What We're Reading: Black Teachers Matter, Rigor Matters, and More

posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:17 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 2:18 PM ]
Here are the latest articles being shared around the PPS-SF office. Please pass along to your public school networks!

From Mother Jones
One spring morning this year, Darlene Lomax was driving to her father's house in northwest Philadelphia. She took a right onto Germantown Avenue, one of the city's oldest streets, and pulled up to Germantown High School, a stately brick-and-stone building. read more 

From PR Newswire
New Study: Huge Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs in High-Poverty Communities
Many of the country's most vulnerable children and youth are not benefitting from afterschool programs, which have a proven track record helping students succeed in school and in life, because these programs are in short supply in communities of concentrated poverty (CCPs). read more 

From Education Dive
Phi Delta Kappa International’s 48th annual public poll about education revealed a lack of consensus over the main role of public education, with 45% of respondents saying it is meant to prepare students academically, 26% saying to prepare students for citizenship and 25% to prepare students for work. read more 

From the Center for Reinventing Public Education
Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters
My colleague and I recently visited a middle school science classroom. Students, outfitted with safety glasses, were organized into groups of three to four. The room was lively but not disorderly as each group worked on its own experiment. As we walked the perimeter of the room, we saw many of the hallmarks of a personalized learning (PL) classroom: small groups worked independently, each worked on an activity that they had chosen, the teacher engaged with small groups of students. read more