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Monday, April 9, 2018 8:30 AM

A safe schools forum, "Town Hall: Ensuring PA K-12 Public Schools Are Safe," hosted by the PA State Education Association (PSEA), the PA Principals Association, the PA Association of School Administrators, the PA School Boards Association, the PA PTA, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT at Susquehanna Township High School, Harrisburg, PA.

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Friday, April 6, 2018 10:06 AM

The 2018-19 CATS Secondary Program Approval file is now open for new secondary CTE program approval requests.  The CATS file is a series of individual pages containing data elements pertaining to various aspects of approved CTE programs.  The Bureau recommends that approval for programs of study (POS) be sought for all programs for which a POS exists.  For programs for which a POS has not been developed, seek Tech Prep approval.  All approved programs must be delivered as POS or Tech Prep.  All industry certifications MUST be entered for the teacher and students.  The deadline for seeking new program approval is May 31, 2018. CATS can be accessed at the login on PDE's homepage.

The Career Pathway Option is a program consisting of a minimum of two related CIPs that are POS approved programs and offer the same foundational technical curriculum the first year. The newly updated CATS Secondary Program Approval Instructions are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website.

Any secondary institution may submit a request for POS approval. Currently, there are 42 POS available on PDE's website.

The competency/task grid for each POS has been developed as the foundational curriculum framework for the CIP.  Therefore, all competencies/tasks must be addressed in the approved program. POS competency/task grids have been revised and are posted on the PDE's website. LEAs are expected to use the most recent list available. Additional competencies should be added as recommended by your Occupational Advisory Committee.

In addition, your approved POS will provide the benefit of the articulated credits indicated by the statewide group of postsecondary institutions on CollegeTransfer.net.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Keisling, by phone (717)783-6996 or email tkeisling@pa.gov.

 
Friday, April 6, 2018 8:54 AM

Oklahoma lawmakers made plans to vote Friday on bills that could earmark more money for education. But it's not clear if the measures will satisfy complaints by the state's teachers, which have led to walkouts and widespread protests this week.  Full Story

 
Friday, April 6, 2018 8:52 AM

Our new Learning sections will feature a question-and-answer segment with an education expert. For our first installment, we’ve chosen Sir Ken Robinson, a best-selling author and longtime advocate of transforming education. His latest book, “You, Your Child, and School,” was published in March by Viking. The following interview was edited and condensed.  Full Story

 
Friday, April 6, 2018 8:51 AM

Black students, boys, and students with disabilities are disproportionately disciplined in K-12 schools across the country. That's according to a new report, out Wednesday, from the non-partisan federal watchdog, the Government Accountability Office.
NPR, April 4, 2018
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:20 AM

In the last seven weeks of intense local and national debate about school safety, Pennsylvania lawmakers have discussed armed security guards and bullet-proof glass, metal detectors and mental health screenings.
LancasterOnline, April 5, 2018
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:16 AM

There’s a growing movement for students in Pennsylvania’s secondary schools to learn more than the three "R"s by adding three more letters to their curriculum: CPR.
Observer-Reporter, April 4, 2018
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Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:14 AM

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday entered a heated national debate on racial disparities in school discipline, meeting with educators as a government watchdog said in a report that African-American students continue to be punished more often than their peers.
Associated Press, April 4, 2018
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3:07 PM

Through a grant received from the William Penn Foundation, five Making an Impact videos, depicting various unique programs in the commonwealth's public schools, were developed in a joint effort by the Pennsylvania Principals Association, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools. Below is a link to the most recent video from the 2017-18 Making an Impact Videos:

Titusville Area School Distrcit - Early Childhood Learning Center: https://youtu.be/1MmY9oR-nro

 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 9:03 AM

Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents' wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 2, 2018
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