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Across the city, Renaissance process moves forward for providers, councils

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 23, 2010 12:50 PM

The “turnaround teams” from ASPIRA, Mastery Charter, Universal Companies, and Young Scholars Charter School are all busy reaching out to parents and trying to formalize their working relationships with the School Advisory Councils (SACs) that recommended them and will monitor their progress.  

In case you missed it: Teacher eval, friends, charters

By Jamie Raver on Jun 23, 2010 11:59 AM

Teacher evaluation program shows promising results Catalyst Chicago
As interests in teacher quality, passing students, and tampering with test scores rise, districts search for more effective ways to measure the efficiency of educators. 

See also: Chart: Comparing existing and new grading teacher systems Chicago Tribune

As budgets are cut, advocates push for continued free lunch Gotham Schools
In New York, officials seek to raise university tuitions and severely cut public school spending - but others insist that childrens' nutrition should stay out of it.

The End of the Best Friend The New York Times
Is having a "best friend" helping or hurting children in schools? Psychiatrists and educators explore the pros and cons of students who prefer one friend to a whole crowd.

The hits just keep on coming edspresso
Charter schools flounder in Virginia, where they are met with a seemingly endless stream of adversity on funding, spatial, and administrative issues.

Notes from the news, June 23

By Anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 08:52 AM

Elmer Smith: First they won the lottery, now they get to win at life Daily News
Arise Academy graduated 10 students, who are foster children, in its first year, and now some of those students are heading to college.

New study says students at most KIPP schools make "substantial" gains The Notebook blog
A new study by Mathematica found students at KIPP made statistically significant gains.

Op-Ed: Education bill needed York Daily Record via ReformSpecialEdFunding.org
PA House Bill 704 would enact needed reforms for special education.

Pa.'s record campaign donors: Trio give $5 million plus to Sen. Williams The Inquirer
School choice brought in the bucks for Williams gubernatorial campaign.

Empowerment Schools are not all the same The Notebook blog
Empowerment Schools get the same interventions, but their students' scores and demographics vary widely.

School District of Philadelphia Offers Summer Events and Learning for Parents! Frankford Gazette

Beyond the Usual Suspects Philly School Search blog

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Empowerment Schools are not all the same

By Frank Murphy on Jun 22, 2010 07:57 PM

Over the last two years, the Empowerment Schools have been consistently characterized by the local media as being the lowest-performing District schools.

Since the inauguration of the Ackerman administration in 2008, 85 schools designated as Empowerment Schools have been treated to intensive interventions. When the 2009-2010 school year began, 11 more schools were added to this group. This was also the same year in which the McGraw Hill/SRA Corrective Reading and Math programs were put into place at the Empowerment Schools.

And what measures were used to determine this label of “low-performing”?

New study says students at most KIPP schools make "substantial" gains

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 22, 2010 04:34 PM

Students at 22 KIPP middle schools around the country made "statistically significant and educationally substantial" gains in math and reading when compared with other students in their neighborhoods, according to a new study by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Notes from the news, June 22

By Anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 08:45 AM

Crucial Competition For West Philly Hybrid Auto Team KYW
The team is in Michigan for more than a week of make or break tests in advance of the next stage of the competition.

See also: Cover Story: Back to the Future Grid

Philadelphia high school student wins scholarship after parents' death The Inquirer
Heirl He, a rising senior at Central, won a full scholarship from the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund.

Children in Philly rely on summer meal programs The Inquirer
When schools close the free breakfast and lunch program ends, but summer programs across the city offer free meals.

An Introduction To Philly's Promise Academy Fox 29
Interview with assistant superintendent of the Promise Academies, Francisco Duran.

Why Students Should be Involved in Training their School Security Officers Philly Education Justice blog
PSU student Zakia Royster writes about how students at Sayre organized to train their security guards.

Happy summer, teachers! The Notebook blog

Study claims computer access hurts school performance WHYY

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Happy summer, teachers!

By Anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 01:40 PM

Today concludes the 2009-10 school year for Philadelphia teachers. What are you doing this summer? Do you have summer school duty? Curriculum prep? What do you hope to get a head start on for the fall?

Don't worry about us--we'll be here all summer.

Notes from the news, June 21

By Anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 09:17 AM

Suffering from search engine overload The Notebook blog
Tracing the big money leadership and backers of charter schools.

Shake-up of Ackerman team continues The Inquirer
More high level movement in the District administration, with school principals moving to administrative roles. Also, Leroy Nunery's new position earned him a $50,000 raise.

Philadelphia school uses art for fulfillment, profit The Inquirer
Art teachers at Woodrow Wilson Middle School brighten up the school with student art, and earn money for the program by auctioning off the works.

Editorial: Applaud, but lightly The Inquirer
Philly students showed gains on the PSSA, but Superintendent Ackerman acknowledged there is a long way to go.

School-reform lessons from Phila.: Choosing Excellence in Public Schools The Inquirer
Review of new book by former Philly superintendent David W. Hornbeck and longtime educator Katherine Conner.

Phila. School Dist. Uses Protest Music in Civil Rights Classes KYW

Finding my Element Philly Teacher blog

Video of Graduation: My Speech and the Diplomas Practical Theory blog

Pa. Lawmakers Launch Web Site to Help Solve Budget Woes KYW

Fattah Announces $622,963 Grant to Drexel U. To Train School Librarians BigNews.biz

Parkside: The School of the Future Relies on Forward Thinking, Not Technology Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Father's Day is still busy for a full-time dad The Inquirer

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Suffering from search engine overload

By Frank Murphy on Jun 18, 2010 01:47 PM

Recently I have been suffering from search engine overload. This is an ailment that can cause trance-like behavior on the part of the sufferer. Another common symptom associated with this syndrome is the spouting off of seemingly endless facts about the particular subject the victim has been investigating through online search engines.

It is an exhausting ailment. In my case I contracted this condition as a result of my efforts to become better acquainted with the providers who have been identified as being eligible to manage Renaissance Schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

Notes from the news, June 18

By Anonymous on Jun 18, 2010 08:40 AM

Effort starting to raise $100 million for public, charter, parochial schools The Notebook blog
The Philadelphia School Project plans to raise the money to support high-quality education, wherever it may happen.

Notebook friends come out in full force for Turning the Page for Change fundraiser The Notebook blog
A big crowd came out to support the Notebook and mingle with friends and colleagues. The Notebook honored high school journalists.

See also: Thank you, Notebook community The Notebook blog

A-plus work Daily News (opinion)
This didn't come through in my feeds yesterday, and was a late addition to the Notes, but is a must read. Thanks to the Daily News for a nice shout out to Editor Paul Socolar and the Notebook!

Presidente de Congreso renuncia Al Dia
Nicholas Torres is leaving Congreso to head the new Philadelphia School Project.

Phila. schools close, pools open Philly.com
Have a great summer vacation!

LGBT community leaders question future for city's queer youth Voice of Philadelphia

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community Philadelphia Neighborhoods

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Phila. Test Scores Rise Again Metropolis

Philadelphia public school students improve PSSA scores WHYY

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Effort starting to raise $100 million for public, charter, parochial schools

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 17, 2010 11:01 PM

A big, new player has emerged in the city's education world. It's called The Philadelphia School Project and it plans to raise $100 million in philanthropic money with the goal of supporting high-quality schools whether they be district-run, charter, or parochial.

Thank you, Notebook community

By Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 01:46 PM

Tuesday was our 7th annual Turning the Page for Change event. Thanks to everyone who attended, hosted, volunteered, co-chaired, donated, sponsored, and otherwise supported to make it a great event.

I was honored at the event for the tremendous success that our site has become. We try to keep the event program brief so I didn't have a chance to make any remarks, but hey, it's the web, there's unlimited space here!

Notebook friends come out in full force for Turning the Page for Change fundraiser

By the Notebook on Jun 17, 2010 01:37 PM

By Brad Gibson and Monika Zaleska

Hamilton Hall of the University of the Arts was abuzz with friends of the Notebook as we gave awards to student journalists and to two special honorees while celebrating our 16th year as Philadelphia’s leading education resource at the seventh annual Turning the Page for Change event on June 15.  

Notes from the news, June 17

By Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 08:32 AM

Late addition, about us! A-plus work Daily News (opinion)
Editor/director Paul Socolar and the Notebook get a great shout out in the Daily News!

SRC approves some additional charter school seats The Notebook blog
The SRC changed its plans and did vote on charter seat expansions in yesterday's meeting. They also approved all renewals for 11 current charter schools.

See also: 11 Phila. schools granted new charters The Inquirer
Charters get nice surprise: Renewal, expansion OKs Daily News
School Board OKs Modest Phila. Charter School Expansion KYW

Reading, math scores up, but about half of students fail Daily News
More than half of District students scored proficient on reading and math tests for the first time.

See also: An 8th straight year of PSSA gains The Notebook blog
Phila. Students Reach Standardized Test Milestone KYW
A test-score milestone for Phila. schools The Inquirer

West Philadelphia High students' 100 m.p.g. competition The Inquirer
The West Philly team that keeps on chugging in a very tough field of competitors to build a 100 mpg car made The Inquirer's front page.

See also: West Phila. Students Build Hybrid that Can Compete KYW

Marilyn Perez named Edison principal The Notebook blog
The current Central regional superintendent will lead the struggling high school.

The legacy of the one-room schoolhouse: The Notebook The Notebook blog
School no longer takes place in a single room, but the Notebook helps create a similarly tight-knit community.

Editorial: Teaching that passes the test The Inquirer
Congratulations to Aaron Greberman Philly's teacher of the year.

Give Us the Truth About School Violence Education Week (opinion)
Former safe schools advocate Jack Stollsteimer writes about the "rising epidemic of violence" in our schools.

Is There an Education Crisis In Philadelphia? Fox 29
Fox 29 asks you to decide if we spend too much to educate students in Philadelphia.

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Microsoft-designed School of the Future graduates first senior class NCEN

Microsoft’s Philadelphia High School Offers Laptop Computer on Students What is the Trend

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An 8th straight year of PSSA gains

By Paul Socolar on Jun 16, 2010 04:35 PM

Preliminary results on this spring's state standardized test, the PSSA, are good news for the District, Superintendent Ackerman told the School Reform Commission today. For the first time ever, more than half of District students scored proficient in both reading and math.

Proficiency rates districtwide have climbed to 57 percent in math and 51 percent in reading, the eighth consecutive year of growth. This year's gains - four points in math and three points in reading - are consistent with the growth rate over the previous seven years.

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