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Week of 1-10-2022

Inside this issue

  • PSEA turns 170 this year!
  • Philadelphia Eagles nominate Chester football coach for national award
  • PEARL and the Center for Professional Learning schedule
  • Member Benefits spotlight: AmeriServ mortgage and home equity loans

PSEA turns 170 this year!

You are part of an incredible legacy that began in 1852 when a group of school teachers banded together to make a difference. As we celebrate our 170th year as an Association, we look back on our union’s history, our passion for public schools, and the entire labor movement. Thank you for another year of fighting for yourselves and your students, advocating for your future, and continuing to make Pennsylvania public schools the very best they can be.

Look for some interesting historical tidbits in upcoming PSEA publications.

Philadelphia Eagles nominate Chester football coach for national award

On Jan. 11, the Philadelphia Eagles named LaDontay Bell their nominee for the 2021 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. Each of the NFL’s 32 teams nominates one coach for the national award every year.

Bell, the head coach of the Chester Clippers football team in the Chester School District since 2016, has played a pivotal role in the lives of his players and the broader Chester community. If he wins the award he’ll earn $5,500 for his school’s football program.

Read our feature story on Bell in the November issue of Voice HERE

“I’m just keeping my why in front of me,” said Bell in response to the honor. “It’s all about the youth and helping them identify their purpose.”

PEARL and the Center for Professional Learning schedule

Find out all the fun and easy ways you can earn Act 48/Chapter 14 credits, including through our PEARL platform!


Here are just a few of the dozens of asynchronous courses you can enjoy right now on PEARL:

  • Formative Assessment Fun with Kahoot
  • Time Management and Organization for Online Learning
  • Math at a Distance: Best Practices
  • Culturally Responsive Literature in the Classroom
  • Maximizing Google Classroom


  • Connection Before Curriculum: Social and Emotional Learning for Students and Staff
    • Jan. 26, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Educator Evaluation in 2021 and Beyond
    • Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Speak Up! Confronting White Nationalism in the Classroom
    • Feb. 9, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Critical Race Theory, Multi-Culturalism, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Social Justice for Equity in Schools Today
    • Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.

Book Discussions

  • What Do You Do With Matters Series
    • Jan. 31, 5-6 p.m.
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
    • Feb. 7, 5-6 p.m.
  • Stamped from the Beginning
    • Feb. 15, 5-6 p.m.
  • Little Legends/Dreamers series
    • Feb. 24, 5-6 p.m.

Member Well-being

  • Mindful Mondays
    • Jan. 24, 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Mindful Mondays
    • Feb. 28, 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Mindful Mondays
    • March 28, 5-5:45 p.m.

Member Benefits spotlight: AmeriServ mortgage and home equity loans

The current low interest rates make it a great time to take advantage of AmeriServ’s mortgage and home equity loan programs for PSEA members and their families (parents, children, brothers, and sisters). AmeriServ is the preferred mortgage and consumer lender for PSEA members. 

Many members are taking advantage of the current low-rate environment to reduce their monthly mortgage payments and/or to refinance into shorter-term loans to pay off their houses sooner.

AmeriServ is located in Pennsylvania and is proud to be one of only 10 unionized banks in the country.

PSEA mortgage benefits include:

  • Market-leading mortgage interest rates
  • No loan origination fees (savings of $695)
  • One FREE rate relock opportunity ($400 value)
  • $250 credit on interest rate buy-down options

Check out the link below to jump on these historic low rates!

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