June 26, 2015
SINCE HE WAS SWORN in as governor in January, my husband and I have been crisscrossing the state, visiting schools, meeting with teachers and administrators, and talking with students in the classroom. We have seen the same thing in school after school and classroom after classroom: motivated students and dedicated teachers who simply don't have the resources they need to succeed. At King Elementary School in Lancaster, I heard about how some textbooks in the library are more than 30 years old because they don't have the funds available to replace them with updated versions.
June 23, 2015 |
Nate Clark, a bespectacled 11-year-old, cleared his throat and fixed his gaze on his teacher, Lisa Warrington, who stood in front of a semicircle of desks in the middle of her classroom. "I'd like to say a huge thank you to Mrs. Warrington," Nate said. "Without her, this restaurant wouldn't even be here, and the donation wouldn't be here. " The "restaurant" is a cart of goodies that the 10 students in Warrington's special-education class have pushed through the halls of Wedgwood Elementary School in Sewell since February.
May 19, 2015 |
Dana Puskas makes sure the students in her advanced placement chemistry class work hard. Similarly, the Neshaminy High School science teacher does not give up until she gets great results. For the last two years, Sarah Snider-Leonhauser has been one of the students in Puskas' classroom, learning the complexities of molecules and atoms. She has taken three years of the subject overall - Honors 1, Honors 2 and AP - absolutely loves it and says that all the hard work is worth it. Chemistry can be intimidating, a class that not all students catch on to quickly, if at all. It's kind of like playing on the Redskins softball team: There are expectations.
April 28, 2015 |
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
March 17, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - George Zimmermann calls it a "living classroom. " Leaving PowerPoint presentations and books behind at Stockton University, the professor leads his students into the Pine Barrens that surround the Atlantic County school like a vast emerald ocean. They walk among shortleaf pines, white oaks, red maples, and Atlantic white cedars while taking up tough questions: How can they manage the forest's health? How can they protect it from fires, pathogens, and insects?
March 11, 2015 |
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
March 3, 2015 |
At 12, Jimera know she wants to be a teacher, and she already has what it takes to be a good one, beginning with the fact that she loves going to school. Her favorite subjects in fifth grade are English, math, and history, but, truth be told, there isn't a class that she doesn't enjoy. In addition to her own studies, she helps tutor other students in her classroom. The grownups around her describe Jimera as a born leader, intelligent, resilient, and outspoken. Charming, too. Outside school, her activities are wide-ranging, from camping, jumping rope and swimming to singing and dancing.
February 12, 2015 |
Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released Tuesday by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average - and New Jersey's - in the School Breakfast Scorecard compiled by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). One notable exception, however, is Penn Wood Middle School in Darby Borough, the site of the news conference to discuss the findings.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.
November 6, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SPENDING Travel expenses So it appears that, once again, New Jersey politicians are going to be reaching into our wallets to fund transportation projects ("N.J. transportation leader: Lawmakers will find funds for projects," Nov. 1). The transportation fund is $19 billion in debt as a result of their mismanagement. Now they plan an added tax on gasoline. Is it any wonder so many move to more tax-friendly states? |Steven Bockman, Blue Anchor ISSUE | POSTELECTION Open golden door As a lifelong resident of the region, I have encountered countless hardworking immigrants drawn to this country by the same promise of a better life that led my Irish grandparents to these shores.