PSBA 2021 Bulletin November/December PSBA 2021 Bulletin November/December - Page 26

2 months 1 page A look back at some highlights found in Daily EDition and @ PSBA Twitter feed

2 months 1 page A look back at some highlights found in Daily EDition and @ PSBA Twitter feed

MURRELL DOBBINS HIGH SCHOOL IN PHILADELPHIA MADE HISTORY BY SELECTING A GRADUATE AS PRINCIPAL FOR THE FIRST TIME – SHERVON THOMPSON , CLASS OF 1996 .
California Area School District was the recipient of a Remake Learning Moonshot Grant , which gives educators the opportunity to test new ideas in education .
Pottstown School District Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez was recognized by PowerSchool for his use of data in decision-making for better education and was named a 2021 Global Transformational Leader .
OLIVIA GOOD , MANHEIM TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER , WAS NAMED THE GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN HISTORY ’ S 2021 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR .
Gov . Wolf ’ s administration announced free COVID-19 testing is available for students in public and private schools , with parents ’ permission .
The PA Department of Education ( PDE ) launched several volumes of its ESSER / GEER Extra , a frequent communication to provide local education agencies with information as they develop plans , implement and monitor their federal pandemic funds .
PSBA accepted nominations for the Pennsylvania Education Innovation Awards , to recognize innovative leadership in public school board governance , administration and teaching .
ST . MARYS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT BRIAN TOTH , WHO RETIRED ON AUGUST 31 , WAS RECOGNIZED WITH CITATIONS FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR HIS EFFORTS IN THE EDUCATION FIELD OVER THE SPAN OF HIS 38-YEAR CAREER .
THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH ISSUED AN ORDER REQUIRING MASKS TO BE WORN INSIDE K-12 SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS . THE ORDER DOES NOT APPLY TO SCHOOL SPORTS OR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES .
PA Rep . Joe Ciresi ( D-Montgomery ) introduced House Bill 1803 , which would require every charter school ’ s board of trustees to have a member appointed by the local authorizing school board .
The Pittsburgh School District launched the first carpentry pre-apprenticeship program in the state for students enrolled at Pittsburgh Carrick and Pittsburgh Westinghouse High Schools .
The U . S . Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 years and older . The drug is now marketed as Comirnaty .
The U . S . Department of Education ’ s Office for Civil Rights ( OCR ) announced that it will administer a 2021-22 Civil Rights Data Collection ( CRDC ), marking the first time that OCR has conducted a CRDC , including all public school districts and their schools , two years in a row , for 2020-21 and 2021-22 .
Marita Fitzpatrick , an art teacher at William W . Bodine High School in the School District of Philadelphia , was chosen as the 2021 Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Secondary Art Educator .
School board meetings continued to be contentious due to debates among administrators and the community over masking and COVID-19 vaccinations .
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