Press Releases

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:21 AM

State Sen. Andy Dinniman has welcomed news that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will consider questions regarding the transparency of state contracts related to standardized testing and the Keystone Exams.
Pottstown Mercury, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:20 AM

On Tuesday, a state House bill that would overhaul congressional map-drawing was assigned to an unusual committee -- circumventing a different panel where such proposals have repeatedly been struck down.
WITF, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:19 AM

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 5, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 8:57 AM
In today's education atmosphere, it's important to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact school leaders, principals, and students. That's why proper funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act is critical.
Title II-A is the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training and support of teachers and principals, and is critical to improving educator quality and boosting student outcomes.

We need principals to show their support: NAESP has joined educators on social media to advocate for Title II-A funding. You can help by signing up for this Thunderclap supporting Title II-A Funding, which will spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Please sign up today, and use #TitleIIA to voice your support for this critical piece of legislation.   

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:26 AM

Wagner might be leaving his legislative career in the rearview mirror. But for the hundreds of people who filled the Capitol on Monday morning and afternoon, the work on the budget was just beginning.
PennLive, June 4, 2018
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:25 AM

In each public school in Pennsylvania, there are students who throw away their lunches, and others who wish they had enough to eat. This is what inspired Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene County, to draft two bills to address food waste and food insecurity in schools.
PennLive, June 4, 2018
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:20 AM

Gianni Hill is a York Catholic student who lives in West Manchester Township.
I’m a high school student. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am sick and tired of people dying from perfectly preventable gun violence. Dec. 14, 2012, I was in sixth grade, and I remember exactly where I was when I found out a gunman massacred innocent men, women and children at Sandy Hook. That night, WGAL told my parents to hug my brother and me just a little tighter before bed and tell us it would never happen again. Since then over 180 times it has happened, an average of a week and a half between each, but that’s just the shootings with a death. The fact I’ve only heard of about 15 scares me. This year alone there have been 45 school shootings, on pace to hit nearly 100. We have become desensitized to death and destruction. As an American, the process of responding to these tragedies is frustratingly simple. A united Pavlovian chorus, we offer our prayers, wish each other well, and those in charge promise it will never happen again because they’re going to do something. I’m still waiting.

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Source: York Daily Record by Gianni Hill Published 10:46 a.m. ET June 4, 2018.

 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:11 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Driver and Safety Education Portal will open for mandatory reporting on June 15, and close on September 15, 2018.

All schools are required to submit driver education program information, form PDE 4026 Annual High School Driver Education Report, via the portal by September 15, 2018. Schools that do not offer driver education must indicate “No Program” using the same form.

Schools seeking reimbursement must submit their request using form PDE 3039, Annual Preapproval of Driver Education, via the portal prior to September 15, 2018.

Schools offering driver education by contracting with a Private Driver Training School (PDTS) must indicate the PDTS(s) they are contracting with on form PDE 4026.

The portal can be accessed at: MyPDESuite Application Login  

Questions may be directed to: 

John V. Kashatus
School Safety Education Advisor
717-783-4382
johkashatu@pa.gov

 

 
Monday, June 4, 2018 12:51 PM

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is excited to announce its 2018 Digital Principals of the Year (DPOY). Each of these school leaders has excelled at effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management in order to drive student success.  

Kristina MacBury (@MacburyKristina), Sarah Pyle Academy, Wilmington, DE

Technology is the amplifier of personalized learning at Sarah Pyle Academy, a non-traditional, blended learning high school. Under MacBury’s leadership, each student’s personalized learning plan converted into a personalized learning portal, an electronic platform in which students can maintain their plans and portfolios of work. Just as important, teachers can now collaborate across disciplines on individual plans to guide each student’s blended learning program. The administration and faculty experimented with several tools until they found the right tool to match the learning vision. MacBury encourages the modeling of responsible citizenship in all digital interactions, and she encourages students’ authentic, purposeful engagement in social media by, for example, discussing gun-violence reduction and support for disaster victims in Puerto Rico. All the while, MacBury advances her own learning in her own connected network.

Brian McCann (@casehighprinc), Joseph Case High School, Swansea, MA

Brian McCann lives his mantra of “modeling expectations.” Under his leadership, Joseph Case High School hosts regular #edchats as well as local Edcamps to share best practices. The school also recently complemented professional development with a yearlong Tech-Know Tuesdays series, where McCann led teachers in 30-minute, lab-based trainings, each with a different digital focus. McCann’s technology-infused vision for student learning is facilitated by his loosening device restrictions, upgrading the school’s Wi-Fi, and increasing technology access by converting the traditional library to a learning commons. The impact on schoolwide teaching and learning is evident. The school’s Freshman Academy gets all incoming students comfortable with using Google’s G-Suite to engage in connected learning activities—which McCann models in his own connected professional learning—and teachers use FlipGrid to curate and listen carefully to their students’ concerns.

Mariah Rackley (@MrsRackleyCCMS), Cedar Crest Middle School, Lebanon, PA

Community outreach and building student agency are everyone’s responsibility at Cedar Crest Middle School. Recognizing the importance of social media for community relations, professional development, and student learning, Mariah Rackley launched a crusade resulting in 75 percent of her teachers maintaining Twitter accounts on which they share snapshots of learning in their classes and where they most recently participate in virtual book discussions. Most notably, Rackley led the conversion of traditional student hall periods to a common NEST period—but with an added twist. Teachers created a set of courses and content modules in the open-source learning platform Moodle to help students explore topics of interest and offer reflections on their learning. Courses are accessible to all students as a result of the school’s new one-to-one program and upgraded Wi-Fi network. The NEST period also provides access to the school’s new makerspace.

“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice," stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. "We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in empowering students in their schools.” 

As DPOY winners, each of these principals will get an expenses-paid trip to participate at the 2018 National Principals Conference in Chicago, July 11–13. In addition, winners are eligible to apply for a full scholarship to participate in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders (MMPSL), a dynamic and highly interactive online leadership training program that will run from November 2018–July 2019.

For more information on the DPOY program, please visit www.nassp.org/dpoy.

Source: NASSP Press Release, June 2018.

 
Monday, June 4, 2018 9:42 AM

 

Attention Members: The 2018-2019 membership year begins July 1, 2018. There will be NO increase in PA Principals Association dues for 2018-2019.

 
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