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Books about awesome female athletes

By Sarah Stippich on Jul 10, 2015 10:56 AM

Let’s hear it for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, which won the FIFA Women’s World Cup! Woo hoo! What a great time to be a female athlete, to show off skills in what used to be considered a man’s world.

And what a great time to encourage young women in their athletic pursuits. Here's a handful of great books for middle and high schoolers that feature awesome girl athletes.

Layoffs, deficit raise new questions about ASPIRA charters

By Bill Hangley for NewsWorks on Jul 10, 2015 09:47 AM

A multimillion-dollar budget deficit and a round of layoffs has left Philadelphia School District officials with more questions than ever about the finances and management of one of its largest charter providers, ASPIRA Inc.

Two kinds of community schools

By James H. Lytle on Jul 9, 2015 11:30 AM

During their primary campaigns, Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke both said community schools were part of their vision for improving public schooling. Their frequent allusions to this school model suggest that community schools will gain more attention as the November election nears and might even become a key part of Clarke’s and presumptive Mayor Kenney's education agenda in 2016.

For Kenney, "community schools" are educational facilities that house schools but also offer things like medical care, social services, and community educational resources. They create a single point of contact that can keep students from missing school for things like doctor’s appointments and can reach families where they are.

Where Pa. stands with education funding

By WITF staff on Jul 9, 2015 09:53 AM

Last month, the Basic Education Funding Commission unveiled its updated school funding formula after more than a year of work reviewing the process. The Senate Education Committee crafted a bill around the recommendations made by the Basic Education Funding Commission to more equally distribute resources to schools. The bill was vetoed last week.

A shake-up at 440

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 8, 2015 04:29 PM

After three years of an administration defined by austerity, personnel cuts and school closings, Superintendent William Hite is ready to move forward with his vision of improving education in the District.

Dreaming big, developer closes Bok deal

By Jared Brey for PlanPhilly on Jul 8, 2015 02:24 PM

Scout Ltd. now officially owns Bok Technical High School, a massive city block of a building at Ninth and Mifflin Streets in South Philly.

SLA's Lehmann named to head innovative schools network

By David Limm on Jul 8, 2015 01:08 PM

Science Leadership Academy's nationally recognized founder and principal, Chris Lehmann, has been named to lead the School District's innovative schools network. In addition to his new role as an assistant superintendent, Lehmann will remain principal at SLA, though he will share his duties with a new co-principal.

Project-based learning a major focus at ed-tech conference

By Fabiola Cineas on Jul 8, 2015 01:05 PM

Creating future-ready classrooms was a major theme of this year’s ISTE conference, the world’s most comprehensive ed-tech event. It was held in Philadelphia from June 28 to July 1.

Nearly 14,000 educators and industry leaders from around the world convened to share and discuss practices to prepare students for an innovation economy at ISTE, which stands for International Society for Technology in Education. 

PFT wins arbitration on counselors; District vows appeal

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 7, 2015 05:58 PM

An arbitrator has sided with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in a dispute over the School District's layoffs of counselors and the way they were rehired and placed.

The School District said it would appeal the decision to the Court of Common Pleas.

How ISTE evolved into the largest ed-tech conference

By Greg Windle on Jul 7, 2015 04:11 PM

In 1984, Holly Jobe, immediate past President of ISTE, met a colleague from Australia at National Educational Computing Conference. Jobe and her new acquaintance both had a passion for using technology to connect students. 

By the following year, the two had set up a pen pal program through Telnet, the pre-internet form of international communication which required the students to compile individual messages into one long text file.

“We had to put in a 10-digit number to get to the Telnet connection,” Jobe said. “No pictures, nothing like that – it was just text.”

Promise Zone grant to help West Philly students with college and career

By David Limm on Jul 7, 2015 01:50 PM

Philadelphia and Los Angeles, two cities with designated federal Promise Zones, will share a $650,000 grant to train AmeriCorps members to boost the college and career readiness of disadvantaged youth.

District kicks off $30 million push for early literacy

By Dale Mezzacappa for the Notebook and Kevin McCorry for Newsworks on Jul 7, 2015 11:27 AM

Close to 700 K-3 teachers from 40 District schools are attending a weeklong summer institute at Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown, learning best practices for teaching students how to read.

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