Members – You should have recently received a document form the AIU regarding Flexible Spending Plans.
We encourage you to seriously consider utilizing this plan to cover your out of pocket expenses. Remember your insurance now has a deductible ($200.00 individual and $400.00 for family) which will also fall under the category of out of pocket expenses.
PLEASE SEE THE BENEFIT CHANGES CHART IN THE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT!!
Perhaps you are a formal mentor. Perhaps you are a natural mentor. Mentors are such an important part of the development of a novice teacher or a teacher who transfers into a new program. Association Leadership applauds the individuals who volunteer to mentor – whether formally or naturally!
The good mentor is committed to the role of mentoring.
The good mentor is a model as a continuous learner.
The good mentor is accepting of the beginning teacher.
The good mentor is skilled at providing instructional support.
The good mentor is effective in different interpersonal contexts.
The good mentor communicates hope and optimism.
Retirement is not just a big decision – it is a decision which must be made on clear and comprehension information. If you are within five years of retiring, consider attending a retirement preparatory workshop. In your PSERS Active Member Newsletter a schedule for the Foundations for Your Future workshops for the remaining academic year is available. You may attend a workshop in a different region. Simply call the region of your choice and make your reservation to attend.
Please note: Contractually, in order to be eligible for the retirement healthcare benefits, staff is required to submit a formal letter of retirement no later than March 30. If the decision is not made by March 30, then an employee must give 60 days notice to retire to Human Resources and reserve retirement healthcare benefits.
- National Board Certification
(As reprint from www.psea.org)
National Board certification is the highest earned credential in the teaching profession. A teacher-driven, voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete, and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National board certification does not replace the need for state certification. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.
PA Education’s Newest Acronym: EEP
EEP, Educator Effectiveness Project, is PDE’s continuing effort to redesign educator evaluation. The funding source for the creation of new evaluation rubrics, training, and professional development is part of the $41 million in federal competitive grants awarded to the commonwealth from Race to the Top (RTTT) funds. The EEP continues to have as its goal the use of ‘multiple measures of student achievement and growth.’ The EEP is still in the design phase and the evaluation rubrics are still under development. In the interim, the professional employees of the AIU will continue to be evaluated by the current evaluation instruments.
Source: PSEA Professional Learning Exchange
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