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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:27 PM
8.4 MILLION PENNSYLVANIANS REGISTERED TO VOTE

Secretary of the Department of State Basil L. Merenda announced yesterday in a press release that a total of 8,478,509 Pennsylvanians are registered to vote at one of the state'ss more than 9,200 precincts in the General Election today. "This is a very critical election in which Pennsylvanians will vote for a new U.S. Senator, members of the U.S. House, a new governor, many state Senators and all state House members," Merenda said.   "I urge every registered voter to go to the polls to make these important choices."
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:16 PM

The webinar, "PSSA-M: Assigning Students to the Test and Understanding Participation," will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. Your registration confirmation will contain directions for joining the webinar on November 18, and a complete listing of system requirements.  You will be connected using your computer'ss microphone and speakers (VoIP).

Presenters:  Bureau of Assessment and Accountability and Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

The PSSA-M tests in Math, Reading and Science are available as test options for the 2011 PSSA test administration. The PSSA-M is an alternate assessment based upon modified academic achievement standards.

In order for an IEP student to participate in the PSSA-M, certain eligibility criteria must be met. These criteria are available in "Guidelines for IEP Teams: Assigning Students with IEPs to State Tests (ASIST)":  http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/special_education/7465/assessment/607491.

The Department strongly encourages the participation of those educators who make decisions regarding the assignment of students to the PSSA or PSSA-M test(s), as well as those administrators who are responsible for the ordering of appropriate test materials.

This webinar will provide important information about the PSSA-M Math, Reading and Science tests. Topics that will be addressed include: 1) The available subject and grade level modified tests; 2) The target population for participation, including eligibility criteria; 3) Modifications and test blue prints; and 4) IEP documentation.

Participants may register for this event on the PaTTAN web site at www.pattan.net. The PSSA-M eligibility guidelines can be downloaded from the Department'ss website using the following link: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/special_education/7465/assessment/607491.

 
Monday, November 1, 2010 5:43 PM

October 15, 2010

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) 395-6814 (Cell)
(717) 732-4890 (Fax)
sherit@paprincipals.org
www.paprincipals.org

RELEASE: UPON RECEIPT

State and National Education Leaders to Convene in Pittsburgh

 

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 300 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in Pittsburgh for the 18th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 24-26, 2010 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

 

"This year's conference once again provides an Act 45 opportunity for principals and definitely meets the primary purpose of professional development in an educational environment to increase the effectiveness of all who are engaged in the teaching-learning process. As I have come to know over my 11 years of being part of this organization, the conference also gives attendees the opportunity to network with other school administrators, which is also a very important element," said Janet M. O'Rourke, 2010 conference chairperson.

A few of the awards to be given out at the conference include the National Distinguished Principal and the Assistant, Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. These will be given during PA Principals Association's 26th annual banquet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010.

In addition to the more than 75 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees by five nationally known speakers and educators from across the state and during the three-day conference. Dr. Victoria Bernhardt, executive director of the Education for the Future Initiative, will be presenting a keynote session on the topic of her book, Data, Data, Everywhere: Bringing All the Data Together for Continuous School Improvement, on Sunday, October 24 during the First General Session.

Also presenting on Sunday is Jon Gordon, an education consultant and author of international best-sellers including The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy and The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work, will be present, "Create a Culture of Greatness in Your School," at the Second General Session.

Presenting on Monday, October 25 is Dr. Richard DuFour, the author and lead consultant for two of ASCD's video series How to Build a Professional Learning Community and Through New Eyes: Examining the Culture of Your School. His keynote, "Once Upon A Time: Addressing the Pervasive Mythology of Education," will be presented during the Third General Session.

Dr. Mel Riddle, the final keynote speaker on Monday, October 25, is the associate director for high school services for the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP). He will present "No-Cost School Improvement: Leading Changes in School Culture" at the Fourth General Session.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato, have been invited to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 26 between 9:15-10:00 a.m. In addition, Barbara A. Chester, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and Jana Frieler, president of National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), will also be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26 at PA Principals Association's Annual Business Meeting (8:15-9:15 a.m.), President Rebecca L. Stanfield, a middle school principal from the Troy Area School District, will 'pass the gavel' to President-Elect Margaret S. Foster, principal/chief academic officer of the Bear Creek Community Charter School in Wilkes Barre, Pa., making her the 2010-2011 PA Principals Association president.

For further information, or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications/public relations, at (717) 732-4999 (office), (717) 395-6814 (cell), or sherit@paprincipals.org. (Note: See enclosed schedule of events for times.)

 

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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 29, 2010 2:42 PM
Click here to view and download the Speaker Handouts from the 2010 PA Principals Association Conference.
 
Friday, October 15, 2010 1:38 PM
On October 14, the state Senate passed HB 2497 by a 41-8 vote. The legislation is supported by PA Principals Association and other affected employee groups. HB 2497 passed the state House of Representatives in June. The House will need to return to vote on the Senate amendments next week. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.
 
Monday, October 11, 2010 5:06 PM

The next important deadline for this election is October 26 -- that is the last day voters can request an Absentee Ballot. Do you know any family members, friends or colleagues who may not be able to make it to the polls November 2 due to an illness, military service or other events that have them out of town on Election Day? Did you know they can still cast their vote?

Voters unable to vote at their polling place on Election Day may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. The Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded online at http://www.votespa.com/. Application deadline is October 26.   

 
Monday, October 4, 2010 1:42 PM

Pennsylvania principals have many questions about the Keystone Exams. The new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) podcast as well as the documents that you can print from the web page may be useful to you! Click on the link below to access the podcast on the new Graduation Requirements and other draft documents including: a Keystone Exams overview, a draft statement of policy for local assessments, the State Board of Education Local Assessment Policy (regs), draft performance level descriptions and FAQs:

http://video.paiunet.org

(Select PDE Podcasts from the Select A Category drop down menu. Then click on PDE Podcast 02. The podcast is approximately 5 minutes in length.)

  

  

  

 
Thursday, September 30, 2010 6:50 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is committed to assist schools with the implementation and utilization of the Standards Aligned System (SAS). The department is sponsoring these statewide SAS trainings:

    SAS 101 (Basic understanding of SAS)
    SASIT (SAS Integration Trainer)
    SASIT UPDATE (for 2009-2010 SASIT Trainers only)

Registration opens on October 4, 2010. Interested participants can go to http://www.iu5.org to view the calendar and to register for any training.

DATE / WORKSHOP TYPE / SITE


November 9, 2010  - SASIT - Harrisburg PaTTAN

November 10, 2010  - SASIT - Harrisburg PaTTAN

November 16, 2010 - SAS 101 - King of Prussia PaTTAN

November 18, 2010 - SASIT UPDATE - King of Prussia PaTTAN

November 22, 2010  - SASIT - King of Prussia PaTTAN

November 23, 2010  - SASIT - King of Prussia PaTTAN

November 30, 2010 - SAS 101 - Luzerne - IU 18

 
Friday, September 17, 2010 1:05 PM

The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 is one of the most important and influential events in American history, establishing the many rights and freedoms "We the People" enjoy today. On Constitution Day, Friday, September 17, 2010, the National Constitution Center  - located only steps away from Independence Hall, where the signing took place  - will celebrate the 223rd anniversary of this remarkable day in history with a wide array of inspiring and educational activities both on location and online. For those of you celebrating in your classrooms, the Center will be webcasting the festivities live at http://www.constitutioncenter.org/ncc_progs_Constitution_Day.aspx where you will also find games, activities and other resources to help you celebrate Constitution Day in your classroom.

 
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