Teacher Tribute

Service is "Spreading Like Wildflowers"

February 17th, 2012

Congratulations to Tim Padilla, an 8th grade teacher at Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School, and Kathleen Wainwright, a 4th grade teacher at Pennell Elementary School! Both of these outstanding educatorsread more ...

Behind the Scenes

A Big Surprise ... in Math Class?!

January 13th, 2012

On January 11, teacher Carla Russell was busily leading her 5th grade class at A.B. Day School in calculating the costs of teen pregnancy as part of their Need in Deed project. But as visitors – and news cameras! – started slipping into the roomread more ...

Teacher Tribute

Teaching Fellows at SJU reflect on their first year

September 6th, 2011

“I survived!” exclaimed Caitlin Slover, reflecting on her first year as a classroom teacher. We met Caitlin and 13 other teaching fellows through the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph University’s (ACESJU) –an innovativeread more ...

My Voice My Community

This could be “your” class

September 6th, 2011

Want to get an up close picture of Need in Deed? The best way is to become a Classroom Partner. Come to the December Teacher Soiree and meet the teacher with whom we’ve paired you. Visit your classread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Comcast’s Tom Carusona joins NID’s Board

August 9th, 2011

NID’s newest Board member knows media – traditional media, social media, media planning, buying and branding. As the senior director of marketing for Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), Tom Carusona is responsible forread more ...

Teacher Tribute

Kelly Ann Coughlin is feeling "fancy"

August 8th, 2011

NID teacher Kelly Ann Coughlin was thrilled when program staff Kim Kirn and Pam Prell invited her to present with them last spring at a gathering of graduate students at Arcadia University, her alma mater. The professors were so impressedread more ...

My Voice My Community

Fighting litter with trash bags, brooms and passion

July 5th, 2011

Can you imagine how much trash is generated by 45,000 fans at a Phillies game? Gretchen Matteo's 3rd graders have some ideas about this since their project involved helping the Phillies'read more ...

Teacher Tribute

McCall students teach their teacher about Need in Deed

June 27th, 2011

Looking back on her first year with Need in Deed, teacher Michelle Rivera is quick to point out she wasn't initially comfortable handing over the reins to 12-year olds.read more ...

My Voice My Community

"I think we made people think twice. . . "

June 27th, 2011

To hear Kathie Wainwright's students describe their project on gun violence, click here . . . . The topic hit close to home for these students at Heston Academics Plus School in West Philadelphia.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Supporting teachers at an international baccalaureate school

June 3rd, 2011

How do we live in relation to others? How can I contribute to the community? How can I help others? These are questions students at Hill-Freedman Middle School are challenged to address as IB (international baccalaureate) learners.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Standing-room-only audience applauds student efforts at Shout Out 2012

June 2nd, 2011

What does it feel like to be 13 years-old and receive standing ovation from more than 200 people packed into a crowded auditorium? Ask students in Martha Kutteh's 8th grade class at Widener Memorial School, one of fourread more ...

Behind the Scenes

You are invited to Community Clothes Charity's Special Preview Sale

June 2nd, 2011

Shop for great deals in designer clothes and know that you'll be helping Need in Deed!read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Need in Deed Night at the Phillies

May 4th, 2011

Imagine receiving $4,000 to attend an on-your-feet Phillies game with 500 of your closest friends as you watch a 12-year-old boy you know throw out the first pitch. Sound unreal?read more ...

My Voice My Community

12-year-old Jason Diaz throws first pitch at NID Night at the Phillies

May 4th, 2011

What does it feel like to walk out onto the field at Citizens Bank Park to throw out the first pitch accompanied by the yelps and hollers of 45,000 ramped up fans? We asked 12-year-old Jason Diaz, a 6th grade student in Jackie Burke's class atread more ...

Teacher Tribute

McCall students' presentation: highlight of statewide conference

May 2nd, 2011

“I want her to maintain her idealism,” said the mother of 9-year-old Anya Gizis, one of 19 students who described the class's NID project on homelessness to a recently convened gathering of statewide professionalsread more ...

My Voice My Community

Litter campaign goes "viral" at Fell Elementary School

March 15th, 2011

What rhymes with “litter?” Not too many words, as Gretchen Matteo’s 3rd grade students at Fell Elementary School in South Philadelphia discovered when they launchedread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Winter Wine’d Up attracts new corporate friends for Need in Deed

March 14th, 2011

The view from the 45th floor of the Comcast Center is nothing short of spectacular. But the audience was looking at (and listening to) Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen and Need in Deed teachersread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Need in Deed Night at the Phillies: May 3rd

January 24th, 2011

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" Winter is here and fans of "The Fightin's" can already taste the peanuts and Crackerjack. . . Speaking of, our good friends at the Phillies have made us a generous offer:read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Teacher colleagues share ideas after hours

January 24th, 2011

Who ordered the tartufo pizza? . . . . Sitting at a corner table at Stella's at 2nd and Lombard on a cold January night are five members of NID's Teacher Network: Joanna Bottaro, Amy Gottesman, Lisa Hantman, Patrick Kennison, Celeste Rodriguez andread more ...

My Voice My Community

NBC Philadelphia features Need in Deed

January 24th, 2011

NBC’s “Good News” recently aired footage of Comcast employees meeting with “their” classroom at Widener Memorial School. To see the segment, click here.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Susan Slawson and Rob Skomorucha join NID's Board

December 20th, 2010

Philadelphia's Commissioner of Recreation, Susan Slawson, and Rob Skomorucha, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Philadelphia University, have been appointed to Need in Deed's Board of Directors.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Having the courage to tell her story

December 20th, 2010

Recently, in the middle of a Need in Deed peer sharing session with her colleagues, it suddenly hit her. “I will be my own guest speaker!” As a first year member of NID’s Teacher Network, Kathie Wainwright is just learningread more ...

My Voice My Community

Students learn the power of a well-taught lesson

December 20th, 2010

I knew it was good,” recalls Amy Gottesman of a service her students performed three years ago as part of their NID service-learning project, “but you rarely get to see the impact.”read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Positively influencing learning, attitudes and behaviors

November 23rd, 2010

During the 2008-2009 school year, Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit engaged in policy and evaluation research on urban education, conducted aread more ...

My Voice My Community

10-year-old Jordan Grayes and Cindy Kerr share their experiences with cancer

November 22nd, 2010

As Cindy Kerr was leaving Jordan Grayes' class recently, having talked about her son's death from cancer, Jordan ran up to her to tell her that his mother was a cancer survivor.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Math teacher and former student reminiscence

November 16th, 2010

It's been 4 years since Dominique Grice, now a 9th grade student at Philadelphia's Girls High, was in Amy Gottesman's class at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Words of advice from a 13-year-old to her teacher

November 12th, 2010

We asked McCall Elementary's 6th grade teacher Steve Saba if he would be willing to be interviewed by one of his former students, Mia Richie.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Teacher Lisa Hantman interviews her dad

November 5th, 2010

Lisa Hantman's way of interacting with her students, listening to their concerns, encouraging their natural curiosity has always impressed us. So it did not surprise us that Lisa would demonstrate these same qualities when interviewing her father,read more ...

Behind the Scenes

What is it like to be a public school principal?

November 5th, 2010

The day doesn't end at 3 o'clock when you're a public school principal. Carol Domb would know. As the principal at McCall Elementaryread more ...

My Voice My Community

Students reflect on past success

September 27th, 2010

Sometimes during the course of a Need in Deed project, the stars align. Last year, when we paired Jasmine Williams’ 4th grade class at Logan Elementary School with Anthropologie, a Philadelphia-based retail store specializing inread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Comcast awards Need in Deed grants totaling $125,000

September 27th, 2010

We recently learned that Comcast will be giving Need in Deed a total of $125,000 – $100,000 as part of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit, and $25,000 from the Comcast Foundation.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Teach for America's Joe Moorman reflects on his year with Need in Deed

August 2nd, 2010

“It was November,” Joe Moorman recalls, “and my students had narrowed their focus down to three possible issues: child abuse, animal abuse and kids with cancer.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Shout Out award winners address homelessness, animal abuse, drug addiction and gun violence

July 22nd, 2010

Four Need in Deed classes received special recognition at our annual Shout Out awards ceremony this spring. Listen to students describe the topics of their yearlong exploration.read more ...

My Voice My Community

"Balling to Prevent Brawling"

July 6th, 2010

To hear a podcast of the game, click here:

Inspired by Joe Davis, the victim of gun violence, students in Leslie Greenberg's 8th grade class at Jay Cooke Elementary squared off againstread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Phillies and State Farm recognize Need in Deed

June 29th, 2010

When Chase Utley knocked out a home run in the first inning of the Phillies-Cubs game on May 20th, NID Executive Director Barbara Dundon was sitting right behind home plate. The recipient of State Farmread more ...

Teacher Tribute

Milwaukee public schools connect the classroom with the community

June 17th, 2010

Last August program staff from NID traveled to Milwaukee to launch a district-wide service-learning initiative with 40 teachers in Milwaukee elementary schools. Following is the story of one project that resulted from the trainingread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Tough times, you can help

January 11th, 2010

Several members of NID's Teacher Network, aware of the financial pressures that face Need in Deed, are volunteering to help us raise money through a viral email campaign.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Comcast and Sprout add a professional touch to student PSA

August 1st, 2009

Comcast Interactive Media, a NID Classroom Partner, chose to ramp up its involvement with "their class" at Logan Elementary, to stunning effect.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Spotlight on Fairmount Water Works

August 1st, 2009

This weekend, at our two-day overnight retreat for NID Network teachers, Robert Rivera from Willard Elementary will be describing his students' project and the help he received from community partner Ellen Schultz at Fairmount Water Works...read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Phillies & Need in Deed

June 29th, 2009

Representatives from local corporations met at Citizens Bank Park in June to recognize some important champions: Celeste Rodriguez, from Stetson Middle School, and . . .read more ...

My Voice My Community

Real-life stories ignite learning

Joe Davis, from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, knows the impact of gun violence, viscerally. He is paralyzed, the victim of a drug-related retaliation that happened when he was in his 20’s. Students sit mesmerized...read more ...

My Voice My Community

Unexpected sources of student inspiration provide direction

January 26th, 2009

Alison Barnes’ and Amy Gottesman’s 5th grade classroom in Olney used lyrics from rapper Tupac Shakur’s “Keep Ya Head Up.” The students compiled a list of of over 20 social issues referenced in the song in a lesson on figurative language.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Need in Deed’s Classroom Partners – supporting change that’s “tangible"

January 5th, 2009

Chelsea Badeau, editor-in-chief of the Comcast.net homepage, and Mark Greenberg, president of Compass North Realty, work where success is evaluated in tangible results. Both "invest" in the measurable impact that NID's service-learning can provide.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Congratulations, Cidney Alexander!

December 2nd, 2008

Walk into Cidney Alexander’s 6th grade classroom at the Hackett School in Fishtown and it’s apparent that service-learning is an integral part of her students’ day. All around the room you see evidence of specific activities...read more ...

My Voice My Community

A perfect storm of service-learning

December 2nd, 2008

“It feels like a big swirling circle --- like a tornado --- and we’re getting to the eye of the storm!” Alicia and Shianne excitedly shared. They were experiencing NID's service-learning process with Fishtown’s Hackett School 6th grade...read more ...

My Voice My Community

Students shape project's early stages

November 17th, 2008

After her 5th grade class at the McCall School completed Need in Deed’s Information Gap activity, Joanna Bottaro’s students discovered that four issues attracted their attention: homelessness, animal abuse, poverty and urban blight.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Joanna Bottaro wins My Voice Award

November 16th, 2008

Joanna Bottaro thinks of service-learning as “guided curiosity,” a way to bring out students’ innate interests in order to develop lifelong learners. “It gives students a reason to learn and gets them involved in something new and exciting."read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Lisa Hantman Wins My Voice Award

April 9th, 2008

Lisa Hantman helps students expand their vocabulary while contributing to the United Nations World of Food program.read more ...

My Voice My Community

An Appetite for Learning

March 19th, 2008

One day last fall the students in Room 210 at the McCall School got a little “taste” of what it feels like to be hungry. Really hungry. The situation gave the children a chance to experience what it’s like when you don’t get enough food.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Gun violence influences students' service-learning project

November 21st, 2007

Germeik Turner, a 6th grader, and Thomas McDonald, a 5th grader at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, have football practice at Olney Recreation Center. So it’s understandable how, after a shooting incident there this summer . . .read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Elizabeth Soslau joins Need in Deed Board

August 3rd, 2007

We met Elizabeth Soslau during her first year of full-time teaching at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School. As a member of Need in Deed’s My Voice Teacher Network, she guided her students . . . .read more ...

My Voice My Community

Hip hop music and violence

June 6th, 2007

Joanna Bottaro’s 7th grade students at Andrew Jackston Elementary School chose an interesting slant on violence. Their premise is that negative messages in hip-hop music contribute to the violent behavior of some young people.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Littering project energizes students

May 30th, 2007

Lisa Hantman’s third grade class at McCall Elementary School considered plenty of issues for their service-learning project this year. Day care, bullying, abandoned houses, and blindness all made the list.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Student voice yields reading gains

May 9th, 2007

Elizabeth Soslau, at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, “gets” the idea of student voice. Her 8th grade students were the drivers for their project on child abuse.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Scott Bailey joins Need in Deed Board

NID recently elected Scott Bailey to the Board of Need in Deed. “When Barbara and Kim approached me about becoming involved with Need in Deed, I knew this was the program I had to find time for,” says Scott.read more ...

My Voice My Community

“If we want it to work, we’ve gotta make people cry.”

The story of Katie McGarry's second grade class' project in 2006 illustrates the power of NID's "My Voice" process to change lives. . . . It started when a studentread more ...

Teacher Tribute

Demonstrating democratic process in a 5th grade classroom

Never.

A piece of missing furniture in Judy Acevedo’s classroom at Antonia Pantoja Charter School in the Hunting Park neighborhood of North Philadelphia reveals muchread more ...

Behind the Scenes

It’s all about impact

April 8th, 2016

Evaluation. Impact. Outcomes. Need in Deed teachers are no strangers to these words. In fact, they routinely reflect on their professional effectiveness every day as they help their students make social, emotional, and academic gains over the courseread more ...

My Voice My Community

Social Issues - At Home in the Classroom

In most classrooms, the morning meeting is when students and teachers greet one another, share information about their lives, and get the school day off to a good start. But this year in Julia Chrestay’s 4th grade classroom at McClure Elementaryread more ...

Teacher Tribute

A Voice for the Voiceless in Southwest Philadelphia

April 8th, 2016

Stephanie Newman’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade students gathered together on the classroom rug to share their thoughts after a time of writing and reflection. These 25 scholars at Philadelphia Montessori Charter School (PMCS) were in the early stages ofread more ...

Behind the Scenes

Recruiting for the 2016 – 2017 School Year

March 7th, 2016

Need in Deed provides professional development for 3rd - 8th grade teachers in Philadelphia schools. We provide free training and support to bring service-learning and community engagement into classrooms.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Best. Shout Out. Ever.

June 1st, 2015

On Thursday, May 21st, Need in Deed hosted our annual Shout Out celebration in the incredible Karabots Pavilion at the Franklin Institute. With 54 projects, 45 teachers, nearly 300 students, plus dozens of friends, parents and supporters ...read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Not Just Teachers, They're Need in Deed Teachers

June 1st, 2015

Need in Deed could write a book about all the amazing teachers in the Teacher Network, the incredible teaching and learning that happens in their classrooms day in and day out, and the inspiring accomplishments of their students.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Last Chance to Apply!

June 1st, 2015

Immediately after the Shout Out, a Need in Deed program manager received an email from one of the Outstanding Teachers that summed up why NID does what it does, and why you might want to be a part of it. It read:read more ...

My Voice My Community

Challenging Conversations Around a Charged Topic

March 2nd, 2015

Spurred by both national news and events much closer to their own Kensington neighborhood, Jaimie Stevenson’s 7th graders at Stetson Middle School have chosen a charged topic.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

A Changing View of the City

March 2nd, 2015

Meagan Ingerson, or “Maestra Meagan” as her 4th graders at Independence Charter School (ICS) know her, is a first year Need in Deed Network Member. But she’s no stranger to teacher networks.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Connecting the Classroom to the Community, and the Teacher to the Network

March 2nd, 2015

Are you a great 3rd – 8th grade teacher in Philadelphia (or do you know a few)? Are you looking for the tools you need to transform your classroom through student-led inquiry?read more ...

My Voice My Community

Enraptured by Raptors

April 24th, 2013

Picking the bones of rodents from a tight ball of fur bound together by what is essentially owl vomit, one student declared: “This is horrible. This is disgusting.” Yet she could barely contain the smile that was spreading across her face ...read more ...

Teacher Tribute

“This Is Yours as Much as It Is Anyone’s”

April 24th, 2013

“My first experience with Need in Deed was working on a service project with [NID founder] Whim Lynch as a 9th grader at Springside School,” Megan McGowan told us recently.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Extraordinary Opportunity in Extraordinary Challenges

April 24th, 2013

For over 25 years Need in Deed has been encouraging young people to explore, learn about and address such issues as homelessness, hunger, violence, blight, and other problems that affect the quality of life in Philadelphia.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Growing Up with Need in Deed

December 31st, 2012

“When I was little, I was a big thinker. I thought about things other people didn’t," says Jordan, a 6th grader in Steve Saba's class at McCall Elementary.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Joyful Noise (and Respectful Listening)

December 26th, 2012

What is the sound of over fifty 4th graders trying to agree on a single issue to learn about and address through service-learning with Need in Deed?read more ...

My Voice My Community

Staying Safe Can Take a Community

December 20th, 2012

Recently, the 1st – 4th grade students in Anne Daly’s Life Skills class at Mastery Charter School’s Clymer Campus in North Philadelphia welcomed a very special guest: Burnie the Bear.read more ...

My Voice My Community

“We Never Know What People Go Home To”

December 12th, 2012

The computer lab was packed. Need in Deed Network member Angela Keeler, a 7th grade teacher at Gesu School had invited a colleague to bring in her students from nearby Mercy Vocational High School to talk about a pretty tough topic: bullying.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

A Soiree Among the Stars

November 30th, 2012

Friday, November 30th was a clear and cold night, perfect for checking out the panoramic view of Philadelphia that only the 43rd Floor of the Comcast Center can provide.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Education Nonprofits and the Changing Leadership Landscape

November 8th, 2012

On Thursday, November 8th, Need in Deed brought together a diverse group that included educators, funders, and representatives from both the business and nonprofit sectors for a conversationread more ...

My Voice My Community

School's Out, But Learning Goes On

August 23rd, 2012

Need in Deed welcomed fifty teachers to our annual summer retreat, at which new recruits and veteran Teacher Network members gather together for the first time.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

“Education Is About Leadership, Not Dispensing Information”

August 23rd, 2012

“What surprised me most about Need in Deed is that it has all the hallmarks of a professional learning community,” said Deborah Bambino, a second year NID Network teacher.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

“Chalk Talk” and Meaningful Professional Development

August 23rd, 2012

The instructions were simple: create a visual map of a conversation, share resources and ask questions … without saying a word. This “Chalk Talk” was just one of the collaborative learning exercisesread more ...

Behind the Scenes

New Leadership at Need in Deed

June 29th, 2012

At a time when intergenerational capacity building is a hot issue in the nonprofit community, Need in Deed offers an example of a seamless leadership transition.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Impact: Earth, Animals, Community, and Each Other

June 21st, 2012

Reflecting on all the projects Need in Deed facilitated this year, just one word comes to mind: wow! Here are a few of the incredible ways that NID students and teachers made a positive impactread more ...

Teacher Tribute

"It Changed Who I Was as a Teacher"

June 21st, 2012

Need in Deed has the privilege of working with students and teachers on many fascinating and transformative student-led projects. But sometimes, a special kind of alchemy occursread more ...

Behind the Scenes

High Hopes: Need in Deed Night at the Phillies

June 21st, 2012

Tuesday, June 5th may not have been the Phillies’ best game, but our friends, supporters, teachers and students sure hit one out of the park for Need in Deed’s 25th Anniversary!read more ...

My Voice My Community

"A, B, C, D Hunger Is Not Good For Me!"

May 24th, 2012

Talk about a force to be reckoned with! On Tuesday, May 8th, Lisa Hantman and her 27 third graders marched from McCall Elementary School (at 6th & Spruce) all the way to Senator Casey's office (at 20th & Market)read more ...

Teacher Tribute

"My Boys Are Changing for the Better"

May 24th, 2012

Most of the time, teens are way too cool to show any kind of emotion. But at Need in Deed’s recent Shout Out, one group of 7th grade boys could not hide their elation at the sight of their teacher.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

2012 Shout Out Brings Down the House!

May 24th, 2012

“That was literally the most amazing trip of my life!” fourth grader Jeanie raved to her teacher after Need in Deed’s Shout Out celebration last week.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Lights, Camera, Action ... and Blog!

"What's the most important thing we have to do?" teacher Kathie Wainwright asked her class.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Get the Real World into the Classroom

With two bearded dragons, a snake, a rat, 30 8th graders and a student teacher sharing space, teacher Tim Padilla has a lot going on in his classroom on an average day.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Do You Have High Hopes?

April 19th, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5th Need in Deed will be cheering for the Phillies along with 1,000 of our students, teachers and friends … we hope you’ll be there too!read more ...

My Voice My Community

"Being Homeless Breaks Peoples' Hearts"

March 23rd, 2012

“When you think about homeless people, what do you think of?” Rachel Falcove, executive director of the Northwest Interfaith Hospitality Network (NIHN), asked Judy Acevedo’s 5th graders recently at Antonia Pantoja Charter School.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Finding Common Ground

March 23rd, 2012

“My students are very community-oriented,” Kelly Ford, a 4th grade teacher at Moore Elementary School, wrote in her application to Need in Deed’s Teacher Network.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

High Hopes!

March 23rd, 2012

Need in Deed is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, and to kick things off, we’re throwing a birthday party for ourselves at Citizens Bank Park.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

"Do Children in Our Class Live in Poverty?"

February 20th, 2012

“During the day, my class is so focused, but our Need in Deed work lets their personalities come out,” says Fell Elementary School teacher Bianca Bonanno of her third graders.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Rafael Moves into the Library

February 17th, 2012

The 5th grade class had compiled a list of forty questions for Rita, a veterinary technician at Queen Village Animal Hospital and volunteer at Morris Animal Refuge. The occasion?read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Become a "Networked" Teacher in Philadelphia

February 17th, 2012

“Having to navigate the system on your own without supports is overwhelming. Resources like Need in Deed give teachers the support you need to do things that you can’t do by yourself,” says one NID network teacher.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Three Classes, Three Projects, No Problem!

"I am teaching the best group of children I have ever had a chance to meet," Christina Lucera, a 7th grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, wrote in a submission to Need in Deed late last year.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Two Teachers Win My Voice Web Awards

January 17th, 2012

Not one, but two incredible educators were awarded Need in Deed's My Voice Web Awards at our annual Teacher Soiree, held in early December at Ralph's Café on the 45th Floor of the Comcast Center.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Drumroll, Please!

January 13th, 2012

“Let’s make a plan, guys!” Martha Kutteh urged her 7th grade class at Widener Memorial School. The objective: bring the 3rd graders up to speed on the latest developments in their joint service-learning project and together vote on a topic.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Now recruiting teachers for NID's Teacher Network

March 8th, 2011

Need in Deed is now recruiting Philadelphia 3rd through 8th grade teachers for our 2011-2012 Teacher Network. To download an application, click on the red link below.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Research study reveals NID's positive impact on students

July 28th, 2010

A recently released evaluation of our work by Research for Action uncovered positive impacts in several key areas. Most positive and affirming was the summary finding that NID is "a particularly effective interventionread more ...

Teacher Tribute

NID Network member Lisa Hantman guides students in project that gets attention of policymakers

July 14th, 2010

To listen to a podcast of our interview with the students, click here

‘Know any nine-year-olds who have presented their research findings on a citywide problem to members of City Council?read more ...

My Voice My Community

Cooke kids take on Cozen lawyers in a game of hoops

June 8th, 2010

Come cheer on attorneys at Cozen O'Connor courageous enough to square up against 8th graders at Jay Cooke Elementary School in a basketball game to raise money and awareness for a program that combats teen violence.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Homeless 3rd grader opens officials eyes on serious issue

NBC Philadelphia covered Lisa Hantman's students' presentation before Philadelphia City Council -- the culmination of a year's research on their Need in Deed project on homelessness. To see the coverage, click here:read more ...

Behind the Scenes

NID night at Wachovia Center: lots of fist pumping

March 31st, 2010

The 76ers’ coach analyzed the team’s season recently by saying the team didn’t "mesh and jell" early in the season. NID teachers and their classroom partners, on the other hand, did plenty of meshing and jelling Friday, March 26th atread more ...

My Voice My Community

Room 218 explores “exclusivity” – in theory and practice

March 29th, 2010

“She makes me laugh when I don’t feel good,” says Alexandria Jones of Katrina Cheng. “And I found out she’s shy, just like me.”

Katrina and Alexandria have been going to the McCall School for six years, ever sinceread more ...

Teacher Tribute

For Joanna Bottaro “learning” is about problem solving

March 29th, 2010

Joanna Bottaro has been teaching for 18 years. Yet she freely admits there is a lot she doesn’t know. “That’s what I love about Need in Deed,” she says. “You really never know from year to year what you’re going to learn.read more ...

Behind the Scenes

Valentine campaign raises money and awareness

February 19th, 2010

When Scott Bailey, at Comcast Interactive Media, learned how the recession was negatively impacting Need in Deed’s bottom line, he brought together his creative team and asked for their input.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Section 313 takes on the problem of teen violence

February 19th, 2010

Eighth graders Steven Long, Angela Brown and Atinera Lomax were sitting with their desks pushed together, talking about the problem of teen violence.read more ...

Teacher Tribute

Leslie Greenberg has high expectations

“When I was in college [in Madison, Wisconsin], we talked about changing the world," said Leslie Greenberg. " Service-learning was part of the conversation. It was all about being part of the community where you live, feeling connected.read more ...

My Voice My Community

English language learners share their knowledge about the causes of water pollution

January 27th, 2010

The story of Robert Rivera's 4th grade class' project about water pollutio

n illustrates the power of NID's "My Voice" process to engage students in their own learning.read more ...

My Voice My Community

"There's a lot of drug use in our community."

January 27th, 2010

The story of Amy Gottesman and Denise Rogers' 5th grade class' project about the connection between crime and drugs illustrates the power of NID "My Voice" process to engage students in their own learning.read more ...

My Voice My Community

Jog-a-Thon raises money for Philadelphia's homeless population

January 26th, 2010

The story of Kim Rakosky's 4thgrade class' project on homelessness illustrates the power of NID's "My Voice" process to change lives. . . read more ...

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Students tackle the problem of child abuse

January 26th, 2010

Child abuse is a challenging topic. Even for adults. So it’s not surprising . . .read more ...

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Step over the line: students and Classroom Partners explore social issues

January 12th, 2010

“Step over the line if you’ve ever been bullied,” called out teacher Charron Zeigler-Fayall. Almost everyone stepped forward.read more ...

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Student efforts recognized at Shout Out

"I feel like a grown up," said a 3rd grader. Said another, "I'm glad you [teacher] are not the boss of everything!" NID students at Shout Out conveyed their sense of efficacy and empowerment-- and told us they had fun this year, too!read more ...

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Feeling the fervor

April 16th, 2009

“It’s like bees swarming around,” says NID teacher Lisa Hantman describing what it’s like in her class right now as students go into full gear on their service-learning project. . . .read more ...

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Exhibiting new found knowledge

April 10th, 2009

The 3rd graders in Lisa Hantman’s class at the McCall School could teach us all a thing or two about smoking. For instance, Brandon explains how the “nicotine is the addictive stuff, but other things in cigarettes are bad for you."read more ...

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The wonderful value of people helping people

December 8th, 2008

Recently, we received this letter from a donor. Because it so well captures the spirit of giving associated with this season, we are sharing it with you.

Children need a reason to care about education . . .read more ...

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NID launches Charter School Consortium

October 9th, 2008

Need in Deed’s second Charter School Consortium workshop took place early October at FACTS in Chinatown. Fortified with spring rolls and dumplings,read more ...

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Back to School with Need in Deed

September 29th, 2008

This was not a typical "Back to School Night." Instead of the teacher standing at the front of the class,read more ...

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Need in Deed welcomes new staff member

September 2nd, 2008

We had an inkling of what we might be getting when we considered hiring Kyra Atterbury for our Program Coordinator position.read more ...

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Need in Deed welcomes new Board members

June 6th, 2008

Three Philadelphians recently joined the Board of Need in Deed.read more ...

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Alexis Fallen wins My Voice award

March 17th, 2008

Not every student in this 6th grade class at James Logan Elementary School favored obesity as the focus for their service-learning project. And ultimately, getting buy-in from all students is important to a project’s success...read more ...

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Kim Rakosky wins My Voice Award

February 4th, 2008

Her 4th grade class at Bache-Martin Elementary School in Fairmount chose homelessness as the focus of their service-learning project. After connecting their topic with a book they're reading together, the kids realized how homelessnessread more ...

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Alison Barnes wins My Voice award

November 21st, 2007

In the weeks prior to October 31, Alison Barnes’ 5th/6th learning support grade class at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School in Olney had been discussing which of several topics being considered they might choose. . .read more ...

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Shout Out recognizes top projects

July 10th, 2007

What does it take to make a city work? What happens when it doesn’t? And what can we do? These are some of the questions students in Need in Deed classrooms explored this year. . . .read more ...

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Portraits of slain children motivate 2nd grade class

June 8th, 2007

Nancy Goldschmidt’s 2nd grade class at McClure Elementary School took on a tough issue with their service-learning project: gun violence.read more ...

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Lisa Hantman wins My Voice Award

June 1st, 2007

Taking on a service-learning project on a topic as broad as littering could pose a challenge to any teacher. Following the principles of the My Voice framework, first-year My Voice Teacher Network member Lisa Hantman looked toread more ...

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Comcast employees get to know “their students”

“I was excited and nervous about our classroom visit to Jasmine Williams’ class,” confesses Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) employee Jillian O’Brien. “I wasn’t sure what to expect from a group of 4th graders. Would they like us?"read more ...

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Talking about tough topics, and how books help

Child abuse is a challenging topic. Even for adults. So it’s not surprising to hear a 4th grader say it’s hard to talk about it. But that’s what Jasmine William’s students at the Logan School are doing. And they’re doing more than just talkread more ...

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Charter Consortium bears fruit

Many teachers find service-learning projects driven by student voice to be challenging. “It’s like being handed a blank sheet of paper,” said Lauren DeHart, one of 16 teachers in a NID-initiated charter school consortium...read more ...

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“Germany on line one.”

When Need in Deed’s phone rang one morning in early September, the caller ID simply said, “Germany.” On the other end of the line was Claudia Gorihs of the Volunteer Center in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt...read more ...

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Symposium on school climate attracts key education stakeholders

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"School culture," said symposium keynoter Pedro Noguera, " is the part of school reform most often ignored. It's how we are greeted at the door, what we see on the playgroundread more ...

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Charter School Award

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Need in Deed is pleased to announce the availability of one-year scholarships for Philadelphia area elementary and middle charter schools to receive year-long professional development for the 2010-2011 school year. Preference will be given toread more ...

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Giving and receiving

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A glossy color photo showing hands on the arms of a wheelchair sits on a desk in front of Will, Pedro and Maria, three students in Martha Kutteh’s 8th grade class at Widener Memorial School, in Olney.read more ...

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"This Is How I Envisioned Teaching"

Jennie Markowicz’s students at D. Newlin Fell School were abuzz with excitement when they returned from their community walk. Dogs off of their leashes, litter, community gardens, and graffiti were just some of the things the students saw.read more ...

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The Grover Girls Club

“No way! I’m not going to be a teacher,” Adrienne Staten declared after she graduated with her B.A. in English. But her 8th grade students are very fortunate that Ms. Staten’s life had some surprises in store.read more ...

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Making Moves

It’s been a little more than a year since Need in Deed moved to Center City. After 25 years in lovely Chestnut Hill, the time had come to head downtown.read more ...

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The Power of Partnerships

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.read more ...

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A New Take on Need in Deed

This year – her 5th as a member of Need in Deed’s Teacher Network – Leslie Greenberg is trying something new. Given her history with NID, this comes as no surprise. In fact, "trying something new" is business as usual with Leslie.read more ...

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How Do You Want to Invest Your Time?

With packets of photocopied song lyrics in front of each student, Jasmine Knowles wastes no time getting down to the serious business of guiding her 6th graders at Freire Charter School through the sometimes thorny issue selection process.read more ...

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What Do Crossing Guards, Zookeepers, and 2nd Graders Have in Common?

“Last week, we talked about community helpers: who are they, and how do they help?” teacher Kathleen Wainwright reminded her class at Overbrook Education Center, a unique school where 80% of the students have a visual impairment.read more ...

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2014-15 School Year!

“Imagine a program that allows you to inspire imagination and creativity, while also encouraging self-confidence and empowerment and fostering community awareness, kindness and activism … that surely is Need in Deed.” – NID Network Teacherread more ...

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"Twenty-Two Little Light Bulbs Blinking"

If there’s one thing that Alissa Oltman has gotten used to as a Need in Deed teacher, it’s being constantly surprised by her 4th grade students at Strawberry Mansion’s W.D. Kelley Elementary School.read more ...

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Learning How to Listen

A very good friend of Need in Deed’s recently visited Joanna Bottaro’s 5th graders at McCall Elementary School. Barbara Dundon, former executive director of NID, stopped by to share what she has learned about how to listenread more ...

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A Garden Grows in Kensington

Brace yourselves for some beautification at B and Allegheny Ave! Elizabeth Kim and Alessandra Villella’s 5th grade students at Stetson Middle School are making it happen—with a little help from their friends.read more ...

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“Letting Their Voices Be Heard”

Back in the winter of 2011, a very energetic West Chester University professor named Hannah Ashley approached some members of the Need in Deed staff about a new minor she was bringing to the school.read more ...

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Need in Deed Night at the Phillies: June 13, 2014

The Phillies believed they could win the World Series in 2008 and with a whole lot of teamwork, they did. We at Need in Deed believe we can sell 500 tickets to this year’s Need in Deed Night at the Phillies. And do you know why we believe?read more ...

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You can learn so much from a community walk

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The first stage of Need in Deed’s My Voice framework focuses on exploration. We call it “Value Your Voice” and it gives students and teachers the opportunity to discover their passions, their surroundings, their interests and their aspirations.read more ...

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Need in Deed wherever a teacher goes

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Amelia Loughlin’s Autistic Support students partnered with a regular education 6th grade class to organize a “Socktober” drive that delivered over 4,000 pairs of socks to people experiencing homelessness. Inspired by a Kid President videoread more ...

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Welcome, new Board members

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As part of our ongoing effort to cultivate strong leadership, vision, and strategy, Need in Deed is pleased to announce the addition of four new Board members. We proudly welcome:read more ...

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