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. How’d they do it a year ahead of schedule?

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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All Philadelphia District Schools to Be Equipped With AEDs

The School District of Philadelphia is announcing plans to place AEDs in all district schools on Tuesday.

This addition is part of a health and safety project. While all high schools have AEDs, the district wants to expand the AED initiative to elementary schools.

In addition to the new equipment, elementary school principals will be taught hands-only CPR and how to use the AED machines.

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Thousands gather at Wells Fargo Center for College Signing Day

Badia Weeks couldn’t stop smiling as she sat in the Wells Fargo Center in her Ursinus College sweatshirt.  Surrounded by hundreds of other Philadelphia high school seniors, she grew more excited as she listened to speeches about following her dreams, and realized that after making it through years of standardized tests, applications, and deadlines, she could officially say she was going to college.

Weeks, a senior at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, was one of several thousand Philadelphia high school seniors who packed the center in South Philadelphia on Wednesday for #ReachHigherPhilly College Signing Day, an event reminiscent of signing day for athletes. During the event, students waved homemade Class of 2021 signs, cheer squads and bands performed, and the Washington-based rapper Wale took to the stage as Philadelphia celebrated the seniors’ achievements.

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Private Sector Is Urged To Help Philadelphia Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — About 50 business leaders gathered Tuesday morning to hear about ways they can donate time, resources and money to Philadelphia public schools.

Mayor Kenney said Philadelphia schools are underfunded, but the private sector can step up. What do we do,” he said. “Do we wring our hands, throw our hands up in the air say, ‘We’re not being funded, there’s nothing we can do about it.’ No. We’re going to raise money privately.”

The Zarwin Baum law firm hosted the meeting to show how it has adopted Mitchell Elementary in Southwest Philadelphia.

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