With fall in full swing, many of us are looking wistfully back at summer as a time to relax at the beach or take a vacation. But summer is hardly restful at Need in Deed, because that is when our team is hard at work training our new cohort of teachers!
39 new teachers joined our Teacher Network for the 2017-18 school year, and on July 29th and 30th, they attended the 2017 Need in Deed Institute at the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center.
These gifted educators were able to experience a few activities from our My Voice service-learning framework, including a model community partner visit with our friend Dr. Sara Ward of Temple University’s Katz School of Medicine! They also shared their hopes and concerns about implementing service-learning in their individual teaching settings.
As one teacher remarked, “this process allows me to offer my students lots of different perspectives on social issues and gives them the opportunity to form their own opinions. And isn’t that the purpose of education.”
The 2017-18 cohort of 1st year NID teachers represents nearly every corner of the city, and we are proud to welcome eight new schools to the Network. They are: Andrew Jackson School, Francis Hopkinson School, General George Meade School, Independence Charter School-West, Henry C. Lea School, Jenks Arts Academy, Universal Charter-Daroff, Willaim Tilden Middle School.
The 1st year group is fairly evenly divided with regard to grade level, with 23 3rd-5th grade teachers and 16 6th-8th grade teachers, and they have an average of 11 years professional experience.
Please join us in welcoming this new group of teachers to the NID Teacher Network. We are so excited to work with you this year!