All the Right Rights

The Rendell Center’s annual citizenship contest asked what the First Amendment means to fourth and fifth graders across the region. Their answers gave hope for America

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2018 Video & Audio: A Novel Approach to Urban Education—Joyful Learning!

Listen or watch Ascend Charter Schools' Steven Wilson talk about the place of joy in education. Then vote for his idea

Guest Commentary: The Key to Student Success? Relationships

A psychologist and former teacher on the benefits of “attachment theory” in schools. Hint: It’s about better learning

By Keren Sofer

Ideas We Should Steal: Fully Paid Teacher Sabbaticals

The U.K. is giving some teachers a paid year off in the hopes that it will help keep them in their jobs. Could that solve Philly’s teacher retention problem too?

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Curiosity

At next month’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival, the CEO of Brooklyn’s Ascend Charter Schools will talk about turning away from “No Excuses” and toward what may be the key to education: Joy

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2018: Give Us Our Crowns

High schoolers from around the city answered the call for solutions to Philly’s problems. One team takes their project—to halt the schools to prison pipeline—to Aspen

By Jamie Bogert

Black Teachers Are Not Enough

A Mastery principal notes that schools also need support to keep those—and all—teachers in their jobs

By Sharif El-Mekki

Reality Check: Philly can fix its classrooms…

...but, as WURD’s afternoon host notes in the wake of the recent heat wave, it won’t.

By Charles D. Ellison