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.
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.
March 1, 2014
Slowly eating right Our experience at the Sunday Suppers program has shown that residents with limited access to healthy food do not make changes just because these foods are available ("Little sign of better health in N. Phila.," Feb. 14). As reported, increased access is a key first step in improving diet and decreasing obesity. But complementary programs are needed to engage consumers and provide them with information and skills. At Sunday Suppers, families set goals like eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking fewer sugary beverages, and exercising more.
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.
April 17, 2013 |
Educators are well acquainted with tests. But at a conference Monday, the toughest question was for them. The hypothetical situation: A man carrying a rifle and backpack was just seen in the parking lot walking toward the school. What are the first three things you are going to do? This was not an essay question. About 450 officials from schools, universities, and law enforcement agencies attended the one-day seminar in Upper Darby, hosted by the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, to discuss preventing and preparing for crises.
October 24, 1990 |
Camden County educators want a change in state law that would allow law enforcement officials to disclose confidential information about drug charges involving juveniles. That was the consensus reached Monday at a conference for more than 300 educators and law enforcement officials sponsored by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The educators, representing public and parochial schools throughout the county, said they were so determined to rid their schools of drug sellers that they were willing to endorse a proposal for a change in the state law that governs the release of information on Juvenile Court proceedings.