Mindfulness for Minors

A local nonprofit has shown measurable progress in helping Philly public school students stay on track through training in an unexpected skill: meditation

By Jessica Blatt Press

What to Do About the Covid Slide

The city has finally started planning for ways to help students make up for pandemic-related learning loss. But do we really want to just get back to normal?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Penn Did A Great Thing. Now It Could Do More.

Amy Gutmann’s $100 million pledge to the school district proved again how she is making Penn a leader among elite universities. A longtime college president offers ideas for what else Penn could do for Philly.

By Elaine Maimon

Bill Hite, Reconsidered

Philadelphia’s schools superintendent has taken some hits lately. Does he have what it takes to manage—and tame—a $3.5 billion bureaucracy?

By Larry Platt

Integrity Icon 2020: Meet Richard Gordon IV

The newly-named Principal of the Year thinks the key to turning around Philly schools comes down to human connection. His work at Robeson High School may prove him right.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Integrity Icon 2020: Meet Shaquita A. Smith

As the social studies curriculum specialist for the School District of Philadelphia, Smith helps open worlds, and doors, for more than 200,000 students every year

By Jessica Blatt Press

Citizens of the Week: Philly’s School Nurses

The unsung health heroes of the pandemic have risen to the challenge of new job descriptions

By Jessica Blatt Press

Guest Commentary: Help All Students #LogOnPHL

A first-day-of-school assignment for all Philadelphians from the mayor and schools superintendent.

By Jim Kenney and William R. Hite Jr.