Schools slow to move on arming security staff

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in early July signed the Republican-backed Senate Bill 621 into law as Act 67 of 2019, amending Act 44 of 2018 which established a new state school safety commission and school security grant program… More

PSBA officer elections open soon

PSBA has released the slate of candidates for officers for the association, and the open period for member entities to cast their votes will begin this month. Each member entity will have one vote for each officer… More

Aug. 28 webcast: School Safety and Security Personnel Overview

New provisions for school police officers, school resource officers and school security guards were put into place with Act 67 of 2019. Get key information to help your board decide which roles best meet its needs and whether to employ or contract for positions… More

After complaints, senators return to drawing board on part of school safety law

A law to expand schools' security options in Pennsylvania now has some school law enforcement officers miffed. The measure came with an unintended consequence — taking away their arrest powers. WITF, Aug… More

Hearing explores lack of rural broadband access

As put by state Rep. Cris Dush, R-Brookville, it’s an area of lush forests and streams … and a broadband desert… More

National News: Self-regulation lessons can be embedded with academic skills

Educators can support students in developing skills that teach them how to guide themselves and focus on goals, valuable skills they can use throughout their lives, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Director and Professor of Psychology Maurice J. Elias writes for Edutopia. Education Dive, Aug… More

National News: National study shows how a simple ‘growth mindset’ exercise lifted students’ GPAs

Any student’s self-confidence can take a hit at the start of high school. Yet giving students even a brief opportunity to understand and reflect on their mindsets for learning can make them likelier to challenge themselves and improve, finds a new national study in the journal Nature. Education Week, Aug… More

Innovation schools? Why a new category of school in PA?

Amid a flurry of action before summer recess this year, state lawmakers created a new category of public school — with little warning or open debate — that seems designed to benefit one charter school in Philadelphia. They're called “innovation schools… More

National News: Today’s assignment for classroom design — flexibility

Desks lined up in precise rows with teacher firmly planted at the front: That was the standard classroom format for much of the last century. But with many educators saying kids can do better in a more relaxed and flexible learning environment, designers and architects have been providing spaces and furnishings to fit that bill… More

Podcast: Summer Learning Loss and the Long-Term Impact

Storybook summers depict kids swimming, biking and climbing trees with friends, but how does this fit into the topic of summer learning loss and the opportunity gap? Creating meaningful and productive summer months for youth does not automatically equate to the traditional summer school model with kids confined to classrooms… More