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2015 Online Curriculum Leadership Academy (April 4, 2015 to May 17, 2015)
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2015 Online Curriculum Leadership Academy (June 22, 2015 to August 3, 2015)
PASCD Conference RFPs Now Being Accepted
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PASCD Webinar Archived and Ready for Viewing
PASCD recently hosted a webinar entitled "PDEs Role in the Educational Journey of our Students" with David Volkman Executive Assistant to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If you were unable to attend the webinar, click here to watch an archived version.
Welcome 2015! A new year signals a time of reflection and resolutions for the year to come. Resolutions often focus on improving life—exercise more, eat healthy, save money, be positive. As educators, I challenge each of us to make a resolution to improve the lives of Pennsylvania’s children.
Pennsylvania’s Whole Child Snapshot reports:
20% of PA’s children are in poverty
27% of PA’s children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese
42% of PA’s middle and high school student are called names, made fun of, or teased at school
ASCD’s Whole Child initiative has expanded the definition of educational success to include more than academic achievement. Educating the whole child recognizes that children are more likely to succeed academically when each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. To move this vision forward, consider the following actions:
• Connect free and low-cost physical and mental health services wit the student and families who need them.
• Support social-emotional learning and character development.
• Offer students an array of extracurricular activities and extended-day learning opportunities.
• Develop individualized learning plans for all students that connect to their academic and career goals and interests.
• Provide relevant and challenging coursework through multiple pathways.
For more information on the Whole Child initiative, visit ASCD’s Whole Child website at www.wholechildeducation.org
Let us make 2015 the year of the Whole Child!
Best wishes for a wonderful new year,
Dr. Lori J. Stollar
PASCD was recently awarded the ASCD Area of Excellence Award in Influence and Policy. The award was presented by Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD Executive Director, at the ASCD Conference in Los Angeles, CA in March, 2014. Accepting the award is Dr. Mary A. Wolf, PASCD President, and Dr. Lori Stollar, PASCD President-Elect (pictured).
Pennsylvania ASCD was recognized as a leading organization for improving influence efforts across the state. The affiliate has increased visibility through the development of an influence/policy team, communicated legislative/policy issues with members, and increased advocacy partnerships with state level groups. This was achieved specifically through active participation with the following activities/committees/groups, led by Dr. Richard Nilsen, Executive Director and Dr. Dean Maynard, Influence Chairperson.
• Education Policy and Leadership Center
• PA Department of Education's Strategic Leadership Council
• PA State Board and State Senate Education Committee Meetings
• "Capital Steps" press conferences
• PA Arts Education Network Steering Committee
• PA Public TV (PCN), “Focus on Education"
• Middle Level Education (PAMLE) and Principal’s Association (PAESSP)
• Keystone Consortium of Educational Organization
These numerous statewide partnerships have positioned PASCD to become a well-known advocate for all students. Our work was honored with the EPLC Partnership Award last September in the capital of Harrisburg. We are honored to be recognized by ASCD for our increased statewide visibility and reliability and participation with influence activities.