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Friday, January 19, 2018 8:45 AM

Now that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Pennsylvania's 13-year education-improvement plan, state officials are working on rolling out some changes.
WITF, Jan. 19, 2018
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Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:20 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced the approval of Pennsylvania’s new school accountability plan for the state's more than 1.7 million students.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:16 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Safe Schools Office, in partnership with Montgomery Intermediate Unit 23, will be offering a course entitled, “Leading School Climate Improvement: The School Climate Leadership Initiative (SCLI) Course for Administrators.”

The course, which is part of the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Series, will address research on the connection between school climate, academic achievement and staff outcomes, and it will introduce a strategic school climate improvement process based upon the work of the National School Climate Center. Job-embedded assignments will involve administrators, with the support of a school-based team, in activities designed to improve the school community’s readiness for school climate improvement. The course will also prepare administrators to oversee the administration of the PA School Climate Survey.

School leaders who successfully complete the course will be awarded 39.5 hours of PIL credit. Administrators may wish to invite members of their school climate team to attend the face-to-face PIL sessions for Act 48 credit.

The course will meet on the following dates/times at the MCIU or a nearby location (TBA): February 14 (9:00 AM-2:30 PM); March 19 (9 AM-12:30 PM); and April 18 (9:00 AM -12:30 PM).

A 10-minute recorded webinar with additional details about this PIL course is available at:

https://vimeo.com/251319462/d02ce05430

To register, please go to:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=11810&I=2669133  

(Please copy and paste the links into the address field of your web browser if the hyperlinks don’t work.)

If you have any questions relating to this Penn*Link or the School Climate Leadership Initiative, please contact Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main, Office for Safe Schools at (717)736-7702.

 

 

 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:56 AM

Education Leadership Associations Launch Online Community
for School Leaders

Learning Paths, Resources & eLibraries Available

The School Leaders Roundtable Institute is a new online community developed by the PA Association of Intermediate Units, PA Association of School Business Officials, PA Association of School Administrators, PA School Boards Association, PA Principals Association and PA Association of Rural and Small Schools specifically for school leaders.

This online community allows users to connect and view resources for the education community. Content is free to all members of any of these associations (free registration required).

 

Delivered through EduPlanet21, the School Leaders Roundtable Institute is a free virtual tool offering:

 

 

A self-guided, multi-media tutorial (Learning Path) on Pennsylvania's Basic Education Funding Formula (BEF).

 

 

An eLibrary containing resources related to Pennsylvania school funding policy and related issues.

 

 

A series of videos highlighting the important and exciting work being done in Pennsylvania public schools.

 

 

Access to discussion groups and communities to help you connect with other school leaders from across the Commonwealth.

 

Join your peers and colleagues, visit the School Leaders Roundtable Institute now, click here

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:21 AM

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) has released a report titled, “Pre-K Works, So Why Not PA?” The report revisits a 2017 PPC research product that highlighted the commonwealth’s commitment to providing pre-k in relation to other states that offer comparable high-quality programs. Despite the progress of the past few years, this report shows that Pennsylvania ranks in the bottom half of per capita investments for preschool aged children in 2017-18. This puts the commonwealth at a serious competitive disadvantage with our neighboring states such as New York, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia who invest more per capita.

 

 

 

 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:19 AM

Late yesterday afternoon, I received notice that the U.S. Department of Education had approved Pennsylvania's ESSA Consolidated State Plan as revised. Approval of Pennsylvania's Consolidated State Plan is a significant moment for public education in Pennsylvania.  The plan is shaped by the guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation, and underscores the commonwealth's commitment to creating more balanced and comprehensive school progress measures, reducing testing time, and supporting Pennsylvania's educators and school leaders. 

You can review USDE's approval letter here. Most of Pennsylvania's revisions to our September 2017 submission were technical in nature, and involved responses to USDE requests for clarification or additional detail on specific proposals. PDE will share specific information on revisions in the final approved plan in the coming days and weeks.

Early wins for Pennsylvania's students include:

  • A 20 percent reduction in PSSA testing time to begin this year with the testing window pushed back next year;
  • Increased emphasis on growth in identification of schools that need improvement;
  • Expansion in the use of valid non-academic measures of school success;
  • Use of dashboard format to ensure full, fair and transparent presentation of school success; and
  • Troops to Teachers grant awarded to support the transition of veterans into the educator workforce.

The Department is grateful to the thousands of Pennsylvanians who participated in shaping, reviewing and commenting on plan proposals since ESSA was enacted in December 2015. We look forward to implementation of Pennsylvania's approved plan in our schools for the benefit of all of our students in Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education

333 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA  17126

 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:25 AM

WILKES-BARRE — Lean and bit boyish with a buzz cut, Brian Costello can’t help but get wonky when he talks about Wilkes-Barre Area’s poor results on state standardized tests.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:08 AM

The new Republican tax overhaul includes a change that will expand the benefits of a college savings plan to include private K-12 schools, allowing parents to use the plan to pay for up to $10,000 per child in tuition.
Allentown Morning Call, Jan. 15, 2018
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Friday, January 12, 2018 8:34 AM

When I welcome kindergartners on the first day of school, I don’t see them only as little ones eager to learn. I also picture them 13 years later, attired in cap and gown, proudly accepting their hard-earned and well-deserved high school diplomas.      
Bucks County Courier Times, Jan. 9, 2018
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Friday, January 12, 2018 8:32 AM

After a year of debate, Pennsylvania's State Board of Education has approved a resolution to offer computer science education to all public school students in the commonwealth by endorsing Computer Science Teacher Association K-12 Standards.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 11, 2018
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