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  • August 30, 2023 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will lose their Medicaid coverage with the end of the public health emergency. This may impact the health and wellness of your students and their families as well as your school or district billing for eligible Medicaid covered services. If your school/school district resides in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, or York counties, Highmark Wholecare can provide helpful details and assistance.

    Contact Mike Callaghan at mcallaghan@highmarkwholcare.com or Judy Sapos at jsapos@highmarkwholecare.com for additional information.

  • August 30, 2023 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Dear NERA Community,

    We are thrilled to extend an invitation to all NERA 2023 Conference attendees to participate in the NERA 2023 Mentoring Program during the upcoming conference at the Trumbull Marriott Shelton, Trumbull, CT, October 18-20, 2023.

    The Mentoring Committee has been facilitating successful mentor-mentee matches since 2012, connecting professionals experienced in NERA-related fields with graduate students and early career professionals through a carefully curated process. Our program has seen tremendous benefits for participants, who have had the opportunity to form meaningful connections outside of their existing networks, share research interests, discuss career goals, and explore areas of desired growth. Last year's mentoring event was a resounding success, with nearly 30 mentees and 16 mentors forming strong connections. We received positive feedback from participants, and we hope that these connections have continued to flourish.

    During the conference, matched pairs will meet at a dedicated happy hour on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6:00pm. We encourage mentors and mentees to continue their relationship beyond the conference, fostering a lasting connection.
    We welcome all in-person conference attendees to join the program.
    Sign up to become a mentor if you:
    • Have at least 4 years of career experience in education or educational measurement
    • Are interested in advising a graduate student or early career professional
    Sign up to become a mentee if you:
    • Are currently enrolled in a graduate program in a NERA-related field OR are an early career professional (less than 5 years of post-graduate experience) in a NERA-related field
    • Are interested in advice on your educational path, dissertation, or career
    Use the link below to register and provide information about your research interests, career goals, or areas of desired growth:
    NERA Mentoring Program Registration
    The registration deadline is Sunday, October 8, 2023. Based on your responses, the Mentoring Committee will match you with a mentor/mentee who shares your interests. Please remember that by signing up, you are committing to participate in the program and will be matched accordingly. If your plans change, kindly reach out to the Mentoring Committee so we can ensure all interested participants have a suitable match.
    We look forward to seeing you this October and forging meaningful connections in our vibrant community!

    All the best,

    Your Mentoring Co-Chairs

    Bethany Fishbein
    Kerry Vieth
    Krishna Chaitanya Rao Kathala

    Email: mentoring@nera-education.org

  • August 20, 2023 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    PAMLE presenter Joe Pizzo took part in the AMLE Teacher Leadership Webinar on August 15. We hope you enjoy listening to the program!

    AMLE Teacher Leadership Webinar

  • July 26, 2023 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Does your school prioritize preparing students for in-demand careers in high-paying industries?

    In your role as an educator, have you ever had trouble finding the right people or resources to teach advanced CS, STEM, or Coding classes?

    If you answered “Yes!” to either of those questions, I would like to introduce you to Mastery Coding…

    Not only do we have project-based coding courses that will have your students creating impressive, digital portfolios of their own, but we can also prepare your students to attain industry-recognized certifications in Unity and HTML/CSS.

    NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE is needed for the students AND the educators to succeed! All of our curriculum is video-based, which takes the pressure off the teachers' need to be a subject-matter expert.

    I would love to schedule a quick chat to see if our programs are right for you and your school. As a “Thank you,” following our conversation, I will give you demo access to our curriculum so that you and your team can check it out. 

    Anji Ison

    Computer Science Education Specialist



  • July 26, 2023 12:59 PM | Anonymous
    Amplify Education

    Science of Reading: The Podcast 

    Writing your way to better reading with Steve Graham


    Think of an iconic duo—the first team of two that pops into your mind. Was it reading and writing? For Steve Graham, this week’s guest on Science of Reading: The Podcast, it definitely is!

    Steve is the Regents and Warner Professor at Arizona State University, and he knows the power reading and writing have to uplift and strengthen each other when employed in tandem in the classroom.

    In this episode, I ask Steve the following questions:

    • What should educators understand about the reading-writing connection?
    • What’s the role of knowledge development and vocabulary in writing?
    • What are your key takeaways from teaching writing?

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    Listen now

    Happy listening!

    Susan Lambert
    Chief Academic Officer, Elementary Humanities
    Host of Science of Reading: The Podcast


    Literacy professional development resources

    Have you checked out our literacy webinar library? Watch any of our on-demand webinars on your own schedule. Topics include MTSS, Science of Reading, biliteracy, knowledge-building in literacy development and growth, and more!

    Watch now  › 

    Visit us at Amplify.com
    © 2023 Amplify Education, Inc., 55 Washington St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

  • July 24, 2023 2:49 PM | Anonymous


    “5 Most Effective Ways to Manage Digital Distractions in the Classroom”

    Access to school-issued devices, social platforms with never-ending notifications, and challenges like cyberbullying, sexting, and more.

    These are just some of the challenges teachers face as they strive for high-impact teaching in distracted classrooms. Join this session in which TSI will discuss effective strategies for avoiding distracted classrooms and navigating the many tech issues that can impact learning.

    • Date: Thursday, August 17th
    • Time: 7 p.m. ET
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Registration Link: https://paect.org/event-5276097
    • Who: All educators are welcome to attend
    • Questions? Contact Gerald Aungst (gerald.aungst@paect.org) with any questions!


    • The science behind screen time and how it affects student success.

    • How to establish standards in your classroom that empowers students to manage their relationship with social media and technology.

    • 5 best practices to help your students strike a balance and create an engaging classroom.

    Kayla comes to TSI after spending 3 years teaching English as a Second Language to elementary and middle school students in Madrid, Spain. Prior to joining TSI, Kayla helped an enterprise business implement software to streamline and enhance business processes. She is passionate about helping students use technology to reach their goals and make their lives easier.

    The Social Institute partners with schools nationwide to empower students, families, and educators to positively navigate student well-being, social media, and technology. With solutions for students, parents, and educators, we offer a systemic and comprehensive program with a unique and positive approach. TSl's work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Family Online Safety Institute, and other publications. We are proud to serve public and independent partners such as Ravenscroft School, Woodward Academy, Oldfields School, All Saints Episcopal School, Lake Forest School District, Boston Public Schools, & more.

  • July 20, 2023 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    PAMLE is proud to announce our partnership with The Social Institute (TSI). PAMLE is focused on Promoting Best Practices for Middle Level Education and our partners offer materials and programs that help create and support those practices. The Social Institute is the leader in understanding student experiences and the creator of #WinAtSocial, a gamified, peer-to-peer technology that equips students to navigate social experiences — online and offline — in healthy ways. Our unique, student-respected approach incorporates topics like social media, technology use, and current events that have a significant impact on student well-being. Please consider learning about this new PAMLE Corporate Partner and accessing their many shared opportunities.

  • June 30, 2023 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    Supreme Court decision amplifies importance of existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for educators

    Horace Mann provides complimentary Student Loan Solutions accounts to help educators receive student loan forgiveness

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 30, 2023 – When U.S. educators return to their classrooms this fall, they face resumed student loan payments without the likelihood of one-time federal student loan debt relief. The added financial stress is especially acute for educators, who are taking on more duties due to the national teacher shortage and generally feel less financially secure than their private sector counterparts.

    But educators have another avenue for student loan relief. The U.S. Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which allows for public school educators to have their student loan balance forgiven after roughly 10 years of service, remains intact.

    “Public Service Loan Forgiveness can eliminate far more debt than a one-time $10,000 or $20,000 impact, but many educators find the process complicated and time-consuming to navigate,” said Horace Mann Vice President Tom Kammerer. “That’s where Horace Mann can help. Since its inception in 2016, our Student Loan Solutions program has helped educators identify more than $600 million in student loan forgiveness opportunities.”

    On Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness initiative, which would have provided $10,000 in student loan debt forgiveness to many federal borrowers and $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients. In addition, federal student loan interest will begin to accrue on Sept. 1, with payments resuming Oct. 1.

    Educators generally have higher educational requirements and lower salaries than workers in the private sector. In a 2020 Horace Mann study, 88% of educators said they would be more likely to stay in the education profession if their student loan debt was forgiven.

    “Educators are delaying major life events like getting married, starting a family or buying a house due to student loan debt, and it’s causing more and more educators to consider changing careers,” Kammerer said. “By helping alleviate educators’ student loan debt through existing programs, we can keep more educators in the classroom focused on the job they love.”

    Horace Mann's Student Loan Solutions program is complementary and pairs public school educators with trusted resources to help them navigate student loan forgiveness. Public educators can sign up for a free account at horacemann.com/student-loan-debt-help. Administrators interested in providing Student Loan Solutions as a no- cost district-wide benefit offering can get more information at horacemann.com/student-loan-debt-help/schools.

    For more information on Horace Mann’s research on educators’ financial wellness and its impact on staffing levels, visit horacemann.com/balance.

    About Horace Mann

    Horace Mann Educators Corporation is the largest financial services company focused on helping America’s educators and others who serve the community achieve lifelong financial success. The company offers individual and group insurance and financial solutions tailored to the needs of the educator community. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit horacemann.com.

  • June 27, 2023 3:35 PM | Anonymous


    Is there a difference between Yoga for Athletes and Yoga for Physical Education Teachers? Is there a difference between a person going to practice for a sport they love and a student going to a physical education class? The answer to both questions is YES!! Playing a sport is voluntary and participating in physical education is not. Many physical educators are challenged to find an activity that everyone can do. Yoga is a lifelong physical activity that everyone can benefit from for a lifetime.

    I am so excited to share this training after teaching yoga in my physical education classes for years. I have found a successful model that my students love.

    This course highlights all of the values that we PE teachers encompass such as best practices for teaching in the gym setting, and how to create refined lesson plans for each grade level while simultaneously teaching them the basics of fitness. Your athletic students will love yoga because they know that many professional athletes are incorporating it into their training. Students that do not enjoy playing sports enjoy yoga because they feel successful through this inclusive practice. Yoga is truly a great activity that can be modified for all types of learners.

    Join me LIVE Online on Thursday, July 20th for Yoga for Physical Education Teachers!


    Kristen Santos
    BS, M. Ed, RYT 200, RCYT, YACEP
    Enroll Here!

    ChildLight Education Company is a Continuing Education Provider through Courses4Teachers. The credit they offer is graduate-level professional development semester credit, through the University of the Pacific, designed for salary advancement and/or to renew credentials for teachers in districts across the U.S.

    Copyright © 2023 ChildLight Education Company, All rights reserved.

  • June 16, 2023 7:10 PM | Anonymous

    Now through Saturday, use the code YTT75 at check-out to enjoy $75 off ALL ChildLight Teacher Trainings! This includes our LIVE online summer trainings as well as our self-paced trainings. *Cannot be combined with other promos

    Did you know we now offer 20 unique teacher trainings?!

    Learn more about each one here

    With Peace & Gratitude,

    and The ChildLight Team

    Get $75 OFF Here! | Use Code: YTT75

    ChildLight Education Company is a Continuing Education Provider through Courses4Teachers. The credit they offer is graduate-level professional development semester credit, through the University of the Pacific, designed for salary advancement and/or to renew credentials for teachers in districts across the U.S.

    View our Calendar of Live Events Here!
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