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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.

2018 Student PSEA Conference & Convention

Marie Conference Video

Watch Student PSEA President Marie Hutchings talk about what to expect at this year's conference.

Registration for the 2018 Student PSEA Conference and Convention is now open!

This is the most exciting event for aspiring educators – you won’t want to miss it!

This year’s conference will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, April 5-7, and our theme is, “We Are…The Change!”

At our conference, you’ll hear from inspiring educators who are changing the lives of their students, including our keynote speaker, 2017 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Mike Soskil.

You will also have the opportunity to change the lives of children in the Tyrone Area School District through our Outreach to Teach community service project.

Through a variety of elected leadership positions, you can enact your own change in your association, and strengthen yourself for a future as a professional educator.

Connect with fellow Student PSEA members from across the state to learn, grow, and make a difference.

To learn more and register, visit

Check out Student PSEA President Marie Hutchings' latest blog for more information about this year's conference.

Jennifer Wahl

“Teaching is not just any profession. It is much more than a job. It is the kind of responsibility where you inspire critical thinking and creativity in other human beings. Some days it is so challenging, you will feel complete exhaustion, and other days, you will feel more rewarded than you ever have in your life. You are not simply teaching a subject. You are teaching young people about life. Lean on your fellow educators. They will be the best friends and most influential people through the first few years of your career and beyond.”

--Jennifer Wahl, 2018 PA Teacher of the Year, Loyalsock Township EA member, and world history teacher at Loyalsock Township High School

PA's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan gets federal approval

ESSA approval

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has given Pennsylvania a once-in-a-decade opportunity to reshape public education in the commonwealth.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has made good use of that opportunity, working closely with PSEA members and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, forward-thinking state ESSA plan.

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Department of Education approved the plan, setting the stage for the state to fully implement it during the 2018-19 school year.

The plan uses multiple measures of school success, shifting the focus to students and using standardized tests in a more balanced way. It also ensures the public sees a broad spectrum of information on how a school is performing.

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s plan, visit

Kudos to the 2017 Lucy Valero scholarship winners. These students are working toward their dream of becoming professional educators and they got a little financial help from the Lucy Valero Scholarship.

This could be YOU! Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15, so don’t delay!

Visit for more information.

This issue’s spotlight is on YOU.

You’re working hard, studying to be the best educator you can be.

You’re involved in your association and other clubs on your campus.

You’re a leader that others look up to.

Student PSEA needs YOU to shape the future of our association.

There are many opportunities to share your talents and grow as a leader. You can serve at the region or statewide level, and even represent Student PSEA at national events.

To learn more about the opportunities to lead in Student PSEA, visit

Elections will be held at the 2018 Student PSEA Conference and Convention. Questions can be directed to

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

400 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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