Reminder to Update Clearances NOW for the next Academic Year!

Deadline for Clearance Submission for Fall 2015 term courses that require any type of field experience including observations, lab practicum, pre-student teaching or student teaching is August 15th.

Please be advised: School districts are no longer accepting screen shots or camera phone images of state required clearances. Clearance copies that have an applicant’s thumb, camera flash, a screen glare or an additional background image are being sent back to the FPO office. The Field Placement Office will require students to submit clear scanned copies of the original clearance documents. This is the only form that districts are accepting from the university.

School of Education Clearances Policy:

Under the direction of The Office of the General Counsel (OGC), all School of Education students, faculty and staff who come into contact with children either through field-based supervision or research experience in school settings must obtain and present to the Field Placement Office (FPO) the following up-to-date (not more than one year old) clearances prior to entering a Pk-12 school setting:

FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114): Information about how to obtain your FBI clearance is available at  Upon registering for the fingerprint check, you will be assigned a secure registration ID# that you must supply to the Field Placement Office so that we can access your FBI clearance online. You will not be able to access your records online yourself, but you will receive an “unofficial” paper copy of your FBI clearance for your files.  Be sure to process this clearance through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) NOT the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) or the Department of Banking (DOB).

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Records Check (Act 34): Request your record through the PATCH system found at Be sure to select ‘Volunteer’ under the Reason For Request section. 

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151): Use this link to access the form:

Arrest / Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24):  Teacher candidates must complete the PDE-6004 form to have on file in the FPO.  Additionally, schools may request candidates to sign a form for their files.

 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training (Act 31): Teacher candidates must complete the mandated reporter training. Candidates are to print the certificate of completion and forward a copy to the FPO. The online training can be found at Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact The Field Placement Office. 

Thank you,

SoE Field Placement Office

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Virginia Secondary Mathematics Teaching Position – Powhatan County Public Schools

Attention Secondary Mathematics Certified Teacher Candidates;

Powhatan County Public Schools in Virginia is seeking a qualified teacher of secondary mathematics for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, go to their school division website to view their pay scale information.  If you’re interested in applying, go to their online application system found on their Human Resources page, Job Openings to TalentEd Recruit and Hire.

Powhatan County Public Schools

2320 Skaggs Road

Powhatan, VA 23139


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Volunteer to help with the Lindy Scholars Summer Program

Dear SoE Students,

This is a great opportunity and would look good on your resume!!!! If you like working with kids and have availability this summer, the Lindy Scholars Program needs YOU!  Please volunteer!!!!

About the Program:

The Lindy Scholars Program is a youth development program for middle school aged youth who attend select West Philadelphia schools. The three pillars of the program are academic excellence, character education and opportunity and access. During the year, Drexel University students come to their schools after-school to do literacy, math and other lessons. On selected Saturdays, students spend the day on campus. Our summer program is open to all enrolled students (rising 7th-9th grade), their younger siblings and prospective new 6th grade students. It will focus on the three pillars of programming and combine academic pursuits with recreational and general interest hobbies. Volunteers will be assigned either to selected groups or students or to help lead specific sessions. The program runs Monday-Friday July 6-31.

Workshop Information:

Program participants will select four workshops each week that will each run the whole week at a specific time. Mandatory workshops include reading, writing, math, science lab, computers and service learning. Opt-in workshops include tennis, basketball, team sports, drawing, painting, anime, board games and more! If you have a specific interest in any particular workshop (ie- you’re a crafter like me!), please let me know so I can schedule coverage accordingly!


We’re asking all volunteers to commit to at least five shifts throughout the summer. Shift times are 9am-12:45pm or 12:15pm-4pm. Full days are also greatly appreciated. To sign up for specific shifts, please visit:

Volunteer Social:

Please save the date for Wednesday July 1 from 5pm-7pm at Drexel Pizza. We’d love for any available volunteers to get to know one another,  check out the finalized summer workshop schedule and hang out!

Background Checks- IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!

If you have not completed a background check to work with minors, please look out for an email from Monignia Pressley from Human Resources for instructions once you let me know you’re available. This MUST be done promptly!

 Please let me know if you’re interested by signing up for shifts at the signupgenius link or contacting me at / 215.301.6503. I hope to work with you this summer! 


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Free Admission to Philadelphia Zoo for Certified Teachers working in PA, NJ, DE or MD School Districts

Attention Certified teachers/principals:

If you are a certified teacher or principal currently working in a school district in PA, NJ, DE, or MD  you can get free admission to the Philadelphia Zoo this summer (M-F) if you sign up with the Teacher Pass program by July 10th. For more information, go to

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DSCEC Professional Development Event for Students and Alumni

Attention School of Education Students:

The Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children (DSCEC) is hosing a Professional Development event,  

Supporting Teachers who Serve Struggling Readers 

Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 pm

Room 004 – One Drexel Plaza

(3001 Market Street — enter from Market Street entrance)

 Paul Edelblut, Vice President of Education Solutions at Learning Ally, will discuss Learning Ally’s approach to supporting students with print learning disabilities and how these elements align with the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards. Components for both students and teachers leading to dramatic improvements in student outcomes for struggling readers will be reviewed. 

 If you can’t attend in-person, please think about attending online via Adobe Connect:

Login:       password: drexel

 Please contact the SoE’s Program Director for Special Education, Dr. Lori Severino ( or (215) 571-3851) if you have an questions. The DSCEC members hope to see you there!


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