PSEA - PA State Education Association

PSEA - PA State Education Association PSEA is a community of 178,000 education professionals who make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvania’s students every day. PSEA advocates for all members and strong, effective public schools.
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Achieving these goals delivers a great education for each student and benefits society as a whole. PSEA is its members: 180,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. We represent the labor, policy, and professional interests of all members. PSEA bargains compensation and benefits, protects members’ rights, and advocates for their professions. PSEA members share a common purpose, vision, values and goals. We advocate for public education, children, and our members’ professions, whether they are teachers, maintenance employees, nurses, retirees, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides, school psychologists or librarians.

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#ICYMI: NEA President Becky Pringle hosted Sec. of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona for a virtual town hall on April 21. Sec...
04/23/2021
Education Secretary Answers Educators' Questions

#ICYMI: NEA President Becky Pringle hosted Sec. of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona for a virtual town hall on April 21. Sec. Cardona answered educators' questions about what the department will focus on as we come through the pandemic and beyond.

PSEA member Delores Scales, a Paraprofessional from Barddock, PA asked PA Sec. of Ed. Dr. Cardona: "How are you ensuring governors are using ARP funding to help students?"

Click below to hear his answer 👇

NEA President Becky Pringle hosted Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona for a virtual town hall on April 21 for hundreds of educators from across the co...

"As schools approach the end of a full year of pandemic learning, summer school is being reimagined and broadened into w...
04/23/2021
As the school year ends, many districts expand summer school options

"As schools approach the end of a full year of pandemic learning, summer school is being reimagined and broadened into what is likely to be the most expansive — and expensive — summer programming in modern history, funded in large part by the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Education leaders see it as a desperately needed remedy for a calamitous school year that left many students across the country struggling and falling behind."

Some advocates call for year-round learning.

"The rise of the Zoom classroom wasn’t the only major change to arrive in Pennsylvania’s schools last year – the pandemi...
04/23/2021
Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

"The rise of the Zoom classroom wasn’t the only major change to arrive in Pennsylvania’s schools last year – the pandemic has also brought a seismic shift in how schools deliver crucial food assistance to children experiencing hunger."

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week issued a year-long extension of a waiver program that lets schools send free food home with students. Originally set to expire this September, the program will now be in effect through June 2022."

The rise of the Zoom classroom wasn’t the only major change to arrive in Pennsylvania’s schools last year – the pandemic has also brought a seismic shift in how schools deliver crucial food assistance to children experiencing hunger.

"Environmental education empowers students around the world to solve the climate crisis and develop the skills, optimism...
04/22/2021
Education and Action Resources | Earth Day

"Environmental education empowers students around the world to solve the climate crisis and develop the skills, optimism and resolve to lead the environmental movement of tomorrow."

#EarthDay2021 🌎

Learn more ⤵️
https://www.earthday.org/campaign/environmental-education/

Is your school on the map? 🗺
https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-schools/

Our education program engages hundreds of thousands of teachers, students and partners to educate and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

"Pennsylvania schools could have some additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under Senate Bill 3...
04/22/2021
Senate votes to extend program helping schools find substitute teachers

"Pennsylvania schools could have some additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under Senate Bill 381, which was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday."

"A program was created back in 2016 that allowed those training to be teachers to serve as substitute teachers, provided the individual has valid clearances and at least 60 credit hours. The program was set to expire on June 30. The bill passed by the Senate would make this program permanent."

Pennsylvania schools could have some additional opportunities to find qualified substitute teachers under Senate Bill 381, which approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday, according to Senat…

We're loving the amount of vaccine program feedback we're getting from our members. 🙏What's your COVID-19 vaccine story?...
04/22/2021

We're loving the amount of vaccine program feedback we're getting from our members. 🙏

What's your COVID-19 vaccine story?
Share it with us in the comments 👇

We're loving the amount of vaccine program feedback we're getting from our members. 🙏

What's your COVID-19 vaccine story?
Share it with us in the comments 👇

🗳 The municipal primary election is one month away. -- Find your public school champions here 👇--Your colleagues have re...
04/20/2021

🗳 The municipal primary election is one month away.

-- Find your public school champions here 👇--
Your colleagues have recommended candidates in your area for the May 18 primary election. Simply enter your home address at www.schoolhouseballot.com to find the names of public school champions who will be on your ballot.

🗳 The municipal primary election is one month away.

-- Find your public school champions here 👇--
Your colleagues have recommended candidates in your area for the May 18 primary election. Simply enter your home address at www.schoolhouseballot.com to find the names of public school champions who will be on your ballot.

During a legislative hearing today on education reform, PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin offered research-driven, common...
04/19/2021

During a legislative hearing today on education reform, PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin offered research-driven, commonsense policy ideas to improve public education in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Read PSEA's press release on Aaron's testimony ↙️

-- PSEA VP outlines post-pandemic education reforms that will move students forward --
https://www.psea.org/release/SenateEducationReformHearing

During a legislative hearing today on education reform, PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin offered research-driven, commonsense policy ideas to improve public education in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Read PSEA's press release on Aaron's testimony ↙️

-- PSEA VP outlines post-pandemic education reforms that will move students forward --
https://www.psea.org/release/SenateEducationReformHearing

"Educators nationwide are planning to make summer school look more like summer camp this year.""School districts are aim...
04/19/2021
Equipped With Federal Aid, Summer Schools Aim for Huge Increases in Enrollment

"Educators nationwide are planning to make summer school look more like summer camp this year."

"School districts are aiming to enroll more summer school students than usual as they try to create new learning opportunities and better prepare them for the year ahead. Educators also hope that getting children in grades K-12 back into the classroom will help with the emotional and mental toll from months of remote or disrupted schooling due to the pandemic."

Drawing on new federal aid for activities, educators nationwide are planning to make summer school look more like summer camp this year.

04/16/2021
Wendy Robison on collaboration for the greater good during the pandemic

Wendy Robison (School Nurse, Western Beaver County SD) on the importance of collaboration during the early stages of this pandemic
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When the pandemic began last spring, Robison collaborated with her superintendent, reached out to all other districts in the county, and raided the supplies of masks, gowns, goggles, and gloves from science rooms, maintenance, and nursing offices to deliver them to a local hospital.

After that, Robison’s primary mission was to look at all of the information and evidence she could find about COVID-19 and help shape the best way to teach and serve kids – while reducing health risks.

“We’ve researched everything – evidence based practices,” she said. “And we chose things that were supported by research.”

Read more about Wendy https://www.psea.org/ourstory#wendy

04/15/2021
Kids & COVID: IMPACT K-12

PSEA President Rich Askey joins other educators and health experts to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on children in K-12 schools. #PSEAKeepingConnected

"The Wolf administration on Tuesday said it will provide $10.8 million to expand STEM education and computer science in ...
04/15/2021
State awards $10.8M for STEM education in Pa. schools

"The Wolf administration on Tuesday said it will provide $10.8 million to expand STEM education and computer science in Pennsylvania’s schools and learning institutions, including several in Western Pennsylvania."

#STEM

The Wolf administration on Tuesday said it will provide $10.8 million to expand STEM education and computer science in Pennsylvania’s schools and...

Tune in around 6 p.m. today to catch the Facebook Live stream.
04/15/2021

Tune in around 6 p.m. today to catch the Facebook Live stream.

Updated Speaker Information: Dr. Denise Johnson, Acting PA Physician General, joins speakers at Kids & COVID webinar!

Register Now to participate in the Kids & COVID webinar and get your questions answered!
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TvkOhUGCQ1K1Ejajstzfeg

PSEA will share resources and updates on this situation as they are available. We certainly encourage anyone who has rec...
04/14/2021

PSEA will share resources and updates on this situation as they are available. We certainly encourage anyone who has received the J&J vaccine and is worried about these newly-reported side effects to talk with their doctor.

https://www.psea.org/covid19vaccine

PSEA will share resources and updates on this situation as they are available. We certainly encourage anyone who has received the J&J vaccine and is worried about these newly-reported side effects to talk with their doctor.

https://www.psea.org/covid19vaccine

Yesterday the CDC and FDA, out of an abundance of caution, recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Jo...
04/14/2021

Yesterday the CDC and FDA, out of an abundance of caution, recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Also yesterday, the Wolf administration directed a pause in the administration of the J&J vaccine in PA.

There is no doubt that some members will be concerned about this. However, at this time, it is important to note that CDC and FDA officials have emphasized that the side effects that led to this pause are extremely rare.

PSEA will be in regular contact with federal and state officials about this, and we will share information with you as we receive it. We will also continually update information on www.psea.org/covid19vaccine.

#KeepingConnected

Yesterday the CDC and FDA, out of an abundance of caution, recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Also yesterday, the Wolf administration directed a pause in the administration of the J&J vaccine in PA.

There is no doubt that some members will be concerned about this. However, at this time, it is important to note that CDC and FDA officials have emphasized that the side effects that led to this pause are extremely rare.

PSEA will be in regular contact with federal and state officials about this, and we will share information with you as we receive it. We will also continually update information on www.psea.org/covid19vaccine.

#KeepingConnected

"Quinn Smith, a fifth-grade teacher in the Camp Hill School District, said she was glad to have gotten the J&J vaccine d...
04/14/2021

"Quinn Smith, a fifth-grade teacher in the Camp Hill School District, said she was glad to have gotten the J&J vaccine despite Tuesday’s news, and not only because she got it more than three weeks ago, putting her outside the window of concern for even the one-in-a-million blood clots that caused the pause."

“Being around 10- and 11-year-olds all day, I feel a little safer. I also feel safer for them because it protects them from possibly me giving them COVID,” Smith said, adding that she felt confident enough to take a road trip out of state after getting vaccinated in mid-March.

"Even David Payne, a Harrisburg resident who was among the last to receive a J&J dose Monday (in his case at a Harrisburg clinic) before Tuesday’s pause, said his dominant emotion wasn’t fear."

“More than anything else, I was just relieved that I was able to get it because I know a lot of people who, even now, still want to get it,” Payne said."

https://www.abc27.com/news/health/coronavirus/vaccination-frustration/112500-teachers-among-nearly-263000-who-got-jj-shots-in-pa-before-the-pause/

"Quinn Smith, a fifth-grade teacher in the Camp Hill School District, said she was glad to have gotten the J&J vaccine despite Tuesday’s news, and not only because she got it more than three weeks ago, putting her outside the window of concern for even the one-in-a-million blood clots that caused the pause."

“Being around 10- and 11-year-olds all day, I feel a little safer. I also feel safer for them because it protects them from possibly me giving them COVID,” Smith said, adding that she felt confident enough to take a road trip out of state after getting vaccinated in mid-March.

"Even David Payne, a Harrisburg resident who was among the last to receive a J&J dose Monday (in his case at a Harrisburg clinic) before Tuesday’s pause, said his dominant emotion wasn’t fear."

“More than anything else, I was just relieved that I was able to get it because I know a lot of people who, even now, still want to get it,” Payne said."

https://www.abc27.com/news/health/coronavirus/vaccination-frustration/112500-teachers-among-nearly-263000-who-got-jj-shots-in-pa-before-the-pause/

"Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union said Tuesday that most of the 112,000 school staff statewide who received the Joh...
04/14/2021
Philadelphia, Pa. and N.J. pause use of J&J vaccine as U.S. investigates reports of rare blood clots

"Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union said Tuesday that most of the 112,000 school staff statewide who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine got the doses more than two weeks ago — putting them beyond the window in which six women out of millions vaccinated developed rare side effects that spurred federal officials to recommend a pause."

“We aren’t aware of any school staff members who have reported these side effects, but we will stay vigilant about this,” said Chris Lilienthal, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. He said the union “will be in communication with our members with resources and updates on this situation as they are available. We certainly encourage anyone who is worried about these side effects to talk with their doctor.”

The CDC and FDA recommended the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States to investigate reports of rare cases of blood clots.

“In the millions of doses, there have only been a handful of adverse reactions, so the vaccine is still very safe,” Cone...
04/14/2021
'The vaccine is still very safe': Lancaster County educators not worried about J&J vaccine

“In the millions of doses, there have only been a handful of adverse reactions, so the vaccine is still very safe,” Conestoga Valley High School biology teacher and Conestoga Valley Education Association President Tara Flick said."

"Flick and others who spoke to LNP | LancasterOnline Tuesday said because the incident of blood clots was so rare — six out of 6.8 million in the United States, according to federal health officials — they're still glad they got the shot. The benefits, they said, still seem to outweigh the risks."

“My advice to anyone who got the J&J shot is to remember that they are effectively preventing severe illness and their own death due to COVID,” Flick said. “All vaccines and medications have rare side effects so people should be aware of the problem, but it should not stop them from getting the vaccine.”

“All vaccines and medications have rare side effects so people should be aware of the problem, but it should not stop them from getting the vaccine.”

Today the CDC and FDA, out of an abundance of caution, have recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & J...
04/13/2021

Today the CDC and FDA, out of an abundance of caution, have recommended a pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The CDC will conduct a review panel on this issue on Wed., April 14. Also today, the Wolf administration directed a pause in the administration of the J&J vaccine in PA.

There is no doubt that some members will be concerned about this. However, at this time, it is important to note that CDC and FDA officials have emphasized that the side effects that led to this pause are extremely rare.

PSEA will be in regular contact with federal and state officials about this, and we will share information with you as we receive it. We will also continually update information on www.psea.org/covid19vaccine.

Today DOH notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until at least April 20 following the recommendation out of an abundance of caution in a joint release from the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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04/12/2021

📚 Today is D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day = a national celebration of reading held annually on April 12 (author Beverly Cleary's birthday 🎂) to remind readers of all ages to make reading a priority – not just today, but every day.

What are you reading? 📖

👏🎼“Music education is important for all students to have, regardless of the career they may pursue after high school,” s...
04/12/2021
Curwensville schools' music education program receives national recognition

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“Music education is important for all students to have, regardless of the career they may pursue after high school,” said high school band Director Bo Pennington. “Music is an integral part of all areas of our lives, and it’s important that we understand it and take time to learn to enjoy and appreciate it. We’re fortunate that our school district affords the opportunity for all students to have access to a quality music education.”

CURWENSVILLE — Curwensville Area School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

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The Pa Health Department recently announced the phased release of the vaccine, and educators have not been included in the first phase of vaccinations. I have not seen a single elected official who was endorsed by the PSEA speak publicly on this issue, in support of educators. Why are we allowing candidates we supported with our social currency, our money and our votes to hide from this issue. We should be holding our endorsed candidates accountable. Whether they have the power of office to affect the needed change or not, ever PSEA endorsed candidate should be publicly advocating for teachers to receive the vaccine.
If I take unpaid sick days, am I still entitled to receive holiday pay since I am still a school employee?
Please work to save our pension from the likes of Blackstone. Pennsylvania’s state pension fund, for instance, has paid more than $300 million of investment fees to Schwarzman’s firm. He has returned the favor by bankrolling the campaigns of the Republican politicians who have been trying to invalidate Pennsylvania’s election and potentially throw out the votes of the same workers whose savings have enriched Blackstone.
When will you do the right thing for your students and reverse your recommendation to the counties? As a Montco resident who is watching my kids mental health decline, I cannot understand, how you and your association, can in good conscience, ignore the actual science, not the ones you want to cherry-pick, and force virtual, which has been an absolute disaster. The kids aren't learning and that's what you're supposed to be leading. You need to address this publicly. Parents deserve to hear from you why their kids don't deserve the education that by law, they are entitled to.
we should put the children first, they need to be in school, period end of story
Hey PSEA - Even your teachers in most of Montco don't want to go virtual. You don't care about our kids. Parents are organizing and we're done with you sacrificing our kids for your union politics.
This is my 5th year teaching in PA. I am curious why in PA when changing school districts teachers must start at step one on the pay scale for their new school. Is this state wide? When I changed schools in Virginia I started at the step from my previous school. I feel like this limits PA schools from getting seasoned teachers as well as makes PA teachers feel like they must stay in a school system. How can we change this?
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Did new guidelines come out regarding Paras going into the student's home?
AFT American Federation of Teachers Endorses fellow Teacher Lauren Lareau.