Press Releases

Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:04 PM

NOTE:   Locations of Live Presentation Sites Have Changed

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2012 PSSA on February 16, 17 and 22, at the Harrisburg, King of Prussia, and Pittsburgh PaTTAN office locations. The information being presented is critical to the administration of the 2012 PSSAs and it is required that every LEA send at least one representative to a training session. These are train-the-trainer sessions and it is expected that the representatives deliver the information to their coordinators and test administrators.

The training sessions will be presented live at each of the PaTTAN sites listed below. The live presentations will simultaneously be broadcasted to additional PaTTAN locations and intermediate units for individuals who cannot make it to the live sessions. To register for a live session and view a list of available locations that will be broadcasting the event visit PaTTAN's website at http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/2012/February .   

Live Sessions
February 16, 2012
PaTTAN Harrisburg (two live sessions)  - NOTE Live Site has changed
9a.m.  - 11a.m.
1p.m.  - 3p.m.

February 17, 2012
PaTTAN King of Prussia (two live sessions)  - NOTE Live Site has changed
9a.m.  - 11a.m.
1p.m.  - 3p.m.

February 22, 2012
PaTTAN Pittsburgh (two live sessions)
9a.m.  - 11a.m.
1p.m.  - 3p.m.

 
Monday, January 23, 2012 3:13 PM

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Leisl Moriarty, NASSP
703-860-7308
moriartyl@nassp.org

January 23, 2012

Louis Angelo Named

Pennsylvania Assistant Principal of the Year

Upper St. Clair High School


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Louis Angelo, assistant principal at Upper St. Clair High School, has been named the Pennsylvania Assistant Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association).  Now designated a state winner by PA Principals Association, Angelo is eligible in consideration to be the 2012 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Virco Inc. come together annually to honor a winner from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.  From this pool of outstanding administrators, three national finalists will be named in January. From those finalists one national winner will be selected and announced at NASSP's national conference on March 10, 2012, in Tampa, Florida.  The National finalists each receive a grant of $1,500 and the National winner receives a grant of $5,000.

As an assistant principal, Angelo has proven success in involving the local community in the life of the school, astute awareness of current and emerging issues, and passion in improving the school's learning environment.  All state winners, including Angelo, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, DC, April 18-21, 2012.  Event highlights feature a national speaker, visits to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators, and networking with some of the best assistant principals across the nation.  The event culminates with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winner.

"Assistant principals play a key role in the success of secondary schools across the nation," said Brian True, Virco's Director of Sales. "Virco is honored to recognize their achievements and is committed to contributing to their professional development."

"Research shows that principals and assistant principals create the conditions for schools to be successful and for students to succeed.  Recognizing and acknowledging the quality of our school leaders is an honor." said JoAnn D. Bartoletti, NASSP Executive Director.

Additional information about the NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year program can be found at www.nassp.org/apoy or by contacting NASSP at 800-253-7746 or recognition@nassp.org.

About Virco Inc.
As America'ss leading manufacturer and supplier of furniture and equipment for K-12 schools, Virco is proud to support NASSP. Virco'ss great classroom furniture selection includes best-selling ZUMA(r) models, traditional chairs and desks, popular TEXT(r), Metaphor(r) and Telos(r) items, and and all-new Parameter(r) desks and workstations for teachers and administrators. In 2005, ZUMA and ZUMAfrd(tm) became the first classroom furniture products to earn GREENGUARD(r) Children & Schools certification; now, Virco has hundreds of Greenguard-certified products. Virco offers classroom furniture industry'ss only Take-Back Program that helps schools recycle their out-of-service furniture. you'sre faced with a major FF&E purchasing project, check out Virco'ss stress-free PlanSCAPE(r) service! For more information on Virco Inc., visit www.virco.com.

About NASSP
In existence since 1916, The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. NASSP's mission is to promote excellence in school leadership. The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils are all programs of NASSP. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia, visit www.nassp.org or call 703-860-0200.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 5:00 AM

Last week, Education Week published Quality Counts 2012, its annual report card for the nation and individual states for education performance.   Pennsylvania ranked 7th in the nation for K-12 achievement and 13th in the nation overall when graded across the six distinct areas of policy and performance tracked by the report. The report shows that Pennsylvania received a grade at above the average state score on five of the six areas.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Jan. 13, 2012.

 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:52 PM

U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York, announced [this afternoon] he will not seek a seventh term in office. Click here for full story.
Source: pennlive.com, Jan. 17, 2012.

 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 8:43 PM
Applications are currently being accepted for two of the former Pennsylvania Governor's Schools, the PA School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University and the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy. Applications for both programs are due by February 15, 2012.

Benefits for the student include the opportunity to work as a consultant on a real company business project; live and work as a team with international students; network with international and local faculty and professionals; an amazing pre-college experience; an edge in the college application process, and more. Please share the opportunity about the residential summer programs with guidance counselors, gifted teachers, high school students and/or their parents who you believe may be interested in this opportunity.  

Applications and further information on the Global Entrepreneurship program can be found at http://www.iacocca-lehigh.org/govschool/overview1.html. For specific questions, please contact Trisha Alexy, director, at tsa2@lehigh.edu.

For applications and further information on the Health Career Scholars Academy, visit the http://www.hcsa.pitt.edu web site or contact Karen Narkevic, director, at narkevickd@upmc.edu.
 
Monday, January 9, 2012 6:00 PM
In October 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced that it would participate in the pilot year of Green Ribbon Schools, which was created by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to recognize those schools that have achieved or made considerable progress toward energy efficient buildings, healthy students and school environment and the environmental literacy of all graduates.

The Green Ribbon Schools Application is now available on the PDE web site and at the Pathways to Green Schools' web site.   Interested public and private schools throughout the Commonwealth will submit their application for consideration to PDE.   The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 23, 2012.

Once all applications are received and reviewed, the department will nominate up to four schools to the USDE to be designated as Pennsylvania's Green Ribbon School.   From those nominated by each state, it is expected that up to 50 awards will be presented by USDE.

All public and private schools that have configuration of K-12 are eligible to apply, including charter schools, career and technical centers, and those educational schools operated by intermediate units.   All applicants must meet college- and career-ready standards, be in compliance with federal civil rights laws and all federal, state and local health and safety standards and regulations.

To access the Green Ribbon Schools Application, visit www.pathwaystogreenschools.org.

To learn more about the Green Ribbon Schools program, visit the USDE's web site
at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 7:14 PM

Governor Tom Corbett announced that Pennsylvania has been awarded $41,326,299 under the federally-funded  "Race to the Top" grant program.

The funding will be used to supplement the state's support of student-specific educational choices in grades K-12, and the current efforts to increase the number of outstanding teachers working in Pennsylvania classrooms.

 "I know, from my time spent as a teacher and with my own two children, that a one-size-fits-all approach to education does not create a successful learning environment," Corbett said.  "Our students need quality options that fit their academic abilities and their aspirations for the future. We must have educators who are prepared and capable of meeting the needs of our diverse student population."

Pennsylvania joins 22 other states that have received Race to the Top grants. The grant will be allocated over the next four years by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

A significant focus of this grant will be used for the statewide implementation of a new teacher evaluation, which is currently being piloted in more than 100 school districts, charter schools, career and technical centers, and intermediate units. It will also provide the necessary means to develop a new principal evaluation, which is planned to be piloted during the 2012-13 school year.

 "The focus of our grant application is to improve public education for every student," Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said.  "The funds awarded to Pennsylvania will support the work already being done by Governor Corbett and the department to ensure that, regardless of ZIP code or socioeconomic status, every child receives an education that provides them with the opportunity to be successful."     

The new teacher and principal evaluation is a cornerstone of Corbett's education reform agenda. Once developed, the evaluations will give parents, taxpayers and school leaders the ability to assess the quality of individuals tasked with educating students. Evaluations will also provide individual teachers and principals with meaningful feedback to help them to better serve students and increase achievement.

 "The state House of Representative's Education Committee recently voted out legislation that would base a significant portion of an educator's and a principal's assessment on multiple measures of student achievement," Tomalis said.    "This is an important piece of legislation that will benefit all students across the state."

In addition, funding will also be directed to further develop Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System, which provides educators with valuable tools and resources to improve student achievement. Funding will also be allocated to provide students with greater access to quality charter schools and online curricular options that may not be available in their district, especially science, technology, engineering and math courses.

 "As a result of the Race to the Top Grant award, funds will be allocated to increase transparency at Pennsylvania's public schools," Tomalis said.  "Ultimately, the goal is to provide parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding their child's educational future."

Half of the grant funding will be appropriated to local education agencies, such as school districts and intermediate units.

In addition to the new Race to the Top grant, Pennsylvania was awarded $38 million in September as part of the Striving Readers Grant Comprehensive Literacy Program grant. Under this initiative, Pennsylvania is pursuing a broad approach to improving literacy outcomes for all children.

In total, nearly $80 million has been awarded to Pennsylvania to improve educational opportunities for students.

Source: Press Release, PA Office of the Governor and PDE, Dec. 23, 2011.

 
Friday, December 16, 2011 7:05 PM

Today, the White House announced that nine states -- California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington - will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.   

Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement of state grantees this morning at a White House event with over 100 early learning and development experts, educators, policymakers and researchers.

Through the competition, 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico have created plans to increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families, providing more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation they need for success in school and beyond. The number and list of winners was determined both by the quality of the applications and the funds available.

The fiscal year 2011 budget provided an additional $700 million to invest in early learning and elementary and post secondary education reform. In addition to the $500 million awarded today to Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grantees, seven states -- Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania - have applied for a share of the $200 million to invest in K-12 education reform. Awards will be announced later this month.

Grant awards will range from around $50 million up to $100 million, depending on state population and proposed plans.

To learn more about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge.

Source: Press Release from The White House Office of the Press Secretary, Dec. 16, 2011.

 
Friday, December 16, 2011 3:32 PM

This week, the House amended and unanimously approved SB 1183 that creates the offense of institutional sexual assault in a school or child center setting. The bill was then returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote, where it passed 48-2. SB 1183 will now go to Gov. Corbett for his signature.  

The provisions of SB 1183 would apply whether or not the student is 16 years old, the age of consent in Pennsylvania. The amendment to SB 1183 incorporates language creating the offense of institutional sexual abuse, which would make it unlawful for a teacher, coach or other employee of a public or private school or a volunteer or employee of a center for children to engage in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a student, or a child receiving services at the center. The penalty would be a third-degree felony that would be punishable by up to seven years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Dec. 15, 2011.

 
Friday, December 16, 2011 1:47 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 has been opened to include all educators (teachers, administrators, central office staff).   This is the perfect opportunity to take a team from your district of teachers and administrators.

NASSP President Ken Griffith will be attending the trip with this cohort


Itinerary - 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/. The pricing for departure includes departing from Philadelphia.   If you would like to depart from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, NY/NJ or any other airport, EF can accommodate this with price adjustments.   

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. Please Note: You only need to pay a $95.00 deposit to reserve your spot and then pay monthly up to the tour. EF can develop a payment plan for you, if needed.   

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 revised pricing flyer.

To view informational video, click on this link: Professional Development in China -- Continuing Education for Educators (best viewed full screen with sound).

Dr. William Ziegler, treasurer for PA Principals Association Board of Directors, is the "group leader" for this trip. He is available to assist you with registering for the trip or for further details. He may be contacted at: (610) 326-8243, ext. 2051, or wziegler@pgsd.org. The deadline to register has been extended until Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

 
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