To recruit Black teachers, do the work

What else is new is that the state Department of Education has a plan to increase the number of teachers by thousands by the year 2025, which includes expanding teacher apprenticeships and easing teacher certification guidelines, as well as ramped up teacher recruiting. But to solve the teacher shortage problem, the state must address an equally troubling problem: the lack of Black teachers in Pennsylvania. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Water Department installs art in Germantown featuring community poetry

In response to Germantown’s frustration with the Philadelphia Water Department and the neighborhood’s need for flooding resources, the city agency worked with former Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson to give residents space to speak about their experiences with flooding through a poetry workshop series in the summer and fall of 2021. | From: Germantown Info Hub (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

PHL Youth Week opens space for gun violence conversation

This week, the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement has set out to gather teen input on education, public safety, entrepreneurship and health during PHL Youth Week. It’s an opportunity for gun violence prevention activists to try to elevate the voices of teens who are directly impacted by the crisis. | From: WHYY (Read more.)