Free Seminar for School District Administrators Sponsored by PA Principals Association & McGraw-Hill - Intervention
Friday, February 22, 2013 3:46 PM
A free seminar sponsored by PA Principals Association and McGraw-Hill - Intervention, The Administrator's Key Role in Responding to Struggling Students, will be presented by Wayne Callender in two locations:
Friday, April 26, 2013
For more information, click here.
For a registration form, click here.
One Opportunity To Participate in the Pilot PVAAS Roster Verification/Teacher Reporting - Spring 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:24 PM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is implementing Pennsylvania'ss Educator Effectiveness System. This includes PVAAS Teacher Specific Reporting for the 15 percent teacher specific data. PDE is offering to all LEAs the option of participating in a one-time pilot of the PVAAS roster verification process and system for PVAAS Teacher Specific Reporting.
Registration is NOT required to participate in these webinars. A link to join a live webinar will become active 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. To join a session, go to http://elluminate.iu13.org. Using the page numbers on the lower right corner, click through the pages of session titles until you see the title of the session you would like to join.
Requirements and timeline for pilot participation:
If there are questions regarding the Pilot PVAAS Roster Verification/Teacher Reporting Pilot, please contact the PVAAS Statewide Team for PDE at email@example.com.
Disclosure of Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities in Secondary Schools for Male and Female Athletes
Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:21 PM
Article XVI-C of the Public School Code requires the disclosure of interscholastic athletic opportunities for all public secondary school entities in Pennsylvania. All school entities with grades 7-12 are required to annually collect data concerning team and financial information for all male and female athletes beginning with the 2012-2013 school year and submit the information to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The first statutorily-imposed deadline for school entities to report this information is October 15, 2013.
In order to assist school entities in planning to comply with the new law, PDE has developed a Draft Disclosure Form, which can be used as a guide for schools to begin collecting data. The form and instructions for completing the disclosure form are available at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school services office/9153/disclosure of interscholastic athletic opportunities/1419362.
During the summer of 2013, PDE will release a Final Disclosure Form and post the form on the PDE web site. School entities will also be notified via PENN*LINK of the availability of the final form. School entities must use the Final Disclosure Form to report the required information through PIMS by October 15, 2013.
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all non-school (booster clubs, alumni and other non-school) contributions and purchases must also be reported to PDE.
Please note that school entities are required to post their disclosure forms on their web site and make the forms available to the public no later than November 1 of each year.
PDE is required to post all submitted disclosure forms on its web site. In addition, the department will include the information submitted on the disclosure forms in an annual report, which will be provided to the General Assembly by January 15 of each year.
If you have any questions, please email ra-Athletic-OppReport@pa.gov.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:47 PM
A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says the state constitution doesn't give people a right to privacy when it comes to their home addresses,
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:03 PM
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has partnered with a company called School Leadership Briefing to develop a series of informative audio-casts on the power of mentors for principals. The first of the series is titled, "Making the Case for Principal Mentoring." Although, this company sells subscriptions for their work, the NAESP Mentor Series will be availabe at no charge.
NAESP represenative on the PA Principals Association board, Dr. Melissa Patschke, is currently working with them to produce an audio-cast for April titled, "Five Ways Mentoring Supports New School Leaders."
Click here to listen to the first audio-cast of the series.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:38 PM
Michael E. Allison, principal of Hopewell Senior High School, a past PA Principals Association president and a current NASSP board member, participated in a panel discussion called, "Focus on Education: School Violence." The broadcast, produced by PCN and the Education Policy and Leadership Center, will air on the PCN cable network channel tonight at 9 p.m. EST (Feb. 13, 2013).
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:37 PM
On Oct. 24, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 151 of 2012 resulting in sweeping changes to Pennsylvania's existing Child Labor Law. The Act which took effect on Jan. 22, 2013, confers new powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts and others with specific responsibilities under the law.
Governor Corbett, Along with Legislators and Education and Business Leaders, Discuss Passport for Learning Block Grant Program
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:29 PM
Governor Tom Corbett, joined by members of the General Assembly, along with education and business leaders, talked today [Feb. 12] about reinvesting proceeds from the sale of the state liquor store system into an educational block grant for Pennsylvania's schools.
This Passport for Learning Block Grant is in addition to Corbett's proposed $90 million increase in the upcoming budget's Basic Education Funding line item. This year's proposed $5.5 billion state investment is the highest in state history.
Click here for the full press release.
Source: PDE Press Release, Feb. 12, 2013.
Monday, February 11, 2013 4:44 PM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has received an unprecedented number of communications from schools/districts concerning student use of cell phones during the administration of the Keystone Exams. This following is to remind schools and districts of PDE'ss cell phone policy during testing, and what should be done if a student is caught using a cell phone or other electronic device during testing. These rules and policies apply to the administration of both the Keystone Exams and the PSSA.
All cell phones, smart phones and other prohibited electronic devices are to be collected as students enter the testing site. Thus, school districts and schools should do the following:
* Inform parents and students before testing that cell phones are not allowed during the test administration;
* Inform parents and students that the consequence for using and/or having a cell phone or other electronic device during the test administration will result in the application of a "Do Not Score" label on his/her test booklet or appropriate notification to not score on the online version, and the student will not receive a score;
* Inform parents and students that, if the student uses a cell phone or electronic device in any manner during the administration of the test, the phone or electronic device will be confiscated until such time that the parent or guardian can come to the school, and in the presence of the parent or guardian, the cell phone or other electronic device will be viewed to ensure that no information or material regarding the assessment is present;
* Inform parents and students that violation of the no cell phone or other electronic device rule will result in discipline and that discipline will vary depending on whether test material has been compromised; and
* Inform parents and students that any items on an assessment that have been compromised, and can no longer be used will have to be replaced, and the parents and students may be responsible for the cost of replacement.
District personnel, school personnel and students must understand that the integrity of the test cannot be compromised. There have been too many reports of students texting questions/answers and taking pictures of questions; thus I request the full cooperation of all district and school personnel in complying with this policy.
Open Board Positions for 2013 PA Principals Association Election -- Deadline for Applications is Feb. 15, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013 2:21 PM
Margaret S. (Peg) Foster, a past president of PA Principals Association and an elementary principal in the Crestwood School District, has been appointed by the PA Principals Association president to serve as the chairperson of the 2013 PA Principals Association Nominations Committee. The committee also includes Kristopher Vancas, principal of Bellefonte Elementary School in the Bellefonte Area School District, and Robert Frioni, principal of Fort Cherry Jr./Sr. High School in the Fort Cherry School District.
If you have any questions regarding the election, the positions available or the responsibilities, please contact the Nominations chairperson, Ms. Foster, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the PA Principals Association office at email@example.com or (717) 732-4999 for an application. Applications must be received in the PA Principals Association office by Feb. 15, 2013.
Statewide Elected Positions
President-Elect - Must be an Elementary Member
NAESP Representative - Must be an Elementary Member
Regional Representative Positions
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