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At Potter-Thomas, change the only constant

By Gustavo Martínez on May 2, 2010 02:49 PM

For the past eight years at Potter-Thomas Elementary School, the only constant has been change.

As a low-performing school, it was turned over to Edison Schools in 2002. But because it made little improvement, it was taken away from Edison in 2008.

At Daroff, outside providers woo community

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 30, 2010 02:32 PM

"I think the change is going to be bittersweet," said Assistant Principal Nancy Hatchett, summarizing the mood during Daroff Elementary School's turnaround team public forum.

From the outset, the school auditorium at 56th and Vine felt like a somber family gathering, perhaps to discuss the terms of an unpleasant but necessary divorce.

An experiment in social media

By Timothy Boyle on Apr 30, 2010 11:59 AM

A few weeks back I succumbed to the lure of Twitter and created an account for my 3rd grade students.

Over the course of last week's lessons I had students write a brief "What did we do today?" in their science notebooks. I figured the summary was probably useful on its own and would get kids ready for tweeting the goings-on of our class.

Community budget hearings coming up

By Paul Socolar on Apr 30, 2010 10:13 AM

The District is holding a series of community meetings in May to discuss its proposed $3.2 billion 2010-11 budget.

Notes from the news, Apr. 30

By Anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 08:46 AM

Bill Gates visits Science Leadership Academy The Inquirer
Gates was in town to receive an award from the Franklin Institute. He toured SLA's lab and had a Q&A with students.

See also: Gates Millenium Scholar meets her benefactor The Inquirer
Bill Gates meets local young scientists 6 ABC
Bill Gates at SLA today The Notebook blog

Rules for Renaissance Schools courtship modified Notebook NEWSFLASH
All prospective providers must attend community meetings at every school, not just the schools they would prefer to work with.

See also: Renaissance Schools meetings with providers start this week The Notebook blog

“We are invisible” – Ackerman listens to concerns of Cambodian Community Voice of Philadelphia
Ackerman attended a town hall discussion at Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple with about 150 Cambodian Americans.

Raising the Bar: A New Urban Outlet for Hebrew? Jewish Exponent
Organizers are moving forward with plans to open a Hebrew-language charter school in Center City, but the SRC has yet to approve the charter.

Voice of Philadephia Receives Non-Profit Status, Adds Reporting Interns Voice of Philadelphia
The news outlet joins RHD's New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator program, where the Notebook is housed.

First school budget hearing called off The Inquirer

Phila. Offering Paid Summer Internships for HS Students KYW

Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program Trains Young People in Job Skills KYW

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Bill Gates at SLA today

By Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 12:19 PM

Bill Gates is speaking at Science Leadership Academy at 2 p.m. today.

You can watch the speech below, and follow updates and questions about the event via #slagates on Twitter. We'll update this post with highlights from the discussion.

 


Kudos to SLA and all the students who asked Gates questions! Topics ranged from his upbringing to how to support impoverished countries to how he balances family obligations, plus, SLA student Emma asked for his opinion on magnet schools:

Renaissance Schools meetings with providers start this week

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 29, 2010 11:18 AM

The nine Renaissance Schools will have community meetings with potential turnaround partners through Saturday, May 8. All are at the school, unless otherwise noted. The deadline to complete the matching process has been extended to May 11. It was originally scheduled to end this week.

The schedule is:

Notes from the news, Apr. 29

By Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 08:44 AM

Ackerman hears from advisory councils on how to improve schools Daily News
Parents from schools that will be run out of Ackerman's office next year gave feedback.

Childs parents give District an earful The Notebook blog
Parents questioned why they were not included in the District's decision to move the school.

Pa. gubernatorial candidates spar over school choice WHYY
Hoeffel and Williams continued their school choice debate at a candidates' forum in Mt. Airy.

Ire for senior-housing plan: N. Phila. neighbors rally to gain control, political clout Daily News
The proposed NewCourtland land deal has energized neighbors to organize in order to exert political pressure over other issues, too.

New Career Path: Teaching Math & Science US News & World Report
The Philadelphia Teaching Residency program is helping to bring professionals from other fields into the classroom.

Bill Gates to Speak at SLA Practical Theory blog
He'll be there at 2 p.m. today. Have a question? Tweet it with the hash tag #slagates.

Poor childhood takes lifelong toll, study shows The Inquirer

Survivor: Teaching Biology and Blueberries

NYC’s 140 Character Conference Explores Twitter in the Classroom School Library Journal

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Childs parents give District an earful

By Paul Socolar on Apr 28, 2010 09:05 PM

District officials had lots of answers for a boisterous auditorium-full of George W. Childs School parents Wednesday evening as they tried to explain why they want to relocate the entire 605-student school into nearby Barratt Middle School next fall.

But parents kept repeating one question that officials couldn't or didn't answer: "Why weren't we included in the decision-making process from the beginning?"

Notes from the news, Apr. 28

By Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 08:49 AM

In defense of parents The Notebook blog
Parents, like teachers, get a lot of flak about student achievement. The groups could work together rather than tear each other down as happens in blog post comments.

FAFSA Warns People Not to Miss Filing Deadline KYW
PHEAA has a hard deadline of May 1 if students attending four-year colleges want to be considered for state grants.

Extended school year services can help students who regress during school breaks The Notebook
Students with IEPs who either lose or have trouble recovering skills after a long break are eligible for services.

Junta de padres en “Escuelas Renacimiento” Al Día

Pa. education nominee pledges a robust term The Inquirer

NJ students walk out to protest budget cuts Philly Education Justice blog

How I Use Google Reader Philly Teacher blog

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In defense of parents

By Ron Whitehorne on Apr 27, 2010 07:49 PM

Some teachers, rightfully angry over being blamed by politicians, the media, and self-appointed education reformers for the failures of inner city schools, turn around and scapegoat parents, or more specifically, poor parents of color.  

Notes from the news, Apr. 27

By Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 08:51 AM

Pain for Asian youth didn't end with school assault The Inquirer
South Philly High student is still feeling the effects of his head being slammed against a wall last month.

See also: South Philly High: The District's alternate reality The Notebook blog
Wake up, LaGreta! Attytood

New Pa. education secretary details priorities The Notebook blog
Zahorchak's successor, Thomas Gluck, was named yesterday.

Feds subpoena officials from 13 charter schools, sources say Daily News
The 13 schools were investigated in the City Controller's report on financial mismanagement of charters.

Teachers moving toward education for liberation The Notebook blog
The Teacher Action Group is holding its first curriculum fair on Saturday.

Briefly... CITY/REGION Daily News
Community meetings with potential Renaissance Schools providers start this week. Plus, Graduate! Philadelphia is holding an event today to tell people more about returning to college. 

One-stop shop for college now open at City Hall The Notebook
The PhillyGoes2College office is part of Mayor Nutter's plans to help increase the number of Philadelphia residents with a college degree.

US Education Official, in Philadelphia, Declares Support for Community Colleges KYW

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New Pa. education secretary details priorities

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 26, 2010 04:08 PM

Thomas Gluck, named Monday to replace Gerald Zahorchak as Pennsylvania's secretary of education for the remainder of Gov. Rendell's term, said that much of his work over the next several months will involve money.

Teachers moving toward education for liberation

By Guest blogger on Apr 26, 2010 12:54 PM

This week's blog post comes from Teacher Action Group members Sulaiha Schwartz and Anissa Weinraub.


It’s a Monday evening and 15 teachers from the School District of Philadelphia are sitting around a table. They’re engaged in a lively conversation about the outside influences that impact the types of curricular decisions they get to make daily.

Notes from the news, Apr. 26

By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 08:29 AM

Budget woes hit schools hard and harder The Inquirer
Pennsylvania is in a better position than other states because of legislated increases in education funding and how it has chosen to use stimulus funds.

Rendell campaigns in area for more school aid The Inquirer
Rendell toured the Philly burbs to rally support for his budget, which again includes increases in state funding for education.

Williams Ramping Up Campaign WDUQN
The gubernatorial candidate supports school choice and says he won't commit to funding the "costing out" report.

Catchment Maps Available Online A Very Public Education blog
The maps are one of many improvements to the school profile pages on the District's site.

Pa. Education Sec. to Head Allentown's School District KYW
Zahorchak will leave his post May 7. His replacement has yet to be named.

See also: Ed. Sec. Zahorchak heading for Allentown The Notebook blog

Phila. School District to Hold Public Budget Meetings KYW

DOE Auditors: Philly Grants 'High-Risk' Fox 29

Phila. Schoolteacher Inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame KYW

Knowing Your Kids A Good Day Teaching blog

Black woman leads former whites-only Philly school AP via Washington Post

Pa. Worker Gets 7.5 Years in Teen's Starvation Death KYW

6 Reasons I Surround Myself with People Smarter Than I Am Philly Teacher blog

New Film Highlights Serious Problems in Public Schools KYW

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