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Notes from the news, Dec. 1

By Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 10:59 AM

notes from the news imageCorbett names 34 to education team The Notebook blog
The governor-elect named his 400-member transition team. State Sen. Anthony Williams is part of the education team.

Philadelphia phone bank urges passage of immigration law The Inquirer
Activists are rallying supporters for the expected vote on the DREAM Act this week.

Bodine High School, boasts diverse students, rigorous classes Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key has several profiles and tips for parents and students.

See also: Dobbins wins 1st place at robotics competition Philadelphia Tribune
Ex-class clown now gives back as college counselor
Philadelphia Tribune
Overbrook League prides its community teamwork
Philadelphia Tribune
College Tips: Selecting the right school for you
Philadelphia Tribune
Parent-Teacher conferences begin this week
Philadelphia Tribune

TEDxPhilly - an educator's perspective The Notebook blog
Teacher Timothy Boyle wrote about presentations by SLA principal Chris Lehmann: Stanford Thompson, who runs an afterschool program, and Simon Hauger, the advisor of the West Philly hybrid design team.

Yo Philadelphia Parents! Philly School Search Needs You! Philly School Search blog
Parents contribute explanations about why they chose specific schools for their children, like the one below.

See also: Why I Chose Wissahickon Charter: 2010-11-18 School Selection Report Philly School Search blog

Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid? Philadelphia Magazine
A feature story questioning whether gadgets and technology have made kids dumb.

See also: Is Philadelphia Magazine Right—Are Kids Really Getting Stupider? Phillyist

Taking a Look at Schoology Philly Teacher blog

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Corbett names 34 to education team

By Paul Socolar on Nov 30, 2010 09:46 PM

Governor-elect Tom Corbett announced his 400-member transition team today, including a 34-member education committee. Prominent among its volunteer members are charter school operators and conservative education policy advocates as well as a few Democrats. They include State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams of Philadelphia and some key financial backers of Williams' unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in which school vouchers were a major focus.

TEDxPhilly - an educator's perspective

By Timothy Boyle on Nov 30, 2010 02:44 PM

Last fall Dick Baroody, my professor at Cabrini, introduced me to TED talks. The talk given by Sir Ken Robinson on schools killing creativity was both an eye-opening and humbling experience.

Throughout the last year I have periodically watched other TED talks of equal significance and importance. Many readers of the Notebook blog may have been introduced to TED by Marsha Pincus' blog post about Masterman and Obama.

TED's tagline is "ideas worth spreading." TEDxPhilly was a chance for those right here in the city to spread some ideas.

Notes from the news, Nov. 30

By Anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 11:05 AM

notes from the news imageSchool official: Putting contract to bid "would have taken several weeks" The Inquirer
Deputy CEO Leroy Nunery said District leadership made an "executive decision" in order to prevent a delay in the security camera project.

See also: Inquirer Editorial: Fill in the blanks The Inquirer
Is it time for the School Reform Commission to call it quits? Young Philly Politics
New For This Holiday Season: The Arlene Ackerman Sackwatch! Philebrity
School Safety and Spending Tax Dollars A Good Day Teaching blog

Ackerman and Rhee: 'Cultural competence' and the national urban education agenda The Notebook blog
In a recent interview Superintendent Arlene Ackerman questioned if Michelle Rhee was "culturally competent" for her role in leading the DC schools. But maybe the root issue with big city superintendents is their leadership culture.

New parents' center symbolizes change at South Philly High The Inquirer
South Philly principal Otis Hackney wants the center to help build warmer and closer relationships with parents at the school.

Treat school violence as a public health issue Philadelphia Tribune (opinion)
School violence is not a "school problem," but a public health issue.

Program is connecting kids to computers Daily News
Comcast's Digital Connectors program helps bridge the digital literacy divide.

Report: PA gets a B for charter school law, but needs to improve Hall Monitor blog
The Center for Education Reform released their rankings of states' charter laws.

Ninth-grade athlete scores well in the classroom too Philadelphia Tribune

Family resource center opens in North Phila. 6 ABC

Interdisciplinary Education Philly School Search blog

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE CHILDREN KEEP CHANGING? THE EFFECTS OF STUDENT MOBILITY City School Stories

Are Kids Overscheduled & Stressed Out? Fox 29

Study Points to Fewer 'Dropout Factory' Schools Education Week

Jenice Armstrong: Jill Scott's giving back Daily News

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Ackerman and Rhee: 'Cultural competence' and the national urban education agenda

By Helen Gym on Nov 29, 2010 04:10 PM

Recently, Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman sat down for an interview with Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall. Ackerman, who had been avoiding local media for months, emerged none-too-shy about her opinions. Her target? Former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee:

"I don't think she was culturally competent for the community she was trying to help," Ackerman says, though she does support some of Rhee's reform. "And I don't think she took time to listen." Ackerman adds that Rhee's mistake was that she thought she could "tell somebody she knew what was good for them when she hadn't walked in their shoes."

Failure of “cultural competence” as applied to Rhee, who is Korean American, is thinly veiled code for perceived race/racism. While it might be easy for some to jump to Rhee’s defense or decry Ackerman for her own insensitivity, one has to wonder: What big city superintendent these days is culturally competent?

Notes from the news, Nov. 29

By Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 10:59 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman steered work, sources say The Inquirer
According to an Inquirer investigation, "in a highly unusual move" Superintendent Ackerman steered work to a Mt. Airy firm that was not on a state-approved list of contractors. The District response said they defer to the authority of the SRC.

See also: School District response to Inquirer article on Ackerman Philly.com
Looks Are Important Metropolis
Ex-Inquirer Editor-In-Chief Bill Marimow Debuts New Investigative Reporting Role With Damning Piece On School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman Phawker

Pa., N.J. miss out on federal charter school start-up money The Inquirer
Pennsylvania scored 60.1 percent and needed to hit at least 67 to qualify for millions in federal dollars.

A chance to stay is their DREAM: With GOP gaining power, bill's passage endangered Daily News
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he'll try again to bring the DREAM Act for a vote during the lame-duck session before the GOP takes over the House.

See also: An uncertain, volatile DREAM The Notebook blog

At 80, Philly's Erlene Bass Nelson keeps teaching and learning The Inquirer
Nelson officially retired in 2008 after 50 years teaching with the District, but she continues to offer advice.

Occupations Throughout England: Student Resistance to Austerity Cuts Philly Education Justice blog
Students in the UK have rallied against proposed major increases in tuition and cuts in support at public university.

Joaquín Rivera vive en la comunidad Al Día

Punk Rock Musings Philly Teacher blog

‘Superman’ para estudiantes sin oportunidades de aprender Al Día

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Teachers and 'Superman'

By Anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 07:11 PM

In between bites of turkey and leftovers, you can check out the forthcoming December edition of the Notebook. It's focused on teachers and reform, and we've already posted a low-res PDF of the full edition and a few stories.

Like so much of the education world, "Waiting for 'Superman'" got us talking. A lot.

An uncertain, volatile DREAM

By Gustavo Martínez on Nov 24, 2010 06:11 PM

There is nothing certain about the future of the DREAM Act.

The only thing we know right now is that there is a high possibility it could be voted on next week, before the lame duck Congress adjourns and gives way to a Republican-led House and larger conservative presence in the Senate.

Notes from the news, Nov. 24

By Anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 10:55 AM

notes from the news imageTeachers' union chief pushes for funding for school libraries Daily News
More than half of Philly's schools don't have libraries. PFT president Jerry Jordan said "a library is one of the best investments" you can make in a school.

See also: Teachers union chief pushes for libraries in Philadelphia schools The Inquirer
Re-open libraries, says PFT prez Hall Monitor blog

Wagner Middle turns the good into the best Philadelphia Tribune
The Tribune's weekly education feature, the Learning Key, comes out every Tuesday. These are this week's pieces about the Philly schools.

See also: Grammy-winner’s visit inspires music students Philadelphia Tribune
Sen. Williams empowers Alcorn students to read
Philadelphia Tribune
City kicks off campaign for healthier schools
Philadelphia Tribune

'A Community Concern,' cinematic counterpoint to 'Superman' The Notebook blog
The Notebook and Teacher Action Group are sponsoring a screening of "A Community Concern" Dec. 1.

What We Can Do - New Teachers Practical Theory blog
The first in what SLA principal Chris Lehmann hopes will be a series addresses what education leaders can do immediately.

Christie: I won't leave this place the way I found it Daily News
Pennsylvania's governor-elect has indicated he sees Christie as a model. Schools in New Jersey have had drastic cuts in state aid.

City prisoners' low reading and math levels surprise officials The Inquirer

Mayor Nutter Waits for Superman at the National Constitution Center Phillyist

GSA’s Link Straight and LGBT Communities Out in Jersey

Cole and Heidi Hamels talk about baseball, education, and poker KY3

The Notes will be back on Monday. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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'A Community Concern,' cinematic counterpoint to 'Superman'

By Ron Whitehorne on Nov 23, 2010 06:17 PM

Davis Guggenheim’s "Waiting for 'Superman'" documentary has quickly become the media narrative about what’s wrong with public education and how to fix it. It boils down to the argument that bad teachers and their unions are the culprits and charter schools are the solution.  

The documentary “A Community Concern” tells a different story and points us in a different direction when it comes to solutions.

Notes from the news, Nov. 23

By Anonymous on Nov 23, 2010 09:03 AM

notes from the news imageEx-student grateful for College Access Philadelphia Tribune
Current teacher and former Philly public schools student Shanee Garner tells how the Philadelphia Education Fund's College Access program helped her get to college.

Where are teacher evaluations getting us? Part 1 The Notebook blog
Timothy Boyle outlines how teacher evaluations are supposed to function in Philly.

PFT prez calls for a library in every public school The Hall Monitor blog
Jerry Jordan will hold a press conference today to press the District into prioritizing well-resourced libraries.

Next week, parents report to school, and bring your homework The Hall Monitor blog
Next week are parent-teacher conferences.

Feelin’ the Love A Year in the Life of a Teacher blog

Notes from the field: Strong Adults Draw Strength From Powerful Ideas City School Stories

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Where are teacher evaluations getting us? Part 1

By Timothy Boyle on Nov 22, 2010 03:34 PM

What decides whether a teacher is doing a satisfactory or unsatisfactory job? How do we as teachers know if we are meeting the teaching standards the School District of Philadelphia has decided upon, and what they are? Where does the common language come from that is used to facilitate the most important conversations administrators and teachers can have? Do evaluations lead to better student outcomes?

In part one of this series, we'll review what teacher evaluation looks like now.

Notes from the news, Nov. 22

By Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 10:02 AM

notes from the news imageThanks to Lauren for her work on the Notes over the past two weeks!

TEDxPhilly continues tech’s momentum in the city Technically Philly
The talk included educators: SLA principal Chris Lehmann and Simon Hauger, the advisor for the West Philly hybrid car team.

See also: A Philly spin on the TED conference The Inquirer
TEDxPhilly Practical Theory blog
Take the Power Back: Teacher-Run Schools Philly Teacher blog
Monica Yant Kinney: Philly's creative class gathers for unconventional convention The Inquirer

Agresión en escuelas de Filadelfia Univision
Video about violence at Edison High School.

YesPhilly helps dropouts get back on track Philadelphia Tribune
This year is YesPhilly's 10th anniversary, and every year it teaches 250-300 students multimedia skills and helps them get their GED.

Reform commission to lobby for summer school Philadelphia Tribune
Due to the success of SLAM this year, two commissioners said they would make an effort to make sure the program is funded, even with a budget crisis looming.

5 Emerging Trends That Give Hope for Public Media 2.0 MediaShift
Our partnership with WHYY is one of those trends!

Officers Injured In Brawl Outside Lincoln High KYW

Elementary School Diversity Reconsidered Philly School Search

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Notes from the news, Nov. 19

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 19, 2010 11:38 AM

Annette John-Hall: More relaxed, refocused, Supt. Arlene Ackerman says she's learned from last year's mistakes The Inquirer
Superintendent Ackerman expresses regrets over the handling of violence at South Philadelphia High.

Ackerman & union join in effort to end violence against teachers The Daily News

Local charter schools reach out to parents The Philadelphia Tribune

District summer school report: Incomplete The Notebook
A District report on the 2010 summer program was lacking important information about how many students actually showed up.

See also: 58,000 Philly students took part in expanded summer-school program Philadelphia Daily News 
Reform commission to lobby for summer school The Philadelphia Tribune

Chris Lehmann & Science Leadership Academy Philly blog
Shadowing the principal of SLA for a day reveals what is happening at the high school.

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District summer school report: Incomplete

By Paul Socolar on Nov 18, 2010 01:58 PM

Getting detailed and accurate numbers for summer school participation in Philadelphia has long been a challenge, and yesterday was no exception.

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