November 1, 2014
LOGAN COHEN, 24, of Malvern, is co-founder and COO of ed-tech startup Kudzoo. The company built a mobile app that rewards students, aged 13 and older, for their grades and achievements with deals and opportunities. Cohen also teaches a weekly entrepreneurship class for 14-to-16-year-olds at the Science Leadership Academy. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Kudzoo? A: My co-founder, Trevor Wilkins, came up with it to reward students for academic achievement. It started as discounts and deals and we wanted to see what would get kids excited and it evolved into an app. Q: The startup money?
October 23, 2014 |
Ed Keegan, 75, who pitched briefly with the Phillies and Kansas City Athletics after a spectacular career at Haddonfield High, died Sunday at his daughter's home in Franklinville, N.J., according to Larry Shenk, the Phillies' vice president of alumni relations. The hard-throwing righthander was signed by the Phillies in 1957 after compiling a 26-2 career record and a 0.37 ERA at Haddonfield. Two years later, Mr. Keegan made his major-league debut with the Phillies at age 20. Mr. Keegan, who stood 6-foot-3 and weighed 165 pounds, was 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 13 big-league games, highlighted by a strikeout of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
October 7, 2014
FRIENDS CENTRAL'S Al Vernacchio is the cool sex-ed teacher you should have had in high school but probably didn't. Nothing's off-limits. Internet pornography and how it distorts perceptions of real-life sex. The perils of sexting. Alternative lifestyles. All this and more are common discussion topics in Vernacchio's popular class on sexuality and society. In his classroom, there's an old shoe box where students can leave anonymous questions about sex. No matter how far-fetched the inquiry, Vernacchio tackles them all, either during his lectures or on his blog.
October 1, 2014 |
Philadelphia high school students equipped with welding torches and steel plates are wielding their tools to build drop boxes for weapons and other contraband. Students at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School in the Allegheny West neighborhood have made waist-high, blue-and-white amnesty boxes as collection receptacles to be placed outside selected city schools. Police said students are unlikely to discard firearms in the boxes, as that doesn't typically happen in other amnesty programs.
September 5, 2014 |
A GINGER-HAIRED, scruffy and increasingly tattooed "misfit" from Britain, Ed Sheeran plays guitar, beatboxes and, occasionally, fiddles. He also writes and winsomely sings hip-hop-inflected folk confessionals that enthrall young'uns - and their parents, too. And while clearly connected to the keep-it-real troubadour continuum that stretches, as he said, from "Bob Dylan and Van Morrison to Damien Rice and Jason Mraz," there's never been a phenomenon quite...
September 3, 2014 |
The furniture has been rearranged, and new decorations adorn the walls and bookshelves of Room 312 in City Hall. Former State Rep. Ed Neilson is officially moved into his new Philadelphia City Council office and is preparing for the start of the Council session next month. He is making use of the quiet time this week to prepare his new office, get up to speed on issues, and tour various city neighborhoods. Neilson, a Democrat and former political director of Electricians Local 98, was sworn in this month to finish Bill Green's at-large City Council term.
August 27, 2014 |
Driver education teachers and instructors loaded into a special Jeep Wrangler on Monday and strapped in for on-the-job training. In a steamy parking lot at Maple Shade High School, the specially equipped 2014 black Jeep simulated dangerous driving conditions, such as skidding on black ice in a snowstorm. The practical training was the highlight of an all-day conference for nearly 100 driving-education teachers, who attended workshops to learn how to help teenagers become better defensive drivers.
August 8, 2014
S HIV GAGLANI, 25, of Southwest Center City, and Ryan Haynes, 29, of Charlottesville, Va., are CEO and chief technology officer, respectively, of Osmosis, which they co-founded. The startup has a mobile app and Web platform to help medical students better retain what they learn. I spoke to Gaglani. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Osmosis? A: Ryan and I met as med students at Johns Hopkins and realized how inefficient learning and forgetting cycles for medical education were.
July 14, 2014 |
PRESIDENT Obama's education secretary said Philadelphia schools are "starved for resources" and strongly urged state lawmakers to step up investment in education during a visit to the city yesterday. Arne Duncan's comments followed a roundtable discussion at Community College of Philadelphia with Mayor Nutter and a dozen young men of color about their challenges in education. "The children of Philly deserve better than what they have. The lack of funding, the lack of commitment at the state level is simply unacceptable," Duncan said.
June 12, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state system of higher education will face a new test: A comprehensive review by the state's auditor general. In recent years, the 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has seen declining enrollment and stagnant state funding, as well as a bid by one its members, West Chester, to consider withdrawing from the system. "College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement.