Behind the Scenes
The Power of Partnerships

Need in Deed Panels Ask What It Will Take to Change Education System

On October 24th, close to 100 new and old friends and supporters of Need in Deed gathered for a rousing and inspiring evening of discussion at our annual Fall Forum.

At points funny and at others deeply touching, the conversation among our panelists ranged from the transformative moments that happen for teachers, students, community partners and corporate supporters in a Need in Deed classroom all the way to grappling with the nature of partnership itself and the way we view education in our society as a whole.

Some highlights from the evening include:

  • Teacher Leslie Greenberg saying that she "can't imagine teaching without Need in Deed."
  • Principal Carol Domb describing how building partnerships around “accountability and a shared sense of their value” was an integral part of her school leadership, at McCall Elementary School and now at Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP).
  • Community partner Claire Tillman of PAWS crediting NID with giving organizations a way to have sustained involvement with - and have a greater impact on - the students they interact with.
  • Nan Kelly of Conestoga Bank emphasizing how corporations benefit from their relationships with organizations like NID that help "employees feel connected to the communities where they work and with whom they are doing business."
  • Stacy Holland, the School District's Chief of Strategic Partnerships, declaring to applause that we, as a society, "have to stop talking about K-12 education as if it happens in a silo or to somebody else" when in fact "it's about our own economic survival."
  • State Representative Brian Sims reminding us that Philadelphia is the "birthplace of civic engagement" and calling on everyone to share their skills and knowledge through mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Panelist (and 9th grader) Scott Clarke tweeting that this event was his "Best. Speaking. Experience. Ever."


Thank you to our panelists, and to all who attended this event. Check out more photos here, and help us carry this conversation forward. By leveraging our collective skills and strengths, we can all make a difference for our schools and in our community.