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Important information related to PIL, ACT 45 & Induction Requirements

The following PennLink was sent out to the state's "chief school administrators" explaining PIL and its significance to the state administrators.  It is not likely that the SDP will share this information with you so it is critical that you monitor where you are regarding your certification. 

Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:26 PM
To: All Lea (all lea)
Subject: Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Induction Requirements Reminder



Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education

August 18, 2015

Penn*Link

To:                  Chief School Administrators

From:           Theresa Lynn Barnaby, Director
                        Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality

Subject:        Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Induction Requirements Reminder


Who must fulfill the requirements?

•       All persons issued an Administrative certificate prior to January 1, 2008 and employed for the first time as principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school on or after January 1, 2008.
        -Requirement: Completion of a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program and those holding an old Administrative I certificate must convert to an Administrative II certificate within five years of service as an administrator.

•       All persons issued an Administrative I certificate on or after January 1, 2008 who are employed as principal or assistant/vice principal in a commonwealth public school.
        -Requirement: Completion of a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program and conversion of the Administrative I certificate to an Administrative II certificate within five years of service as an administrator.

•       All persons issued an Administrative certificate who were previously employed in a non-public school as principal or assistant/vice principal and who are employed after January 1, 2008 for the first time in such a position in a commonwealth public school. 
        -Requirement: Completion of a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program and those holding an Administrative I certificate must convert to an Administrative II certificate within five years of service as an administrator. 

•       All principals and assistant/vice principals hired on a Provisional Administrative certificate to serve in one of these positions in the commonwealth.
        -Requirement: Completion of a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program or an approved Administrative Education Leadership program within two years from the date of employment and conversion to an Administrative I certificate.  Conversion to an Administrative II certificate is also required within five years of service as an administrator.

•       All vocational/assistant vocational directors hired on a Provisional Administrative I certificate to serve in one of these positions in the commonwealth.
        -Requirement: Completion of a PDE-approved Principal Induction Program or an approved Administrative Education Leadership program within two years from the date of employment and conversion to an Administrative certificate.

How will I know how many Act 45 hours I need to complete after I become an administrator?

•       The date of service is the beginning date for the PIL continuing professional education requirements regardless of the number of regular Act 48 hours that the administrator may have earned. The “clock” for PIL CPE requirements turns on at their date of hire in the PIL-covered position.

•       The number of PIL hours to be completed for the remainder of the administrator’s cycle will be reflected in the PERMS record. *
        -Administrators who begin service during the summer or the beginning of the school year may not see this information until the fall of the succeeding school year due to the fact that the date of hire was not included in the school district PIMS spring report.

Which courses are approved to provide Principal Induction and Act 45 continuing professional education hours and where can I find them on the PDE website?

All PDE Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Professional Development courses described below can be viewed on the PDE website at http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/PA%20Inspired%20Leaders/Pages/default.aspx#.VcDK_37D-Ul 

•       The PDE Principal Induction Program is comprised of The Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses one and four.   These courses provide a total of 150 Act 48 hours.

•       A list of approved non-PDE Principal Induction Programs offered by other organizations can be found on the PIL website and provide a varying number of Act 45 hours.

•       All Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours.

•       A list of approved non-PDE courses to provide Act 45 continuing professional education hours offered by other organizations is on the website.

Please note:

1.      An administrator’s PERMS continuing professional education cycle beginning and ending dates will not change as a result of being hired for a PIL-covered position.
2.      The requirement to complete continuing professional education Act 45 PIL hours is activated on the date of hire for all administrators in a PIL-covered position.
3.      The PIL hours are to be to be completed in no less than the same proportion as the proportion of the compliance period during which the individual was employed as a school or system leader and must be completed by the end of the current PERMS cycle.
        -Example: If someone is hired to serve as a certified assistant principal midway through his/her PERMS continuing professional education cycle, the date of appointment will be the “start” date for PIL service time.
        -The proportional number of hours must be completed by the end of the administrator’s PERMS cycle to avoid the inactivation of his/her Administrative I certificate.

*The number of PIL continuing professional education hours required for an administrator working in a PIL-covered position for the full PERMS five-year cycle is 180 or approximately 36 hours per year.

Where to find information:

PDE/PIL Website Link: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/PA%20Inspired%20Leaders/Pages/default.aspx#.VcDK_37D-Ul

PDE Certification Information/TIMS Website Link: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VcDLNH7D-Uk