“Let The Mothers Run The World”

Local education philanthropist Evie McNiff has spent the last 17 years working to improve education. Now she opens up on the state of Philadelphia giving and the next steps for lasting school reform.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

All In For Books

The Fund for the School District had a daunting goal: Establish 1,900 classroom libraries in city schools. How’d they do it a year ahead of schedule?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Urban Food Forest

Seattle’s Beacon Forest provides free native edibles to anyone in the city. Could the soda tax make it possible for a Philly group to do the same here?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Do Something: Drink for the Dogs

Join the fight to end food insecurity in Philadelphia. Plus, sit in on an LGBTQ forum, toast pooches and female entrepreneurs and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Leah Buechley

As part of a Drexel series on rethinking learning, the former MIT educational technologist grapples with the inequities her work can bring to education

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Winner Is …

We gave away $5,000 to one random voter yesterday. Amber Kipp won for being a good citizen.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Pro-Choice Election

Our City Controller debate this week showed why voters will be the real winners on Tuesday: They’ll have a real choice.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: On the Table Philly

More than 100 hosts have signed up to share a meal and a conversation with their neighbors on May 23. Their main concern? Building community.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

It Pays to Vote … Again

Vote on May 16. You could win $5,000.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Not-So-Sweet Smell of School Success

Parental support for neighborhood schools is what advocates say we need most. But what happens when you get too much of a good thing?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy