Find out the latest on the impact of our funds and what's happening around The District – information about policies and initiatives, achievements of students and teachers, action you can take to support Philadelphia public schools citywide. We also have details on meetings and events that you won't want to miss!

Upcoming Events

Each month there are many events that benefit schools and students, citywide. Here we highlight a few select ones. Mark your calendar!

Join Us For The 9th Annual Back 2 School Event

Welcome friends and families!

It’s Back-to-School season! We hope you’re excited for the start of a new school year. We anticipate that many families will be busy preparing their students for the upcoming academic year. Here in the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), we strive to ease the process for you through our comprehensive Back-to-School site.


Here you’ll find the resources that you need to prepare for classes. We have all of the updates on school opening and procedures. We also have information about the FACE Office’s Back-to-School event, school registrations, and school supplies. You have access to everything you need to have a great school year!

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Latest News & Recent Events

Phila. School District Holds Weeklong Orientation For New Teachers, Counselors

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Newly hired teachers about to swing open their classrooms in the Philadelphia School District received pep talks from the people they look up to, at the beginning of a five-day New Hire Orientation event.

Schools Superintendent Dr. William Hite set the tone, with comforting words.

“Know this, we were better educators in the fifth year, than we were in the first year,” said Hite.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Finance and Grants Administrator

Job Summary

Provides operational and programmatic support by ensuring the fiscal health and strength of the organization.  Oversees and participates extensively in the financial management of all grants received by The Fund. The Finance and Grants Administrator is responsible for all fiscal reporting to various funding sources. Ensures that funds are spent in accordance with appropriate regulations. Works closely with the President/CEO and grantee (The School District of Philadelphia).   

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Philly school district measures address heart concerns that hit athletes hardest

For young athletes, a handful of minutes can save lives.

Issues of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest are rare in young people, but are most likely to involve athletes. In those cases, survival is rare.

This year, the Philadelphia School District completed a decades-long initiative in an attempt to prevent deaths from heart failure among its students. The district now provides access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every school.

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At summer school, teachers learn best methods to increase literacy

Stacy Dougherty stood before her class on Tuesday and asked if anyone knew the meaning of “to interrupt.” Then, she began reading aloud from David Ezra Stein’s Interrupting Chicken, a book about a young chicken that keeps interrupting her father as he tries to read her bedtime stories.

“So the chicken has interrupted all of the father’s stories. What’s going to happen next?” Dougherty asked.

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More than 800 teachers take part in third annual Early Literacy Institute

For about an hour Wednesday morning, Ricki Straff and about 20 of her fellow teachers went to Hawaii.

Well, not exactly. They were in classroom A125 at Fels High School in the Northeast, attending the District’s third annual Early Literacy Summer Institute.

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Philly Teachers Become Students At Literacy Training Program

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia teachers are students this week, as they attend a week of literacy training at Fels High School in the Northeast.

Eight-hundred K-3 teachers are sitting in classrooms at Fels High this week, sharing strategies about how to teach reading, says the District’s Chief Academic Support Officer Cheryl Logan.

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Philly School City’s First Outdoor Learning Environment Focused On STEM Education

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — “A couple of years ago, there was nothing here. It was an asphalt lot.”

As Michael Burlando knows, there wasn’t always so much activity outside of the Chester Arthur School in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood.

But now, thanks to Burlando and many other organizers, the playground on Catharine Street is becoming a training ground.

“It is a reason to celebrate,” Superintendent Dr. William Hite told the crowd at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

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Student Achievers honored at reception

Close to 60 student achievers were recognized Thursday evening at a Center City reception held by The Philadelphia Tribune, the School District of Philadelphia and Wells Fargo Bank.

Held at the Union League, the annual Student Achievers Reception served to honor graduating high school seniors from the School District of Philadelphia and local charter schools who have persevered through personal and academic adversities to reach academic success.

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The Fund for the School District had a huge goal: Establish 1,900 classroom libraries in schools.

Two years ago, when the School District’s nonprofit arm was rebranded and revived, it launched with a goal that seemed both ambitious and critical: To fund classroom libraries in every single kindergarten to third grade classroom in the city, and to train every K-3 teacher how to teach reading, by June 2018.

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Resources

We want you to be informed and empowered collaborators with us and The District — working together to build and sustain initiatives that help Philadelphia public schools thrive and students succeed.

Guide to Fundraising & Grantwriting for Schools

The Office of Grant Development (OGD), a department within The School District of Philadelphia, is proud to offer a Guide to Fundraising and Grantwriting for Schools to help principals, teachers, parents and school communities.

The Guide is tailored to meet the unique priorities of Philadelphia Public Schools based on needs specified by school and community members. OGD proudly supports schools and administrative offices in securing available resources for enriching educational opportunities for students in line with the District’s current guiding document, Action Plan v3.0.  

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2016 Year in Review: Our Report to the Community

The Fund plays a critical role in ensuring privately funded initiatives are managed with the accountability and oversight required to maximize impact on student achievement.

Currently, the Fund has a stewardship of $3.4 million through the generosity of a variety of philanthropic organizations. 

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