#teachPHL: Unpacking Your First Year

#teachPHL: Unpacking Your First Year is a professional development series tailored to the needs of teachers who are new to the School District of Philadelphia.  This series is designed for novice and experienced teachers to make meaningful connections, grow their foundational toolkit, and be successful in the classroom and school community. Click here to see the #teachPHL 2021-2022 flyer

Program Overview

#teachPHL supports teachers through twice-monthly sessions that include:

  • Classroom environment and instructional skill-building sessions with an emphasis on planning and practice.
  • Timely, relevant professional learning topics presented by experts from Central Office and community partners.
  • A structured discussion at each session in order to build a supportive, solution-oriented professional network.

2021-2022 Session Dates and Location

All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive the meeting link by email on the morning of each session.

The location for sessions from March through April will be determined by current district, city, and state guidelines. If in-person sessions are permissible, they will be held at Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts, located at 1901 N. Front St., only minutes from the Berks station on the Market-Frankford Line.

Participation & Compensation

Please register for each session of #teachPHL separately through Cornerstone. (Click here for Cornerstone steppers and screencasts.) You will need a fully-charged laptop and note-taking materials are always helpful. Participants should expect to participate in intentional practice and role play, and be ready to give and receive constructive feedback.

While we welcome participants in all roles that support our students, payment and Act 48 credit will be awarded solely to participants categorized as Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers within the district. Payment takes six-to-eight weeks for processing and participants must sign in and out of all sessions in order to be compensated.

For additional questions related to the #teachPHL professional development series for new teachers, please contact professionaldevelopment@philasd.org.