Capital Area IU to Host Keystone Education Security Summit (September 18, 2018)

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is excited to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural Keystone Education Security Summit (KEdSS). This one-day event, held on November 16, 2018, is geared to inform and prepare superintendents, business managers, technology directors and other school district administrators regarding cyber security. KEdSS will have two strands of sessions to prepare a team of individuals to implement an effective cyber security plan, and administrative strand and a technical strand.

The program will be held from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Capital Area IU, 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA 17025. To register visit

PASAP Offers SW Regional Workshop (September 18, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) is hosting its Southwest Regional Workshop on October 4, 2018 from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Westmoreland Case Management and Supports, Inc. (WCSI), 770 E Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601. The workshop is titled “Addressing Mental Health in Schools: What to Look for and What Can I Do?”

More information and online registration can be obtained at  Southwest Region Workshop. Interested persons are also urged to contact the PASAP office at

PSBA Offers Two-Day School Safety and Security Program (September 17, 2018)

The PA School Boards Association (PSBA) is offering a program titled School Safety and Security Exchange on November 8-9, 2018 at the Hershey Lodge. PSBA invites attendees to join school and local government leaders from across the state to discuss implementation of new requirements outlined in Act 44 of 2018. By attending this two-day learning program, attendees will get the latest information regarding School Safety and Security assessments, planning, reporting and response, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas and network, in order to meet the ambitious compliance timelines established by the new law. The program will provide targeted keynotes, Q&A sessions, roundtable discussions, and ongoing opportunities for peer learning and strategizing. Learn more and register online at


Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Offers Training for Assessment Coordinators (September 17, 2018)

A live webinar training entitled “2019 PASA Getting Ready” will be held on September 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This training is sponsored directly by the PA Bureau of Special Education and is separate from the PASA Test Administration training provided by the assessment vendor.  LEAs and service providers are strongly encouraged to ensure participation of the PASA AC in this training.  The PASA AC receives important assessment announcements through electronic mail from the PASA vendor and serves as the point of contact with the PASA vendor and BSE.  Please ensure that contact information in the PASA digital system is current. PASA ACs and special education administrators responsible for the implementation of the PASA may register for the training session via the following link: This webinar will be presented through Zoom.  The training will be recorded and posted on both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network websites following the training for staff who are unable to attend. Questions regarding this training opportunity may be directed to Lisa Hampe, Special Education Adviser, at or 724.425.3000; or Lynda Lupp, Statewide Assessment Coordinator, at or 800.441.3215, ext. 7233.

The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) enrollment window is from October 1, 2018 through November 16, 2018 and will not be available after the latter date.  Only students newly identified as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and PASA eligible or new to the service provider may be enrolled through the PASA vendor after November 16, 2018.  All other requests to enroll students outside of the enrollment window will be directed to the Bureau of Special Education (BSE). The PASA test administration window is from February 25, 2019 through April 12, 2019 for all content areas.  The service provider may determine the schedule for test administration within this window, including the order in which the subject area assessments are administered.

Center for Safe Schools Promotes PCCD Grant Opportunity (September 17, 2018)

The Center for Safe Schools is promoting a new funding opportunity available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) entitled School Safety and Security Grant Program. Act 44 of 2018 established the School Safety and Security Grant, which provides strong support for schools and districts to ensure a safe and secure environment for students in Pennsylvania. A total of approximately $52.5 million in state School Safety and Security funds are supporting this initiative. Applications are due on or before October 12, 2018. Complete grant information is available at School Safety and Security Grant Program.