May 13, 2014 |
A rainy week? Yum. A super-cell thunderstorm? Better yet, a tornado? That's the trifecta. "Vacation of a lifetime!" gushed Matt Flournoy, 21, as classmate Brad Guay, 19, nodded in agreement. Meet the departing and incoming presidents of one of Pennsylvania State University's newest clubs: the Storm Chase Team, or PSUChase (pronounced "sue-chase") for short. Twenty-three members of the club, all meteorology majors, left Sunday for a 10-day trip to the Midwest, where they will hunt tornados under the guidance of Jason Berry, a professional storm-chaser based in Indiana.
May 9, 2014 |
SEVENTH-GRADER Angela Beqiri's math class does not have textbooks. Terrilyn McCormick's child sat in a classroom with more than 40 students to begin the school year due to a staffing shortage. Fishtown resident Danya Lingle's son was bullied and assaulted at an elementary school with no support staff to come to his aid. Those three were among dozens of concerned parents, students, educators and advocates who testified before City Council yesterday, urging members to provide the Philadelphia School District with additional funding to avoid more than 1,000 layoffs.
April 21, 2014 |
Paul A. Orlov, 66, of Berwyn, a retired college professor so commanding in the classroom a student once dubbed him "the Emperor of English," died Tuesday, April 8, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Orlov was an associate professor emeritus of English and American studies at Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus in Media. He was known for his interpretations of the novels of Theodore Dreiser from philosophical and sociological perspectives. Dr. Orlov authored a book on Dreiser's An American Tragedy published by Bucknell University Press, along with numerous articles in journals and book chapters.
February 7, 2014 |
Mr. Parsons' robotics club needs an updated Lego Mindstorm bot if the members want a chance of placing in future competitions. Mrs. Rodriguez's fourth and fifth graders would love a carpet in their book corner, so they don't have to sit on cold linoleum while reading. And Ms. Gail, the art teacher at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary, has an idea for a stepping-stone garden that would line Mount Ephraim Avenue - if she could just get the funding for 20 mosaics. The projects, all listed on the teacher fundraising website DonorsChoose, aren't the traditional requests for notebooks and protractors, but Camden teachers say they're exactly what their students need.
January 29, 2014 |
Brooklawn School Superintendent John Kellmayer has a simple wish list for his crowded, one-building Camden County district: more space. Kellmayer hopes that he has made a strong-enough case to persuade voters Tuesday to approve a $1.9 million bond proposal to convert a nearby former Catholic church into a middle school. The district spends thousands of dollars annually to send its special-education students outside the district because it has no space. At Alice Costello Elementary School, a classroom is inside the gym. The art and music programs share a classroom, and music lessons are taught on the stage.
December 13, 2013
WHEN the School District of Philadelphia announced plans to shutter 24 underused school buildings, the prospect of violent fights between students of merging schools loomed large among the many crosses that the district had to bear - including a $304 million budget shortfall which at one point led Superintendent William Hite to threaten a cut to sports, art and music. It's great when dire predictions not only don't come true, but get turned on their ear. Martin Luther King High and Germantown High were two former rivals who weathered decades of bad blood, and their merger produced great anxiety.
November 22, 2013 |
A LOT OF COACHES consider themselves teachers, including Bashir Mason. But unlike his contemporaries, Mason, the head men's basketball coach at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., actually spends time in a classroom. Mason, the starting point guard at Drexel for four seasons (2003-2006) is a student teacher at the Petrides School, a 5-minute drive from Wagner. He has been teaching first and fourth grades since Sept. 9. The stint will end on Dec. 13 when he completes the requirements for his master's in early childhood education.
October 7, 2013 |
Carolyn Finney, 92, a teacher for 40 years at Martha Washington School in West Philadelphia, died Sunday, Sept. 15, of complications from cancer at Saunders House in Wynnewood. "Finney," as she was known to friends, was a popular first-grade teacher who later became a reading specialist at Martha Washington. She was known for being a calm and structured person who laid out clearly what she expected of students and coworkers. "She was old-school," said David Poindexter, who started out as her classroom aide and became like a son to her. "She expected students to be mannerly, to read, to enunciate and spell, and to write in cursive.
September 21, 2013 |
When 10-year-old Carlos Jackson decided he wanted to go to a different school, he took his request all the way to the top. First he told his family. Then he sent e-mails to several charter school principals asking for admission. But he wanted to ask a higher authority. So he sent a letter to the president of the United States. One month later, Carlos happily wears the uniform of his new charter school and shows off his signed response from Barack Obama. The two developments might not be related, but he's pretty proud of both.
June 25, 2013
Teachers rightly complain they are too often blamed for every shortcoming in America's public schools today. It certainly is not teachers' fault that too many schools, especially in big cities, are inadequately funded and staffed to produce the results expected of them. It's also not teachers' fault when colleges gladly pocket education students' tuition and send them out with diplomas and certificates that perpetuate the lie that they are classroom ready. That reality has been corroborated by a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality that gives high marks to only 9 percent of America's collegiate teacher training programs.