Philadelphia Public Schools

Posted Oct. 11, 2017

VIDEO: This Black Male Educator Teaches a Social Justice Class to Middle Schoolers in West Philly

Someone once asked me, “Why teach social justice to eighth-graders?” The answer is simple: As educators, we do not control the world our students face when they step outside of our classrooms. However, we are responsible for how prepared our students are to engage with that world.…

By Gerald Dessus

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

WATCH: These Philly Parents Took a Freedom Ride to D.C. to Fight for Better Schools

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, seven families from North Philadelphia set out on a journey for their children’s education. We called our journey a “Freedom…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016

The NAACP Was Founded by White People and It Still Isn’t Looking Out for Black Families

Some organizations are committed to a cause. Everyone knows exactly what they stand for. Look at Greenpeace—everybody knows that they’re about reducing human harm to…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 17, 2016

Scandals Don’t Just Happen in Politics, They Also Take Place In Our Classrooms

New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles: These cities and countless others across the United States have dealt with scandals involving their public…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted May 27, 2016

My Sister Led the Way for Me to Go to College

Though I am in the first generation of my family to go to college, it was my eldest sister who inspired me to follow in…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted Apr. 14, 2016

Randi, We Don’t Need a Photo-Op, We Need Better Schools

Recently, Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite announced that North Philadelphia school E.W. Rhodes Elementary would be among four schools undergoing a district-run turnaround plan—requiring staff…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 12, 2016

How Our Philly School Keeps 70 Percent of Our Teachers

You hear a lot about how cities like Philadelphia have a tough time finding and retaining their teachers. This is a very real problem. A…

By Pamela Friedman

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Posted Mar. 24, 2016

Someone’s Missing From the Classroom and It’s Not the Students

The school district of Philadelphia has a teacher attendance problem. NewsWorks recently published a story detailing the contractual interaction between the school district of Philadelphia and Source4Teachers—the…

By Clifford Thomas

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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