The Story Behind the Success of a Community School

Testimony presented by Rick Amato, principal, Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem Area School District Good morning. My name is Rick Amato, and I have the honor of serving as the Principal of Broughal Middle in the Bethlehem Area School District… More

Testimony: Community Schools (Sept. 19, 2018)

Testimony of PSBA CEO Nathan G. Mains, presented before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development Good morning Chairman Browne, Subcommittee Chairman Eichelberger, Chairman Hughes, Subcommittee Chairwoman Schwank and members of the Senate Appreciations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development… More

Dual-language learning — Six key insights for schools

For decades, two factors drove the demand for dual-language education: a desire to preserve native languages and recognition that dual-language learning can boost overall achievement for English-language learners… More

In some cities, closing achievement gaps is not for schools to fix alone

The cities — Somerville and Newton, MA.; Louisville, KY.; Providence, RI; and Oakland, CA — set off in 2016 on an experimental endeavor with the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to rethink how they support children and families, in some cases from birth through college. Education Week, Sept… More

A school garden might encourage your kids to eat vegetables. Here’s how to start one

School nationwide are enlisting dietitians to plan gardens, teach cooking classes and train teachers with nutrition education. Scranton Times-Tribune, Sept… More

EdPAC reception helps support election of pro-public education leaders

Do you want to help strengthen public education in the commonwealth? Join with EdPAC, a political action committee that supports the election of pro-public education leaders to the General Assembly. EdPAC will hold a fundraising reception at the 2018 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Cocoa 2-3… More

Is voting on your board agenda?

Voting is open online through Oct. 11 for 2019 PSBA officer and Insurance Trust trustee positions. Just like last year, voting takes place online through a secure, third-party website — Simply Voting. Each member school entity casts one vote per office… More

Applications for new state school safety grants now accepted until Oct. 12

Please share this urgent message with your School Safety and Security Coordinator Schools are now invited to apply for grants under the state’s new School Safety and Security Grant Program established under Act 44 of 2018, with a deadline of Friday, Oct. 12 to submit applications… More

Old schools, hot buildings: A ‘public health concern’?

For many districts, the cooling challenge isn't limited to installing units: Wiring old buildings is expensive. And in Pennsylvania, where schools are funded heavily by local property taxes, and state money for school construction has withered, the costs can be prohibitive for poorer districts. Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept… More

Teen social media use is skyrocketing. But don’t panic, new research says

Teens' use of social media has exploded over the past six years, while their preference for face-to-face interactions with friends has markedly declined. But the sky does not appear to be falling, according to the results from a new national survey of teenagers by the nonprofit Common Sense Media. Education Week, Sept… More