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National survey shows increase in summer program participation

By Hina Fathima on Aug 8, 2014 03:03 PM

Summer learning programs are showing growing popularity among families, according to a national survey conducted by the Afterschool Alliance, an organization that advocates for afterschool programs.

The survey, which collected data from nearly 14,000 U.S. households, indicates that 33 percent of parents nationwide sent at least one child to a summer learning program in 2013, compared to 25 percent in 2009. About 51 percent of parents surveyed said that they wanted their child to participate in such programs if a high-quality option was made available.

Chess clubs raising money to compete on state and national levels

By thenotebook on Jan 23, 2014 02:43 PM

by Jeseamy Muentes

The Minor Threats Chess Club traveled in 2013 to tournaments throughout the city and state, and as far away as Nashville -- for the Chess SuperNationals in April.  

Now, Minor Threats and the Philadelphia Chess Society, which include Paul Robeson Elementary Chess Club and Blair Bishops Chess Club, are raising money to participate in even more competitions this year.

Many afterschool programs remain intact despite budget cuts

By Connie Langland on Oct 17, 2013 12:43 PM

The District’s funding troubles have had some impact on the hundreds of afterschool programs now under way across the city.

Some programs had to pack up and relocate when the District closed two dozen schools last June. Other programs were left scrambling to find volunteers to replace teachers who led afterschool initiatives in past years for extra pay, according to out-of-school-time (OST) advocates in recent interviews.

Despite cutbacks and scrimping, however, the District has kept school doors open for about 100 programs serving more than 3,800 children -- and out-of-school programs operating under the aegis of the city’s Department of Human Services overall still reach about 20,000 children in grades K-12 on weekday afternoons.

Resource center extends helping hand to expanded learning and summer programs

By Connie Langland on Jul 11, 2013 02:26 PM

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The people who run the hundreds of youth programs across the city have their hands full, says Nancy Peter, head of the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) at the University of Pennsylvania.

They’ve got kids to watch over, programs to develop, and funds to raise in an era of static or dwindling resources. And the out-of-school time (OST) programs seem ever more essential as afterschool and summer programming in District schools has withered.

What many program directors lack, says Peter, is the time and energy to enhance staff skills, identify emerging trends and network with peers in the field. And that, by all accounts, is the invaluable, behind-the-scenes role that Peter and her staff play with vigor and efficiency.

“I wanted to have a center whose job it was to assist OST staff,” said Peter, who created the center a decade ago.

A biotech pilot program to get students excited about STEM

By thenotebook on Mar 5, 2013 01:21 PM

by Charlotte Pope

Robin Bethune, a junior at Roxborough High School, is intrigued by forensics, and she is eager about a class she's taking as part of an afterschool program being piloted in the District.

“Last class, we did a lab where we had to figure out who was at a crime scene by looking at DNA fingerprinting,” Bethune said. “I am excited to see the results.”

Bethune is one of 25 District students who are participating in a new biotechnology program launched by Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) in partnership with the District's 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund. The program, called Quest, uses lectures and lab-based research to help students gain skills in science, technology, engineering, and math -- also known as the STEM fields.

Events: November is Family Literacy Month

By Samuel Reed III on Nov 5, 2012 05:08 PM

Literacy events and programs provide opportunities to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life in our city and beyond. Throughout November, schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations will be participating through read-a-thons, book drives, celebrity appearances, and more. 

Here are several events worth checking out in Philadalphia. 

 

New afterschool program puts students on a path to STEM

By thenotebook on Oct 18, 2012 03:54 PM

by Kofi Biney

About 15 million children go unsupervised after the school day ends, according to the nonprofit advocacy organization Afterschool Alliance. But in Philadelphia, many students will now have a new afterschool program to keep them busy.

District hosts open houses for Regional Talent Centers

By thenotebook on Oct 5, 2012 12:51 PM

By Kofi Biney

When you first walk into Universal Audenried Charter High School, you are greeted by banners displaying various positive messages, such as “My future begins here,” “I help others succeed,” and “I will overcome.”

Audenried isn't just promoting this can-do attitude through its banners, but as the location of the South Philadelphia Regional Talent Center.

Carver students launch mobile app at annual technology symposium

By thenotebook on Sep 28, 2012 03:48 PM

By Kofi Biney and Charlotte Pope

It’s not every day that students get to create technology for a respected political figure. But at the sixth annual Carole I. Smith Technology Symposium held Thursday, three District students launched R3chdev, a mobile application they designed for Pennsylvania State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington of the Fourth District.

Conference on 'action civics' meets in city

By Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 19, 2012 04:22 PM

A national group hoping to redefine civics education held a conference in Philadelphia earlier this month to strategize about ways to help schools prepare students to be engaged citizens.

The effort, called the National Action Civics Collaborative (NACC), is also aimed at working with schools to move civics beyond classrooms and textbooks into real-world projects and activities, especially in schools that serve less affluent, marginalized students.

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