Building a tech culture. Notebook
Four schools nab $375K in PSP grants. NewsWorks
School technology: What to look for. Notebook
When Colleges Hurt Kids. Practical Theory
For the first time, the Notebook focused an edition on education technology.
Our main findings: Some Philadelphia schools have pioneered technology use in several ways. But its overall use is spotty, often dependent on school leadership, teacher training and buy-in, and overall District stability.
Philadelphia School Partnership is awarding a total of $375,000 in grants to three Philadelphia District schools and one Catholic school.
Upping the ante for City Hall. Inquirer
Student sets out to analyze high-stakes testing. Philadelphia Student Union
Considering that education sits atop voter-issue lists going into the May 19 primaries, it's no surprise that most of the announced Democratic candidates for mayor will attend tonight's public forum at the G.W. Childs School, 16th and Wharton Streets.
Marketing and fundraising. These are just two things that the newly minted Friends of Neighborhood Public Education wants to do on behalf of Philadelphia's neighborhood schools, which sometimes get a bad rap.
The fund for the School District of Philadelphia announces first president and CEO. Philanthropy Network
Upping the ante for City Hall. Daily News
As market surges, schools struggle to find the best tech products. Hechinger Report
This is the second in a series of reports on one Philadelphia couple's search for a school for their son. [Read part one.]
Chris and Jennifer Byiers are sitting inside the warm living room of Anthony and Jennifer Aiello on a blustery February night. They are surrounded by framed drawings and a sparkly robot made out of recyclable tissue boxes and paper towel rolls.
At the risk of being the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread, I am astonished by the great consternation around the question of how to assess the effectiveness of behavioral health services for students. After all, these services have been provided for long enough that we ought to know what works and what assessment criteria and protocols have been agreed on.
Or are we just pursuing the strategy of ready, fire, aim?
On May 19, Philadelphians will hit the polls to winnow the field of City Council at-large candidates. Out of 28 declared candidates, only seven will be elected in November (including at least two from a minority party). Each party can run five candidates in the general election. The Notebook reached out to the candidates, asking their opinions on the election's most gripping issue: education.
Where do candidates stand on the School Reform Commission's decision to approve five new charter school applications? Whose job is it to find more money for public schools, the city's or the District's? Absent an agreement with the teachers' union, do they think the SRC is right to pursue concessions through the courts? And finally, what ideas do they have for how the District can fix its financial problems?
The Interview: 'Notebook' editor Paul Socolar. Daily News
Inexcusable absence on schools session. Inquirer
Olney HS staff seeks to unionize. Daily News
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Philadelphia today to stump for Gov. Wolf's education budget, which he says could turn around the prospects of a state that ranks "dead last" when it comes to equitable school funding.
Early childhood advocates are asking families across Pennsylvania to scrounge through their couch cushions on behalf of high-quality preschool programs.
Advocates hope that Pennies 4 Pre-K, a new initiative by advocacy group Pre-K for PA, will draw attention to a much larger pot of funding that could be headed their way: $120 million in Gov. Wolf's proposed education budget.