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Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:44 AM

Who must fulfill the requirements?

All certified school and systems leaders who serve in the following positions in a commonwealth public school:

  1. Assistant or Vice Principal
  2. Principal
  3. Assistant Superintendent
  4. Superintendent
  5. Assistant Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  6. Intermediate Unit Executive Director
  7. Director of an Area Vocational-Technical School

What is required?

• All persons employed as school and system leaders must complete 180 Act 45 continuing professional education hours every five years.  The number of hours is prorated during the period when first hired in one of the positions listed above. 

• The original end date of your five-year cycle does not change when you are first hired in the school and system leader position.

• School and system leaders are required to fulfill the PIL hours in PDE-approved programs that address one or more of the eight PA school leadership standards.

How will I know how many Act 45 hours to complete after I first become an administrator serving in one of the seven designated positions?

• The date of hire in one of the seven designated positions marks the beginning of the PIL continuing professional education requirements regardless of the number of regular Act 48 hours that the administrator may have previously earned. For example, if you are hired in one of these seven positions half-way through your Act 48 compliance period, you must earn half of the required 180 credit hours in PIL credit hours before the cycle ends.

• The number of PIL hours are to be completed for the remainder of the school or system leader’s continuing professional education compliance period even if they are not displayed in PERMS. You may not see this information on your record until your new position is included in the school district’s annual spring PIMS report to PDE.

Which courses are approved to provide the Act 45 continuing professional education hours?

• All PDE Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours, including those approved for the Principal Induction Program. The courses are found on the PDE PIL website.

• PDE-approved Superintendent Letter of Eligibility program courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours.

A list of non-PDE courses approved to provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours is located on the PDE PIL website.

Where can I find information?

Additional information is available on the following PDE websites:

•   PDE PIL website

•   Act 48 and PERMS    

•   PDE certification information and TIMS link

For additional information, please contact:

Carla Wilson, PA Inspired Leadership Program
Phone: 717.346.7112
Email: c-cwilson@pa.gov 

 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:39 AM

What is the requirement?

Principals, assistant principals, and vice principals are required to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-approved Principal Induction Program and convert from an Administrative I to an Administrative II certificate within five years of initial appointment as a principal, assistant principal, or vice principal in commonwealth public schools.  There are two exceptions:

• Administrative (Type 78) certificates that are valid for 99 years require completion of the Principal Induction Program only if initially hired in a public school as a principal, vice, or assistant principal position on or after January 1, 2008.

•  Administrative Provisional I holders who complete PIL Induction as the program requirement for certification must complete the induction and testing requirement and convert to an Administrative I within two years of employment. 

Who must fulfill the requirements?

• All persons issued an Administrative certificate prior to January 1, 2008, but who are employed for the first time as a principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school on or after January 1, 2008.

• All persons issued an Administrative I certificate on or after January 1, 2008 who are employed as principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school.

• All persons hired on an Administrative Provisional I certificate who complete PIL Induction as the program requirement for certification must complete a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program within two years from the date of employment in the position. 

Administrative Provisional I holders who complete an approved Administrative certificate program as their program requirement must complete the program and testing within two years, but have five years from the date of hire in which to complete the PIL Induction.

Please refer to the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Continuing Professional Education Requirements Reminder Penn*Link for information regarding the Act 45 professional development requirements. 

Please note that all administrators serving in PIL-covered positions, including those working to fulfill the Principal Induction requirement, must complete continuing professional education hours in approved courses. 

This requirement begins on the date of service in a PIL-covered position. The school/district PIMS staffing report will inform PDE/PERMS of the administrator’s change to a PIL-designated title; however, the requirement may not be visible on the PERMS record for several months.

Where to find information:

PDE Certification Information - TIMS Website

PDE PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program

For additional information, please contact:

Carla Wilson, PA Inspired Leadership Program
Phone: 717.346.7112
Email: c-cwilson@pa.gov

 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 8:58 AM

Pennsylvania lawmaker Will Tallman is not seeking re-election in November. But if the Adams County Republican has his way, he will go out with the passage of a monumental bill that would rewrite free speech rules in schools by banning discussions centered around modern-day civics, politics and science in classrooms.
Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 18, 2018
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 8:57 AM

Pennsylvania State Police and Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that troopers will be conducting safety checks of every school in their coverage area at least once per shift in an effort to support safer learning environments.
Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 18, 2018
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 2:32 PM

Yes, the robots are definitely coming for the jobs of America’s 3.5 million cashiers. Just ask the retail workers who’ve already been displaced by automated checkout machines. Robots may also be coming for radiologists, whose expertise diagnosing diseases through X-rays and MRIs is facing stiff competition from artificial intelligence. And robots are starting to do some of the work in professions as diverse as chefoffice clerk and tractor-trailer operator.

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Monday, September 17, 2018 9:47 AM

The school lunch room: it's where your kids sit and eat every day. But, do you know how clean it is? School kitchens are inspected twice every year by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. That’s more than restaurants. Those reports are easily accessible. Parents just need to search for their child's school.
CBS Channel 21, Sept. 16, 2018
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Monday, September 17, 2018 9:46 AM

The state senate majority policy committee hosted a school safety discussion on Friday in Philipsburg. It’s the seventh out of 10 sessions planned regarding the allocation of $60 million in state funding for schools. 
WPSU, Sept. 14, 2018
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Monday, September 17, 2018 9:45 AM

School districts in York County are opposing a proposed statewide earned income tax collection, with some boards passing resolutions telling the legislature to stick with the status quo. House members unanimously adopted a resolution in March to study the benefits of having the state Department of Revenue collect all earned income taxes (EIT), with the idea that consolidation could reduce administration costs for districts.
York Dispatch, Sept. 14, 2018
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Friday, September 14, 2018 8:38 AM

The Food and Drug Administration announced a set of major new enforcement actions Wednesday aimed at reducing the sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes to teenagers.
NPR, Sept. 13, 2018
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Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:06 AM

Pennsylvania middle and high school students are encouraged to share their perspectives on improving school safety by participating in the second annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition.
PennWatch.org, Sept. 12, 2018
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