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My passion includes arts in education, media literacy and understanding youth culture. For over 10 years I have served as an innovative educator, supporting students, parents and teachers locally and nationally and internationally using literacy and social studies across content areas.

I have presented my teacher research and practice at forums such as the University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum, National Writing Project’s Urban Sites Conference, Yale University’s Common Ground Publication, Temple University’s Media Education Lab, Depaul University’s National Endowment of the Humanities Poetry Seminar and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers – Health and Welfare Program for Teachers Conference.

Grants awarded, include the 2007-2008 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Art Commentary grant; and in 2003 an United States- Newly Independent States Fellow for Excellence in Teaching English and American Studies International Russian Teacher Exchange program.
I collaborate with and serve a leadership role on various teacher networks and arts organizations. I am a teacher representative and city representative for Teachers’ Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), and Yale National Initiative (YNIT), respectively. I also serve on the advisory council for the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership; the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Literary Committee and I have served on the steering committee of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
I own and operate SriiiConsulting a -boutique style - social entrepreneurial service company that provides grant and small business consulting on a case by case basis. I focus on education and training markets and provide management services to Outlook Productions, LLC, a multi-media service provider.
I received my graduate degree in Education from Temple University(98), earned a MBA in Marketing from Atlanta University Graduate School of Business (88), and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from Cheyney State University of Pennsylvania(86). Prior to teaching I served as a Peace Corps volunteer and ran an information service and training company in Botswana, Africa. My wife and 3 sons were all born in Botswana.

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.

Teachers, let the public know you're #HerePastJune

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:55 Posted in Commentary | Permalink

School vacation, for many teachers, is not time off, but time on.

Contrary to popular perception, many educators don't spend the summers just relaxing at the beach or rejuvenating for the coming school year. Plenty of teachers take advantage of the summers by organizing, participating in professional learning communities, and lesson planning, among many other things.

On June 25, the first day of this “school vacation,” many Philadelphia public school teachers rallied in Harrisburg with more than 1,000 other teachers, counselors, nurses, safety workers, librarians, and others from across Pennsylvania to demand equitable funding for public schools.

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.”

Join the conversation: Books that boys can't resist

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 15:40 Posted in Events | Permalink

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.

The District needs to hit the redesign button

Submitted by Samuel Reed III on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:49 Posted in Commentary | Permalink

A version of this testimony was given at the Feb. 12 City Council hearings on school closings.

My name is Samuel Reed III, and I am a proud member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the Teacher Action Group, two organizations that are working with PCAPS, a coalition of parents, students, teachers, and community members calling for a one-year moratorium on school closings.

I would like to thank City Council for adopting a non-binding resolution calling for a moratorium on closing 37 schools in September. I would like to echo the sentiments of Councilman Curtis Jones, who notes that people shouldn't make whole decisions on half-information.

I want to counter the current notion that frames the one-year moratorium as hitting the pause button. Instead of hitting the pause button, City Council should use its influence to persuade the District to hit the redesign button.



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