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Remembering MLK Through the Next Generation


January 20th, 2023

I was honored last Sunday to serve as a judge for the latest installment of the MLK Voice4Youth program, a spoken-word competition for middle and high school students. Their charge was to follow the trail blazed by Dr. King by speaking up for change through their performances. An eighth-grader named Ayomikum Adeojo from Newark Charter...


Staff Turnover Disappeared at New Castle Elementary. Their Secret? Teacher Residencies.

Educator Support and Development

December 16th, 2022

In her first year as principal of New Castle Elementary School, TeRay Ross wasn’t the only newcomer. In fact, on that first day in 2017, 12 of the 22 homeroom classes inside her cavernous school—a circa 1929 former high school nicknamed “the castle”—were helmed by teachers who were also new to the building. She later learned the...


A “Grow Your Own” Dream Job: Q&A with Teacher Melodie Miller

Educator Support and Development

November 14th, 2022

Philly native Melodie Miller knew since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher one day. “I had a phenomenal kindergarten teacher named Miss Ross,” she says. “She really inspired me because when I was in kindergarten I couldn't necessarily read yet, but she read ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ almost every day.”  Melodie...