by Naveed Ahsan
Camelot’s chief academic officer, Nilsa Gonzalez, received the lifetime achievement award in October from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents at the organization’s annual conference in Denver.
“When you get a recognition that focuses on the Latino community, it’s like winning an Emmy,” said Gonzalez, who has been a part of ALAS, which recruits and promotes the advancement of Latino school leaders, since the organization began 10 years ago.
Today, as the chief academic officer at Camelot -- a for-profit, alternative education provider-- she helps shape the organization’s goals at its campuses throughout Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey, Texas, and Florida.
Ann Ceron-Hernandez has dreams of going to college to study to become a nurse. But without a high school diploma, she knows those dreams could be derailed.
So last February, the 21-year-old mother of three, who had dropped out of Bok Technical High School in the 9th grade after having her first child, decided that she would go back.
Like many dropouts, she wasn’t sure what to do, so she asked a former teacher and a neighborhood church group about how to return to school. They told her that she could re-enter through the District’s alternative education system.
by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks
Officials with Camelot Education will be in Germantown on Wednesday night to discuss the company's interest in bringing three alternative-education programs to the neighborhood.
The public meeting inside Janes Memorial United Methodist Church will not be the Texas-based company's first community presentation in Philadelphia.
Sheila Hernandez was 15 when she quit Frankford High School in the 9th grade. There was a lot of fighting in the school, and Hernandez, a slight girl with her hair cut short, was also bullied over her appearance.
By Benjamin Herold
for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner
The 500 Philadelphia students who expected to attend one of the two alternative education programs previously run by troubled Delaware Valley High School are in for a big change when school starts.
The School Reform Commission voted Thursday evening to adopt a revised code of conduct that gives principals more discretion in handling disciplinary cases and prevents some infractions from being punished by out-of-school suspensions.
We just finished a momentous week, and have spring break next week. Looking back, what was the best thing that happened to you in your classroom, at a meeting, on your commute, or in your increasingly limited downtime? Did you learn a new skill of particular interest or have a breakthrough with a student?
Desde su oficina en el quinto piso de las oficinas centrales de Congreso, Cynthia Figueroa puede apreciar el pasado de Kensington y ver lo que ella espera para su futuro.
Un bloque al este, en la esquina de las calles American y Cambria, una abandonada fábrica de textiles ha sido demolida, y su organización de servicios humanos basada en la Kensington está construyendo un centro de educación y una escuela chárter en el lugar.
From her fifth-floor office window at the headquarters of Congreso, Cynthia Figueroa can look down at Kensington's past and see what she hopes is its future.
A block to the east, at American and Cambria Streets, an abandoned textile factory has been razed, and her Kensington-based human service organization is building an education center and charter school campus in its place.
The center will also house a branch of Harcum College, where local residents will study leadership and management, juvenile justice, human resources, and child care. It's a far cry from the factory jobs once available to anyone with a high school diploma – or perhaps with just a strong back.
Figueroa, president and CEO of Congreso, is confident that with adequate resources, Kensington's youth can be trained for the 21st century job market.