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Week of 2-28-2022

Inside this issue

  • Standardized test results don’t tell the whole story
  • Women’s History Month highlight: PSEA past president Helen Wise
  • Share your favorite book for National Reading Month
  • Center for Professional Learning and PEARL
  • PSEA Member Benefits spotlight: GE Appliances Store

Standardized test results don’t tell the whole story

Yesterday, the PA Department of Education released PSSA results for the 2020-21 school year. And, as we all expected, both student scores and participation rates were down – BECAUSE OF A GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

Everyone knows how hard you worked to keep students learning and supported, even as your schools moved instruction fully online, adopted hybrid models, or closed for days or weeks because of the spread of the coronavirus.

You have done extraordinary work. And these standardized test results clearly offer an incomplete measure of student performance during the pandemic.

Parents know how hard you’ve worked. A recent national poll showed that 78% of parents believe that their students’ teachers are good or excellent, and 80% said teachers made an extra effort to help students during the pandemic.

Don’t worry about these test results. They’re not the way to gauge how students have learned in the past year. You are.

Women’s History Month highlight: PSEA past president Helen Wise

For Women’s History Month we pay homage to former PSEA and NEA President Helen Wise. Helen was a social studies teacher in the State College Area School District who became a fierce defender of public education and a strong advocate for the union.
She was elected PSEA president in 1969 and NEA president in 1973. She parlayed her work into public office, serving as Secretary for Legislative Affairs and Secretary to the Cabinet under Gov. Robert Casey from 1987-’95. She is an icon in our organization and across the state for her leadership and commitment to improving the lives of educators and students.

Share your favorite book for National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month. Got a favorite book you can’t stop telling people about? Share it with us! Go to our Share Your Story page below and drop the title, author, and maybe even a favorite line or two in the online form so we can share your favorite with the rest of PSEA! 

Share Now

Center for Professional Learning and PEARL


Do you need help earning Act 48 credits, Chapter 14 verification, or postgraduate credits? As a PSEA member, you have exclusive access to over 80 easy-to-follow courses and progressions through PEARL.

Don’t miss out! Here are just a few courses you can have access to through our new online learning system:

  • Differentiating and Team Teaching: Distance Learning Edition
  • Formative Assessment Fun with Kahoot
  • Re-Imagining Relationships


  • PearDeck for Deeper Student Engagement
    • March 9, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Navigating IEPs for General & Special Education Teachers
    • March 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Curriculum and Equity Audits
    • March 22, 5-6:30 p.m.

Book Discussions

  • The Food Group Series
    • March 8, 5-6 p.m.
  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
    • March 15, 5-6 p.m.
  • Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys
    • April 4, 5-6 p.m.

Member Well-being

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

PSEA Member Benefits spotlight: GE Appliances Store

Big savings every day!

PSEA members enjoy exclusive access!

The GE Appliances Store is an exclusive shopping website where members can save up to 25% off MSRP on select GE appliances.

  • Special savings on Profile, Cafe, GE, Monogram, Haier, and Hotpoint major appliances
  • Additional promotional and rebate offers
  • Shop their new suite of small appliances
  • Convenient in-home delivery, installation, and haul-away services available

Register to access the GE Appliances Store now!

Phone: 1-866-907-6490

400 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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