A Message From Scott Moll, Director Of Technology
Our Technology Department is proud to continue supporting the districts in our region with our wide variety of products and services. This year, in addition to serving our region, we also provided many of these services and consortiums to districts and businesses across the entire state of Pennsylvania. Just this past year we’ve expanded services with our website hosting and launched 12 new websites, provided movie licensing to 120 school buildings, deployed over 10,000 phones, and also offered long-distance calling for dozens of schools across the state. Our data center provided hosting for 180 servers as well as hosting services the for the Department of Education with their Student Alignment System (SAS) as a high-speed educational network.
We continue to grow with the innovation that our educational system needs to provide the most effective learning experience and look forward to the 2018-2019 school year!
A Message From Penny Johnson, Director Of Professional Learning
The 2017-18 year was a productive year in the Professional Learning Department. As Pennsylvania makes a very deliberate move towards career readiness in 2018, the BLaST IU 17 region has made a commitment to networking and collaborating with partners in higher education, community agencies, and business and industry. With the seed funding of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, we launched The Future Ready Series in April with career and college readiness thought-leader, Dr. Kevin Fleming. Follow-up events will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2018. The grant funding also allowed us to expand the Lending Library, putting additional STEM tools in the hands of our programs and the districts.
Recognizing the importance of ensuring students within our IU Program are Future Ready, teacher representatives from across the IU programs met to review ELA and Math curriculum alignment within our programs. Many programs received an introduction to the Lending Library and suggestions for extending STEM exposure for our students. Student access to personalized course content has been extended through additional course offerings available through eQUIP.
The Curriculum and TaC teams wish you a happy summer and look forward to working with you next year to help our students succeed in their career paths.
A message from Jen Starner, Director of Student Services
Our year began with an inspirational message from Adam Blank – letting each of us know the significance of the work we do every day and the lasting impact our jobs can have on an individual’s life. For me, it was a timely reminder and a much needed reminder of why I became a special education teacher. We often get bogged down in the paperwork, in the meetings, in the stress of the work we do…hopefully when that happens, you will remember Adam’s message and it will give you the motivation you need to keep doing what you all do so well. He asked you to remember one thing from his presentation; YOU CHANGE LIVES! And you all really do.
I hope everyone has an opportunity to take time this summer to enjoy the warm weather, spend time with family and friends, and do whatever it is that will allow you to return rested and re-energized for a new school year. Thank you for a great school year!
A Message from Christina Steinbacher-Reed, Executive Director
While many of you will be winding down services this week, your impact will go on over years and even lifetimes. The rewards of our work are many, yet so are the challenges. This summer I hope that each of you will make time to relax so you can begin the school year recharged and energized.
For those of you that enjoy professional reading over the summer, these are a few books that are on my reading list:
• The Energy Bus: Ten Rules to Fuel your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
• The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
• Twelve Ways Teachers Can Build Their Own Resilience
Please check out our latest edition of the BLaST Bulletin on our website where we share highlights from our student services, professional learning, and technology departments. I am so incredibly proud of our accomplishments and grateful for all of our staff who have contributed to our success over the year. THANK YOU!
Thank you for helping to make 2017-2018 a success. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August.
Extended School Year services are special education and related services provided to students with disabilities beyond the regular school year. Breaks in the school schedule, such as summer vacation, weekends, and holidays, will result in children with disabilities losing many of their basic skills and taking time to get those skills back once school begins again. ESY services are provided during breaks in the educational schedule to prevent this loss.
This year’s program will be held at Loyalsock Township School District’s Donald E. Schick Elementary starting on Monday June 18th and running through July 19th. There will be ESY at the IU South Academy for students as well.
For questions or registration, visit www.iu17.org or contact BLaST IU17 at 323-8561 today!
A big Thank You to all the IU17 staff and administration for their continued support to help make his year’s regional computer fair on May 3rd, 2018 at Penn College happen. We had over 100 projects from 170 students who ranged in age from 3rd grade to seniors and showcases their hard work and dedication using software application skills and computer knowledge. They work for months to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process.
Congratulations to all the 1st place winners and good luck at the State Computer Fair Finals on May 22nd and 23rd at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.