May 15, 1997 |
South Jersey educators, fearing the worst after a season of deep budget cuts, were giddy yesterday at the news that more state aid is on the way. "I'm just ecstatic the State Supreme Court recognizes we have to be fair to all children," said Camden City Superintendent Roy J. Dawson Jr. Camden is one of four special-needs districts in South Jersey to be affected by yesterday's ruling, which will force the state to add $250 million to the...
May 10, 2010 |
Kathleen Sligh's colleagues at Roxborough High call her "an education angel. " At George Washington High, Yvonne Schwiker is a "treasure and an inspiration," her principal said. Kareem Demetrius Edwards "helped me to realize that my potential as a student is more powerful than anything," one of his pupils at Parkway West High said. They are emblematic of excellent teachers citywide - men and women who spend nights and weekends on schoolwork, who dip into their own pockets for supplies, who take a personal interest in their students' lives.
February 21, 2003 |
Here's some good news for the Convention Center. A society of 6,000 educators has just decided to book a meeting there in 2009 - despite the political, legal and labor turmoil surrounding the building, which is one of Philadelphia's chief economic drivers. "We got the confirmation last week," said Jack P. Ferguson, the man charged with persuading major shows to book the center for meetings planned years in advance. The group asked not to be identified until all its members were notified that Philadelphia was chosen as the 2009 meeting site, he said.
November 21, 1999 |
George Crispin lets out a weary chuckle when questioned about the changes he has seen in education over the span of his 38-year career. Among the first teachers hired when Washington Township High School opened in 1962, Crispin plans to retire in December to tend his 8-acre farm and teach English part time at Rowan University. According to the Washington Township School District, Crispin is the last of the high school's original teachers to leave. "Teaching today is so much more demanding.
October 16, 2005 |
Drawing from personal experience as a disruptive, underachieving student from a poor Los Angeles neighborhood, Eboni Wilson, the former principal of Chester High School, urged urban educators yesterday to raise the bar and give students the tools to reach it. In a keynote speech charged with passion and injected with his own poetry, Wilson tried to inspire about 100 educators at the Urban Education Conference at Penn's Landing to see the potential...
December 6, 1998 |
Fifteen years ago, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner became an educational guru with a near-cult status after he wrote Frames of Mind. He made the social judgment that there were seven kinds of intelligences: linguistic, musical, mathematical, spatial, kinesthetic (related to movement), intrapersonal and interpersonal. And his rigorous research clearly backed up his thinking. For many educators, Gardner had uncovered the factors that seemed to explain why students may excel at one subject but lag behind in others.
December 4, 2015 |
"I already know what it's like to be homeless, hungry, and abused," said Carmen Williams, 22, weeping Wednesday as she spoke at a breakfast meeting of educators and business people at Community College of Philadelphia. Now Williams, a single mother and college student, is learning what it's like to be a success, en route to a promotion to shift manager at Starbucks. "Take your time, honey, take your time," murmured someone in the group, as an academic meeting suddenly turned achingly personal.
December 29, 2015
By Randi Weingarten and Jerry T. Jordan When we walked into Kimrenee Patterson's classroom at South Philadelphia High School, the students were excited, engaged, and immersed in study to prepare for a career in early childhood education. A small group of students were learning about infant reflexes by simultaneously reading in their text and applying their knowledge using replica baby dolls. Another young man was using computer programming to create a model "auto-shop" that he will reproduce in an early childhood classroom.
April 11, 2013 |
Mary Burke, the principal of St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden, had some good news: St. Anthony's was no longer last in math. The school's point total in "First in Math," an online program of timed games, had crawled from 19th place among diocesan schools to 16th in just a couple of weeks. Upon hearing her announcement, the 162 students packed into the school's basement room burst into applause. For Burke, too, it was a moment worth celebrating - not because her students were suddenly math geniuses, but because they had persevered, worked hard, and refused to let failure topple them.
November 20, 2013 |
New Jersey education officials announced a new website Monday with thousands of resources to help educators and others implement the state's new, more rigorous curriculum standards. Parents, students, and others will be able to access the Educator Resource Exchange, but the officials said only educators would be able to contribute, both by posting their own materials or by rating what they find there. "The richness and value of this initiative stems from the partnership it forms with our teachers and other educators to develop and share lesson plans, assessment items, homework assignments, and other educational resources," said state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.