On May 28, the Board will hold an Action meeting at 5 p.m. Find materials here. Register to speak here.

The School District of Philadelphia will remain closed for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19.
NEW: Food benefits (P-EBT) cards will be distributed to qualifying families. Learn more and update your address HERE.
Need working papers? Info HERE.
Chromebook Pickup Dates and Times
have CHANGED. Updated info HERE.
Need Chromebook help? Tech Hotlines added to Chromebook Loaner Program HERE. Internet info/resources are HERE.
Find more information about the District’s Continuity of Education Plan for students HERE. Digital Learning and Planned Instruction info HERE.
Grab-and-go meal distribution
at our 50 District school sites occurs one day per week. Learn more HERE. Sites are listed HERE.
For the latest update from Superintendent Hite, included updates on Chromebooks and supports, Digital Learning resources, how to connect with school-based staff, and calendar updates, visit our Coronavirus Information Hub.
PreK-12 Learning Guides are available HERE and at all District meal sites.
Have questions? Call our Hotlines (extended hours, available in 10 languages), email us at covid19info@philasd.org  or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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World Language Teaching Activities and Terms

A list of classroom activities supported by principle of comprehensible input. Each item has a link to a description and video of a sample lesson.

World Language – Book Preview Resources

A list of publishers and websites for purchasable and free materials, as well as links to information about our Lending Library

World Language Professional Development Opportunities

A continuously updated list of local and online professional development sessions for World Language teachers!

World Languages Links

Blogs and websites discussing language pedagogy, second language acquisition and bilingualism, teaching tools, and more!

School District Highlights Expanded EL Positions and Immigration Services

Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, joined City Council leaders and Immigrant Student Advocates at Woodrow Wilson Middle School to celebrate expanded English learner positions and immigration services in District schools. “Diversity is our strength,” Dr. William Hite said. “We will always celebrate the differences of our young people and their…

Bilingual and ESOL Teachers Among 2017 Lindback Award Winners

Congratulations to Sonia Adams, bilingual teacher at McClure Elementary; Julia McComie, ESOL teacher at Franklin Learning Center; Tiffany Lorch, ESOL teacher at Furness High School; and Elsie Camp, ESOL teacher at Penn Alexander Elementary for receiving the 2017 Lindback Award! The 2017 awards, open for the first time to teachers in elementary and middle schools…

For One Philly School, Small Donation Makes A Big Impact

Jodi Hanauer, ESOL teacher at Juniata Park Academy wrote a grant proposal for $2,696 to secure the school’s basketball hoop. Hanauer, a 13-year educator who teaches English to speakers of other languages, is a veteran grant writer who is always on the lookout for ways to fill in gaps for her students. In addition to…

3 Basic Approaches to Teaching English & the Newcomer Learning Academy

Decades of research point to three basic instructional models:English as a Second Language, sheltered instruction and dual-language model. The School District of Philadelphia’s Newcomer Learning Academy, “is really the only option for teenagers who know little or no English,” where students generally spend six months to a year and then transfer to a regular school….

How Schools Teach English Amid Other Lessons

In Philadelphia, some schools take a bilingual approach, including these elementary schools: Southwark in South Philadelphia; Cayuga and Alexander McClure in Hunting Park; Lewis Elkin in Kensington; Muñoz-Marin and Bayard Taylor in North Philadelphia; and Independence Charter School in Center City. An option for older students is to receive intensive instruction at the Newcomer Learning…

Cultural Acceptance Is the Norm

At Northeast High School, half the student body have been English learners at some point in their education. The Notebook Article on Cultural Acceptance