Category: Updates from Our Team

Career-Connected Learning Goes Virtual

2 Schools Funded by Grant from PSP Pivot from Planned Internships to Online Career Panels Last month, students from Swenson Arts and Technology High School had the opportunity to interact virtually with a pediatric surgeon from St. Christopher’s Hospital and a Burn Care Unit nurse from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The students asked …

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PSP Impact Quarterly: School’s in Session!

New School Year, New Beginnings Over 1,000 Students Will Attend Two New Great Schools With the support of our donors, PSP provided startup grants to launch two new charter schools—MaST III and Philadelphia Hebrew Public—for the 2019-20 school year, providing 1,056 students the opportunity to receive a great education.   Grant Amount: $500,000 Students Served: 900 …

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Training great teachers for Philadelphia’s classrooms

Yesterday we were thrilled to announce a $1.2 million grant to Drexel University to launch a program intended to help address the city’s need for Middle Years (grades 4-8) math and science teachers. Dragons Teach Middle Years (DTMY) will create a new pipeline of dual-certified teachers trained specifically for the challenges of Philadelphia classrooms. You …

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Transforming a neighborhood high school

Yesterday we were pleased to announce a $1.1 million grant to Roxborough High School to support an academic turnaround. The school, led by Principal Dana Jenkins, will be implementing a plan to improve academic performance by better aligning their robust career and technical education (CTE) program with their general education classes. You can read more …

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A bell-ringer start to the school year

Yesterday Mayor Jim Kenney joined Superintendent Dr. William Hite and other education advocates at Hill-Freedman World Academy for the School District of Philadelphia’s annual “bell-ringing” ceremony.  Hill-Freedman, with the support of a nearly $2 million grant from PSP, is in the process of adding a high school to their already high-performing middle school program. You …

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Investing in talented school leaders

Today PSP announced a $1 million grant to St. Malachy Catholic School in North Philadelphia – our largest-ever grant to a Catholic elementary school. The investment will help fund a plan crafted by Principal Steve Janczewski and Assistant Principal Betsy Rafferty to turn around academic outcomes in the pre-K-8 school, which serves a student body …

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Philadelphia’s Teacher Attendance Problem

This is the first policy piece written by Clifford Thomas, PSP’s Policy Manager. You can read more about Cliff here. The School District of Philadelphia has a teacher attendance problem. NewsWorks recently published a story detailing the contractual interaction between the School District of Philadelphia and Source4Teachers, the NJ firm charged this year with meeting Philadelphia’s …

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A new vision for Neumann-Goretti High School

Yesterday we joined partners and students to celebrate our new investment in Neumann-Goretti, a Catholic high school in South Philadelphia. Watch this clip on 6ABC Action News or read about in today’s Inquirer.The $300,000 grant is supporting the leadership team’s comprehensive plan to ensure all students are prepared for success in college or careers; specifically, the school is …

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