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

Submitted by thenotebook on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:30 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

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

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:11 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

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

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:07 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

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.

Q&A with author of 'I'm Your Teacher Not Your Mother'

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:24 | Permalink

Why are so many students performing poorly in schools, and who is accountable for students’ success? The debate about these  questions looms large in educational reform arenas. I recently read I’m Your Teacher Not Your Mother, a self-published book by first-time author and veteran teacher Suzette Clarke, who taught middle school English and social studies in New York City public schools for 15 years. What follows is a frank discussion with Clarke, who urges parents to recognize their responsibilities.

Report finds sharp contrasts among Asian American communities

Submitted by Wendy Harris on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 17:38 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders are two of the fastest-growing racial groups in the Northeast. Although these ethnic groups often share experiences with language barriers, immigration, and discrimination, they sometimes differ significantly in their employment, economic status, and educational attainment.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of four civil rights organizations that promotes equity for underserved communities, recently released a report highlighting the distinctions within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

WHYY to pilot video production labs at two high schools

Submitted by thenotebook on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 14:09 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dan Hampton

Philadelphia High School for Girls and Kensington High School for International Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship have been chosen to pilot a Flash Media Lab program launched by WHYY.

Students in the program, which provides on-site, hands-on training, will learn video production skills, as well as research, storytelling, and interviewing techniques. Teachers at each of the participating schools will also receive training on the equipment.

“They will be producing original videos,” said Craig Santoro, director of media instruction at WHYY. “That includes all aspects of the production process from planning to editing.”

WATCH: SRC meeting on ethics report

Submitted by Wendy Harris on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:22 Posted in Latest news | Permalink


The School Reform Commission will host a Strategy, Policy and Priorities meeting from 6 to 8 tonight. The topic will be ethics. A report on the ethics policies and practices of the School District of Philadelphia will be presented by Michael Davis, general counsel, and Ellen Kaplan, vice president and policy director of the Committee of Seventy.

The report, which was actually finished in 2012, makes recommendations for assuring Philadelphia citizens that the School District operates with integrity.

Study: U.S. students not reading at grade level; Pa. shows improvement

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dan Hampton

Most students in the United States lack the essential reading skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive society, according to a report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The report is an update to the data reported in two earlier Casey Foundation studies – Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters and Early Warning Confirmed. Data in those documents indicated that children who read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are more likely to graduate high school and succeed as adults. The end of 3rd grade is about the time when children move from learning how to read to using reading to learn other subjects.

Gov. Corbett’s school budget proposal draws mixed reviews

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 18:03 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Gov. Corbett delivered his annual budget address in Harrisburg yesterday, indicating that public school funding would see an increase of $369 million. Two-thirds of that – $241 million – will be directed to the "Ready to Learn" block grant focused on early learning, STEM education, and supplemental instruction. Basic education funding, however, remained flat. Philadelphia will get a $29 million increase through the grant program.

The Notebook gathered reactions to the budget proposal from several education advocates and organizations.

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.

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