PA Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) - Act 45
1. Why was Act 45 introduced? Don’t we already have the requirement for continuing education through Act 48?Answer: The legislation was introduced by PDE to make better use of Act 48 credits by requiring certain school administrators to participate in professional education activities that are focused on practices that have the greatest impact on improving student achievement.2. What professional educators are affected by the legislation?Answer: all active school leaders including principal, assistant principal, superintendent, assistant superintendent, IU executive director, IU assistant executive director, and director of area vocational-technical school.
3. What is required by the legislation?Answer: The legislation requires the following: preparation programs must address the 9 PA school leadership standards.
Current certified principals, assistant principals who are employed for the first time on or after January 1, 2008, and all candidates who apply for a certificate on or after January 1, 2008 must complete the induction program within the first five years of employment as a principal or assistant principal.
On or after January 1, 2008, all school leaders must complete their Act 48 continuing professional education requirements in no less than the same proportion as the proportion of the compliance period during which the individual was employed as a school leader. These leaders will be required to fulfill their Act 48 hours through approved PIL programs that address one or more of the 9 PA school leadership standards.4. What if a school and system leader has met the Act 48 requirements for their current compliance period when the PIL legislation takes effect on January 1, 2008?Answer: Those school and system leaders are not required to participate in any PIL or PIL approved programs until their next compliance period.5. What about those school or system leaders who have not met their 180-hour requirement for the current compliance period by January 1, 2008?
Answer: If a school or systems leader has served in one forth the targeted positions for the entire compliance period, he or she will have to get all of their remaining Act 48 hours in a PIL program. For example, if a school or systems leader has 120 Act 48 hours by January 1, 2008, he or she will need to complete 60 hours in a PIL or PIL-approved program.