“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

Furnishing a Future

A former executive coach turns his passion for woodworking into a skills training program that provides former inmates with life-sustaining jobs

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Reality Check: Philly Likes to Punish Its Black Kids

Black elementary school students are 2.65 times more likely to be suspended than their white peers. A WURD host asks if that’s any way to discipline our kids

By Charles D. Ellison

More Than Just Hope

Hopeworks 'n Camden, a nonprofit that helps at-risk youth, is so successful, it’s facing an identity crisis. Should it expand into other cities or teach others how to do what it does?

By Sarah Jordan

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

I Want To Be a (Black Male) Teacher

A Mastery principal and organizer sees progress—and much work to do—in his efforts to recruit effective black male teachers

By Sharif El-Mekki

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

Video: The University and the City

Our Citizen Speaks event brought five city university presidents together for the first time. Here's a recap in a quick 4-minute-plus video.

Remembering Bill Coleman

The civil rights icon who worked on Brown v. Board of Education “led a life you would dream about.” He died last month.

By Ajay Raju