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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.

Notes from the news, Nov. 1

By Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 09:57 AM

notes from the news imageMonica Yant Kinney: Give teachers dollars to go with ideals The Inquirer
Superintendent Ackerman told the group at last week's TEACH town hall that she calls teaching "being a servant" and that it's "God's work," but an education major in the audience wondered "what's the incentive?"

Inquirer Editorial: Top of the class The Inquirer
The Inky applauds Ackerman for her top urban superintendent award.

Danza's 'Teach' shows school uniforms make parents, students unhappy The Notebook blog
In episode five, Northeast High gets a new, strict uniform policy.

Keys to successful high schools The Notebook blog
PCCY released a new study on the four factors that support success in urban high schools.

Independence Charter 2010-2011 Application Dates Philly School Search blog

Duncan, Danza talk the importance of teaching jobs Job.com

Penn Graduate School of Education Opens Business Plan Competition Submissions; Top Prize $25,000 Penn News

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Danza's 'Teach' shows school uniforms make parents, students unhappy

By the Notebook on Oct 29, 2010 04:27 PM

by Lauren Goldman

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 on “Teach,” Northeast High School enacts a new school-wide uniform policy. The new policy fuels student frustration and debate, and a number of students rebel and decide to test the policy by disobeying it. This leaves the staff responsible to enforce the policy, fueling even more controversy among students, parents, and school officials.

Keys to successful high schools

By the Notebook on Oct 29, 2010 12:29 PM

by Patrick Gailey

Educators and concerned citizens gathered to discuss the keys to success for high-poverty urban high schools at a meeting on Oct. 27 sponsored by Public Citizens for Children and Youth. The meeting was called in response to a new study entitled “From At Risk to On Track II: Four Factors That Support Success in Urban High Schools.”

Notes from the news, Oct. 29

By Anonymous on Oct 29, 2010 08:39 AM

notes from the news imageToday is the District's high school application deadline.

Community colleges a plus Philadelphia Business Journal (opinion)
Earlier this month Jill Biden hosted a White House Summit on Community Colleges, which highlighted the work of places like CCP.

Re-finding my blogger's voice The Notebook blog
Teacher blogger Sam Reed is now a SBIS and he's trying to figure out how to blog in his new role. He's also convening a panel discussion of blogging and the Philadelphia Writing Project's event next Saturday.

YUC celebrates 20 years of student activism The Notebook blog
Last night YUC honored Sen. Casey and celebrated decades of student activism.

Phila. schools reopen after warehouse fire 6 ABC

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Re-finding my blogger's voice

By Samuel Reed III on Oct 28, 2010 01:27 PM

This school year has been off to a challenging start and I have not been able to keep up with my routine blogging. In some ways I have been re-finding my blogger's voice.

I have taken on a new role at my school, Beeber Middle School, as the School Based Instructional Specialist (SBIS). This position was created through the School District’s Empowerment School Initiative to provide additional support for schools struggling to meet AYP targets. SBISes serve as school level instructional leaders providing peer coaching, delivering professional development, and modeling best practices.

YUC celebrates 20 years of student activism

By Wendy Harris on Oct 28, 2010 10:55 AM

Friends, supporters, and community members will gather tonight at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to join Youth United for Change (YUC) in celebrating two decades of youth organizing.

The theme for the 20th Annual Awards Ceremony & Reception, which begins at 5:30, is “From the Grass Roots to the Hill: Organizing for Educational Equity.”

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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