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Melanie Bavaria

Melanie Bavaria is a freelance writer and videographer covering education issues as well as refugee and immigrant populations in Philadelphia.
Recent Articles

Combating violence: students take the issue into their own hands

U School students mentor younger peers and encourage artistic expression. The program grew out of the Aspen Challenge.

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School gardens address hunger issues and promote healthy food

They also can foster connections with community members, from neighbors to experts.

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Teachers and students embrace Black Lives Matter Week in city schools

Organizers said people in 100 schools participated. Students said the activities were affirming. The District barred coverage of in-school events.

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Philadelphia, once a pioneer in bilingual education, now lags

Part of the reason is state policy. But several schools have adopted the dual-language immersion model.

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Do international dorms at community college signal a change of mission, culture?

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Fixing CTE involves targeting middle school students

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Boosters hold tours for real estate agents to counteract negative perceptions of city schools

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At Northeast High School, cultural acceptance is the norm

Half the student body have been English learners at some point in their education.

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Groups scramble to help unaccompanied minors

They traveled to the United States alone, some fleeing war and violence. Then the only agency in Philadelphia authorized to help them shut down suddenly.

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Company co-founded by Philly teacher targets books to kids

The aim is to help parents and teachers find books that students will want to read.

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