-2007) before assuming the principalship at Evans Elementary School, also in the Spring-Ford Area School District.  

Havrilla has been a member of PA Principals Association/NAESP for 20 years. She most recently served the association as President-Elect, and from 2011-2013, she served as the East-III Elementary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors. In addition, she is an NAESP National Certified Mentor; has served as a panelist for PA Principals Association’s Aspiring Principals’ Workshops; and is an Alumni Board Member at Point Park University.

Havrilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education from Point Park University. She also earned masters’ degrees in secondary guidance and rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton. Additionally, she received her K-12 administration certification from Bucknell University.

PA Principals Association’s membership of approximately 3,800 is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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PA Principals Association’s Mission: To ensure a quality education for every child by comprehensively supporting the educational leaders of our schools.


PA Principals Association’s Vision: To be the best service organization of its kind in the United States.
 

 
Friday, October 31, 2014 1:38 PM

For anyone who was unable to attend one of the "Getting Ready" for the 2015 State Assessments webinars, a recording of the training session is now available at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/856561818.

 

 
Friday, October 31, 2014 1:36 PM

The revised and updated 2014-15 online training for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams test administrators has been posted to the Pennsylvania State Test Administration Training website at https://www.pssatraining.com.

 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:31 AM

Leading School Improvement Efforts, a FREE seminar for school leaders featuring Wayne Callender, and sponsored by PA Principals Association and McGraw-Hill Education, will be held in two locations in November. The first seminar will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North. The second seminar will be held November 6, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Maggiano's in the King of Prussia Mall.

Click here for more information and the registration form. The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, November 3, 2014.

 

 

 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:30 PM

Linking Student Learning to Teacher Supervision and Evaluation is an approved 30-hour Act 45 program that PA Principals Association will bring to your district. It is available to any school leader who needs Act 45 hours or your entire administrative team. The cost is $150 per individual with a minimum of six participants (you can coordinate with a neighboring school district, too). For more information, contact Dr. Paul Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, at (717) 732-4999 or healey@paprincipals.org. For more information on the program, click here for the program flyer.

 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:36 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is providing an opportunity for local education agencies (LEA) to attend an online training that will address how the data from the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) is used by Data Recognition Corporation to produce pre-code labels for PSSA. This training will explain the templates required in this PIMS internal snapshot and the relevance to accurate data submission and reporting. The training will be followed by a question and answer period.

PDE will be offering four webinar sessions via GoToMeeting on Nov. 4, 2014, and Nov. 5, 2014. Presenters include representatives from PDE's Division of Performance Analysis and Reporting and Data Quality (PIMS). Trainings on both days will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, please select one of the links provided below. Each session has a distinct registration link. Be sure to click 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 each webinar:        

Nov. 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/454832058

Nov. 4, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/714272682

Nov. 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/748164178

Nov. 5, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/785867954

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

 
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P.O. Box 39, 122 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093 Phone: (717) 732-4999 Fax: (717) 732-4890
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