With more than 1,000 middle and high school students completing WHYY’s Youth Documentary Workshops each year, the program has outgrown its home at WHYY headquarters.
To help increase student access to media arts production, the School District has teamed up with WHYY to bring Media Labs to 27 schools over the next three years. This expansion will provide video storytelling workshops and professional training to more than 700 students throughout the District.
Have you seen Glen’s Village yet? If not, you’ve certainly heard the buzz about the 30-minute documentary that focuses on Glen Casey, a 20-year-old West Philadelphia native who found the supports he needed both in and out of school to rise from a life surrounded by drugs and violence, graduate from high school, and become a University of Pennsylvania student.
The film, which has received a series of awards since its release in May, will be screened in Philadelphia at noon on Sunday, Oct. 25, as part of the 18th annual FirstGlance Festival Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute.
The festival, which is held in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, brings independent filmmakers and audiences together to view a variety of feature films, documentaries, and short films. This screening of Glen’s Village will mark its first showing to a public audience in Philadelphia since its release in May and the 11th film festival into which it has been accepted.
Outsourcing substitute teachers in Philadelphia gets off to a bad start. The American Prospect
Editorial: Wrong lesson plan. Inquirer
The get-rich business of charter consulting. Philly.com
Does Bill Hite Have More Time? Philadelphia Citizen
Philly tech apprenticeship program lands major federal grant. Technically Philly
Your child goes off to college; where did 18 years go? Chestnut Hill Local
The School District of Philadelphia announced today that the 2015-16 application cycle for new charter schools is now open.
The application cycle applies to new, "non-Renaissance" charters. Those interested in launching a charter school can fill out an application online through the District’s Charter Schools Office. Deadline to submit an application is at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.
David Kipphut has a mission: to transform what used to be called vocational education from a second-class backwater to a first-class pathway to prosperity in Philadelphia.
It’s an uphill climb in a cash-strapped district that prioritizes college attainment. Even so, Kipphut has seen significant progress since taking over the Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) three years ago. Among his favorite examples: the welding program at Randolph High, which just graduated its first cohort.
$25 Million for City Schools, Suddenly in Doubt? Philadelphia Magazine
The student as education insurgent. Notebook
Million Fathers March continues in eighth year. Philadelphia Tribune
School Lunches Becoming Healthier, Statistics Indicate. New York Times
Driving supplies to neighborhood schools. South Philly Review
New poll finds more Pennsylvanians blame Legislature than governor for budget stalemate. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Budget Stalemate Blues. The Philadelphia Citizen
Is Teach for America Flunking Out? The Daily Beast
The Philadelphia School District’s career and technical education (CTE) programs give students an opportunity to choose a career path that best matches their interests and talents, while gaining hands-on training in high school. Many students who have participated in one of the District’s 41 CTE programs have transitioned to post-secondary institutions – college, university, or technical school -- and some have also gotten jobs in their chosen fields right out of high school.
Letters: Budget impasse hurting schools. Daily News
Mastery Schools See 'Renaissance'; Others Less So. The Public Record
High Court to hear school district appeal. Daily News
Philly Teachers Case Goes to Pa. Supreme Court. Philadelphia magazine
Can Pedro Ramos Re-ignite the Philadelphia Foundation. Philadelphia Citizen
Why are fewer foreign students heading to the U.S. and more to Australia? The Hechinger Report
NBC10 calls off mayoral debate becuase of Jim Kenney's "Unreasonable Demands". Philadelphia magazine
Pa. standardized test opt-outs tripled in 2015. Lancaster Online
How Strong is Your PD Kung Fu? Edutopia
Local youth help spin new Cinderella tale. Philadelphia Tribune
Teacher's Choice fund gets a boost in 2015-2016 school year. Making the Grade
Edison students awed by White House visit. Philadelphia Tribune
Overall Pa. graduation rates respectable, but some urban districts lagging. Notebook and NewsWorks
U.S. probe into Georgia special ed program could have national impact. The Washington Post.
Cutting Substitutes Pay For an Alleged Substitute Teacher Shortage? The Teacher's Lens
Homeschooling in the City. City Journal
Making Advisory Work. Practical Theory
Central High School’s robotics team, the RoboLancers, competed at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis in April. Thirty-nine students from the school’s robotics team traveled to the competition, where they showcased their robot that can collect and stack six large plastic storage bins using a chain. The robot was also able to complete other tasks.
Tensions ran high at last night’s School Reform Commission meeting, where members of the student group Youth United for Change were escorted out of the auditorium by school police. Many had come to the meeting to protest the District's plan to close Kensington Urban Education Academy and merge it with Kensington International Business. Ultimately, the five-member panel voted unanimously to suspend part of the public school code in order to accelerate the school's closing process.
But that wasn't the only thing that happened at yesterday's meeting. In case you missed it, here are some other important highlights we are featuring that were tweeted by others at the meeting.
Seven principals will be honored this afternoon with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Principal Award.
The annual award honors outstanding principals who have made great leadership and humanitarian contributions to their schools and communities. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 stipend to use in improving their school communities.