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Curriculum Fair and Education Summit taking place this Saturday

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:23 Posted in Events | Permalink

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.”

In summer program, students learn about building community

Submitted by Courtney Sackey on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 15:40 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

"AAU! How y'all feelin?" shouted student teacher Wei Chen.

"Fantastic! Terrific! Great! All Day Long!" his students respond.

A canopy view: 'The Village Proposal' book

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 11:58 Posted in Class notes | Permalink

Reforming our schools to deliver a world-class education is a shared responsibility – the task cannot be shouldered by our nation's teachers and principals alone…” (U.S. Department of Education, ESA Blueprint for Reform 2010)

Christopher Paslay brings his expertise as a high school English teacher, contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Chalk and Talk blogger to make The Village Proposal a timely and compelling read. The book examines the problems in education by juxtaposing Paslay's personal memoir with solid documented research.

You may not agree with some or all of the arguments, but that is exactly what makes Village Proposal a good read. Paslay argues using a narrative structure not found in many books about education reform. He doesn’t bore the reader with an overly complex or over-simplified problem-and-solution approach to education. He presents a nuanced view of shared responsibility.   

Parents, District discuss plans to offset cuts in bilingual services

by Willie Colón Reyes Posted in February 2012 Edition | Permalink

Dismayed about budget cuts that have reduced the level of multilingual staff and services districtwide, immigrant parents from South Philadelphia presented ideas for offsetting those cuts at a December meeting with principals and District administrators.

Immigrant parents organize to maintain language services

by Willie Colon Reyes Posted in October 2011 Edition | Permalink

Language access services are diminished this school year as a result of budget cuts, so parents and community groups are strategizing to ensure English language learners (ELLs) get needed supports.

The District has eliminated one language access coordinator position, 16 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers, and 38 bilingual counseling assistants.

No "Love Train" for media literacy in Philadelphia

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 13:30 Posted in Commentary | Permalink

I concede that my previous pitch for making media literacy relevant for K-12 educators has failed. And my call for making media and digital technologies essential for teaching and learning does not seem to be making traction in my hometown of Philadelphia in particular.
 
Last week I participated in NAMLE’s (National Association of Media Literacy Education), conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Old City Philadelphia. The conference theme, Global Vision, Local Connections: Voices in Media Literacy Education, was put on display during the opening reception with a special presentation by “TSOP” – The Sound of Philadelphia; “people all over the world/ join hands/ start a love train, love train".
 
I was impressed with the presence of educators from China, and other parts of the world who were among the over 350 attendees. However, as someone who participated in the local committee for the conference, I was disappointed with the low turnout of local educators.

The three new Rs in education, media

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 14:33 Posted in Social justice in education | Permalink

To match the broad perspectives presented in the anthology Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, this review was collaboratively authored by three diverse educators: Eoin Dempsey writer, media and computer technology teacher; Amanda Wesolek, media-savvy first-year English teacher; and blogger Samuel Reed.

And we thought we had our work cut out for us as teachers of pre-pubescent tweens and teens.

After reading Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, we discovered just how much media saturation and corporate influences have stacked the cards against us. This anthology co-edited by media literacy scholars Elizabeth Marshall and Özlem Sensoy includes over 40 articles divided into six sections written by elementary and secondary public school teachers, scholars, and activists who examine how and what popular toys, books, films, music, and other media “teach”.

Parents travel to Baltimore to see immigrant-friendly school

by Raquel Ronzone Posted in Summer 2011 Edition | Permalink

Continuing to campaign for more immigrant-friendly schools in the District, parents from two community organizations, SEAMAAC and JUNTOS, traveled to Baltimore in May to see a multicultural school in action.

Six Southeast Asian and Latino parents made the trip to Wellwood International School, a public school serving students from over 30 countries, hoping to get ideas of what can be replicated in the District.

Why aren't African-centered charters running turnarounds?

by Benjamin Herold Posted in February 2011 Edition | Permalink

By many indicators, Imhotep Institute Charter High School is one of Philadelphia’s most successful high schools. 

Imhotep sends more of its graduates – 66 percent – to college than any other charter school in the city. 

First steps at South Philly High: Will they lead to lasting change?

Submitted by Helen Gym on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 01:09 | Permalink

Duong Ly, student: “We remember December 3rd but we will not be defined by it.”

A year ago today, more than 50 Asian immigrant students boycotted South Philadelphia High School and demanded the attention of the city.


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