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Arts Therapies Have Deep Roots, but Still Resonate Today

Creative arts therapies have roots that go back hundreds of years, but now are being used to deal with 21st-century problems. “The creative arts go back to shamanic times,” says Lisa Kay, an art therapist...

Creative Arts Therapists Tap into the Antidote to Anxiety

Her dance/movement therapy class at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus had just started when Amy Hunter asked the seven high-schoolers to say and show how they were feeling. “Tense,” said one. “Tired,” said another as...

At Mayfair Elementary, Fusing Diversity with Challenging Curriculum to Create World Citizens

Mayfair Elementary School, with nearly 1,800 students, is by far the largest elementary school in Pennsylvania. As other schools around the city cope with shrinking populations, Mayfair just added two colorful new additions, which house classrooms and...

Crazy. And that’s the excitement of it.

By his own description, Neil Geyette was raised around badass educators, led by his mother. A public school teacher, Rhonda Geyette raised her son by herself. She had started her career in what were then called...

Gun Violence Summit Grapples with Where to Go From Here

Sixth-grader Samantha Sandhaus' question was so innocent – simple and logical – that, for one brief moment, it silenced two seasoned, and loquacious, politicians. Why, the 12-year-old wondered, if the city of Philadelphia can't legally make laws...

Report Finds Most States Shortchange High-Poverty Schools

“Pennsylvania has long been one of the most disparately-spending states in the nation,” the report reads. “Even in terms of unadjusted spending, school districts including Philadelphia, Reading and Allentown have long been recognized as...

After walkout, early signs of powerful alliance begin to emerge

For Jenette Wheeler, supporting the students of Lower Merion High on National Walkout Day was a no-brainer – even though she knows that they aren’t the ones who bear the brunt of the nation’s...

Students take protest to steps of School District and City Hall

Several hundred students gathered on the steps of the School District's headquarters late Wednesday morning after the National School Walkout against gun violence to continue demonstrating for school and neighborhood safety and gun control. Organizers from the...

Case Tests Whether Districts Must Protect Students From Bullying Under PA Law

Do school districts in Pennsylvania have a legal obligation to protect students from discriminatory harassment and bullying? A court case filed on behalf of a bullied student at William C. Bryant Elementary School in Philadelphia...

An Urban Teacher’s Response to the Suburban School Shooting Crisis

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass murder in our nation’s schools. I shouldn’t feel disconnected.  After...

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