Monday, November 7, 2011 8:01 PM
EF Professional Development Tours are a unique way to earn professional development hours and allow you to learn about educational practices in other countries with colleagues from your school and schools around the world. EF's Education in China tour features educational visits and activities that allow you to compare different approaches to teaching and learning. In addition to the tour, they offer a pre- and post-tour online course which provides content about China and helps teachers and administrators find rewarding and innovative ways to bring global perspective back to their classrooms and communities.
The trip itself is 10 days: 3 days in Beijing, 2 days in Xi'an and 3 days in Shanghai. The tour dates are 7/16/2012 - 7/25/2012. Click on the link below for the detailed itinerary or visit the EF web site at http://www.eftours.com/.
All accommodations and materials, including a private bus and tour director -- who will serve as a guide, organizer and translator -- are included in the cost.
Enroll at www.eftours.com/1145583 or call Andrew Hagopian at (800) 872-8439, ext. 3141. Use tour number: 114 5583.
Click here for the pricing flyer.
To view informational video, click on this link: Professional Development in China - Continuing Education for Educators (best viewed full screen with sound).
Monday, November 7, 2011 4:57 PM
November 7, 2011
TO: News Editor/News Director
Dr. Joshua A. Doll Named President-Elect of State Principals' Association
PA Principals Association's membership of approximately 4,000 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).
Dr. Doll assumed his new position on PA Principals Association's Board of Directors following the association's annual business meeting held Oct. 25, 2011 during its 19th annual state conference in State College.
"The power of PA Principals Association lies in our diverse membership. I have truly grown as an instructional leader and individual working alongside the many committed and dedicated principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is due to these valued relationships, my commitment to our association, and more importantly, my passion for our profession, that I am honored to represent PA Principals Association in the position of President-Elect," said Dr. Doll.
Dr. Doll began his education career as a social studies teacher at York Suburban Middle School in the York Suburban School District. In 2002, he became assistant principal of Elizabethtown Area Middle School in the Elizabethtown Area School District. He served as the assistant principal of York Suburban Middle School in 2003, and in 2007, he assumed the principalship of Dallastown Area Middle School in the Dallastown Area School District.
Dr. Doll has been a member of PA Principals Association for 10 years. Most recently, he served the association as the Central II Elementary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors (2008-2011). This past year, he served as the chair of the National Distinguished Principal Award Selection Committee and was a member of the PA Principals Association Conference Committee in 2005 and in 2011. In addition, he has been a panelist for the PA Principals Association Aspiring Principal Workshops and has been a Pennsylvania delegate at the National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) Convention & Exposition.
Dr. Doll has been active in his community as well. He is a board member at the Children's Home of York and the Dallastown Area School District's Dollars for Scholars. In addition, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Middle School Association and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Dr. Doll received a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Millersville University. He then received a master's in educational administration / K-12 Principal Certificate from Shippensburg University and his Ed.D. in educational leadership / Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Immaculata University.
He resides in York, Pa.
Monday, November 7, 2011 3:54 PM
The new Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) is nearly complete. This update provides important information about its progress and timeline. Major software applications such as TIMS are complex and subject to delaying factors. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is working to resolve all issues so that it can ensure this new online application system will meet your needs.
PDE has automated the teacher certification process and enhanced the application so that teacher preparation programs, certification applicants, certificated individuals and employers will benefit from the efficiencies and enhancements of the new TIMS. PDE asks for your patience as they work through the final stages and approach the "go live" date. A major task at this time is the testing of the application to ensure the system works well for users on the day it is launched.
Once a specific "go live" date for TIMS is determined, the Teacher Certification System (TCS), as well as the Professional Education Records Management System (PERMS), will be closed to allow for necessary updates for a period of two weeks prior to the TIMS implementation date. You will receive notification of the specific dates for this upgrade as soon as the department has a confirmed implementation date.
PERMS specific implications:
Operations will resume on all systems on the announced "go live" date.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:11 PM
Dr. Barry L. Purvis, PA Principals Association president, and Joseph P. Acri, PA Principals Association assistant executive director, attended a public hearing of the House Education Committee on House Bill 1980 (amends the School Code to provide for a rating system for professional employees). Dr. Purvis provided testimony on this issue. Click here to read his testimony.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 6:10 PM
The Senate concurred with House amendments to SB 200, which creates the Safety in Youth Sports Act and establishes standards for the management of concussions and head injuries to student athletes. The bill is now in the hands of the governor, with Nov. 12 the last day for action. Under SB 200, the Departments of Health and Education must make information about such injuries available to students, parents and coaches. A school may hold an informational meeting for students and others. Coaches must complete a concussion management training course. An athlete must be removed from the field of play if he or she exhibits symptoms of a head injury, and may not return to play until an "appropriate medical professional"? evaluates the student and provides written clearance to return. The definition of "appropriate medical professional" includes a licensed or certified health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and designated by a licensed physician who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. SB 200 also imposes minimum penalties on coaches for violations.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 4:32 PM
The Pennsylvaia Department of Education (PDE) has received several requests for SAS 101 training. PDE has scheduled three SAS 101 training sessions for the fall session. To obtain information about SAS 101 and to register for training, go to http://www.iu5.org and click on the blue SAS logo.
SAS 101: This workshop is an introduction to the Standards Aligned System (SAS) and the SAS Portal for administrators, curriculum coordinators and teachers in school districts and charter schools.
SAS 101 Training Dates:
November 17 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh PaTTAN, Pittsburgh
November 22 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Harrisburg PaTTAN, Harrisburg
November 29 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18, Kingston
Participants should plan to visit nearby restaurants for morning coffee and lunch. Meals are not available on site.
Monday, October 31, 2011 1:56 PM
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be conducting a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 2-4 p.m. to discuss the validation process for local assessments that may be used to meet the state's new graduation requirements. Under the Chapter 4 regulations, school districts may use either the state developed Keystone Exams, locally developed and independently validated assessments, or a combination of Keystone Exams and local assessments to demonstrate proficiency for purposes of graduation. The information presented in the webinar will assist schools in making the decision to use the Keystone Exams, local assessments or a combination as a graduation requirement.
Register for PDE's webinar at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/918555418
Thursday, October 27, 2011 1:30 PM
According to an article in the Patriot News, By a 27-22 vote, the state Senate passed a school voucher plan that is targeted to low-income children attending poor-performing schools. The vote on the plan, co-sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin and Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, followed a more than four-hour debate. It now goes to the House for consideration where support remains uncertain for a taxpayer-funded voucher to allow students to attend another public or a private school where they are accepted. Click here to read the Patriot News article.
Source: myPLS Eye Opener, Oct. 27, 2011.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:08 PM
Governor Tom Corbett today outlined his agenda for education reform in Pennsylvania.
Joined by Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis and several legislative leaders in education, Corbett listed his top four priorities for school reform in Pennsylvania including: opportunity scholarships, expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credits program, improved charter school quality and accountability, and more robust and comprehensive educator evaluations.
To read the full article, click here.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education Press Release, Oct. 11, 2011.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:13 PM
By a wide margin, Pennsylvanians oppose recent state funding cuts to public education and support investments in programs that work, according to a new public opinion poll.
Pennsylvanians strongly support investing in tutoring students, reducing class sizes and making schools safer. By a similarly wide margin, Pennsylvanians oppose creating a taxpayer-funded voucher system for private and religious schools.
Source: PSEA Presss Release, Oct. 5, 2011.
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