Patients are People First

An arts program at Jefferson University brings students and patients with dementia together for a lesson that’s often missing from healthcare: Empathy

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Building a Better Principal

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders trains the city’s best principals to be entrepreneurial thinkers. It may be the only way to succeed in the job

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Participatory Budgeting

In Boston, New York and Paris, city officials gives residents money from their budgets to spend as they see fit. Philadelphians should get the same chance

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Do Something: Celebrate America

Say, "Hello Kitty!" Plus, attend a revolutionary art exhibition, celebrate diversity and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“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