This year’s SAS Institute, Future Ready PA: Transforming Student Pathways, is scheduled for December 9-12, 2018, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Overarching goals include the following:

  • Create awareness of student pathways
  • Highlight the need for partnerships between education and labor and industry
  • Showcase pathway models that represent business, apprenticeships, higher education, career and technology education, military, STEM, computer science, industry credentials, etc.
  • Situate ESSA, equity, and Future Ready PA Index as key concepts in furthering school success

Keynote presenters include the following:

  • Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World and Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era makes a compelling case for how our education system has to change if we are to create the innovators we need to face tomorrow's challenges.
  • Gary Schoeniger, co-author of Who Owns The Ice House: Eight Life Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur, is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education.
  • Sunanna Chand, Innovation accelerator, Pittsburgh explorer, and director of the Remake Learning Council, will share the Council’s work in sparking creativity in kids, activating them to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for navigating lifelong learning, the workforce, and citizenship.
  • Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development with Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, addresses the Pennsylvania workforce needs and how increasing partnerships can build a system of competitiveness and innovation.

Breakout sessions will focus on:

  • 21st Century Employability Skills
  • Entrepreneurship and Partnerships
  • Engaging the Whole Community
Act 45 Opportunity
December 9, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Dr. Tom Ralston, Avonworth School District superintendent, will kick off a 40-hour Act 45 program, Re-imagining Schools for Today and Tomorrow.

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Registration Fees (non refundable)

SAS Institute:
$100 – SAS Institute Registration
Act 45 (Select later in registration process)
$150 - Act 45 Add on: Re-imagining Schools for Today and Tomorrow

Note: Upon completion of registration, a link to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center’s SAS Institute’s 2018 reservation site will be provided.
The SAS Institute - PA Department of Education group rate is $135.00 per room/per night plus 11% taxes.


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