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More behavioral health programs

By the Notebook on Dec 14, 2009 05:35 PM

Here is a listing of additional behavioral health services available to District students. For more information, call 215-400-4170 or go to http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/oss.

Consultation and Education (C&E) specialists

Offer school-based short-term (120-day) case management, emergency response support, consultation, and limited group work (see Eye on special education).

Students speak out on teacher-student conflict

By Kate Nelson on Dec 4, 2009 12:55 PM

Recently the Notebook met with high school students to talk about the reasons for conflict between teachers and students and strategies for improving these relationships. Thirteen students from six different schools participated. Some teachers also joined the discussion. Thanks to the Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change, and the Teacher Action Group for their assistance.

William Dick Elementary

By Kate Nelson on Dec 3, 2009 03:01 PM

To promote early literacy and honor the 40th anniversary of the Eric Carle classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mayor Michael Nutter (right) and District Deputy Chief of Early Childhood Education Donna Pierkarski (left) read to pre-K and kindergarten students October 8 at William Dick Elementary. Dick, an Empowerment School, was hosting the second annual Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event. The Pearson Foundation partnered with the District and donated 1,400 copies of the book to schools citywide.

Programas bilingües son esenciales para la transformación, dicen los padres

By por Gustavo Martínez Contreras on Dec 3, 2009 02:03 PM

Los padres inmigrantes del sur de Fila­delfia se han expresado abiertamente a fin de abogar para que las necesidades de sus familias sean atendidas mientras el Distrito implanta el plan que transformará algunas de sus escuelas de más bajo rendimiento.

Durante los próximos tres años, el plan Renaissance Schools (Escuelas Renacimiento) de la Superintendente Ackerman cerraría estas escuelas para reabrirlas bajo la administración de organizaciones con un historial comprobado de haber transformado escuelas.

Cafeteria workers vote, but union dispute continues

By by Gustavo Martinez Contreras on Dec 3, 2009 01:12 PM

The fight between two unions to represent 2,300 School District cafeteria workers is not over yet, despite an election that gave UNITE HERE an ample 2-1 margin of victory in late October.

Just a few days after the vote, Workers United, Philadelphia Joint Board, a division of the Service Employees International Union, filed a complaint against both UNITE HERE and the School District of Philadelphia alleging that illegal practices and a biased campaigning process cost them the election.

KIPP: Donde aprender es un derecho que se gana

By por Nicole Gervasio on Dec 3, 2009 01:56 PM

“Dedicarse de verdad al aprendizaje” dijo el CEO de KIPP Filadelfia Marc Mannella, “significa lograr que los estudiantes adquieran el hábito de ganarse las cosas.

En las escuelas KIPP, los estudiantes se “ganan” todo, incluso las camisas de uniforme, el asiento en el salón de clase, y las giras anuales de la escuela. El sistema de disciplina se basa en recompensas, confianza y segundas oportunidades, pero también es sumamente estructurado y se destaca por tener consecuencias inmediatas al romper las reglas.

Language issues are central to school overhauls, parents say

By by Gustavo Martínez Contreras on Dec 3, 2009 01:21 PM

Immigrant parents in South Philadelphia have been vocal in advocating that their families’ needs be addressed as the District rolls out its plans to overhaul some of its lowest-performing schools.

Over the next three years, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s Renaissance Schools plan would shut these schools down and reopen them under the management of organizations with a proven record of turning schools around.

Youth groups push for voice in national education tour

By by Jenny Seng on Dec 3, 2009 01:27 PM

Members of the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change protested the kickoff of a national “Listening and Learning Tour” by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Reverend Al Sharpton, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Philadelphia in September.

The goal of the trio’s tour, which started at Mastery Charter School in West Philadelphia, and later made stops in New Orleans and Baltimore, is to engage communities and gather feedback around the issue of education reform.

Training program boosts skills in special education advocacy

By Kate Nelson on Dec 3, 2009 01:31 PM

The Arc of Philadelphia, a disability rights group, is sponsoring a 12-session Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) program for anyone interested in educational issues affecting children with disabilities. The first session was November 21.

Topics covered include the power behind the special education law, preparing and effectively using the IEP, understanding evaluations, out-of-school time, and transition planning. 

School annual report cards give picture of performance

By by Paul Socolar on Dec 3, 2009 01:08 PM

Philadelphia public schools have a new array of performance targets this year, and on its website, the District has published school annual reports showing how each school did.

Since 2003, all public schools have been receiving a federally mandated No Child Left Behind report card and needing to meet performance targets to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). NCLB targets are for test score performance and participation, as well as for attendance and graduation rates.

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