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Para un Prekinder de calidad, fíjese más allá del ABC


Dan Hardy

on Oct 8, 2015 02:18 PM

Haga un recorrido de Children’s Village, un admirado centro de cuidado de niños en el barrio chino de Filadelfia, y algunos de los elementos que lo hacen un programa de alta calidad serán inmediatamente evidentes.

En el salón 303, un grupo de niños de 3 y 4 años está absorto en una variedad de actividades: jugando con juguetes, escuchando música y cuentos, o dibujando, haciendo y construyendo cosas.

Resources for families: A Philadelphia literacy guide


Fabiola Cineas and Greg Windle

on Oct 8, 2015 01:22 PM

Dyslexia and learning disabilities


Continuing adventures in privatization


Eric Joselyn

on Oct 8, 2015 01:53 PM

South Philly High to pilot innovative music education strategy

By the Notebook on Oct 8, 2015 11:36 AM

Music teacher Louis Russo (left) guides freshman Eleanor Martinez on basic guitar chords during third period at South Philadelphia High School. “Introduction to Music” has been adopted as part of the 9th-grade curriculum at the school as a way to restore music education. In September, the District launched the Keys for Philly Kids campaign, a fundraising initiative with a goal of $3.5 million to bring music programs like this one back into schools.

Researcher tracks District developments over years


Catherine Offord

on Oct 8, 2015 11:58 AM

“How do you know what’s going on without the Notebook?”

That’s the question that longtime Notebook member Betsey Useem asks herself when thinking about Philadelphia’s education system and the issues that have faced the School District over the last several decades. 

As an education researcher for more than 40 years and a resident of Pennsylvania since the early 1990s, Useem has had particular insight into the context in which the Notebook was founded, as well as the recent history of Philadelphia’s education system.

A daunting journey, but profoundly rewarding


Bill Hangley Jr.

on Oct 8, 2015 11:10 AM

Parents of struggling readers come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common.

That moment when they realized that something wasn’t quite right.

“He just wasn’t getting it – and I couldn’t figure out why,” said Erica Fields, a mental health caseworker from West Philadelphia.

All in – to support young readers


Dale Mezzacappa

on Oct 8, 2015 11:08 AM

Philadelphia has embarked on an ambitious campaign, called READ! by 4th, to ensure that all city students are able to read by the time they enter 4th grade, which numerous studies have shown is a make-or-break point for future success.

Students who reach this benchmark are more likely to do well in school and graduate. Students who don’t are more likely to tune out and drop out.

In this edition, we look at teaching reading in schools and at home and highlight where families can find resources.

Maybe this year: A teaching life revisited


Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus

on Oct 7, 2015 04:36 PM

Buried beneath the test scores, the rosters, the class lists, the attendance statistics, the roll sheets, the interim reports, the report cards, the serious incident testimonies, the counseling referrals, the truant officer’s legal briefs, the probation officer’s assessments, the lesson plans, the behavioral objectives and the specific learning outcomes, the five-step writing process, the think-pair-share activity, the split-page note-taking method, the SATs, the APs, the PSSAs, the benchmark tests, and the core curriculum – real people are gasping for breath.

Steps to improve literacy

By the Notebook on Oct 7, 2015 04:21 PM

Response to Sept. 25 commentary, “Preparing teachers to deliver high-quality reading instruction,” by Nancy Scharff.


As a lifelong early childhood educator, I’d like to tell you what is needed for our children to become readers.

A language of possibility

By the Notebook on Oct 7, 2015 04:31 PM

Response to June 4 commentary, “Educators can help potential dropouts by learning the language of data,” by Ami Patel Hopkins, Icy Jones, Daniel Schiff, and Darren Spielman.


“Language of data” will save students from dropping out of high school? My view, as a teacher in Philadelphia since 1998, is that no language of deficiency and failure will save anyone.

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