Email Links are Dangerous

The biggest security threat to the average person are emails with links to secure websites.  When your bank sends you a link to check your checking or savings account balance, you should immediately be suspicious.  How do you know the email is really from your bank?  The answer is – you don’t know!  Most email systems don’t validate sender / receiver identities.    This means anyone can you send you an email with a link to a secure website.  That link may take you to a website that looks like your bank’s website when in fact it may be a look-a-like website designed to get you to enter your secure login and password credentials.   Hackers will then take your user id and password and use it to access your secure accounts and steal your money or identity.

So, how do you protect yourself?   Never, ever, ever click on a link in an email!   Instead open your browser by clicking on a web browser icon (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge) from your desktop or menu list.  Type in the address you know to be your bank website, then and only then, enter your login id and password.     This is the only way you can be sure that you are logging in to a legitimate website.

Resisting the urge (and convenience) of clicking on a link. Instead, take the time to key in the website address of your bank, healthcare provider or other secure data provider.  Email can be sent securely once logged in to your secure provider site.    There are many secure email providers, but these programs and services are not the most user friendly systems and rely on both the sender/receiver being signed up for the service.  Most secure email systems use some type of encryption to ensure that email arrives with identity of the sender and integrity of the message, intact.   Check out for more information on secure email services.

Copyright Angela F. Kern 2018.

PA Statewide Articulations

PDE > K-12 > Career and Technical Education > Programs of Study > Articulations

SOAR = Students Occupationally and academically ready

Articulation for advanced credit transfer is made possible when Perkins-allocated post-secondary institutions and Pennsylvania secondary schools offering SOAR programs agree to the terms and conditions stated in the Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement.

  • Minimum GPA (2.5 / 4.0) in Technical Core Course
  • Successfully completing an End of Program Assessment (NOCTI, NIMS, etc.)
  • Successfully completing POS Competency (Task) List
  • Fulfilling Industry Certifications (not required, but may qualify students for more credits)

Why should you use Classmate to generate Statewide Articulation Reports for ALL SENIORS?

  • Statewide Articulation Agreement Report will be broken down by Qualified Students and Unqualified Students.
  • Any student that passes first 3 of the criteria will be considered ‘Qualified’. (Industry Cert isn’t necessary to “qualify”.)
  • Classmate can and should be used to generate articulation paperwork for Unqualified students because…
  • Unqualified students may still receive college credits!

Optimize the number of students who QUALIFY for SOAR – Articulation credits at participating post-secondary institutions by:

  • Importing NOCTI cut scores and student exam scores into Classmate
  • Ensuring that teachers grade all POS tasks (in Classmate).
  • Input all student industry certifications – helps students secure more credits.
  • Print cover sheets and completed task lists;
  • Program teacher signs task cover sheet and
  • Director/assistant director signs articulation cover sheet.
  • Put articulation paperwork package in your senior student’s graduation packet with letter encouraging them to visit


Articulation Information of SOAR

Agreement. Perkins Statewide Articulation Agreement (PDF)

SOAR Advanced College Credit Opportunities

SOAR Programs offer qualifying students advanced credit(s) with partnering postsecondary institutions in aligned CTE programs. To view current advanced credit opportunities articulated with postsecondary institutions, go to the equivalency search results at

Coversheet for Secondary Competency Task List (PDF)

Sample – Secondary Competency Task List Format for Student Documentation (PDF)

Student Documentation Coversheet for Programs of Study Articulation Agreements (PDF)

2016-17 CATS Approved Secondary Schools with POS Delivery (PDF)

Educational Objective

My projects and ideas are shared on this website.  I welcome your ideas and contributions.  Education is a community affair.  Together we can improve the educational system and its objectives.  My goal is to improve educational outcomes by putting young people on a career / life track that matches their skills, abilities and interests.   The U.S. economy needs public education and especially Career Technical Education (CTE) to keep our economy productive!

Best regards,

Angel Kern


The Framework

The state of Pennsylvania has adopted Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching as the overarching vision for effective instruction in the Commonwealth.

Danielson has been designing teacher evaluation system for over 40 years.

The Framework is a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the INTASC standards, and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching.

The Framework may be used for many purposes, but its full value is realized as the foundation for professional conversations among educators as they seek to enhance their skill in the complex task of teaching.

The Framework is the foundation of mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together and helping teachers become more efficient practitioners.