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Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2007 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). Senator Specter will be presented with the award during the annual banquet held in conjunction with the PA Principals Association's Fifthteenth Annual State Conference, Sunday, October 21, 2007, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Harrisburg, Pa.

 

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.

Senator Specter is perhaps one of the most ardent supporters of public education and education funding at the federal level.

Senator Specter is currently serving his fifth term, and in 2005, he became Pennsylvania's longest serving U.S. Senator. He is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees. Under his leadership, funding for education has increased more than 130%.

Senator Specter supported the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, however he feels there should be state flexibility in its implementation.

Senator Specter continues to be a force on Capitol Hill and an advocate of public education. He is to be commended for his continued support of children.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Joan. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 11, 2007 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Approximately 200 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in the Harrisburg area for the 15th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 21-23, 2007 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center in Camp Hill.

"This conference is dedicated to assist principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders with the many initiatives such as AYP, IDEIA, Act 1, NCLB and others they ecounter on a daily basis," explained Marshall J. Wagner, the 2007 conference chairperson and a retired principal from the Hollidaysburg Area School District.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2007. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Senator Specter has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.The award will be presented to the Senator during PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2007).

In addition to the more than 80 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. Jeffrey B. Clay, Esq., is the executive director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). His presentation, "Your Pension -- Will It Be There When You Are Ready To Retire?" will be given at the First General Session from 2:45-4:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

Ron Clark, teacher, presenter and co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy, has dedicated his life to impacting the lives of children. He will present "The Ron Clark Story," a message of hope, dedication and the will to never let anything stand in the way of your hopes and dreams at the Second General Session from 8:30-10 a.m. on Monday, October 22.

Also presenting on Monday is Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker. He gives audiences powerful insights on today's generation and the long-term picture. His presentation, "Educating the Millennial Generation," will be given at the Third General Session from 3:45-5 p.m. on Monday, October 22.

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, October 23, Michael I. Levin, Esq., PA Principals Association's chief legal counsel and president of Levin Legal Group in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., will present the "Legal Update" at the Fourth General Session from 9:45-11 a.m.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Barry Stark, principal of Norris Middle School, Neb.; and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Mary Kay Sommers, principal of Shepardson Elementary School, Fort Collins, Colo. Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Pennsylvania's Education Secretary, has also been invited to attend.

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: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:00 PM

(HARRISBURG, PA-June 15, 2007) - Ms. Kathryn (Kate) Taylor, principal of Grandview Elementary School in Morrisville, Pa., was selected as Pennsylvania's 2007 National Distinguished Principal. The 2007 celebration marks the 24th year the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education have presented this prestigious award.

"Ms. Taylor was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association)," said PA Principals Association president Dr. Barbara Rudiak.

A graduate of Rowan College, Ms. Taylor previously held the position of classroom teacher in both the Philadelphia Parochial School System and Baltimore County Public School system. She also served as an assistant principal in the Baltimore County public school system and taught as an adjunct professor at Western Maryland College. She has served as a principal of Grandview Elementary School since 2000.

"Research results prove what school communities know from experience - successful schools depend on dedicated instructional leaders," said Vincent L. Ferrandino, NAESP executive director. "This honor represents our deep appreciation to a few of those who are committed to academic, social and emotional development of school children both in the nation and overseas."

The National Distinguished Principals' program is made possible through the corporate sponsorship of AIG 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.

In October, Ms. Taylor will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.

"Criteria for the 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," said PA Principals Association President Dr. Rudiak.

Over the last six years, Ms. Taylor has transformed Grandview Elementary School, where low achievement was the norm, into a positive and successful learning community. She focused on creating a safe and respectful school environment. One of her most recent accomplishments was in changing the two K-5 elementary schools into a K-2 school and a 3-5 school. 

Ms. Taylor was nominated for the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year in 1990. In 1997, she was the Performance Learning System's (PLS) National Top Evaluation Scorer and was awarded the Outstanding Instructor Award by the PLS in 1999.

PA Principals Association serves as Pennsylvania's professional educational association for principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders, and now represents approximately 3,900 elementary, middle level and secondary level principals throughout the state. PA Principals Association maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its almost 30,000 members nationwide.

 
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) is pleased to announce that Dr. William Hartman, Jr. will become PA Principals Association's new Executive Director on July 1, 2007. At the association's December board meeting, Dr. J. Daniel Collins announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2007.

Dr. Hartman is retiring from York Suburban School District at the end of June where he serves as superintendent.

 
Monday, April 23, 2007 5:00 PM

RESTON, VA — Thomas Lesniewski, principal of Deer Lakes Middle School, Russellton, and Janice Mindish, principal of Penn Manor High School, Millersville, were named the 2007 MetLife/NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Pennsylvania Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year, respectively.

Jointly sponsored by NASSP and MetLife, the annual State and National Principal of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding secondary school principals who demonstrate excellence in educational leadership, complex problem solving, professional growth, and community involvement.

"NASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Lesniewski and Mindish," said Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, NASSP executive director. "The job of a principal is one of the hardest in the professional world and we must commend those education leaders who go the extra mile to improve teaching and learning in their schools."

"Principals Lesniewski and Mindish are excellent examples of the dedication, creativity, and strong leadership needed to help students reach their potential," said Thomas G. Hogan Jr., who heads up MetLife Resources. 

"MetLife is proud of their achievements within their communities. They are truly an inspiration to us all," added Sibyl Jacobson, senior vice president, MetLife Corporate Contributions.

Each State Principal of the Year is a candidate for the 2008 National Middle Level and High School Principals of the Year. Finalists for the 2008 national titles will be announced in August. In November, Principals of the Year from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity will attend the National Principal's Institute in Washington, D.C.

NASSP is the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NASSP provides its members with the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society™, and National Association of Student Councils™. For more information, visit www.principals.org

MetLife Resources, a division of MetLife (Metropolitan Life Insurance Company), provides retirement plan and other financial services to healthcare, education, and not-for-profit organizations. MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), a leading provider of insurance and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its domestic and international subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance, reinsurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, please visit www.metlife.com .

 
Thursday, November 2, 2006 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Brian L. Cashman, Sr., immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) and principal of Susquehannock High School in the Southern York County School District, was honored as the outgoing president by his peers and invited guests at the fourteenth annual State Principals' Conference in Pittsburgh. Mr. Cashman was presented with a plaque and a ring for his exemplary service to the association in 2005-2006 during the annual banquet held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel on Sunday evening, October 29, 2006.

Mr. Cashman turned the president's gavel over to Dr. Barbara A. Rudiak, PA Principals Association's 2006-2007 president, at the association's annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. Dr. Rudiak is the executive director, school management, K-5 elementary schools for the Pittsburgh School District.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Cashman served as principal at Columbia Senior High School and as the assistant principal at Cedar Cliff High School. He has been an administrator since 1988.

A member of PA Principals Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) for 16 years, he served PA Principals Association as the 2004-05 president-elect and the Central II regional representative to both the PA Principals Association Board of Directors and the former Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP) board. He also served as the advisor to PA Principals Association's Secondary Awards Committee, as the PA Principals Association State Conference co-chairperson in 1999 and as a member of the NASSP Student Activities Contest and PIAA District III committees. He assumed the position of NASSP representative to the PA Principals Association Board of Directors following the annual business meeting at the conference. In this position, he will be responsible for membership referrals, appointment of members to NASSP task forces and committees and making state arrangements for the NASSP annual conference.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University and a master of science degree in school administration from Western Maryland University.

Mr. Cashman resides in Hanover, Pa., with his wife, Judy, a teacher at Smith Middle School in the York City School District. They have three children and two grandchildren: a son, Chris, who is married to Sandy, and has two children, Chelsea and Alexis; a son, Brian Jr., who is married to Megan; and a daughter, Jennie.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, November 2, 2006 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Dr. Barbara A. Rudiak, executive director, school management, K-5 elementary schools for the Pittsburgh School District, has assumed the position of President of the approximately 4,000-member Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), headquartered in Summerdale, Pa.

PA Principals Association's membership is comprised of elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors and is affiliated with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Dr. Rudiak took over the association reins following the annual business meeting on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual PA Principals Association conference.

She began her career in education as a middle school teacher for 14 years. She also served as a supervisor of a school improvement program for two years and an assistant principal for two years. She was principal of Phillips Elementary School (Pittsburgh School District) in the South Side neighborhood for 13 years.

A member of PA Principals Association and NAESP for 13 years, Dr. Rudiak served as the West IV elementary regional representative to the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP) Board of Directors and the PA Principals Association Board of Directors for five years. She served as a member of the PA Principals Association Conference Committee in 2001 and 2006; and as the PA Principals Association federal relations coordinator for two years. In 2001, she represented elementary principals in Pennsylvania at the National Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has attended seven PA Principals Association state conferences; the NAESP/ NASSP National Leaders' Conference in Washington, D.C., for three years; and the Northeast Regional Elementary Principals' Conference for two years.

Dr. Rudiak was the recipient of Pennsylvania's National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Award in 2003.

She is actively involved in various Pittsburgh School District committees and served on the executive board of the Pittsburgh Administrators' Association for 15 years.

Dr. Rudiak earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's of education degree from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 5:00 PM

Over 42 percent of principals and assistant principals in nine Northeastern states report that they will be retiring from their positions within the next five years according to a recent survey of over 3,200 elementary, middle and high school leaders, conducted by the Northeast Regional Elementary School Principals' Council. The results were released at the council's annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 28-30, 2006. The states involved in the survey were Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

More than 396 of the principals and assistant principals in Pennsylvania responded to the survey. "I'm concerned about the number of qualified individuals available to replace these retiring principals," said Brian Cashman, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association).

The survey revealed that the roles of the principal and assistant principal have changed in recent years regardless of the size of their schools. Over 50 percent of these educators report that they are supervising faculties of 50 or more individuals, and 53 percent say that their school enrollments are between 500 and 1,000 students.

They also indicate that over 65 percent of administrators have added between five and 15 hours per month to their schedules as a result of the federal No Child Left Behind mandates, over and beyond the additional time needed for state mandates. Principals also report that their duties have increased sub- stantially over recent years to include curriculum coordination, special education, teaching, oversight of building projects and leading additional schools, detracting from their primary role of instructional leader.

"As expectations and responsibilities continue to increase, the principalship becomes less desirable to prospective candidates for these jobs," Cashman said. Over 40 percent report that they do not have assistant principals and, of those, 57 percent report that they have no additional administrative support to help with these increasing responsibilities.

Council members believe that the role of the principal is vital to the success of student learning and effective teaching, and they have committed to advocating for substantial improvement in the conditions under which they work.

In Pennsylvania, even though there is a sufficient number of certified administrators, many will not apply for administrator positions. Teachers are choosing to stay in the classroom and not go into administration due to the expanding role of the principal and the fact that the compensation has not kept pace with teacher salaries. School districts are finding that the talent pool from which to hire administrators is limited, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find administrators who match the criteria of school districts.

For further information, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association Director of Communications
at (717) 732-4999 or e-mail sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)— Jim Buckheit, the executive director of the State Board of Education (The State Board is the regulatory and policy-making board for basic and higher education in the Commonwealth), has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2006 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). Mr. Buckheit will be presented with the award in a special ceremony during the banquet at PA Principals Association's Fourteenth Annual State Conference, Sunday, October 29, 2006, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

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 his tenure with the board, the regulations that govern teacher certification, student attendance, student rights and responsibilities, student services and higher education were rewritten. The board also published new state academic standards, approved policies necessary to implement provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and conducted a validity study of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

Throughout his 26 years of service to the Commonwealth, Mr. Buckheit has led numerous statewide education, youth community service and workforce development initiatives while serving in a variety of leadership roles in the Department of Education and Department of Labor and Industry. These include service as director of school services, director of community and student services, coordinator of dropout prevention and service-learning programs, director of the youth, education and service unit and chief of planning and evaluation for job training programs.

Mr. Buckheit's service on state and national advisory groups include the National Association of State Boards of Education Study Group on Citizenship and Ethical Behavior in a Global Society and as the Department of Education's representative to the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy. He served on the National Governors' Association National Service Workgroup, the Corporation for National Service grant review panels, the Statewide Collaborative Board for the Family Service System Reform/Family Center Initiatives and the Attorney General's Task Force on School Safety.

In his community, he has served as a representative to the Central Dauphin School Board's Parent Advisory Committee, and served as a PTO treasurer, PTA president and vice president. He has coached his daughter's youth soccer teams and is active in his church.

Mr. Buckheit earned a bachelor of arts degree in American history/political science and a master's of public administration from Long Island University.

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), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 250 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in Pittsburgh for the 14th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 29-31, 2006, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

Research indicates that the school principal is the most influential individual in any school. His or her leadership sets the tone for the school, the climate for teaching and the professionalism and morale of the teachers. But most of all, the principal is the leader in providing a safe, vital learning environment for our children [students]. It is the children [students] who we give our time, our energy and most of all our hearts. It is the children [students] that inspire us to be leaders. It is fitting that our conference theme is "Leadership - At the Heart of Education." Leadership is our gift to the children [students]," explained Marshall J. Wagner, the 2006 conference chairperson and a recently retired principal from the Hollidaysburg Area School.

Jim Buckheit, executive director of the State Board of Education, has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Mr. Buckheit has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.The award will be presented to Mr. Buckheit during PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2006).

In addition to the 77 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. Ruby K. Payne has been involved with education since 1972 as a teacher, principal, consultant and administrator. She is also the founder and president of aha! Process, Inc. She will present "Helping Students in Poverty Succeed" at the First General Session on Sunday, October 29, 2006.

Dr. Lorraine Monroe is the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute (LMLI) in New York City. She will speak on "Maintaining Our Humanity in Stressful Times" at the Second General Session on Monday, October 30, 2006.

Also, on Monday, Robert L. McTiernan, Esq., a shareholder with the law firm of Tucker/Arensburg, Pittsburgh, and an attorney in the PA Principals Association regional network, will present the Third General Session, "The Constitution Goes to School: How the Bill of Rights Affects Your Job."

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Dr. Kevin Elko, counselor, educator and author, will present the seven steps of "Nerves of Steel" at the Fourth General Session. He published the book, "Nerves of Steel," a powerful life-management program.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include the Mark Roosevelt, superintendent of the Pittsburgh School District; Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R) of the 40th Senatorial District serving portions of northern Allegheny County and central and southern Butler County; the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Joseph A. Militello, principal of Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, R.I.; and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alan E. Michelson, principal of Cordill-Mason Elementary School.

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), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
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