How to make schools safer? District ideas range from security equipment to hiring police officers

A portion of Pennsylvania’s historic $70 million investment in school and community safety will soon make its way into school district coffers with many districts interested in using that money to buy security technology and equipment and visitor ID systems. Pennlive, Nov… More

What does personalized learning mean? Whatever people want it to

Personalized learning has a big problem. Inside America's schools, the term is used to mean just about anything. For some, such variety is reason for optimism. But skeptics warn such loose explanations could lead the movement down a well-worn path toward incoherence and ineffectiveness. Education Week, Nov. 8, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Build on finance, policy, board culture skills at Applied School Director Training

Three convenient locations in December and January Take the next step in your professional development with Applied School Director Training… More

Commentary: Buckle up, Betsy DeVos: Democrats have won the House

For the first time in eight years, Democrats were on track to take control of the House of Representatives as the result of Tuesday's midterm elections, ushering in some big changes in how Washington handles education — but not necessarily huge changes in policy. Education Week, Nov. 7, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Commentary: Will Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-controlled General Assembly get along better?

With the election now over, Gov. Tom Wolf can shift his focus to pushing a second-term agenda that heavily builds on accomplishments of his first four years with a new lieutenant governor at his side. Pennlive, Nov… More

PSBA survey reveals board operations, community engagement and student representation

The PSBA Research Inquiry on School Board Operations is conducted every three years to compile information on how Pennsylvania public school boards operate, engage the community and provide opportunities for student representation. The 2018 survey results were recently published in the September/October issue of PSBA Bulletin… More

PA House and Senate remain in Republican control despite Democratic gains

The “blue wave” that saw Pennsylvania Democrats picking up seats in the U.S. House on Tuesday and winning statewide elections for governor and the U.S. Senate made a noticeably smaller splash in the General Assembly. Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov… More

Backpacks can stress your students’ spines more than previously thought

A new study in the journal Surgery Technology International tested the stresses on a model spine from backpacks laden with with weights from one to 100 pounds and worn using both straps. Education Week, Nov. 2, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Student walkouts and Election Day: What schools should know

High school and college students around the country are organizing class walkouts on election day this Tuesday. Their efforts, which mimic large youth walkouts in the spring, aim to draw attention to their concerns about gun violence and to encourage young people to vote. Education Week, Nov. 5, 2018 (Subscription may be required… More

Smart Talk: The state of education and ‘Going Home’ series

Smart Talk continues a conversation we began on Monday on the state of education in Pennsylvania. Teacher shortages and budget pressures are two issues that loom large on the public education landscape. WITF, Nov… More