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Mastery Shoemaker principal lends his perspective in federal fellowship program

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 14:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Jeseamy Muentes

Sharif El-Mekki, principal at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker campus, has been selected as one of three Principal Ambassador Fellows in the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever Principal Ambassador Fellowship program.

The program, modeled after the Education Department’s six-year old Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program, will recognize the important impact that principals have on instructional leadership, staff performance, and the school environment. El-Mekki and the two other fellows were chosen in December from more than 450 applicants from district, charter, and private schools nationwide. One of the other fellows is from a magnet school in Tennessee, and the other is from a Washington, D.C., high school.

A 'promise' of support for a West Philadelphia neighborhood

Submitted by thenotebook on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:52 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Sameer Rao

Philadelphia is one of five areas nationwide that have been selected to be designated as Promise Zones, a federal initiative announced in January by President Obama to accelerate efforts to revitalize neighborhoods suffering from high unemployment, poverty, and crime, and low educational attainment.

JUNTOS ayuda estudiantes a conseguir estatus de Acción Diferida

por Kofi Biney Posted in Diciembre 2012 Edition | Permalink

En junio, la administración Obama implantó el programa Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (conocido como DACA, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual les da a ciertos menores indocumentados la oportunidad de obtener protección contra la deportación y un permiso de dos años para trabajar en Estados Unidos.  Ahora, la organización JUNTOS (que respalda y alienta a los inmigrantes en Filadelfia) está ayudando a los estudiantes a obtener estatus de Deferred Action (acción diferida).

JUNTOS joins nationwide push to support immigrant students

by Kofi Biney Posted in December 2012 Edition | Permalink

In June the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, giving certain undocumented youth a chance to receive deportation protection and a two-year U.S. work permit. Now, JUNTOS, a community organization that supports and encourages immigrants in Philadelphia, is helping students to obtain Deferred Action status.

Obama Wins Second Term as President

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 13:24 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The Notebook has a content-sharing agreement with Education Week, where this article originally appeared


By Alyson Klein

President Barack Obama—who pushed through an unprecedented windfall of education funding in his first term and spurred states to make widespread changes to K-12 policy through competitive grants—has been re-elected, the Associated Press reported tonight.

Nonprofit releases Latino college completion data for all 50 states

Submitted by Wendy Harris on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 15:08 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization that provides data analysis about the academic achievement of Latinos, today released state-by-state research on Latino college completion.

Metropolitan areas like Philadelphia are not represented in the report, though Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research for Excelencia in Education and author of the report, said “I think it’s important to look at urban sites as well.” 

In Pennsylvania – which has the 13th largest Latino population in the United States – 20 percent of Latino adults ages 25 to 64 have earned an associate degree or higher, compared to 39 percent of all adults. This data is in line with the national average, but still typifies the disparities that exist in college completion across all racial groups. In fact, in most states, Latino adults have lower degree-attainment levels than other groups.

Currículo cambiará debido a los Common Core standards

por Paul Jablow Posted in Abril 2012 Edition | Permalink

Si usted nunca ha escuchado sobre los Common Core standards (estándares básicos en común), es hora de tomar nota. Éstos podrían tener un efecto enorme en lo que los estudiantes aprenderán, y posiblemente también en los exámenes que toman para medir su progreso.

With Common Core, changes are coming to curriculum, tests

by Paul Jablow Posted in April 2012 Edition | Permalink

If you've never heard of the Common Core standards, it's time to take note: They could have a big effect on what students will learn – and maybe also on the tests that measure their progress.

Universal Companies loses out on grant for Promise Neighborhood implementation

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 18:44 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Universal Companies, which was in the running to receive a chunk of federal money to establish a Promise Neighborhood in South Philadelphia, has lost out on receiving an implementation grant.

Philadelphia was not included in the list of five awardees released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education. The five organizations received between $1.5 million and $6 million each from the U.S. Department of Education.

Administration offers guidance on weighing race in admissions, attendance zones

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 19:10 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The Notebook has a content-sharing agreement with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared.


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by Mark Walsh

Civil rights advocates and opponents of affirmative action are sharply divided on the wisdom—and legal soundness—of new Obama administration guidance to schools and colleges on how much flexibility they have in considering the race of students in areas such as attendance zones and admissions.

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