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WHYY to pilot video production labs at two high schools

Submitted by thenotebook on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 14:09 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dan Hampton

Philadelphia High School for Girls and Kensington High School for International Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship have been chosen to pilot a Flash Media Lab program launched by WHYY.

Students in the program, which provides on-site, hands-on training, will learn video production skills, as well as research, storytelling, and interviewing techniques. Teachers at each of the participating schools will also receive training on the equipment.

“They will be producing original videos,” said Craig Santoro, director of media instruction at WHYY. “That includes all aspects of the production process from planning to editing.”

Study: U.S. students not reading at grade level; Pa. shows improvement

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dan Hampton

Most students in the United States lack the essential reading skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive society, according to a report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The report is an update to the data reported in two earlier Casey Foundation studies – Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters and Early Warning Confirmed. Data in those documents indicated that children who read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are more likely to graduate high school and succeed as adults. The end of 3rd grade is about the time when children move from learning how to read to using reading to learn other subjects.

Local campaign launched to have all students reading proficiently by 3rd grade

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 17:48 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

A newly formed coalition in Philadelphia is joining the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an effort to make sure that as of the year 2020, all city students read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 

Report: Preschool literacy gains fade by 3rd grade

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 16:08 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Children who enter District schools after having a District-affiliated preschool experience have better literacy skills when they start school and through 2nd grade, but much of that advantage "fades" by 3rd grade, according to the latest report from the Accountability Review Council (ARC).

The ARC, a watchdog group created during the state's takeover of the city schools, did a statistical analysis of students in 2011-12 who had attended one of four different preschool programs in 2007-08.

Preschool "seemed to have narrowed the reading gap for their students when compared with their peers [who didn't attend] in the year or two immediately following the pre-K services," the report concludes. "By the time students took the PSSA in third grade, the benefits of [preschool] in reading proficiency tended to fade." 

Technology fair to help families improve digital literacy

Submitted by thenotebook on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:32 Posted in Events | Permalink

Interested in improving your computer skills? As part of Comcast Cares Day and Philly Tech Week, the School District of Philadelphia, Comcast, and KEYSPOT are co-sponsoring a free Digital Resource Fair tomorrow, April 27, for students and families.

Join the conversation: Books that boys can't resist

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 15:40 Posted in Events | Permalink

Girls will read books about boys. Boys will not read books about girls. Yes, that is a generalization, but any astute educator will agree with me. We need to understand that boys can be fickle readers, and one of the best ways to attract a boy to a book is to put a corpse on the cover or 'diarrhea' in the title.

- Danny Brassell, “Ten Ways to Get Boys Reading" 

Join me for an #engchat conversation at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, on the theme of getting reluctant adolescents to read.

District chief to present turnaround plan for schools on Monday

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 12:11 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Four months after William Hite took the helm of one of the most troubled big-city school districts in the nation, the new Philadelphia superintendent is set to release his blueprint for turning the system around on Monday.

Hite is facing a grim reality. He is already committed to closing 37 schools -- nearly one in six -- and needs to stave off what will turn into a $1 billion annual shortfall by 2018 if austerity measures aren’t taken now.

Child-literacy group honored for bringing libraries back to schools

Submitted by thenotebook on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:42 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Kofi Biney

The mere idea of having access to a school library is a slim hope for many Philadelphia students. But one organization has been changing all that.

The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, a child-literacy advocacy group, was honored by City Council last week for its work reopening shuttered public school libraries in the city.

Events: November is Family Literacy Month

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:08 | Permalink

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. 


Morton McMichael School library re-opens after two decades

Submitted by thenotebook on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 10:53 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

By Kofi Biney

For 25 years, Morton McMichael School has operated without a library, not unlike many schools throughout Philadelphia. But today students at the West Philadelphia school celebrated the library's re-opening.  



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