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Standing room only at film on Black male students

By the Notebook on Nov 8, 2010 01:20 PM

by Patrick Gailey

Beyond the Bricks Project, a national effort to support Black male academic achievement, made its seventh stop of a 10-city tour at the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday. Seating for 350 turned into standing room only in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building.

TAG wants to hear from classroom teachers

By Ron Whitehorne on Nov 8, 2010 10:24 AM

The Notebook is not the only group asking for responses to a quick survey on its website this week. Once you've filled that one out, take a look at the Teacher Action Group's brief survey on conflict in the classroom.

The TAG survey, aimed at local classroom teachers, will be up till next Monday. Here is a letter introducing the survey:

Notes from the news, Nov. 8

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 8, 2010 09:46 AM

notes from the news imageHighball bidder wins schools applicant tracking The Inquirer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission awarded a $1.1 million contract for a job applicant-tracking system.

Delegation of Japanese educators visits Upper Dublin schools Montgomery Media
In an effort to create a cross-cultural exchange on the topic of education, school leaders from Japan visted the Upper Dublin School District.

Teaching drives Danza to tears The Notebook
Danza experiences the struggles a first year teacher deals with and has a break down in front of his students.
 

Erika is away, the Notebook's Drexel Co-op student Lauren Goldman is filling in.
 
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Teaching drives Danza to tears

By the Notebook on Nov 5, 2010 11:35 PM

by Margaret Ernst and Lauren Goldman

You may be used to watching Tony Danza tap-dance.  But you’re probably not used to seeing him cry in front of 10th graders.

Tonight on "Teach," Danza feels just how tough being a first-year teacher is and it shows. Kids are talking, poking each other, and joking around as he tries to get a lesson started. “I can’t fight this battle any more,” he says—and leaves the room in tears.

Film and forum will explore the challenges of Black male students

By Guest blogger on Nov 5, 2010 01:54 PM

We have another guest blog this week. This one comes from Ouida Washington and is about the film screening and event taking place at CCP tomorrow.


Black male students are in crisis in America.

Notes from the news, Nov. 5

By Anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 08:16 AM

notes from the news imageProvider responses in; Innovation model out The Notebook blog
In the second year of the Renaissance Schools process, the Innovation model is no longer an option. Now Promise Academies are the only within District option.

Film looks at challenges African-American students face Daily News
There will be a screening of "Beyond the Bricks" tomorrow at CCP. The film follows two boys trying to stay in school in Newark, NJ. The screening will be part of a daylong event.

Hunger in Philadelphia: The Safety Net Is Torn The Inquirer
The third installment in the "Portrait of Hunger" series about poverty in Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District.

More Adventures in Checking for Understanding Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher tried the "assessment" method and was amazed by what her students said they learned in a quick check in after a lesson on MS Paint.

Two Philadelphia Students Get Surprise “At-Risk” Scholarships CBS Philly

Time to Work Together Education Voters PA blog

Superintendent Ackerman-Urban School District MVP? Philly School Search blog

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Provider responses in; Innovation model out

By Benjamin Herold on Nov 4, 2010 04:24 PM

The Nov. 2 deadline for potential Renaissance Schools managers to respond to a Request for Qualifications for turnaround teams has passed, with District officials saying they are in “good shape” based on the submissions they have received.

“We’re still compiling [the responses],” said Diane Castelbuono, the District’s associate superintendent for strategic programs.“There is a nice mix of national and local [providers.]”

Notes from the news, Nov. 4

By Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 10:13 AM

notes from the news imageWhat does the election mean for education? The Notebook blog
The end of stimulus funding will mean the state will have to look at funding education more itself, or for schools to have less money to work with.

See also: DN Editorial: What can Philadelphia expect from Harrisburg? Daily News

Philadelphia Students Explore Flash Mobs to Build Digital and Media Literacy Skills Spot.us
Working with the Temple Media Lab, students explored what people thought about the flash mobs.

First Friday with PhillyCAM and youth media The Notebook blog
See video made by young people at PhillyCAM's First Friday event at the Painted Bride.

High School Dropouts Drop Back in to Charter Schools Take Part

9th Grade Parents Meeting at Frankford High School! The Frankford Gazette

Teen Café at the Haddington Friends Library a hit UC Review

VoP earns J-Lab grant Voice of Philadelphia

En busca de un sueño para niños de Feltonville Al Día

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What does the election mean for education?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Nov 3, 2010 05:50 PM

Tuesday's election means that education advocates in Pennsylvania who have been arguing for increased state school aid to tamp down property taxes and ensure more equitable spending among districts will have to fight hard to advance their agenda in the next few years.

To put it mildly.

First Friday with PhillyCAM and youth media

By Guest blogger on Nov 3, 2010 12:14 PM

This week's guest blog comes from Debbie Rudman of PhillyCAM, Philly's public access television station.


This Friday PhillyCam is holding a viewing party showcasing youth media. On Friday Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., PhillyCAM will present a special two your program of community-produced media by and for youth and young adults at the Painted Bride Arts Center. The event coincides with First Friday in Old City.

An hour of networking with the youth media producers will follow until 8:30pm.

Notes from the news, Nov. 3

By Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 09:46 AM

notes from the news image'Not a minute to waste' - even in first grade The Notebook blog
From the Notebook's continuing Renaissance Schools coverage, a look at Mastery Smedley elementary two months into the school year.

Philly's LGBT Kids Fight Back Philadelphia Weekly
The District has policies forbidding harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation  and gender identity, and anti-bullying policies, but students report that enforcement is uneven.

My Douglass experience The Notebook blog
Current CCP student Peak Johnson reflects on his time in elementary school and the changes the school has undergone.

At Steel, strategies for learning make a difference to kids Philadelphia Tribune

Kids Find Their Urban Roots Philadelphia Weekly

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'Not a minute to waste' - even in first grade

By Benjamin Herold on Nov 2, 2010 05:17 PM

It’s not yet 8:30 am, it’s the Friday before Halloween, and the audience before him is made up of five- and six–year-olds.

But Mastery Charter-Smedley Elementary Principal Brian McLaughlin is not one to go off message, especially just two months into Mastery’s effort to turn around the long-struggling neighborhood elementary school in Frankford.

My Douglass experience

By Peak Johnson on Nov 2, 2010 12:52 PM

I have not attended Frederick Douglass Elementary, now known as Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School, since I was promoted to the 6th grade in 2000 . At that time the school only went from pre-kindergarten to the 5th grade.

A lot has changed. There is a strict uniform policy now, something that was put into effect not too long after I left. The school color at that time was navy blue; it has recently changed to burgundy to coincide with the new imaging of the school.

Notes from the news, Nov. 2

By Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 09:38 AM

notes from the news imageToday is Election Day. Polls are open till 8 p.m.

Dom Giordano is wrong about Philadelphia school superintendent Arlene Ackerman Daily News (opinion)
Kenny Gamble and A. Bruce Crawley come out in strong support of Philly's current superintendent, not Michelle Rhee who Giordano suggested should replace Ackerman.

Advocates call for review of District expulsion process Notebook NEWSFLASH
According to an analysis by the Education Law Center 23 percent of expulsions have been rejected by the SRC in the past 13 months, and that rate has risen since April.

Teen program offers fast track to careers in building The Inquirer
Teens from Carver High School for Engineering and Science take part in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) mentor program.

Hot topic in governor's race: State funds for private tuition The Notebook
From the October edition, the candidates for governor discussed their views on education.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Names America's 'Top 10' School Districts Served by Charters PRNewswire
Philly is in the top 10 based on number of students served, but not by percent of students served. Former Philly CEO Paul Vallas' district, New Orleans, tops that list.

Are HBCUs Still Relevant? The Atlanta Post
A Philly school graduate writes about her experience at an HBCU.

Dean leaves for Southern Education Foundation Temple News
C. Kent McGuire was one of the finalists to become Philly superintendent in 2008, along with Leroy Nunery and Ackerman.

[TODAY] is the DAY! Education Voters PA 

Notes from the Field: Help to Tell Our Story City School Stories

Wissahickon School District considers online Chinese curriculum Ambler Gazette

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Election Day, Nov. 2

By Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 05:02 PM

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. The Notebook's October edition focused on school funding and covered some key issues in this year's race for governor.

The Committee of Seventy has information about the candidates, ballot issues, and how to find your polling place. Education Voters PA has info about the education stances of the candidates, and the nonpartisan organization endorsed Dan Onorato for governor.

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