2015 PSSA Overviews, Outcomes and Impacts PowerPoint
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation, "2015 PSSA Overviews, Outcomes and Impacts," from PDE that may help explain and speak to a lot of the concerns and questions with the new cut scores and its impact on school districts and students. Of special interest may be how the scores were developed and how they affect PVAAS. It provides a good reminder to that PVAAS is based on norm-referenced scores and not criterion referenced scores. Also of interest are the sections on SPP starting on page 37.
PASCD's 65th Annual Conference Registration Open
Registration is open for PASCD’s 65th Annual Conference, "Leading and Achieving in an Interconnected World" powered by Blendedschools.net. Click here to visit our conference registration page.
PASCD Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
PASCD’s Annual Awards Program honors PASCD members and organizations whose contributions to the organization or education profession deserve special recognition. All award nomination packets are due on or before September 1st, 2015. Awards will be presented during the PASCD Annual Conference.Click here for more information.
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 If you were unable to attend the webinar, click here to watch an archived version.
PASCD Wins the 2015 ASCD Area of Excellent Award for Programs, Products, and Services
PASCD was proud to receive the 2015 ASCD Area of Excellence Award for Programs, Products, and Services. The award was presented during the ASCD Appreciation Luncheon at the 70th Annual Conference held in Houston, TX. The award recognized the exemplary program, products, and services provided by PASCD including member benefits—the ASCD virtual library, the new Weekly Policy Update, and monthly newsletter; the Emerging Leader Program; and significant professional development opportunities such as our Annual Conference and Act 45 approved Leadership Academies. Accepting the award with me was Krista Rundell (left), educational consultant and ASCD faculty and Allison Rodman (right), Assistant Principal and Director of Professional Development at Maria Bracetti Academy. Both ladies are ASCD Emerging Leaders who helped to establish the PASCD Emerging Leader Program.
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.