Message from PASCD President, Dr. Lori Stollar
Labor Day has come and gone; another school year is upon us. As a classroom teacher, a new school year brought a promise of things to come—a fresh start, new students walking through my classroom door, a chance to implement a new strategy or incorporate a new resource into my lesson.
As PASCD President, the new school year brings the promise of things to come for our membership. Over the summer months, the PASCD Executive Board worked diligently to expand member benefits. We made a conscientious decision to increase communication with our members. You are reading our first effort—a monthly newsletter! The newsletter will be published on the first Monday of each month and will include updates and information from our ten regions and committees. (Click here to see the newly revised newsletter.) PASCD members will share their PASCD story of what the organization means to them.
Another member benefit will be weekly Policy eBlasts. The PASCD Policy eBlast will feature timely information regarding educational issues. Our own PASCD Executive Director, Dr. Richard Nilsen, will compile the blast. Rich’s experience and knowledge of education allow him to provide unique insights into educational policy. Watch for this eBlast on Fridays.
And of course you will still receive PASCD’s award-winning journal—Pennsylvania Educational Leadership (PEL)—twice annually.
Membership in PASCD also means access to digital ASCD resources through the PASCD Gale library. PASCD has acquired all 2013 ASCD titles for online access. As a PASCD member, you have 24-hour access to these titles for your own use. Titles may be accessed anywhere you have internet accessibility. Read books on your desktop, iPad, tablet, or phone. Or, choose the audio option and listen to a book being read to you. The ASCD titles are available by visiting our website at www.pascd.org.
Welcome to the new school year! We hope you enjoy your new and expanded PASCD membership benefits!
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.