Education

 By Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Last Saturday, 2-year-old  Maeve Cooper made her acting debut.  “I was a dog–a girl dog. Woof, woof!” She also witnessed a cockroach give her legs in marriage and a confused cat realize he was not a Chihuahua. The Family Theatre Series, an interactive storytelling performance held at the Walking Fish Theatre, gives children the opportunity to creatively […]

 By Chelsea Leposa

North Philadelphia: The Village Teaches Digital Media

North Philadelphia: The Village Teaches Digital Media

  The colorfully painted walls at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia allow the students to forget their day’s troubles and concentrate on their creativity.  Before class begins students sit around sharing the latest gossip and bragging about their day.  The smiles on their faces and the energy of the room prove […]

 By Jared Pass

Technology: A New Model for Schools

Technology: A New Model for Schools

At the Science Leadership Academy the students are treated like adults, according a junior at the Science Leadership Academy, Cody Nichols. The Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a new student oriented, project-based school. The school is working in partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Franklin Institute. There are no standardized tests besides the […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter and Ayisha Arshad

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

President of Historic Germantown David Young can give several reasons why Germantown is the most historic neighborhood in America: the Battle of Germantown in 1777, the first protest against slavery in 1688 and the first European-language Bible published in America. Perhaps the least well-known reason is when prominent African Americans, including civil rights activist W.E.B. […]

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Last Tuesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new West Philadelphia High School. Located just a few steps from the current building, the new facility will replace what was once West Catholic High School for Boys at 49th and Chestnut streets. The 72,000-square-foot, three-story building will house state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, two gyms, […]

 By Herry Pierre-Louis

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Karla Mota hectically runs back and forth through the Youth United for Change office carrying stacks of statistics. Hurrying to finish up her day’s work before she heads home, Mota, 17, understands the importance of her and her fellow youth leader’s assignments. Mota attends Kensington CAPA High School and has been a leader with Youth […]

 By Jeff Craven

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

Linn Vaughters is in the last place she thought she’d be when she started her career: North Philadelphia. As a private school teacher, she held a negative view toward Philadelphia’s school systems that stemmed from her parents, both teachers in the School District of Philadelphia for decades.  So when a friend she ran into by […]

 By Danielle Harvey

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

On a cold and overcast Thursday morning, a group of dedicated students file into a drafty gymnasium on the fourth floor of The Lighthouse, a community organization on Lehigh Avenue. On one side of the gym, basketballs lie scattered across the floor, and a few of the students pick them up and haphazardly toss them into […]