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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.

 
Monday, June 4, 2018 9:10 AM

The controversy over expanding school choice to use tax dollars to help parents afford private school tuition has been renewed at the state Capitol.
Mercer County Herald, June 4, 2018
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Monday, June 4, 2018 9:08 AM

This month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver two highly anticipated decisions on cases involving partisan gerrymandering — one from Wisconsin and the other from Maryland.
WHYY, June 3, 2018
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Monday, June 4, 2018 9:06 AM

Some top Republican lawmakers have joined an effort to overhaul how Pennsylvania draws its legislative and U.S. House district boundaries, now that the state's highest court dealt those same Republican lawmakers a stinging loss in a congressional gerrymandering case that made national headlines.
Associated Press, June 2, 2018
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Friday, June 1, 2018 8:51 AM

As President Donald Trump met with victims of the Santa Fe school shooting in Texas, representatives of the Federal Commission on School Safety, initiated in the wake of the Parkland shooting in Florida, held its first "field visit" at a Maryland elementary school Thursday.
ABC Channel 6, May 31, 2018
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Friday, June 1, 2018 8:50 AM

A federal study shows math scores are 10 percentage points lower for students using vouchers to attend private schools in D.C. compared with their peers who applied but weren’t selected.
Associated Press, May 31, 2018
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Friday, June 1, 2018 8:49 AM

Some top chefs from around the country are gathering to show that school lunches can be more than just chicken nuggets and tater tots.
Associated Press, May 31, 2018
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:17 PM

How Colorado is betting on counseling to vault low-income kids into good jobs and post-secondary education

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:46 AM

Pennsylvania's School Safety Task Force is touring the state hearing concerns of students, parents, and faculty.  Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale sent representatives to Erie High School Wednesday.
YourErie.com, May 30, 2018
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