• Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:39 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    PDE has finally published the rubrics and accompanying documents to support the educator evaluation system initiated by Act 82.  The documents (in PDF format) can be found at:-


    On that page you will find the rubric for Home and School Visitors in the section entitled “Specialists” and the sub-section “Approved Rubrics” and the next sub-section (“Guiding Questions to support dialogue between specialist and supervising administrator”) you will find the guiding questions for “Home and School Visitor” (sic).  This document actually is the guiding questions for both HSVs and Social Workers.


    You will find the rubric for School Social Workers toward the bottom of the main page in the section entitled “Other Optional Resources” and sub section entitled “Rubrics to support the evaluation of licensed professionals”.  Again the “Guiding Questions” for Social Workers actually is to be found under the respective Home and School Visitor link.


    We are hosting a discussion board for questions and comments about the rubrics and their application - click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to leave your feedback!


  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:30 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    Do you know a colleague who is innovative, energetic and dedicated to her/his work with students?  Consider nominating them for the HSV/SSW of the Year Award!  Recognize their exceptional contribution to the field of education.  Highlight the important work they do for their students, families, district, and community - let it inspire others to rise to that level of excellence.


    Click here for more information!  Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:20 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been working since 2010 to develop an educator effectiveness model that will incorporate those attributes that are most critical to the way teachers, non-teaching professionals, and principals are evaluated as well as providing training tools for professional growth that provide support as part of a fair effective evaluation process.

    The first of the new field-tested systems, for classroom teachers, has been implemented as of July 1, 2013. The next systems for non-teaching professionals and principals will begin implementation on July 1, 2014.  Click here to learn more about the project.  Click here to review the rubrics developed for HSVs and SSWs.  You can also review the Guiding Questions that were used in the development of the rubrics.  

    This PA Bulletin outlines the Educator Effectiveness Rating Tool that will be used to evaluate non-teaching professional employees.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:12 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    House Bill 1559 (Act 71), sponsored by Rep. Frank Farina (D-115), amends the Public School Code to provide for youth suicide awareness and prevention education. Act 71 requires each entity to adopt youth suicide awareness and prevention policies and include four hours of training every five years for professional educators in school buildings serving students grades six through twelve. It also authorizes but does not require schools to develop an age-appropriate child exploitation awareness education program and incorporate the program into the existing curriculum for students grades K-8.


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:10 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    House Bill 1424 (Act 70), sponsored by Rep. Paul Clymer (R-145), amends the Public School Code to provide for instruction on the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights violations. Act 70 allows each school entity to offer instruction in the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations, and requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to conduct a study regarding the manner in which such instruction is offered. If most school districts do not voluntarily offer this instruction, the Act requires the State Board of Education eventually to force them to do it.


  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:03 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The School-Based Health Alliance is partnering with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to create the next generation of school-based health centers (SBHCs). The New Directions for School-Based Health Grants – funded by CVS and administered by the School-Based Health Alliance – will build the capacity of the school-based health care field to become integrated and active participants in the larger health care ecosystem through policy and practice solutions.

    Click here for information from the School-Based Health Alliance.

    Below are two additional resources:


  • Friday, March 28, 2014 11:29 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)
    NASW-PA is seeking feedback about the issues that are most important to practicing social workers in order to prioritize their legislative agenda.

    Certification for school social workers is on the list - bring it to the forefront by sharing your feedback on their short, anonymous survey!
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:41 PM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    Take advantage of this funding opportunity through the Department of Education to add school social workers and home & school visitors to your district's student support services!

    • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Improving school engagement, school environment, and school safety, and improving family and community engagement.
    • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Support for military families

    Click here for more information and the online application.


  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:37 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)


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  • Monday, February 03, 2014 10:05 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)
    If you are a current PASSWP member, you reside in one of the counties in the South region, and you are interested in becoming more active in PASSWP, NOW IS THE TIME!  Click here for more information.

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