PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
PA’s minimum teacher salary ($18,500) hasn’t increased since 1988. PA's minimum wage ($7.25), hasn’t been raised since 2009, and is lower than all neighboring states.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
Congratulations to Joseph Welch, who has been named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year! Welch, who teaches American History at North Hills Middle School, in in Allegheny County, beat out 11 other finalists for this year’s title.
Nominations for the Teacher of the Year can come from students, parents, peers, or any member of the community who wants to recognize a PA teacher for his or her extraordinary contribution to education in our state.
As Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year, Welch will travel the state, meet, and collaborate with other educators, and will represent the commonwealth in next year’s National Teacher of the Year competition.
In the aftermath of World War I, and with one-room schools still in existence, two organizations made an unlikely pairing to promote public support for education.
Alarmed that 25 percent of the country’s WWI draftees were illiterate, the NEA and the American Legion passed resolutions at their respective conventions in 1919 advocating for a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of education. Two years later, American Education Week was born.
A brain break can be any activity that gives students a chance to take a step back from the academic grind and give their brains a much-needed stimulus boost.
The science behind this concept is sound, and the importance of taking regular periods of rest between bouts of intense focus has been well-understood among education professionals for some time. In fact, it used to be built into each school day in the form of recess and physical education. Sadly, these critical activities are gradually being phased out in favor of more classroom time.
Overhauling our evaluation system in Pennsylvania remains a top priority for PSEA. And we’re happy to report we’re making excellent progress. In June, the Senate passed a game-changing bill by a huge majority that will make important strides toward shifting the emphasis away from standardized testing and toward classroom observation.
As that bill’s fate is set to be decided in the House later this month, positive buzz in the press and in the Capitol is building. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ryan Aument, recently spoke with the LNP Editorial Board about going back to the drawing board to correct the reform he authored in 2012. Check it out here.