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PASC knows that behind every successful student leader is an adult advisor who helps elevate student voice and engagement. While many of our programming is focused on students, PASC recognizes that adults require their own specialized professional development, and the training advisors need is often not found in their school. For that reason, PASC is also approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as an Act 48 provider.


Adults attending our events and programs, as well as those sponsored by NA4SA, our partner organization, can earn Act 48 hours for their involvement.


Additionally, PASC continues to develop virtual and "on-demand" training for our advisors as well. 


PASC strives to provide advisers professional development opportunities that have positive impacts on student achievement both within the classroom and the community.

If you need Act 48 Credits, please come to the many year-round events that PASC hosts! Advisors in attendance at these programs are eligible to receive Act 48 hours:

PASC also sponsors other opportunities, such as book clubs, for our members to earn Act 48 hours. 

Additionally, attending any programming conducted by the National Association for Student Activities (NA4SA) also qualifies for Act 48 hours upon completion of the program. This could range from a one-hour monthly seminar to one of the 30-hour levels of the NA4SA Academy.



How to receive Act 48 credits:

Step 1: Watch one of the linked videos.

Step 2: Complete Section 2 "Personal Information" which includes your PPID number.

Step 3: Select the video you chose from the drop down menu in Section 3.

Step 4: Answer the PDE required questions in Section 4.


Once you submit this form for the video you chose, you may select another video to watch and repeat the steps for however many of the videos you choose. Each video is approximately 15 minutes in length. You will receive 30 minutes of Act 48 for each video you watch and complete the form. Note: You must complete this form in its entirety for each video you choose in order to receive credit for that video. The opportunity will be available until April 30, 2024. Your hours should show in your PDE PERMS account by mid May.


Video 1: The importance of using inclusive language

Video 2: Unlocking the potential of diversity in education

Video 3: Our fight for disability rights -- and why we're not done yet

Video 4: On diversity: Access ain't inclusion

Video 5: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

Video 6: How Kids Can Lead the Fight Against Hunger (A TedTalk by PASC's own Claire Chi!)

PASC Professional Development helps advisors:

  • Be enthusiastic, energetic, imaginative, resourceful and have a sense of humor.

  • Serve as a behind-the-scenes "coach"

  • Juggle many activities and projects at once

  • Display calmness under stress and have the ability to work effectively in a crisis setting

  • Learn from both success and failure.

  • A positive attitude about yourself and your own worth, and the worth of students

  • The ability to listen

  • The ability to stimulate group spirit with an awareness of responsibilities

  • Self-discipline, self-knowledge, and self-determination

  • Patience, an open mind, and a willingness to reach consensus in decisions

  • The ability to delegate responsibility, share authority, and follow up without intimidation

  • Organizational skills and a great planning and scheduling program.

  • Enthusiasm and dedication

  • Hold regular meetings and planning sessions with the executive council.

  • Make detailed yearlong plans, writing goals for each project.

  • Be a bridge between the students, faculty, administration, and other groups.

  • Maintain frequent contact with faculty and administrators.

  • Oversee services and activities for the school and community that will bring improvement to the school community.

  • Teach as well as practice democratic actions and encourage civic engagement.

  • Develop student leaders.

  • Lead but do not do the student's work.

  • Give assistance, guidance, and praise when appropriate.

  • Be open minded, looking for new ideas and encouraging the best from students.

  • Find ways to guide council members without dictating.

  • Develop a mutual respect between you and the council.

  • Assist the council in meeting deadlines and achieving goals.

  • Understand how student activities operate in your district and state, including legal responsibilities.

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