The Notebook has launched its search for a new publisher – advertising the position, which it hopes to fill by the end of 2015.
Paul Socolar, Notebook co-founder in 1994 and editor/publisher since 1999, announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities once a new organizational leader is hired and in place.
Education scholars continue to churn out best practices for literacy instruction, but these practices slowly, if ever, make their way to the hands of educators in the classroom.
This grim circumstance is connected to the 56 percent of Philadelphia 4th graders who scored below basic in reading on the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress. Sixty percent of these students were African American.
Earlier this week, City Council and the School District signed a pact that ushers in a new period of openness between the two entities, whose relationship has strained in the recent era of financial austerity.
The "intergovernmental cooperation agreement," which lasts through June 30, 2017, establishes four terms for increased cooperation, information-sharing, and regular input from Council, which feels it has stepped up to make up for state funding shortfalls without getting enough respect or information from the District.
All in – to support young readers. Notebook
Pa. House rejects Wolf budget plan. Inquirer
More than 100 Philadelphia School District high school students cut classes Thursday morning to protest a lack of resources in their classrooms.
Students first took to the streets outside of their respective schools – mainly the city’s magnet options – in an attempt to convince classmates to join them.
As the father of a kindergartner now attending a Philadelphia school, I’ve been following the recent flap over Philadelphia magazine’s photo for its October cover story, “A City Parent’s Guide to Schools.” Although I agree it was insensitive for the editors to put a group of White children on the cover of an issue focusing on the education of all of Philadelphia’s children, I wonder whether critics of the blunder did not go far enough.
As I read through the issue, I was troubled that the guide, though well- intended, seemed to be written with the idea that a parent is first and foremost an investor, someone who shops around for the right school as if picking a stock. I find this to be a little simplistic. After all, choosing a school for your child is not the same thing as buying shares in a company that may yield dividends – like a spot in the best high school or college – further down the road.
Bill Hangley Jr.on Oct 8, 2015 11:10 AM
Parents of struggling readers come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common.
That moment when they realized that something wasn’t quite right.
“He just wasn’t getting it – and I couldn’t figure out why,” said Erica Fields, a mental health caseworker from West Philadelphia.
Dale Mezzacappaon Oct 8, 2015 11:08 AM
Philadelphia has embarked on an ambitious campaign, called READ! by 4th, to ensure that all city students are able to read by the time they enter 4th grade, which numerous studies have shown is a make-or-break point for future success.
Students who reach this benchmark are more likely to do well in school and graduate. Students who don’t are more likely to tune out and drop out.
In this edition, we look at teaching reading in schools and at home and highlight where families can find resources.
Bill Gates doubles down on his drive to improve teaching. Hechinger Report