EPLC Education Notebook

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Content in this edition:
    Transition to Corbett Administration
    State Board of Education
    EPLC News

    The EPLC Education Notebook (current and past editions) also is available by visiting the EPLC website at www.eplc.org/publications_wpn.shtml


    Governor-elect Tom Corbett has announced the first official appointments to his Administration.  Brian Nutt will be Chief of Staff to the Governor;   Annemarie Kaiser was named Secretary of Legislative Affairs;  Jen Branstetter will be the Policy and Planning Director;  and Kevin Harley will be the Communications Director.  All four have worked in similar roles in the Office of Attorney General. 

    Inauguration is Tuesday, January 18.  More than 400 volunteers appointed to transition teams are working hard to develop transition reports that are due very soon.  More announcements about appointments to key positions in the new Administration are expected soon.


    Following its July 1 adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the State Board of Education embarked on a statewide series of roundtables to gather suggestions on the steps that would ensure a successful transition to the new standards.   A summary of the roundtables and the feedback provided from the sessions resulted in a white paper published by the State Board on December 9. 


    EPLC will again conduct a series of regional workshops for school board candidates early in 2011.  The all-day workshops will be held on Saturdays between late January and late March.  Look for details soon at www.eplc.org.

    EPLC is recruiting for a current law student or graduate student to serve as a part-time intern beginning January of 2011 in the downtown Harrisburg offices.  Work will support the arts policy mapping/review related to EPLC’s new Arts and Education Initiative (AEI).   Ideal candidates have a demonstrable background in the arts and in education, strong skills in legal research, critical thinking, and writing, as well as a commitment to the study of public policy.  The internship is unpaid, but free parking is available.   Weekly hours of the internship are negotiable.  To apply or to suggest a candidate, please email Jordan Crosby for further information at crosby@eplc.org.


    Registration is now open for the 21st Annual PACTA (PA Association of Career and Technical Administrators) Symposium to be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center on March 3-4, 2011.  The event is titled:  Preparing Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Workforce: An Education and Workforce Development Symposium.  For registration go to www.pacareertech.org you may register on-line or down load a registration form.  Symposium registration is $170 per person.  One day registration is $95.  The registration deadline is February 18, 2011.  Questions should be directed to Jackie Cullen at (717) 761-338 or Jackie@pacareertach.org

    Research for Action (RFA), a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization engaged in educational research, evaluation, and strategic advice, has launched its new website.  RFA was founded in 1992 and works with public school districts, postsecondary institutions, and educational and community organizations to improve the educational opportunities for those traditionally disadvantaged.

    For information on upcoming events, please visit www.eplc.org and click on “Events Calendar”.

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