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Notes from the news, Oct. 28

By Anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 09:09 AM

notes from the news imageIt's Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman who's the real school superstar Daily News (opinion)
Rather than asking Michelle Rhee to take over Philly, we should appreciate the achievements of the superintendent we have.

School closings: Top 5 issues The Notebook blog
The District is holding focus groups to discuss the facilities master plan, and Helen Gym highlights five issues about the process of handling school closings.

Warehouse Fire Still Has Schools Closed Fox 29
Students from Kensington Culinary and Brown Academy Plus Elementary are still being relocated due to a warehouse fire Monday.

See also: Fire reassigns students again Daily News

Reflections of an Author: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month City School Stories

TEACH campaign visits Main Campus Temple News

Site Selection, Hooray! Philly School Search blog

"But Would You Send Your Kids to School with Them?" Center City Weekly Press

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School closings: Top 5 issues

By Helen Gym on Oct 27, 2010 02:00 PM

Over the past few weeks, the School District has been holding focus group sessions on a “facilities master plan” – aka, for the rest of us, a school closing plan – and folks, believe me, based on where the District is going, your opinions need to be heard.

Let’s face it: the District has done a miserable job about school closings in the past. School closings are always going to be painful, yes, but the District’s last-minute timing, failure to give communities options and benefits, and refusal to share information have turned troubling situations into traumatic ones – and unnecessarily so.

Notes from the news, Oct. 27

By Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 09:03 AM

notes from the news imageMake it better in schools right now The Notebook blog
Student activists and gay adults have created projects to respond to the recent suicides of bullied teens, but staff need to work to build caring, responsive communities within schools.

See also: Reflections: Then and Now-Make it Better in Schools Right Now City School Stories

Taggart students embrace larger world Philadelphia Tribune
Taggart is offering students new ways to connect through programs from the Asian Arts Initative and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Duncan, Rendell promote teaching, ed. funding The Notebook blog
After the TEACH town hall, Sec. Duncan and Gov. Rendell spoke to the local chamber of commerce about education.

Feather Houstoun to leave William Penn Foundation WHYY
The William Penn Foundation funds nonprofits in numerous areas including education and the Notebook.

See also: Houstoun to step down at Wm. Penn Foundation The Inquirer

Awards Go to 14 Philadelphia Enterprise Reporting Projects J-Lab
The projects are funded by the William Penn Foundation. The Notebook with WHYY, Metropolis with Al Día, and PhillyCAM with Voice of Philadelphia and YESPhilly won awards for education-related reporting.

Teaching guide for 'Most Dangerous Man' The Notebook blog

Girl charged with assaulting dean Daily News

District appeals ruling in charter-school dispute The Inquirer

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Teaching guide for 'Most Dangerous Man'

By Helen Gym on Oct 26, 2010 05:26 PM

The Zinn Education Project, a collaboration of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, just released a free teaching resource.

On the occasion of the WikiLeaks release of close to 400,000 documents on the war in Iraq, with Daniel Ellsberg at the press conference, the Zinn Education Project released a 94-page teaching guide on the film "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers."

Duncan, Rendell promote teaching, ed. funding

By the Notebook on Oct 26, 2010 02:27 PM

by Patrick Gailey

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan traveled to Philadelphia yesterday as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH campaign. Secretary Duncan spent the morning discussing this campaign, which aims to recruit the next generation of teachers, with a panel at Temple University. This "Temple University Town Hall" marks the first event for the TEACH campaign, which was launched in September.

Make it better in schools right now

By Frank Murphy on Oct 26, 2010 12:41 PM

“I’m afraid my whole life is going to be like this. People will always be calling me names.” -Jordan, 8th grader, in Confessions of an Urban Principal: October


Asher Brown recently committed suicide. He was 13 years old. He shot himself in the head with his stepfather’s gun. According to media reports, he was relentlessly bullied and tormented by other students in his school. Earlier in the day on which he died, he had told his parents that he was gay.

As I read and followed the numerous media reports related to this recent rash of youthful suicides, I couldn’t help but note the lack of response on the part of educators. 

Notes from the news, Oct. 26

By Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 09:53 AM

notes from the news imageAt Temple, Secretary Arne Duncan, Tony Danza promote teaching The Inquirer
Duncan spoke of the need to attract great teachers to the profession and promoted the federal TEACH program.

See also: Education chief, actor reach out to teachers WHYY
Philly teaching town hall features Danza, Duncan AP via Washington Post

Rendell: State Must Fund Education To Keep Pace AP via KDKA
Gov. Rendell spoke to the Chamber of Commerce with Sec. Duncan and cautioned about the funding cliff once stimulus money runs out.

They help because they can Daily News
City Year corps members assist students in the Philly Schools.

See also: Here's how you can volunteer Daily News

Bullied Students In Philly Force School To Take Action Huffington Post
A repost of the CNN coverage of student activism at South Philly High.

Arlene Ackerman named top urban school leader WHYY
Some additional coverage of Superintendent Ackerman's award.

See also: Ackerman reconocida a nivel nacional Al Día

No Shades of Grey Philly School Search blog

My Un-PC Holiday Statement A Very Public Education blog

2 by Sherman Alexie chosen for 'One Book' in Philadelphia The Inquirer

COPS: Seventh-grade student brings gun to school Daily News

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Notes from the news, Oct. 25

By Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 09:58 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman honored for urban school leadership The Notebook blog
The Council of Great City Schools named Superintendent Ackerman the top urban school leader.

See also:Ackerman named “top urban school leader,” one day after students testify, again, to growing patterns of school violence The Clog
Philly's School Chief Takes Home Top Honors Huffington Post
If Ackerman Is The Best, What’s The Worst? PhillyNow

Rendell vetoes education bill over charter-school tax break The Inquirer
As expected, Gov. Rendell vetoed the bill, which had the support of all state senators and 180 legislators, because he thought the tax break for charter schools is unconstitutional.

See also: Rendell nixes education bill Daily News

A happy ending for school library Daily News
Potter-Thomas won a grant from the Target School Library Makeover program for a $200,000 renovation.

See also: Potter-Thomas students excited by their new library The Inquirer

10 hours of testimony on voucher bill The Notebook blog
The State Senate Education Committee heard testimony about the bill, which has support from legislators in both parties.

Philly teaching town hall features Danza, Duncan AP via Lebanon Daily News
The town hall and panel discussion will take place at Temple University and include Superintendent Acerkman, local teachers, and a principal.

See also: Tony Danza's Holding Town Hall on Philly Education | NBC Philadelphia A Very Public Education blog
Tony Danza's Holding Town Hall on Philly Education NBC Philadelphia

Graduate! Philadelphia gets Lumina grant to help other cities Philadelphia Business Journal
Graduate! got an $800,000 grant to replicate its work in three other cities including Chicago and Des Moines, IA.

Through music, transforming young lives The Inquirer
KIPP Philadelphia has a jazz-funk fusion band that teaches middle schoolers how to play music, and how to play it live at events around town.

'Teach' features BCA role in parent-teacher relationship The Notebook blog
Friday night the fourth episode highlighted the role of Bilingual Counseling Assistants in helping teachers connect with parents who don't speak English.

Palmer charter school wins round in money battle with Philadelphia School District The Inquirer

Youngsters hit the books in the hospital The Inquirer

Students Take A Stand Against Asian Violence At SPHS Philebrity

SLA on Apple Education Website! Practical Theory blog

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'Teach' features BCA role in parent-teacher relationship

By the Notebook on Oct 22, 2010 03:53 PM

by Margaret Ernst

Last school year, Tony Danza filmed “Teach” at Northeast High School, and the Notebook continues to cover the excitement and issues the show raises. Tonight is the fourth episode.


Eric just doesn't seem to get it. He's always playing with his pencil, folding paper into origami when he should be listening, and leaning his head on his desk. And it's getting on Tony Danza's nerves.

10 hours of testimony on voucher bill

By the Notebook on Oct 22, 2010 02:49 PM

by Patrick Gailey

The state Senate’s Education Committee held a hearing on Oct. 13 to discuss the future of proposed Senate Bill 1405, which would amend current state law to allow for a publicly funded voucher program in Pennsylvania. The bill was proposed by Sen. Anthony Williams who, along with Sen. Andrew Dinniman and Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, led the hearing.

Ackerman honored for urban school leadership

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 22, 2010 11:50 AM

Is Arlene Ackerman the best urban school superintendent in America?

The Council of the Great City Schools has just awarded her that status at its annual conference in Tampa, FL Thursday evening.

Notes from the news, Oct. 22

By Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 09:41 AM

notes from the news imageSuperintendent Arlene Ackerman named top urban school leader in the U.S. The Inquirer
The Council of Great City Schools gave Ackerman the Richard R. Green award, which is given every two years to a top superintendent from 65 of the biggest districts.

See also: Ackerman awarded for leadership Philadelphia Tribune

At West, students and staff say they fear reprisals for speaking out The Notebook blog
Some say staff have been stripped of leadership roles and students have been transferred out of the school for speaking out about problems at West Philly High.

On school reform, by Philadelphia's mayor and superintendent The Answer Sheet
"Comprehensive and respectful community participation" in the Renaissance Schools process made Philly's version of turnaround less tense, Nutter and Ackerman write in a column distinguishing their approach from Michelle Rhee's.

Racial violence spurred Asian students to take a stand CNN
Part of coverage about bullying, CNN recounts students' struggles and activism at South Philly High.

See also: ACTIVISM/WATCHDOGS: South Philadelphia High Asian Student Advocates City Paper

Rendell expected to veto school-code bill over tax break provision The Inquirer
The bill would exempt nonprofits that rent to charter schools from paying property taxes, which Rendell thinks is unconstitutional because not all nonprofits fit the definition of a public charity.

High school applications due Oct. 29 The Notebook blog
Check out the Notebook's Fall Guide and new school search tool to help with applications, which are due in one week.

Annette John-Hall: Pennsylvania School for the Deaf students take anti-bullying pledge The Inquirer

Taskforce’s drop-out report submitted to SRC Philadelphia Tribune

Germantown Settlement fails to file $3 million in audits Daily News

My First Experiment with Checking for Understanding Philly Teacher blog

School bus flips on side in Philadelphia 6 ABC

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At West, students and staff say they fear reprisals for speaking out

By Benjamin Herold on Oct 21, 2010 01:34 PM

West Philadelphia High School senior Marie Hines told the School Reform Commission on Wednesday that students are scared to speak up about the sudden return of the climate problems that used to plague the school.

“We feel as though no one can speak out, or you could be transferred,” Hines told the SRC in public testimony. “I was concerned about speaking today.” Hines came with a group of nine students from West who then met with District officials about a range of concerns about the school.

High school applications due Oct. 29

By Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 11:56 AM

The application deadline is just over a week away tomorrow, and the Notebook has provided new tools to search for schools along with lots of helpful tips about high school selection in its second annual Fall Guide.

Profiles of each District and charter high school are available, as well as data about school performance  - data you will not find in the School District's 2011 high school directory.

What you can only access online is our new school search page. You can search for things like specific AP classes or types of sports or activities and find which schools match your query. Each profile includes data about enrollment, answers from a survey of the principal about key features of the school, SEPTA routes that serve the school, and more.

Notes from the news, Oct. 21

By Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 09:48 AM

notes from the news imageWest students take concerns to SRC The Notebook blog
Nine students told the SRC about the disarray at West Philly High. They then met with District administrators in a private meeting, which left them hopeful.

See also: Students air issues of violence, leadership at West Philly High Daily News

School district's budget balanced for now, but tough choices loom The Inquirer
One challenge was that the District is spending $6.8 million more than expected on the Renaissance charter conversions due to increasing enrollment at the schools.

Will GradeSpeed Gradebook be a game changer? The Notebook blog
The District is training teachers on a new online gradebook that will allow instant snapshots of student progress, and next year parents may have access to the info.

Guv hopefuls sit & chat, in a 'nonpartisan' way Daily News
Mayor Nutter criticized Corbett's education plan, but both Corbett and Onorato agreed about the value of early childhood education.

See also: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Debate 2010 Part 1 Education Voters PA

15 laptops worth $25,000 stolen from Girard Academic Music Program magnet school The Inquirer
A District document obtained by The Inquirer showed that last year $615,000 in computer equipment was stolen from District schools.

See also: $25,000 in laptops stolen from Phila. school 6 ABC

Ooh La La A Very Public Education
Public Ed Mom puzzles over why parents wouldn't want their kids to learn a foreign language.

New program aims to create future string teachers, performers Temple University

Potter Thomas estrena biblioteca Al Día

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