AxisPhilly will hold the second of its Schoolhouse Watch forums tomorrow to discuss the fate of University City High School. Solomon Jones will moderate a panel that includes City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and civic and business leaders from the area.
Community members are encouraged, as part of the ongoing project, to register, attend, and engage with area experts and leaders in a conversation on how best to use the 23 school facilities that will close down later this summer.
The forum will take place at 4 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3500 Baring St. You can also watch the forum live.
Today is National Teacher Day, and this afternoon 59 Philadelphia teachers, one from each District high school, will receive the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
The honorees will join Superintendent William Hite, School Reform Commissioner Wendell Pritchett, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, three trustees from the Lindback Foundation, and others for the celebration, which will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater.
Youth United for Change will hold its 22nd annual award ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 7. The theme for this year’s event is “Defending Public Education.” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten will be the keynote speaker.
As a union leader, Weingarten has advocated for partnerships with parents and students around reforms that improve public school education nationwide. In March, she joined hundreds of teachers, students, parents, and other public school advocates outside District headquarters in Philadelphia to protest mass school closings. She later was arrested, along with 18 other protesters, after an organized attempt to block School Reform Commission members from entering a meeting to vote on which schools would be shuttered.
Teacher Action Group Philadelphia and the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools will hold the 4th annual Education for Liberation Curriculum Fair and Citywide Summit on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Folks Arts and Cultural Treasures charter school.
The theme for this year’s curriculum fair and summit is “Flipping the Script in Philadelphia.”
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.
With smart boards, iPhones, and laptops taking over the classroom, School of the Future will hold a forum on Friday, April 26, to encourage the use of technology as a learning tool. The forum is centered around an educators competition, and winners of the contest will earn a trip to Microsoft’s Global Forum, which was held in Prague last year.
The hearings have ended, but the protests are continuing unabated. As the School Reform Commission's March 7 vote on the District's mass closings plan approaches, community groups will be rallying to keep schools open, some supporting a one-year-moratorium on closures. There are five protests planned for Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Update: The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity is holding a forum on school closings tomorrow. See details below.
by Charlotte Pope
Educators, meet Philly's technologists. Technologists, meet Philly's educators.
TechCamp Philadelphia: Education, a two-day conference taking place at Drexel University this weekend, offers the education community a chance to learn how the means of technology might help in solving some of the classroom's more intractable problems. Partnering with the School District of Philadelphia, this TechCamp focuses on tackling issues faced by the District.
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.
by Chris Lehmann
The badges are made. The presenter bags are packed up. Ryan and Tsion have sent the email with all the student jobs, and the parents met tonight to go over all the different roles they play. Tomorrow, all the Advisories will straighten up the rooms one more time, and then this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, about 600 educators will come to our little corner of the world for the sixth iteration of EduCon. It never fails to amaze me that we pull it off every year.