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2017 Education Congress

Delving Deeper into the EVERY Student Succeeds Act

offered in partnership with the PA Department of Education

March 29-30, 2017
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg - Camp Hill, PA     

Approved for 40 PIL/Act 48 (Act 45) hours*
How will the new Presidential administration impact education?
How will PA's State Plan for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impact YOUR school district?

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is poised to address significant issues in public education, among them the issue of equity for all students. This year’s Congress will provide school leaders with the opportunity to communicate with national, state, and local leaders regarding the educational landscape across the country and in Pennsylvania, and to plan for the implementation of ESSA in our schools. The Congress will “delve deeper” into the “equity” component of ESSA by focusing on the research and practical applications of “equity” in rural, suburban, and urban schools, as well as in school leadership. Come together at this year's Congress to discuss how we best can assure access, equity and opportunity for ALL the students that we serve!
Superintendents, central office and building administrators are strongly encouraged to participate in this important conversation!

Keynote Presentations
* Jeremy Anderson, President of the Education Commission of the States: "Essa and Reform: The National Perspective"
* Matt Stem, Deputy Secretary of the PDE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education: "ESSA and Reform: Pennsylvania's Perspective" 
* Peter Zamora, Director of Federal Relations at Council of Chief State School Officers: "ESSA and Reform: Critical Issues and Opportunities" 
* Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy: "ESSA and National Reform: Leveraging the Voice of School Administrators"

Topics and Issues
* Matthew Clifford, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research: Equitable Acdess to Effective School Leaders: Competency-Based Hiring Model That Matches the School's Needs"
* Joseph Roy, Ed.D., Superintendent, Bethlehem Area School District: "Pursuing Excellence Through Equity in an Urban School District: Guaranteeing Equitable Access to Learning Opportunities"
Amy Sichel, Ph.D., Superintendent, and Ann Bacon, Ed.D., Director of Curriculum, Abington School District: "Courageous Leadership: Facing the Facts and Fears in a Suburban School District - A Successful Initiative Focused on the Achievement of Historically Underperforming Students"
* Pamela Smith, PDE Office of Community Schools, Special Asst. to the Secretary of Education: "Evidence-Based Models for Community Schools and Partnerships"
* G. Brian Toth, Ed.D., Superintendent, St. Marys Area School District: "The Achievement Gap: A Multi-Year Study Applyhing Research Findings through the Lens of Rural Schools"
will provide evidence-based models for community partnerships in the creation of community schools.
Beth Olanoff, J.D., ESSA Lead and Special Asst. to the Secretary of Education, along with other PDE leaders, ESSA Stakeholder Group and members of the PASA Professional Development Committee: small group discussions on current ESSA issues for district leaders
Program Details
The Congress begins with check-in at 9 a.m. on March 29. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. on March 30. CLICK HERE for the agenda.

Hotel Accommodations
The deadline for securing overnight accommodations at the Radisson has passed. However, rooms may be available. For inquiries, call the Radisson at 1-800-333-3333 and tell them you are with the "PASA Education Congress."
CLICK HERE for online registration. CLICK HERE to download a writable (pdf) registration form.

Plan now to join us on March 29-30 as we delve deeper into ESSA and Equity!

*To receive Act 45 credit: Obtaining the hours requires participation in both days of the Congress, reading a book that you will receive at the Congress, and participating in a virtual session approximately six months following the Congress sharing how you used the Congress and/or book content within your role and responsibilities.