Celebrate the great things happening in PA schools

Pennsylvania public schools are among the best in the nation thanks to the educators and support professionals who work with our students every day.

Just how good are Pennsylvania educators? The commonwealth is home to the last two winners of the Milken Family Foundation's Educator Award, a national honor known as the "Oscar of teaching."

Anthony Angelini, a middle school teacher from Adams County, won in 2015 for his efforts to seamlessly weave social studies and language arts together into one class that engages and challenges his students.

Michael Baum, an elementary school teacher from Franklin County, won in 2014 for going the extra mile - even walking some students home after school to ensure their safety.

Pennsylvania is also home to Michael Soskil, an elementary school teacher from the Wallenpaupack School District who was a top 10 international finalist for the Varkey Foundation's million-dollar Global Teacher Prize, regarded as the "Nobel Prize of teaching."

He earned that spot by launching a distance teaching program that used Skype to connect his fourth-grade science students to kids in Kenya. Students half a world away have been able to teach and learn from each other.

Global teaching project

These are just a few of Pennsylvania's amazing educators and how they're changing students' lives every day.

In this issue of Partners Post, we take a look at some more stories of the great things happening in our schools right here in Pennsylvania.


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