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Monday, November 14, 2011 2:03 PM

Nov. 10, 2011 - State Sen. Jeffrey E. Piccola (R-15) [chairman of the Senate Education Committee] has said he is not going to run for re-election, emailing this statement to media [today]:

"I hereby announce that I will not be a candidate for reelection to the 15th Senatorial District in 2012. I have thoroughly enjoyed my service in the state Legislature, and I count as one of my many blessings the privilege of representing the citizens of Dauphin and York counties in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support."

"During the year remaining of my term, I will work as chairman of the Senate Education Committee to advance measures to reform and improve the commonwealth's educational system and continue to strive to best represent the people of the 15th Senatorial District."

Source: The Patriot-News, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.

 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:58 PM

OPEN REGISTRATION:   LIMITED ENROLLMENT

The Pennsylvania Department of Education'ss (PDE) SAS Institute, Defining and Aligning for Student Achievement, is scheduled for December 4-7, 2011.   
The Institute will focus on three overarching goals:
•    Introduce and explore the components and purpose of the newly developed PA Teacher Evaluation System
•    Introduce and explain the components of PA School Report Card
•    Update SAS users on the redesign of SAS elements and enhanced SAS features

Open registration will be available November 10 and 11 via http://websurvey5.iu5.org/rws5.pl?FORM=Dec11. Should you be unable to register, you may view the general sessions via live streaming. Prior to the Institute, the RSS feed on SAS will provide detail on accessing the live streaming.   Additionally, sessions will be archived for viewing at a later date.

Location:   Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, guaranteed check in is 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $99/per person (non-refundable)
PDE will provide double occupancy lodging for any attendees who reside more than 50 miles from the conference location. Single occupancy is at attendee's own cost of $130 per night plus tax; single occupancy registrants are responsible for making their own reservations.
Total Number of Participants:   950
Attendance Considerations: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may send up to two participants. Intermediate Units (IUs) may send two additional participants. Higher education institutions may send up to two participants. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops.

Questions: Contact Karen Reagan at karen_reagan@iu5.org.

 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:41 PM
November 7, 2011

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

RELEASE:    UPON RECEIPT

Dr. Barry L. Purvis Assumes Presidency of State Principals' Association


(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Dr. Barry L. Purvis, principal of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Chambersburg Area School District, 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).

Dr. Purvis assumed the association reins following the association's annual business meeting held Oct. 25, 2011 during the annual PA Principals Association state conference.

"I am proud and honored to represent PA Principals Association as its new President. I have benefited from PA Principals Association through expert advice, superb professional development and networking with some of Pennsylvania'ss finest principals. I look forward to serving principals from this great state and welcome their input on how we can continue to keep Pennsylvania at the forefront of student learning, while also supporting school leaders and the numerous challenges they encounter each and every day."

Dr. Purvis began his education career as a physical education teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District. He then became the assistant principal of the Chambersburg Area Middle School and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. In 1996, he became the principal of the Chambersburg Area Middle School and is now in his ninth year as principal of the Chambersburg Area High School. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania since 2002.

Dr. Purvis has been a member of PA Principals Association for 22 years. He most recently served the association as President-Elect. He also served as the chairman of PA Principals Association's Secondary Awards Committee (2004-2010) and as the Central II Secondary Regional Representative on the PA Principals Association Board of Directors (2004-2010). In 2006, he was selected as Pennsylvania's High School Principal of the Year in the MetLife/ NASSP Principal of the Year Program.

Known in his district as "Dr. P.," he has worked tirelessly to improve the school environment and to share his clear vision and expectations for his school. He is a strong leader who seeks the development of well-rounded individuals and acknowledges the accomplishments of the students and the staff.

While Dr. Purvis was principal at the Chambersburg Area Middle School, they received the "National Blue Ribbon Award" in 2002, and the school was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Middle School of the Year in 2003. He also coached girls' varsity basketball at Chambersburg from 1979-1996 and was selected Coach of the Year twice.

Dr. Purvis received a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. He then received a master's in educational administration and has a superintendent's letter of eligibility from Shippensburg University, as well as a doctorate in educational administration from Widener University.

He resides in Chambersburg with his wife Joyce, daughter Kia and granddaughter Kiana.

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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.

 

Dr. Joshua A. Doll Named President-Elect
of State Principals' Association
 
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

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

RELEASE:    UPON RECEIPT

Dr. Joshua A. Doll Named President-Elect of State Principals' Association


(Harrisburg, Pa.) — Dr. Joshua A. Doll, principal of Dallastown Area Middle School in the Dallastown Area School District, was recently named President-Elect 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. 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.

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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.

 

Dr. Joshua A. Doll Named President-Elect
of State Principals' Association
 
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:
  • During the period of closure, school districts and Act 48 providers will be unable to upload Act 48 hours for professional education activities, and institutions of higher education will be unable to upload college credits into PERMS. No updates of information will occur.
  • Systems may be accessed for viewing information that is currently in the system at the time of closing.


TIMS/TCS specific implications:   

  • Paper applications will continue to be accepted and date stamped as received, but will not be entered into TCS or TIMS.    
  • Type 06, day-to-day emergency permits uploaded through TCS will not be available.    
  • Both systems may be accessed for viewing of information at the time of closing.

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.

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Nov. 3, 2011.

 
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.
The webinar will:

  1. Provide an update of the work being done by the Chapter 4 Local Assessment Validation Advisory Committee.
  2. Review the new  "Local Assessment Validity Evaluation Handbook"? that describes the validity criteria for local assessments. The  "Local Assessment Validity Evaluation Handbook"? will be available for review prior to the webinar at:   www.pdesas.org/localassessmentvalidation.  
  3. Review the proposed timeline for implementation of the validity process.

Register for PDE's webinar at:   https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/918555418

Source: PSBA Legislative Report, Oct. 27, 2011.

 
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P.O. Box 39, 122 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093 Phone: (717) 732-4999 Fax: (717) 732-4890
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