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Welcome to "The Source," an e-newsletter exclusively for Student PSEA members. In each issue, you'll receive the latest updates from your association, advice from veteran educators, professional development offerings, and more to support you as an aspiring educator.

Inside this issue
  • Happy Holidays, Student PSEA!
  • Pennsylvania has a drastic substitute teacher shortage. You can help.
  • Introducing PSEA’s best professional learning system yet!
  • Webinars, Events, and Other Chapter Happenings
  • Get ready for the 2022 Student PSEA Conference and Convention!
  • APEX Update
  • Follow Student PSEA on social media!

Happy Holidays, Student PSEA!

As you finish up finals for the fall semester, take pride and recognize the impact you are making as future educators. We wish you all the happiest of holidays this season and hope you enjoy your winter break!

Pennsylvania has a drastic substitute teacher shortage. You can help.

Winter break is a great time to gain hands-on experience in the classroom. Did you know that if you are currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania teacher preparation program you can serve as a substitute? You must have completed a minimum of 60 credits or equivalent and be enrolled in a Pennsylvania college or university teacher preparation program. You will be able to substitute teach for up to 10 days for a single employee and for a maximum of 20 days per school year in total.

Find your local school district for more information at the link below.

Introducing PSEA’s best professional learning system yet!

PEARL (Professional Education and Resources for Learning) is a Moodle-based learning management system that will allow us to greatly expand PSEA’s asynchronous learning opportunities. You can find videos, documents, and presentations packaged into clear, easy-to-follow learning progressions and courses in an array of new formats. You have exclusive member access to this resource so you can start exploring and taking courses immediately. 

Recommended PEARL courses:

  • “Best Practices for Effective Distance Learning and Instruction with Introduction to Nearpod”
  • “NEA’s Supporting All Students in an Asynchronous Environment”
  • “Taking Seesaw to the Next Level”
  • “Maximizing Google Classroom”

Explore more PEARL courses at

Webinars, Events, and Other Chapter Happenings

Mansfield University (pictured below), California University of Pennsylvania, and Lock Haven University’s chapters learned about “Critical Race Theory, Multiculturalism, Social Justice, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Social Justice for Equity in Schools Today” with Dr. Chris Clayton. They discussed differences between multiculturalism, critical race theory, and social justice, and explored how educators can begin to implement and actualize a platform of multicultural curricula, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social justice practices within the classroom to work toward fostering increased equity for all students.

University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg’s chapter hosted virtual GRAMAE Awards recognizing our members’ excellence.

Future Events:

  • Mansfield University, March 5: “Marching into Leadership Conference” hosted by Student PSEA Central Region, registration information coming soon.
  • Slippery Rock University, Feb. 13: “Rock Solid Educator Conference,” registration information coming soon.

Get ready for the 2022 Student PSEA Conference and Convention!

When: April 7-9, 2022

Where: Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA

Registration Link: Coming soon!

You will:

  • Hear from inspiring educators changing the lives of their students in 15 breakout session offerings including the 2017, 2018, and 2020 Pennsylvania Teachers of the Year: Mr. Mike Soskil, Ms. Jennifer Wahl, Mr. Joe Welch, and many more.
  • Have opportunities to change the lives of children and improve the community at McKinley Elementary School in downtown Erie through our “Outreach to Teach” school transformation community service project.
  • Enact your own change in your association and strengthen yourself as a future professional educator through a variety of elected leadership positions. 
  • Have opportunities to connect with Student PSEA members from other chapters to learn, grow, and make a difference.

APEX Update

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