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Welcome to "The Source," an e-newsletter exclusively for Student PSEA members. In each issue, you'll receive the latest updates from your association, advice from veteran educators, professional development offerings, and more to support you as an aspiring educator.

May Voice

Spotlight on Student PSEA

Aspiring educators across Pennsylvania are doing amazing work – you’re preparing for future professions, serving in your communities, and leading on your college campuses. Your dedication to the future of public education and the students you will serve is admirable and hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The May issue of Voice magazine, the flagship publication of PSEA, prominently features Student PSEA. Articles within the magazine explore the calling Student PSEA’s servant leaders have found in their future as educators, and the 2017 Outreach to Teach project at Cornell School District.

You can view the issue at

Do you have a story to share about your Student PSEA chapter? A community service project completed, or a unique way you’re engaging and growing your membership? Contact Cassie Davis at Let’s continue to spread the word about the great work of aspiring educators.


Gettysburg deadline extended to May 15

The deadline for applications for the Student School at PSEA’s Summer Leadership Conference has been extended to May 15. Space is limited, so get your applications in!

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Student PSEA members will have the opportunity to network and build relationships while gaining professional knowledge and a greater understanding of how PSEA functions at a local, regional, state, and national level.

Applications can be found here.


Submissions due for NEA Awards by May 15

Each year, the NEA recognizes the excellence of the student program during the annual Student Leadership Conference. Recognition is given in the following areas: Outstanding Local Advisor, Outstanding State Organizer, Outstanding Local Student Leader, Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller Outstanding Underclassman, Outstanding State Student Leader, Local Excellence, State Excellence.

More information and forms can be found here.

All nominations, applications, and supporting documents must be submitted, postmarked, or received in the NEA Student Program office (1201 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036) on or before May 15. Nominations may be sent electronically to

Doug Haskins

“Something we often don’t consider in education is taking risks. Without risk-taking on the part of teacher, new learning strategies, integrated technologies, and classroom management techniques may never be tested. For students, breaking out of a comfort zone and taking risks leads to discovering new skills and interests. Part of risk-taking is realizing that there are going to be failures and that failure should be an acceptable part of learning for both students and teachers. Some schools are more comfortable with risk-taking than others, so be sure to always keep your mentors in the loop and ask permission from your school administrator before trying something that may violate school policy or procedure.”

--Doug Haskins, biology teacher at Avonworth Middle School in Avonworth School District, and Avonworth EA president. Haskins played an integral role in the 2017 Outreach to Teach project. Read more at

Vote on May 16

The primary election is May 16. Now, more than ever, it’s crucially important that we elect pro-public education candidates at every level of government.

Through PSEA’s Political Action Committee for Education (PACE), your PSEA colleagues interview and recommend candidates who support public schools. Please support these candidates and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same.

Visit for a full list of your PACE-recommended candidates in the May 16 primary.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on May 16. Find your polling place here.


Bipartisan support for testing legislation

Last month, PSEA joined a bipartisan group of state lawmakers at a Capitol press conference to introduce a package of bills aimed at reforming state standardized testing policies.

The bills are based on the concepts in PSEA’s latest Solutions That Work policy brief, “A Balanced and Research-Based Approach to Standardized Testing.”

Learn more at

Kudos to the Lucy Valero Scholarship winners, and the Learning Center and APEX winners from this year’s Student PSEA Conference and Convention!

Lucy Valero Scholarships

Lucy Valero Scholarship Winners

 Adam Moskowitz, Duquesne University; Marie Hutchings, Kutztown University; Haley Whitman, Slippery Rock University; and Leah Bartos, Duquesne University (not pictured) 


Learning Centers

Learning Center First Place Winner

1st place: Taylor Ochmanowicz and Nicole Bachman, Millersville University

2nd place: Dave Zielewski (not pictured)

Learning Center Third Place Winner

3rd place: Sarah Derfler, Millersville University



APEX First Place Winner

1st place: Slippery Rock University

APEX Second Place Winner

2nd place: West Chester University

APEX Third Place Winner

3rd place: University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg

We’re shining a spotlight on the Student PSEA members chosen as delegates to the NEA Student Leadership Conference. Congratulations! We know you’ll represent Pennsylvania well!

Krishawna Goins, Penn State University
Adam Stiner, Penn State University – Altoona
Danielle Sral, Penn State University – Altoona
Adam Moskowitz, Duquesne University
Mallory Piercy, Clarion University
Anna Faragalli-Melone, West Chester University
Alexa Temparali, West Chester University
Shelia McCluskey, West Chester University
Shelby Rhoten, Shippensburg University
Hannah Fiscus, Slippery Rock University
Kirsten Findley, Edinboro University
Nikolette Fischetti, Kutztown University
Samantha Cook, University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg

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Save the Date
2018 Student PSEA Conference and Convention
April 5-7, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College 

For the most up-to-date list of offerings, visit

400 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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