“It’s not about the play. It’s about what happens to you when you write the play.”
Thelma Reese, then a teacher and educational psychologist, said she eventually had this “aha moment” about the inspiration of her friend Adele Magner that students — no matter how young, how poor, how jaded, how troubled, how bored — could transform their lives by writing plays.
Magner’s vision blossomed, with the help of Reese and others, when she founded Philadelphia Young Playwrights, which celebrated its 25th anniversary Tuesday night. Throughout its existence, the program has reached about 40,000 students, not to mention their teachers, teaching artists, and parents.
Looking back at the '73 teachers' strike. Daily News
Penn could step up and fill a void left by budget cuts. Daily Pennsylvanian
Community members to rally Thursday for Philadelphia school funding. Our City Our Schools
by Katey McGrath
The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is a catalyst for change, an advocate for equity and excellence, and an information source and forum for the supporters of public schools in Philadelphia. As a member of the Notebook’s board of directors and a parent of students in Philadelphia’s public schools, I am proud to be a part of the Notebook’s work. I invite you to show your support for the Notebook by coming out to the Turning the Page for Change annual celebration on June 11.
Diverse group of Pa. schools joins Philly in call for more state money. Notebook/NewsWorks
See also: Nutter, Butkovitz push Pa. for more school funding. Inquirer
See also: CCP's president is out two years before contract ends. Daily News
Roxborough High's principal Stephen Brandt will step down in July. Notebook/NewsWorks
School leaders say Oakland's community school movement will continue. Notebook/EdSource
by Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks
A group of unlikely allies descended upon Harrisburg on Tuesday to lobby for additional school funding.
Pennsylvania charter school leaders, as well as local officials from Republican-controlled counties, joined Philadelphia in the call for more state aid for basic education.
"This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue," said Ronald Williams, a GOP member of the Pottstown school board in Montgomery County. "This is an issue that has to do with the future of our children."
by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks
Stephen Brandt, Roxborough High School's beloved, award-winning principal, is stepping down after more than four years on the job.
The Roxborough High alum is leaving to lead Bensalem High School in Bucks County. His tenure at Roxborough began in March 2009.
"It was a very difficult decision and it's still a bittersweet moment in my life," Brandt told NewsWorks on Tuesday morning.
This story is part of a multi-city partnership reporting on issues surrounding expanded learning time.
When Tony Smith became Oakland, Calif., schools superintendent four years ago, he vaulted the struggling district into the national spotlight with his vision of creating a “community school district” that would vastly expand the role of schools in the lives of their students and the community as a whole.
Instead of just focusing on what goes on in the classroom, Smith argued, the schools should focus on serving the “whole child” by partnering with community organizations to offer a range of enrichment, health, social and other services for children and their families.
by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks
One state senator is optimistic that the Philadelphia schools will not have to open this fall with just the bare essentials. A lot will depend on whether new dollars flow from Harrisburg.
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams says he's not sure how the money will be found for Philadelphia schools, but he knows other districts are also in need of funding from Harrisburg.
See also: Lawmakers debate returning control of schools to local board. CBS Philly
See also: Girard College will temporarily close grades 9 - 12. Daily News
Teacher-quality study lacks quality. Daily News
Teacher followed in his mentor's footsteps. Daily News
Student to Corbett: Invest in our future, not in locking us up. Philadelphia Student Union
One of the more stressful jobs I've had over my two decades of teaching middle school was running a lunch room with upwards of 300 rambunctious adolescents. They were determined to make the most of the one time during the school day that they were out of the classroom.
It was a challenge to keep peace and good order. I had to make sure students got their food, could visit the bathroom, and didn’t escape into the halls or the uninhabited regions of our old building. I depended on a group of noontime aides (who now call themselves student safety staff) to help police the perimeters, identify problems, and mediate conflicts.
See also: Under financial stress, Girard proposes grade and housing changes. Daily News
On education, Nutter "doesn't get it." Daily News
See also: Hundreds protest school budget cuts. AxisPhilly
Don't let students' summer be idle. Inquirer
Philadelphia pays tribute to the Roots with a massive mural. Rolling Stone
Another Philadelphia administrator has been disciplined for his role in Pennsylvania's widespread cheating scandal on state standardized tests.
Thomas Conway, a former assistant principal at Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School, has had his credentials suspended, according to the State Department of Education's website. Cited as the grounds for discipline: "Allegations that Educator violated the integrity and security of the statewide assessment by failing to follow proper procedures related to the handling and storage of secure documents, and by reviewing the assessment for purposes of creating an answer key."
Teacher, artist, and Notebook cartoonist Eric Joselyn will be honored by the Philadelphia Folklore Project for his artistic contributions to social justice at a "Birthday Bash" event to be held at the Painted Bride Art Center Saturday night.
Despite questions about whether there will be funding for varsity sports this fall, the District is offering free sports physicals at its 440 N. Broad St. headquarters from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1.
The exams will include assessments by a volunteer team of cardiology, pulmonary, and orthopedic specialists and are more extensive than what a general practitioner typically provides, according to Robert Coleman, executive director of the District athletic department.
by the staff and students of the Philadelphia Student Union
On June 11, the staff and students of the Philadelphia Student Union will be attending the Notebook’s “Turning the Page for Change” event. We will be there both to support the work of the Notebook and to support all the incredible youth media that the Notebook highlights.