Message from PASCD President, Dr. Lori Stollar
Summer is upon us. As educators, we relish in the slower pace provided from the daily work of ‘school’. Summer invites us to spend time perusing the journals that have been piling up on the corner of our desk, revise a lesson plan, or explore a favorite website. And, of course, get in some much-needed vacation time and "beach" reading!
This summer, my professional reading list includes, “Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator" by Dave Burgess. In the introduction, Burgess explains the theme ‘PIRATE’ was chosen to represent the spirit of a pirate—one who is adventurous, daring, a risk-taker.
Education is a sea of change. How we ‘do school’ is changing. We are awash in words and phrases such as hybrid learning, blended learning, common core, rigor, collaboration, and engagement. It seems we all need a bit of pirate spirit to successfully navigate the changing tides of education. I look forward to diving into the book and hearing Dave speak at the PASCD Conference in November. It promises to be an inspirational and engaging session!
Whether in your office on a quiet afternoon or on the beach, make time this summer to explore a new idea, book, or website. You never know what you’ll discover!
Lori J. Stollar, Ed.D.
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.