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At Independence Mall, students draw from history

By Cathy Quero on Jul 17, 2014 04:15 PM

Tourists passing through Independence Mall today may have caught a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson, as a man dressed in period uniform delivered a speech for a summer initiative called Project Write-Inspire Me!, a writing enrichment program for high school students.  

The organization, which is a part of the Independence National Historical Park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, tries to empower youth to write by drawing inspiration from American history, according to Project Write counselor Bethany Silba.

Teachers write about their love of the profession

By Cathy Quero on Jun 23, 2014 03:46 PM

Several teachers from a handful of District and charter schools were asked what they love about teaching and what they would change if given the chance to improve conditions for students.

About a dozen educators from Teachers Lead Philly, a professional network devoted to teacher leadership, recently came together to write down responses describing their love of teaching in Philadelphia and their students, their motivations, frustrations, concerns, and hopes for the District. Here we feature six of those teachers' short essays.

Melanie Berlin
Mastery Charter School Mann Elementary

Teaching in Philly is challenging. But the challenge keeps me going. My students relentlessly challenge what I thought I knew about kids and teaching. My colleagues challenge me to expand my perspective and step out of my classroom bubble. The families I work with challenge me to have high expectations and broaden my definition of family. My supervisors constantly challenge me to reflect on my own teaching, take the next steps, continuously improve, and push myself out of my comfort zone.

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By thenotebook on Jun 19, 2014 09:46 AM

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Sounding the alarm about school conditions

By Amy Roat, Ray Porreca, and Kelley Collings on Jun 18, 2014 09:51 AM

This is a call to action regarding the crisis in the School District of Philadelphia.

We are teachers at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences in North Philadelphia. Our school is predominantly Latino and has a large population of special education and ESL students. This is our story, but it is not exceptional.

Technology forum continues Saturday at High School of the Future

By thenotebook on May 2, 2014 02:48 PM

by Dan Hampton

The Educator Forum, where educators submit projects showing how they engage students with technology, continues Saturday at High School of the Future in West Philadelphia.

Lawyers to call on City Council for more school funding

By Jeseamy Muentes on Apr 23, 2014 04:27 PM

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Education Law Center will host the “Lawyers Day of Action for Education,” a call to action by local attorneys to persuade City Council members to provide more money for the School District.

Leading lawyers will take part in a press conference and meeting with Council members from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Council Caucus room at City Hall.  

'Hero' teachers to be honored tonight at National Liberty Museum

By thenotebook on Apr 3, 2014 12:30 PM

by Jeseamy Muentes

Eight Philadelphia teachers will receive honors at 6:30 tonight at the National Liberty Museum’s Teacher as Hero ceremony. The seventh annual event, also sponsored by State Farm Insurance, will recognize a total of 19 teachers from throughout the region.

Going to AERA? These sessions have a Philadelphia focus

By thenotebook on Apr 2, 2014 12:11 PM

by Jeseamy Muentes

More than 13,000 attendees, including education and policy leaders, will gather in Philadelphia this week at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA).

The event will be held April 3-7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the downtown Philadelphia Marriott hotel. The theme is “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.” More than a dozen of the 100-plus sessions will include local leaders or have a Philadelphia focus.

Baseball equipment donated to dozens of schools

By thenotebook on Mar 26, 2014 04:07 PM

by Dan Hampton

Thirty-seven Philadelphia schools received nearly $100,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment from the Harleysville, Pa.-based nonprofit, Pitch In for Baseball (PIFB).

The organization, which makes donations to underserved communities worldwide, gave away boxes of new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to an eager crowd of coaches and players at District headquarters Monday afternoon. Players walked away with gloves, bats, helmets, balls, catchers’ gear, bases, batting tees, and equipment bags.

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