When teachers don’t go above and beyond
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DECEMBER 2, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Nineteen Philadelphia public schools came together for one week this fall to raise awareness around the difficult conditions students, families and teachers across the city continue to endure. Those schools decided to implement a full-out “work-to-rule” action. One hundred and sixty one other schools participated in the week to a […]

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Homework time: Could your help actually hinder?
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SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 By Tamar Chansky School has begun and one of the big questions weighing on parents’ minds (and haunting their dreams at night) is just how much they should be pitching in at homework time. To some parents, there is really no question. After all, they care about their child’s future. Sit side-by-side […]

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Cultivating a summer reader
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JULY 2, 2015 By Lori Tharps When I was a child, my mother’s idea of an economical summer camp was to push me out the door after breakfast and wait for me to return before sunset. While other kids might have been intimidated by a day left unscheduled, I was only too happy to take […]

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10 low-cost and free summer camp options for 2015
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JUNE 1, 2015 By Jen Bradley Finding camp opportunities for your soon-to-be-free student doesn’t have to break the bank. There are several free or low-cost programs throughout the city designed to open doors and allow kids to build new skills while they meeting kids from around the region. Rowing Camp Run by Philadelphia Parks and […]

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Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights
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Parents at the Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia have taken a stand against high-stakes standardized testing. Using their legal right to opt out, one in five parents at Feltonville are now refusing the spring administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) for their children. The parents and students at Feltonville are […]

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free (or almost free) philly camps!
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  Finding camp opportunities for your soon-to-be-sprung student doesn’t have to break the bank.  There are several free or low cost programs throughout the city designed to open doors and allow kids to build new skills while they meet kids from all around the city.   Rowing Camp:  Run by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, […]

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putting the play back in k

One of the most recent viral stories revolves around a letter from a principal in Elwood, New York to parents of kindergarten children.   In the letter, the principal, along with the school’s four kindergarten teachers, announce their decision to cancel the annual kindergarten show.  The reason?  More time to focus on preparing the children […]

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jenks to create three new centers for active learning
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John Story Jenks, a K-8 elementary school in Chestnut Hill, is currently fundraising to rework their physical space and create three new centers: one for kindergarten one for library/media, and one computer lab.  The campaign is aptly called, ‘Upgrading Inspiring Educational Spaces.’ The school currently has two kindergarten classrooms and a library/computer center. The current […]

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how to register for kindergarten in philadelphia
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The first day of school for Kindergarten may not be for another six months, but registration for the 2014-2015 school year in Philadelphia is officially open. The district-wide kindergarten open house is March 4, and Kindergarten Open House Week is May 12-16.  Contact your local school for more information about Kindergarten Open Houses.  Open Houses […]

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local high schools unite for a cappella night
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The arches of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Chestnut Hill were filled with high school voices on Saturday night, as Springside Chestnut HIll Academy hosted three local high schools for their very first A Cappella Night.   William Penn Charter, Germantown Friends School (GFS), and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) were […]

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wissahickon charter school open houses!
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The Wissahickon Charter School is now accepting applications for two sites. The school is expanding to build a second site adjacent to the campus of the Awbury Arboretum.  This new site is slated to open in the fall of 2014.  Kimberly Krasnow, Talent Manager at WCS shared information on the number of new slots that will […]

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homework tips… for teachers
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Though we established the spotty record of homework, the reality is that most schoolchildren have homework.  And although our focus is primarily on parenting, homework has such a huge impact on family life that offering tips for teachers might spark ideas that address home-school workflow issues.  This list provides a variety of starting points for […]

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how much homework should your child have?
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How much time should your child spend on homework each night? How much is the right amount?   As common sense would suggest, the answer to that second question depends upon age.  You may have heard the commonly cited “ten minutes per night per grade” guideline.  Since it’s so commonly cited by educators, people have […]

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does your child have a stoplight in her classroom?
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So, there you are at Back to School Night.  The teacher seems great, so you exhale and wedge yourself into that tiny little seat.  You write a note to your child about how wonderful kindergarten/first/second grade will be. Your eyes take in all the visual delights of your child’s classroom. You smile at the self-portraits, […]

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responding to stoplights
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I guess no writer ever knows when something they create will “go viral.”  While I had hoped to spark a conversation about the use of stoplights in the classroom, I had not anticipated that it would be read by such a large (and mostly unknown) audience.  It’s been wonderful, if not a bit overwhelming.   […]

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miquon honors MLK
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Like thousands of others across the nation, families at The Miquon School marked the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday with song and service. “MLK Day”, always a moving occasion, was made especially poignant this year by two concurrent celebrations: the inauguration of the nation’s first black President for a second term in office, and the […]

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applying to SDP schools outside your neighborhood
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Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school that is determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider.   One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s […]

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