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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:32 PM

Reminder: You Need Your PP ID # to Register for the PA Principals Association Conference AND to Receive Your Act 45 and Act 48 Hours!

In an effort to keep our records as comprehensive as possible, we are asking for some additional information for our membership records (this information will not be shared with anyone else). As you know, all certified educators have been assigned a 7-digit Professional Personnel Identification number (PP ID#) generated by the PDE.   The primary use of this ID is to provide an alternative to using your SSN for identification when reporting or retrieving Continuing Education credits and hours. We are currently in the process of purging the SSNs from our membership records. If we do not have your PP ID#, we will not be able to report your Act 45 or Act 48 hours to the PDE.

In addition, we have added cell phone numbers to our membership records. Providing your cell phone number is entirely optional, however many members prefer us to contact them on their cell phones rather than their business/district lines. To that end, we are asking that you e-mail Melissa Plantz, our membership coordinator, your cell phone number as well as your PP ID#. #. Send the information to:   plantz@paprincipals.org or contact her at (717) 732-4999, ext. 16.

We strongly encourage you, if you have not already done so, to obtain your PP ID# - you may use this link to go to the PDE web site.

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:08 PM

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 2497 which in addition to smoothing out the pension spike makes a number of changes to the retirement system for employees hired after July 1, 2011. Among the changes will be vesting changing to 10 years from five, prohibiting employees from taking lump sum payments at retirement and requiring additional contributions to maintain the 2.5% multiplier. The bill moves to the Senate were it is expected to be taken up next week.

 
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:31 PM
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:00 AM

PA Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association (PA PTA) have jointly developed a brochure for use by principals and PTA presidents when collaborating on and planning successful projects in their schools.

To view and download a copy of this new brochure, click here.

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Linda W. Marcincin, principal of Slatington Elementary School in Slatington, Pa., has been elected for a second term as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

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. Marcincin previously served as an assistant principal at Northern Lehigh High for two years, and as an assistant principal at Northern Lehigh Middle School for eight years.

She has been a member of PA Principals Association for 15 years. Dr. Marcincin was appointed to the secretary position in 2007. Prior to her first tem, she served as the East II regional elementary representative to the PA Principals Association board of directors. As a PA Principals Association regional representative, she organized principal meetings for the eastern regions. She has also served as a member of the PA Principals Association conference committee, and has attended the PA Principals Association conference regularly for the past seven years.

Dr. Marcincin has been a participant in the "Previewing the Principalship" workshop discussion panel for two years, and a participant in the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators' workshop discussion panel for one year. She has had an article published in the NAESP's Principal magazine. She is currently working on certification as a national principal mentor.

Dr. Marcincin earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Moravian College, and a master's of arts degree in English from New York University. She received a certification as a reading specialist from Kutztown University, and holds a principal certification and superintendent's letter of eligibility from Lehigh University. She received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

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.

 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 300 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in State College for the 17th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 4-6, 2009 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

"This year's PA Principals Association conference once again provides an Act 45 opportunity 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 Richard R. Kaskey, 2009 conference chairperson.

Senator Jane Clare Orie, Majority Whip for the Republican Caucus, has been selected as PA Principals Association's 2009 Educational Excellence Award recipient. The award is given to a person who has been a "friend of public education" and who has made significant contributions to the attainment of educational excellence in the Commonwealth's elementary and secondary schools. During the past year, Sen. Orie was an outspoken critic of the Governor's Keystone Exams (formerly Graduate Competency Assessments). She is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 281, which would require legislative approval of all new graduation requirements. It is currently in the House Appropriations Committee for consideration. The award will be presented to Sen. Orie during PA Principals Association's 25th Annual Banquet (6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009).

Some other awards to be given out at the conference include the National Distinguished Principals and the Assistant, Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. These will also be given during the banquet.

In addition to the more than 70 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Dr. Neila Connors, motivational speaker, education consultant and author of If You Don't Feed the Teachers, They Eat the Students, will present a keynote with the same name at the First General Session and a breakout session, "An Afternoon with Neila," on Sunday, October 4.

Charlotte Danielson, an author and education consultant specializing in teacher evaluation and performance assessment, will present a breakout session, "Conducting Professional Conversations," and a keynote, "Making the Most of Teacher Evaluation," on Monday, October 5 at the Second General Session.

Also presenting on Monday is Dr. Douglas Reeves, the founder of The Leadership & Learning Center, speaker, author and student achievement expert, will present the keynote address, "Data Analysis: Looking Deeper Into Data," at the Third General Session.

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 6, David Andrews, Esq., the managing partner of Andrews and Beard Law Offices, Altoona, Pa., will present a "Legal Update" at the Fourth General Session concluding the conference.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, and Dr. Regina Palubinsky, special assistant to the Secretary of Education, who will address the conference during the buffet breakfast at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. W. Diane Cargile, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and Steve S. Pophal, president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), will also be in attendance. They are scheduled to speak at the annual banquet on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 6:15 - 8 p.m., sponsored by Highmark Healthy High Five and the Highmark Foundation.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at PA Principals Association's Annual Business Meeting, President David G. Bieri, an elementary principal from the Scranton School District, will 'pass the gavel' to President-Elect Rebecca L. Stanfield, a middle school principal from the Troy Area School District, making her the 2009-2010 PA Principals Association president.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications, at (717) 732-4999 (office telephone), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

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.

 
Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Rebecca L. Stanfield, principal of Troy Middle School in the Troy Area School District, Troy, Pa., recently assumed the presidency of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

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).

Ms. Stanfield took over the association reins from 2008-09 President David G. Bieri, principal of Charles Sumner Elementary School in the Scranton School District, following the association's annual business meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 during the 17th annual PA Principals Association conference in State College (Oct. 4-6, 2009).

"I am both pleased and honored to represent PA Principals Association as the president. I have benefitted from PA Principals Association through expert advice, superb professional development and networking with some of the country's finest principals. I look forward to serving Pennsylvania's principals, and I welcome their input into how we can continue to keep Pennsylvania at the forefront of student learning, while supporting school leaders and the numerous challenges they face every day."

Ms. Stanfield began her education career as a sixth-grade teacher in the Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina. She then she became the gifted/talented director of Towanda School District followed by the assistant principal at Towanda High School.

Ms. Stanfield joined PA Principals Association eight years ago. Most recently, she the served association as the 2008-09 President-Elect. Before taking this position, she served as PA Principals Association's Central I Secondary Regional Representative on the Board of Directors (since 2005). She also served as co-chair of the program committee on the PA Principals Association Conference Committee (2007, 2009). Since 2008, Ms. Stanfield has served as the advisor to the board of directors for the Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award.

In addition, Ms. Stanfield has had an article published in the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals' Perspective newsletter. She was also the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Cohort (2006-2007) and the Pennsylvania Corollary Standards Cohort (2007-Present).

Ms. Stanfield received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Mansfield University, and a master's in school leadership and superintendent's certificate from Marywood University in Scranton.

She resides in Ridgebury, Pa., with her husband, Rodney, and sons, Jarod and Carson.

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.1

 
Sunday, October 11, 2009 5:00 PM

(Summerdale, Pennsylvania - October 12, 2009) - William P. Del Collo, Jr., principal of Fort Washington Elementary School, a suburban K-5 school with approximately 500 students in the Upper Dublin School District, was selected as Pennsylvania's 2009 elementary school National Distinguished Principal. The 2009 celebration marks the 26th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education have presented this prestigious award.

"Mr. Del Collo was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association)," said Dr. Barbara Rudiak, chair of PA Principals Association's NDP Selection Committee. For the first time, two principals were selected as NDPs from Pennsylvania - one from an elementary school and the other from a middle school. Jonathan Ross, a principal at Drexel Hill Middle School in the Upper Darby School District, was chosen as the NDP from a middle school. Both principals will represent our state in the National Distinguished Principal program Oct. 22-23, 2009 in Washington, D.C. One or more principals are chosen annually from the 50 states and the District of Columbia as the National Distinguished Principal.

A graduate of Millersville and Widener universities, Mr. Del Collo previously held the position of assistant principal at Barkley and Schuylkill elementary schools in the Phoenixville Area School District. He has served as principal of Fort Washington Elementary School since 2000, and has been an administrator for 10 years. This past year, Fort Washington Elementary School posted the fifth highest PSSA scores of all elementary schools across the state.

"At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal," said Gail Connelly, NAESP's executive director. "Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities are strengthened."

The National Distinguished Principals program is made possible through the corporate sponsorship of VALIC, an industry leader currently managing long-term investment programs for more than 28,000 education, healthcare, public sector and other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in more than 41,000 locations—representing nearly two million investors throughout the country.

Criteria for selection of the principals, set by NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

Mr. Del Collo is a member of both the Pennsylvania and national Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, served as the historian for the Kappa Delta Pi Executive Council and was a co-presenter at the 2008 PA Principals Association conference.

He has presented at the Pennsylvania Education Excellence Fair and had seven school initiatives honored between 2002 and 2007. He also received the Educator 500 Award from the 3e Institute for Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and his school was the recipient of a PSSA Title 1 Academic Grant for PSSA Improvement in 2004.

PA Principals Association serves as Pennsylvania's professional educational association and represents approximately 4,000 elementary, middle level and secondary principals throughout the Commonwealth. PA Principals Association maintains close ties with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

PA Principals Association presented the award to Mr. Del Collo at the association's annual banquet on October 4, 2009 during its state conference (Oct. 4-6) in State College, Pa.

Call Sheri Thompson at 717-732-4999 or Kaylen Tucker (NAESP headquarters) at 703-684-3345 or Michael Pladus, School District of Upper Dublin Superintendent of Schools at
215-643-8802, for more information.

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.

 
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