#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 allows teachers to connect monthly and grow their foundational toolkit in order to be successful in the classroom and school community.

Program Overview

The purpose of #teachPHL is three-fold: to provide new teachers with “just-in-time” information, to strengthen instructional skillsets, and to facilitate the building of professional networks of support.

During Monday afternoon sessions, we provide timely, district-specific information and professional learning topics facilitated by partner offices and community agencies. On Wednesday afternoons, we help new teachers build their foundational toolkit by taking a deep dive into teaching strategies, particularly for Danielson Domains 2 and 3. These sessions prioritize intentional practice and feedback. Every session begins with a structured opportunity for peers to share ideas and encourage each other.

2019-2020 Session Dates & Location

All sessions take place from 4:30 – 6:30 pm 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, by visiting Cornerstone. Some sessions require 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.