It was at the Culinary Arts CTE program at Randolph Career Academy that Rahsheen Gorham and Nyia Greer first became friends.
Now, as 2015 graduates, the two friends, both 18, share similar goals. The first one is to attend culinary school in Philadelphia.
At a raucous parent meeting I attended, one man sat silently in the back of the room.
I had hoped to talk with him after the meeting ended, but he slipped away before I had the chance to introduce myself.
Letters: Council cares, district dawdles. Daily News
Local groups pray for new school year in Philadelphia. Montgomery Media
Dear Le Bok Fin Haters: Quit Your Whining. Philly Mag
The opt out movement gains ground. Making the Grade
Blaine Elementary's turnaround attempt is one of two that were unveiled by the Philadelphia School District last year. Kelley Elementary School, just a few blocks away from Blaine in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, was the other.
Teaching Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Freddie Gray. NY Times Magazine
As the familiar yellow buses crisscrossed the city in an unmistakable sign that summer is over, Superintendent William Hite continued to sound a theme of optimism and hope Tuesday morning at the ceremonial bell-ringing to open the new school year.
After steep statewide drops in test scores that resulted from overhauled PSSA exams, Pennsylvania has been granted a one-year break from giving all schools an annual performance grade.
Maureen Brower faced a choice.
It was March 2014. She’d been teaching at Blaine Elementary School in North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood for five years.
Philadelphia School District students will arrive for the first day of classes Tuesday morning.
Educators are cautiously optimistic about the new year, but worries remain as classrooms citywide continue to feel the effects of budget constraints in recent years.
Editorial: New year, old troubles. Inquirer
Filling in the blanks. Inquirer
Part One: The Big Shakeup. NewsWorks
Part Two: The Critic. NewsWorks
Part Three: Redemption. NewsWorks
What is the point of college? NY Times
Rivera on 'Radio Times' Notebook
On Teacher Labor. Practical Theory
Editor's note: Marsha Pincus retired several years ago after more than three decades of teaching in Philadelphia public schools. She wrote this as an entry on her blog, "On Her Own Terms," and it has resonated with teachers since. Almost everything bad that can happen to a teacher has happened to her, and yet she always dug deeper to tap into the common humanity she shared with her students, and, for that matter, with the higher-ups who were trying to hold difficult schools together. It is important reading in an era when good teaching is defined and judged mostly as helping students do well on tests. It is so much more complex than that. As the new school year approaches, we are reprinting it here, with the writer's permission.
Buried beneath the test scores, the rosters, the class lists, the attendance statistics, the roll sheets, the interim reports, the report cards, the serious incident testimonies, the counseling referrals, the truant officer’s legal briefs, the probation officer’s assessments, the lesson plans, the behavioral objectives and the specific learning outcomes, Bloom’s taxonomy of critical thinking skills, "directed reading activity," and the five-step writing process, the think-pair-share activity, the split-page notetaking method, the SATs, the APs, the PSSAs, the benchmark tests, and the core curriculum -- real people are gasping for breath.
For Jeremy Estes, taking career and technical education classes meant something more than what a syllabus or test score can capture. It made him feel good about going to class.
“It gave me more motivation to go to school," he said. "All my friends were in that class. It felt like family.”
Estes graduated in 2014 from George Washington High School. He was enrolled in the Sports Marketing & Management program, which provides instruction in entrepreneurship, business economics, human relations, and related fields.
Estes said that his reasons for joining the program in 10th grade were simple.
Editorial: BARKING UP WRONG TREE. Daily News