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Turn & Talk Issue 1: The Digital Divide

Turn & Talk Issue 1: The Digital Divide

The pandemic brought to the front and center the challenges around the racial and economic disparities that we have been advocating to eliminate for decades. One of those challenges has been providing students with access to technology and internet services. If you would have asked me, prior to the pandemic, what it would take to…

School District of Philadelphia Senior Selected for National Award by National Honor Society

School District of Philadelphia Senior Selected for National Award by National Honor Society

Central High School’s Sheyla Street receives $25,000 scholarship for academic achievement and community service PHILADELPHIA — Sheyla Street, a senior at Central High School, has been selected as the national winner of the National Honor Society’s (NHS) $25,000 Scholarship. The award, which is presented to one graduating senior from nearly 10,000 applicants throughout the country,…

District Students to Participate in Virtual All-City Jazz Festival

District Students to Participate in Virtual All-City Jazz Festival

PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia music students will be participating in Philly’s All-City Jazz Festival 2021, an all-day virtual event featuring student performances and Masterclasses led by Philadelphia jazz legend, renowned music educator and Philly POPS Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford, Philly POPS and Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia artists. The…

District Response to Chauvin Verdict

District Response to Chauvin Verdict

April 20, 2021 Dear School District of Philadelphia Staff and Community, This past year has been one of extreme uncertainty for our staff, students, and families in the School District of Philadelphia and the nation at large. As we all deal with the trauma of the pandemic, we cannot ignore the anxiety felt by many…

District’s Music Education Program Earns National Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

District’s Music Education Program Earns National Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

PHILADELPHIA – The School District of Philadelphia has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music…

District Expands Mentoring Program Between School Safety Officers and Students

District Expands Mentoring Program Between School Safety Officers and Students

PHILADELPHIA, PA— The Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) and the Office of School Safety (OSS) have expanded their L.E.A.D. (Leaders Encouraging Achievement & Development) mentoring program, an effort designed to help support the needs of young Black males through positive engagement with Black adult males.  Launched at E. Washington Rhodes Middle School and Hamilton Disston…

Four District Teachers Selected for Naval Education Workplace Training Program

Four District Teachers Selected for Naval Education Workplace Training Program

PHILADELPHIA — Four School District of Philadelphia high school science teachers have been selected for the 2021 inaugural cohort of the Naval Education Workplace Training (NEWT) Program. The teachers are Maya Bhagat of Frankford High School, Lee Burwasser of Academy at Palumbo High School, Paula Miller of Abraham Lincoln High School and Jason Perez of…

District Hybrid Learning Plan Update April 12

District Hybrid Learning Plan Update April 12

Read message in your language: SHQIP | عربي | 汉语 | ខ្មែរ  | Français | Português | Pусский | Español | Việt April 12, 2021 Dear School District of Philadelphia Parents and Families, We know that this year has been filled with many uncertainties for our families so we want to share some important information about…

District Nurse Named Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year

District Nurse Named Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Academy at Palumbo School Nurse Eileen Duffey-Bernt, M.Ed., BS, RN, CSN, has been named the 2021 Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year. She was selected among seven finalists across the state by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) for her outstanding service to the students and staff of the School District of Philadelphia….

The School District of Philadelphia Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard

The School District of Philadelphia Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard

The School District of Philadelphia launched a new COVID-19 dashboard, providing the latest information on confirmed positive cases in our schools on its website.  “We understand that having access to real-time information about COVID positivity rates in our schools is important for our families and community, and we are happy to provide this new tool,”…