A pen pal program, celebrating Music in Our Schools Month, and an update on transgender students’ use of facilities

Transgender students’ use of school restrooms continue to be a much-discussed topic. Later in the program, we’ll be joined by Emily Leader for the latest developments. We also will be discussing a pen pal program at Oley Valley School District. But first, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month®, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

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Bethlehem superintendent’s effective social media approach; a unique industrial arts program; and interviews with PA senators Dinniman and Eichelberger

In this episode, PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains interviews Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area School District about using social media to interact with students and how he makes the call on weather-related closings and delays. Also hear two interviews recorded directly after the governor’s budget address on Feb. 7: John Callahan, PSBA’s chief lobbyist and assistant executive director for public policy, talks with Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester), and Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair), minority chair and majority chair of the Senate Education Committee. Lastly, teachers at Ingomar Middle School discuss a unique industrial arts program in North Allegheny School District that is being highlighted in the Success Starts Here public awareness campaign.

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Experts discuss technology’s effect on increasing learning, engagement

In this episode, hear three experts discuss technology’s effect on increasing learning and engagement in schools. PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains talks with Dani Finkel, creative director at FUSFOO, Dr. Shirley Disseler, Lego Education trainer and education chair at High Point University, and Andrew VanWylen, Eidex Client Engagement Manager. Learn how to take advantage of a complimentary two-year license to data analytics tool Eidex Focus, courtesy of PSBA.

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ESSA transition; Success Starts Here public awareness campaign

In this episode, PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains talks with Dr. David Volkman, executive deputy secretary of the Department of Education, about PA’s transition to the ESSA. Also, learn more about the public awareness campaign for PA public education – Success Starts Here.

 

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Innovative summer education; ‘Dude. Be Nice’ project at Reading SD

In this episode learn about Teachers In the Parks (TIPs), Exeter Township SD’s innovative approach to teaching students during the summer. Also PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains talks with Brent Camalich, CEO of “Dude. Be Nice,” an apparel company that strives to inspire individuals. The company recently featured a Reading High School volunteer in a video that went viral.

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School athletics year-in-review, Freddy Awards in Lehigh Valley, May 2016

This episode focuses on the benefits of extracurricular activities. PSBA Executive Director Nathan Mains talks with PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi about trends in school athletics and then discusses the Freddy Awards – the nation’s only televised high school performing arts awards ceremony – with the its creator and executive producer, Shelley Brown.

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ESSA, Pa. pension crisis with Pew Charitable Trust, March 2016

In this episode, Nathan Mains discusses the newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a panel of co-facilitators from the recent ESSA Study Group held in Harrisburg. The group worked through suggestions on implementing the new law in Pennsylvania. Producer Sean Crampsie talks to David Draine and Katie Selenski of the Pew Charitable Trusts on the pension crisis in Pennsylvania.

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K-12 Health issues, Pennsylvania Budget and Suicide Prevention, March 2016

On this episode of Keystone Education Radio, Senator Pat Vance discusses health issues, Narcan, K-12 education and the current budget situation in Pennsylvania. Producer, Sean Crampsie talks to Ashley Fieseler, P.N., President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, South-Central PA chapter, about resources for schools to help prevent suicide, starting the conversation and how to meet the Act 71 requirement.

Links: Afsp.org

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Concussion Protocol, December 2015

KER is joined by PIAA executive director Dr. Robert Lombardi to talk about the fall sports season, changes for PIAA and concussion protocol. We also have a round-table discussion with PSEA, PASA and PASBO executive directors (respectively) James Vaughan, James Buckheit and Jay Himes.

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