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.
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.
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.
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.
“Books Boys Can't Resist” was the theme for the 27th annual Children's Literature Conference at Shenandoah University in Virginia that I attended June 25-29, not a week after school ended for summer vacation. In addition to attending the conference, I was invited to present during a special afternoon workshop.
Andrew Ganim of West Philadelphia testified to the School Reform Commission on January 19 about school officials’ sudden dismantling of a comfortable reading corner in a classroom in Lea Elementary School.
Something in Brenda Wolbransky's classroom doesn't feel right.
The 32-year District veteran is pacing the rows of her honors English class at George Washington High, coaxing her students into a conversation about Lord of the Flies, the classic tale of British schoolboys who get trapped on an island and descend into anarchy.
Zach Morales learned early that high school would go more smoothly if he kept certain things to himself.
But privately, the unassuming teen is proud of his passion for reading. So he hesitates for only a moment before opening the door to his small bedroom.
"I have a vast collection of books," says Morales, sweeping an arm towards shelves packed with horror novels, Harry Potter books, and biographies of professional wrestlers.
"Every book in this bookcase, I've actually read," he proclaims.
The morning newspaper. A collection of African-American short stories. A book about teachers' unions. Yesterday's mail.
The stacks on Lorene Cary's dining room table hint at how thoroughly reading is woven into her everyday life.
"Reading nourishes me," says the celebrated writer, educator. and member of the School Reform Commission.
"I need it to be alive and growing."
Last summer Heston Elementary School Principal Icilyn Wilson-Greene received a phone call from the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePac) about an opportunity to restore the school’s library.
It was a welcome call because a large and growing number of Philadelphia public elementary school students don’t have access to a school library or a certified school librarian, and Heston was struggling to keep its own library doors open.