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Notes from the news, Dec. 7

By Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 10:43 AM

notes from the news imageDocumentary Film Waiting for Superman Adds Fuel to Charter School Movement Fire Philly Education Justice blog
Media Mobilizing Project member Jonathan C. David reflects on "Waiting for 'Superman'", and Philly School Search links to video from the recent screening and panel discussion with Mayor Nutter, Superintendent Ackerman, and others.

See also: Nutter, Ackerman Wait for Superman [Video] Philly School Search blog

Notes from the field: EMPOWERMENT SCHOOL TEACHERS, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR City School Stories
Frank Murphy explains what "mid course corrections" entail in curriculum programs at Empowerment Schools and Promise Academies.

Obama's blueprint: A magical pitch The Notebook blog
Sam Reed participated in a panel discussion about Obama's blueprint for changes to NCLB with a Department of Education communications officer.

Education groups to merge in fight for education Hall Monitor blog
Philadelphia Futures and White-Williams Scholars announced their merger on Monday.

See also: Two Education Nonprofits Merge To Help Better Service Students Classes2Careers

Thank you.... Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher is nominated for an edublog award, vote now!

Student's clothes ripped off in Roxborough bullying case 6ABC

Agora Cyber Charter School Opens Philadelphia Learning Center PRNewswire

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Obama's blueprint: A magical pitch

By Samuel Reed III on Dec 6, 2010 04:57 PM

During the National Writing Project Annual Meeting and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Conference held in Orlando Florida (Nov. 18- 21), I received a barrage of corporate pitches from Mickey Mouse and his gang. At the closing of the conference I participated in a panel with the Department of Education's chief pitchman, Peter Cunningham.

On a panel with several educators we discussed President Obama's blueprint for changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization.

Notes from the news, Dec. 6

By Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 11:10 AM

notes from the news imageVigil at S. Philly High marks anniversary of attacks Daily News
Nearly 100 people attended the rally. Student leader Wei Chen led a chant, "We are youth. We are leaders. We are organizers."

See also: Video from rally at South Philly High The Notebook blog
Calm year since attacks on Asians The Inquirer
South Philadelphia High School Students Rally To Stop School Violence PhillyNow

New report by ACTION United calls for more experienced teachers The Notebook blog
The report found that the proportion of teachers with less than three years experience has increased districtwide.

See also: Study: Poor, minorities get novice teachers Philadelphia Tribune

Education nonprofits White-Williams and Philadelphia Futures merge The Inquirer
Philadelphia Futures Executive Director Joan Mazzotti calls the move "a bold step."

Ringside: Don't trust public officials? Why not? The Inquirer (opinion)
Ackerman's handling of violence at South Philly High is cited as one of the possible reasons.

Annette John-Hall: Why is the district trying to thwart a successful charter school? The Inquirer
More press for the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Charter School, which is trading lawsuits with the District.

Philadelphia teacher's methods make math add up The Inquirer
Profile of School of the Future teacher Thomas Gaffey.

Quality schools for all must be a top priority The Inquirer (opinion)

Pa. DOE probes school district Philadelphia Tribune

Ackerman denies wrong doing Philadelphia Tribune

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Video from rally at South Philly High

By the Notebook on Dec 4, 2010 05:46 PM

This video is from the Dec. 3, 2010 youth rally to commemorate the violence a year ago and show that "We have the power to make change." 

New report by ACTION United calls for more experienced teachers

By Wendy Harris on Dec 3, 2010 02:12 PM

Members of ACTION United gathered Thursday on the steps of the School District building to re-ignite a call for more experienced teachers in the city’s high-poverty schools.

The organization, which has chapters in eight neighborhoods in Philadelphia, has released a study that reports, “the lowest poverty schools have the most experienced teachers, and the highest poverty schools have the least experienced teachers, and that this trend has actually grown wider.”

Notes from the news, Dec. 3

By Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 11:03 AM

notes from the news imageFirst steps at South Philly High: Will they lead to lasting change? The Notebook blog
Helen Gym reflects on a year of work since the violent day on which more than a dozen Asian students were sent to the hospital.

See also: Rally today will mark '09 violence against Asian students at S. Philly High & the progress since then Daily News

Pa. Education Department wants answers from Ackerman about camera contract The Inquirer
Local state rep. Mike McGeehan requested the state education department open an investigation.

See also: Inquirer Editorial: A tale too twisted The Inquirer
Letters to the Editor The Inquirer

Report hits district for teacher, resources disparities Daily News
A report from ACTION United finds that teachers with less than three years experience grew to 31.5 percent in the 2009-10 school year.

Grades, not hoops, secure this athlete’s scholarship Philadelphia Tribune
Xavier Brown graduated from Robeson High School and received a Gates Millennium Scholarship for college.

‘Esperando a Superman’ y su controversia entre educadores Al Día

PFT argues for funding of school libraries Philadelphia Tribune

Blog: More changes hurt students, struggling schools Hall Monitor

Social Media PLN Questionnaire Practical Theory blog

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First steps at South Philly High: Will they lead to lasting change?

By Helen Gym on Dec 3, 2010 01:09 AM

Duong Ly, student: “We remember December 3rd but we will not be defined by it.”

A year ago today, more than 50 Asian immigrant students boycotted South Philadelphia High School and demanded the attention of the city.


You can also view this video directly on CNN.com.

Notes from the news, Dec. 2

By Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 10:58 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman acknowledges directing surveillance work to minority firm IBS The Inquirer
Ackerman said she did tell staff to include a minority firm on the installation of cameras at South Philly High. Deputy CEO Nunery said he selected IBS for a larger, multi-school project.

Talking union The Notebook
From the December edition on teachers and reform, six teachers reflect on the role of their union.

Comcast Gives Grant to Multicultural Community Center The Epoch Times
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians will use the grant at the Project Briding Cultures at South Philly High.

State Senator Anthony Williams the guest on this week’s UC Review News Hour on WPEB, 88.1 UC Review
The show was recorded earlier this morning and will be available on the UC Review's website. Education was planned as the major topic of discussion.

Students to get live lesson on planting trees and cultivating knowledge in historic district Plan Philly
Students from the environmental program at Philadelphia Academies Inc. will learn about tree planting.

'Hurry up!' The pressure's on The Notebook blog

Notes from the field-EMPOWERMENT SCHOOLS: MID-COURSE CORRECTIONS Philly School Stories

Just in: Helen Gym's recent blog post about Ackerman, Rhee, and "cultural competence" was republished on the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog.

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'Hurry up!' The pressure's on

By Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 04:53 PM

We recently published a story about Mastery Charter Schools' Smedley Elementary and the "palpable sense of urgency" that drives its instruction.

We just posted a story with a more comprehensive look at teaching at Mastery in our December edition on teachers and reform.

The original story sparked a lot of discussion, and a post over on City School Stories. Blogger and former elementary school principal Frank Murphy questioned putting so much pressure on such young kids:

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
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Overbrook League prides its community teamwork
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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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