Citizen of the Week: Barbara Matteucci

The rheumatologist-turned teacher transformed a moribund schoolyard into a burgeoning teaching garden

By Nicole Gieselman

The Citizen Recommends: Katrina Stevens

As part of a Drexel series on rethinking learning, the tech ed entrepreneur and former Obama advisor will explore the best uses of technology in the classroom

By Jamie Bogert

The Citizen Updates: Rebel Ventures

The crew of high school students have fed students throughout the School District—part of their plan to bring healthy snacks to every child

By Jamie Bogert

24 Ways To Help Philly Schools

Make this the year you do your part. Because better schools are better for all of us

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

At What Price Soda Tax?

A recent TV investigative report of the city’s pre-K initiative raises questions about just what it means to be progressive in Philadelphia

By Larry Platt

The Anti School Choice Hypocrisy

A Mastery charter school principal calls out his anti-charter friends for denying choice—but only for black students

By Sharif El-Mekki

Staying Ahead of Educational Tsunamis

A public school principal argues that real education reform requires measuring schools more broadly and fixing them more locally

By Hilderbrand Pelzer III

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

Learning By Doing

At Mercy Career & Technical High School, a two year old design thinking class develops entrepreneurs with an eye to solving real-world problems

By Meredith Degyansky

“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