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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:33 AM

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a bold statement in a recent essay: By giving students individual help, average students can be turned into exceptional ones.

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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:26 AM

Over the past two-and-a-half years, out-of-school suspensions in the School District of Lancaster dropped by 42%. However, a sharp disparity exists between who gets suspended.
WITF, Feb. 2, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018 9:25 AM

For years, that has been the national narrative about the long-troubled school district in the nation's capital: After decades of low performance and stagnation, the system was moving forward with a "reform" program that was a model for the nation. 
Allentown Morning Call, Feb. 1, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018 8:27 AM

The tentative schedule for the 2018 PDE Data Summit is now available. Look for new presentations and topics, find impactful presenters from years past, as well as three exciting keynotes, and plan for the sessions you want to attend (the sessions are laid out by timeslot, but are still subject to change). You can find the agenda as an attachment in the registration link below or on the PDE Data Summit webpage: http://www.education.pa.gov/Data-and-Statistics/PDEDataSummit/Pages/default.aspx

Don’t miss the extended Early Bird pricing, which is running through this Friday, February 2nd!

Registration Link: https://teampa.com/datasummit Hershey Lodge Reservation Link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/DATASUMMIT2018

If you are a presenter, please remember that you have a designated registration: https://teampa.com/datasummit-staff.  We do need to have all presenters registered here.

If you have any questions, reach out to me directly at PDEDataSummitTeam@Outlook.com.

 

 
Friday, February 2, 2018 8:24 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is offering a training opportunity to districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals. Registrants may elect to learn 30 Act 45 hours for participation in the training.

Research tells us that hiring the right principal is critical to school improvement, particularly in the lowest performing schools.  With the right principal in place, student achievement can dramatically advance, and schools can retain effective teachers.  Principal leadership is the second most influential school-level factor impacting student learning; no school has ever turned around without a strong principal leading the way.  Securing the right principal lends itself to consistent leadership. The Quality School Leadership Identification (QSLID) process is an opportunity to create a hiring system that will retain effective school leaders. 

PDE and the American Institutes for Research have developed a process for school districts seeking a competency-based approach to hiring principals in turnaround and non-turnaround school contexts. While QSLID was originally designed for the hiring of principals, a parallel process has been designed for the hiring of teachers.  Upon completion of the course, participants will walk away with a complete hiring process and district-specific documents and protocols for both teachers and principals. 

This program includes one day of face-to-face training, pre-scheduled webinars, journal/feedback reflections, and documentation of QSLID implementation.

Note dates and locations below:

  • PaTTAN Malvern - March 13, 2018  (Snow date: March 19)
  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District - March 5, 2018  (Snow date: March 27)    

To register: Contact Melanie Novak at melnovak@pa.gov

Registration deadline: February 9, 2018

Questions? Contact Jean Dyszel at c-jdyszel@pa.gov

 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:37 AM

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Join the PA Principals Association, the PA Association of School Administrators and the PA Association of Rural and Small Schools for PA Education Leaders Advocacy Day at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA.  

A rally in support of public education and important education issues will be held on the Main Rotunda Steps from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Visits with legislators will be conducted earlier in the day. More information will be sent via email, shared in our publications and posted on our website closer to the event.

To register, send an email to Dr. Joseph Clapper at clapper@paprincipals.org before Friday, June 8, 2018.

Click here to view the PA Education Leaders Advocacy Day 2018 Save The Date Flyer (INCLUDES EVENT SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT ISSUES.) 

 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:44 AM

In a national study published in December, Penn State researchers found that starting high school after 8:30 a.m. increased the likelihood of teens getting the recommended amount of sleep and improved their overall health and well-being, LNP’s Alex Geli reported last week. 
LancasterOnline, Jan. 30, 2018
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:43 AM

Since 2013, auditors have found 724 deficiencies in 58 school districts around the state where driver documentation including a valid driver's license, criminal background checks, and other required certification were missing.
PennLive.com, Jan. 30, 2018
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:42 AM

Social media and the evolving digital landscape has complicated the effort to keep students safe, broadening the ways in which threats of violence can be made and forcing school officials to be vigilant in monitoring a complex platform.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 30, 2018
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:08 AM

The Supreme Court was seen as signaling Monday it may be open to blocking a state ruling on partisan gerrymandering at the behest of Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 29, 2018
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