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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