Delco ed­u­ca­tors named to Su­per­in­ten­dents Acad­emy

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kevin Tustin ktustin@21st-cen­tu­ry­

A statewide acad­emy fo­cused on poverty in school dis­tricts has re­cruited two Delaware County ed­u­ca­tors as par­tic­i­pants.

South­east Delco School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Butz and Delaware County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Maria Edel­berg are among the 33 mem­bers of the Su­per­in­ten­dent Acad­emy cre­ated by the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. The acad­emy in­vites su­per­in­ten­dents and char­ter school lead­ers from around the state to take part in the twoyear pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment en­deavor that will pool to­gether ideas on how to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ments that are af­fected by poor so­cioe­co­nomic con­di­tions.

The pro­gram started on Nov. 8 to in­tro­duce the ideas that will be ex­plored through­out the pro­gram.

The de­part­ment an­nounced the lat­est slate of acad­emy par­tic­i­pants in a press re­lease out­lin­ing the acad­emy’s goals.

“Poverty cre­ates con­di­tions for learn­ing that all school lead­ers must be cog­nizant of,” said state Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Pe­dro Rivera in a pre­pared state­ment. “In ad­di­tional to en­sur­ing stu­dents re­ceive qual­ity in­struc­tion, they of­ten must re­spond to an­cil­lary needs like ac­cess to food and nu­tri­tion pro­grams, men­tal health re­sources and other sup­port ser­vices.

“The Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Acad­emy of­fers an in­ten­sive pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity fo­cused on im­prov­ing achieve­ment of all stu­dents re­gard­less of need, de­mo­graph­ics and so­cioe­co­nomic stand­ing, while also es­tab­lish­ing a pro­fes­sional learn­ing com­mu­nity for ex­chang­ing best prac­tices and ideas.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state, su­per­in­ten­dents and char­ter school lead­ers will meet in re­gional co­horts and on­line com­mu­ni­ties for the next two years. Two, two­day col­lo­qui­ums will be hosted in Har­ris­burg as well.

The first acad­emy co­hort fin­ished in May and the sec­ond co­hort will com­plete the pro­gram in Oct. 2019. Butz and Edel­berg’s class is ex­pected to fin­ish in April 2020.

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