April 9, 2013 |
Lisa describes herself as smart, awesome, respectful, and a one-of-a-kind teen. This social, friendly 16-year-old is easy to talk to and values her friendships highly. Lisa enjoys being a teenager and loves to spend time with her fri'ends at the mall, texting, going to movies, and attending church. She also likes to sing and cook and has a talent for very detailed and organized writing. Lisa strives to do her very best in school and her grades are usually A's and B's. Social studies, choir, and English are her favorite subjects.
February 28, 2013 |
A Princeton-based research firm's analysis of the KIPP national network of charter schools found KIPP middle-school students made substantial gains in core subjects over a three-year span. Mathematica Policy Research was scheduled to release a report Wednesday based on what it called its "most rigorous large-scale evaluation of KIPP charter schools. " KIPP, which has four charters in Philadelphia, contracted with the nonpartisan research firm to perform several long-term studies.
December 22, 2011
JAMESTOWN, PA. - A northwestern Pennsylvania social-studies teacher is behind bars charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to two students. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Kevin Anthony Defrancesco, 28, was arraigned on corruption-of-minors charges for messages he allegedly sent to two female students, 13 and 14, beginning in October. Investigators say Defrancesco asked one of the girls to send him pictures of herself and traded pictures with the other.
October 4, 2011 |
A new study by a prominent antidiscrimination group gives 35 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, failing grades when it comes to teaching students about the civil rights movement. Officials of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released the study, also found that Pennsylvania was among 16 states that did not require that the history of the movement be taught in public school. "An educated populace must be taught basics about American history," civil rights activist and former center president Julian Bond wrote in the report's foreword.
September 25, 2011 |
As Haddonfield boys' soccer coach Joe Falana is nearing yet another major milestone, it's interesting that a major factor in his success has been his ability to teach - social studies. A graduate of Collingswood High and Scranton University, and a standout goalie at both, Falana was a math major in college. As a senior at Scranton, Falana was told that Haddonfield was interested in him as a soccer coach, but had a teaching job available only in social studies. This was before his second semester in college, so Falana rearranged his schedule, took social studies courses, added a number of courses that summer, and was certified.
September 24, 2011 |
As Haddonfield boys' soccer coach Joe Falana is nearing yet another major milestone, it's interesting that a major factor in his success has been his ability to teach - social studies. A graduate of Collingswood and Scranton University, and a standout goalie at both, Falana was a math major in college. As a senior at Scranton, Falana was told that Haddonfield was interested in him as a soccer coach, but had a teaching job available only in social studies. This was before his second semester in college, so Falana rearranged his schedule, took social studies courses, added a number of courses that summer, and was certified.
May 18, 2011 |
Some teachers swear that the best way to establish their authority is to avoid smiling for the first two weeks of class. David Hall takes a very different approach with his students at North Penn High School by cracking self-deprecating jokes and pretending to be the dude who thinks he is hip but so is not. In the classroom, Hall brings social studies alive, bypassing textbooks in favor of original sources and creating his own lesson...
April 2, 2011 |
Just about everything hurts in a bad economy, and nowhere can this be more apparent than in public schools, most of which are barely getting by on shoestring budgets. Consider these things: English books that are held together with rubber bands. Sports teams that are barely able to buy uniforms. Reduced staff and larger classes. The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in Delaware County typifies how many schools around the country are trying to meet the demands of educating, while at the same time making tough choices in order to operate within their means.
March 24, 2011
David A. Frick, 65, of West Chester, a retired teacher and coach, died of carcinoid cancer Monday, March 21, at home. Mr. Frick was on the staff of E.T. Richardson Middle School in Springfield, Delaware County, for 32 years until retiring in 2001. He taught math, English, and social studies and coached soccer and wrestling. Mr. Frick also coached wrestling at Springfield High School from 1974 to 1981 and was the Central League's 1979 coach of the year. His family had a vacation home in Avalon, N.J., and he spent summers as a bartender and later manager of the Avalon Yacht Club.
October 19, 2010
Bernard George Daher, 93, formerly of Norristown, a retired salesman, died Saturday, Oct. 9, at the hospice at West Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Bridgeport High School, Mr. Daher worked for two years to help out his parents, who were Lebanese immigrants. He then earned a bachelor's degree from Elon College in North Carolina on an athletic scholarship. He starred on Elon's football and baseball teams and in 1987 was inducted into its athletic hall of fame.