Press Releases

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:20 AM

Throughout the district this summer, 190 incoming kindergartners — or about 14 percent of all district kindergarten students — are participating in the program to prepare them for school in September.
The Morning Call, July 10, 2018
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:19 AM

In a news release June 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-2019 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s Rainy Day fund in years.
Bethlehem Press, July 10, 2018
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:56 PM

Pennsylvania’s Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides several pathways to success by providing equitable access to a high-quality, well-rounded education for all students. These pathways include focusing on teaching in the classroom, shortening of state assessments, and establishing rigorous coursework. To help meet the growing demands for analysis of academic texts for college and career readiness, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will continue to coalesce around the Governor’s goals, its vision, and literacy priorities. PDE is offering a series of professional development sessions entitled PA Leadership: Providing Equitable Access through Analysis of Academic Texts. The intent of this training is to assist district leadership teams in meeting the demands of text dependent analysis essay writing.

Leadership teams should consist of three individuals: the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum/Curriculum Supervisor/Curriculum Coordinator, and a Principal. The series will be four days during the 2018-2019 school year as outlined below.

Day 1: WHY? (Superintendent, Director of Curriculum/Curriculum Supervisor/Curriculum Coordinator, Principal)

the importance of analysis of academic texts (including analytic essay writing) as a College and Career Readiness (CCR) skill, which is assessed on State Accountability tests and consequently within the district’s curriculum

Day 2: WHAT? (Director of Curriculum/Curriculum Supervisor/Curriculum Coordinator, Principal)

the understanding of analysis of academic texts (including analytic essay writing) and the need for instructing analysis of academic texts (including analytic essay writing)

Days 3/4: HOW? (Director of Curriculum/Curriculum Supervisor/Curriculum Coordinator, Principal)

the creation of a local plan of action, examination of instructional resources and curriculum to provide a continuous and coherent plan of teaching and learning 9:00am-4:00pm (Breakfast 8:00-9:00; lunch provided)

Deadline for registration: September 1, 2018

PaTTAN Pittsburgh

PaTTAN Harrisburg

PaTTAN East

October 5, 2018

October 2, 2018

October 1, 2018

November 15, 2018

November 20, 2018

November 19, 2018

January 15-16, 2019

January 23-24, 2019

January 30-31, 2019

The participant teams will need to contact Sharon Kennedy at SKennedy@pattan.net to receive a registration key.

Register by visiting www.pattan.net, go to training calendar and click on event.

Questions about this communication may be sent to rbaumleama@pa.gov  or dsimaska@pa.gov

 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:43 PM

You are invited to meet on Tuesday, July 24 at the State College Ramada Hotel and Conference Center (1450 South Atherton Street State College, Pennsylvania 16801) to discuss the current inequity in PIAA playoffs, boundary/non boundary schools, the possibility and logistics of creating separate state championships for boundary and non-boundary schools, the leadership of the PIAA, and the possible formation of a separate entity to provide a fair, equitable playing field for all students and schools in Pennsylvania if appropriate action is not taken by either the PIAA or through legislation. Please plan to attend this important meeting in order to advocate for your district's students. Momentum on the issue is high, and it is time to act. Solutions discussed and developed at this session will be delivered to the General Assembly's Athletic Oversight Committee.
  • Please RSVP via email to Stuart Albaugh at salbaugh@harmonyowls.com by July 17th
  • Superintendents may bring up to three other district representatives (HS Principal, AD, etc...)  
  • A more detailed agenda will be provided closer to the 24th.  
  • The meeting will be from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m..  
  • If anyone needs overnight accommodations, contact the Ramada at 814-238-3001 
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:35 AM

 

 

 

BERWYN, Ill. — In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. But the early-grade math skills of these same low-income children have not received equal attention.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:33 AM

BRONX, N.Y. — The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:28 AM

For a growing number of American high schoolers — especially those crammed in the country’s swelling urban centers — college is a foregone conclusion. A typical graduation day question is, “Where are you going to college?” not “Are you going to college?”

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Monday, July 9, 2018 9:53 AM

Head Start and other high-quality, preschool programs play a vital role in leveling the playing field for at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. But some experts say more benefit may be gained by reaching even younger children and their parents. 
LancasterOnline, July 8, 2018
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Monday, July 9, 2018 9:51 AM

Not only has Pennsylvania’s new school-funding formula failed to remedy disparities between wealthy and poor public school districts, the spending gap between such districts has grown, according to a filing Friday by plaintiffs in a landmark funding lawsuit.
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2018
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Monday, July 9, 2018 9:45 AM

Area school board members are welcoming a new state law that allows them to discuss certain matters of security in executive sessions. 
Doylestown Intelligencer, July 9, 2018
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