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March 2019

Mike Penn planted the PSEA flag at the South Pole. Then, he ventured to another location in Antarctica where no human being had ever gone.

All along he conducted interactive lessons with his fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade gifted students in the Shaler Area School District, Allegheny County, as well as students throughout the world.

Penn was one of 11 teachers selected this year to participate in PolarTREC, an organization funded by the National Science Foundation that partners teachers with academic researchers to improve science education. He and four other teachers were assigned to an automatic weather station team from the University of Wisconsin to travel to Antarctica – the others were assigned to the Arctic.

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I am a member because ...

“I’m a PSEA member because I know that through our collective action we can make sure that absolutely every student gets the best possible education and it can help shape the rest of their lives. I'm proud to be a PSEA member.”

— Eric Davy, State College EA

Learning Lessons: Making VR a reality

Picture this. You're standing on the surface of a rocky, alien landscape on the edge of an enormous crater. Deposits of what look like snow and ice dot the landscape. You turn to the left to see Jupiter looming massively over distant mountains, dominating an alien sky packed with brilliant stars. 

Dolores McCracken: Remember Her Legacy

Tributes have been coming from many corners following the sudden and untimely passing of Dolores McCracken late last year.

But amid the accolades for the former PSEA president’s long and distinguished service – cards, emails, social media posts, and tearful speeches by former colleagues and friends – it is important to both look to the future and reflect on McCracken’s legacy.

Candidates in PSEA statewide elections

President (elect 1); Vice President (elect 1); Treasurer (elect 1); NEA State Director (elect 3);

Pension Plan Director (elect 1); NEA Alternate State Director (elect 7)

PSEA statewide elections to be held at the May House of Delegates. 

Fabric of Unionism art awards

Entries are now being accepted for The Jenifer J. DuBois Fabric of Unionism Art Competition, which is held every two years to promote awareness of the historical significance of the labor movement and its importance to the future.

The competition, featuring $1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes, is judged by the PSEA Fine Arts Caucus. Entries must be postmarked by March 29.

Audit report available

The 2017-18 PSEA financial statements audited by KPMG LLP, an independent audit firm, are available for review. For a copy, contact Joseph Howlett at (800) 944-7732, ext. 7096 or jhowlett@psea.org; or send your request to Administrative Services at P.O. Box 1724, Harrisburg PA 17105.