Philadelphia Group Blogs

Can adding neighborhood Adversity Scores to SAT's help our young people?

The Huffington Post article "SAT to Add 'Adversity Score' to Reflect Student's Privilege ," by Hayley Miller, reports on the 15 factor neighborhood score that may be reported with a student's SAT's when applying to college. The inclusion of community-level adversity with the SAT is conceptually a major step towards acknowledging the environmental impacts that can affect SAT outcomes. Philadelphia is a region with one of the highest densities of colleges and universities as well as the seat...

What it’s Like to Teach at One of America’s Least Racially Integrated Schools [theatlantic.com]

On a late February afternoon, Angela Crawford, an English teacher, stood in front of about three dozen Philadelphia educators—mostly young, black women—as they all swapped stories of small victories and challenges in their classrooms. Dressed in a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt and slim black slacks, Crawford, at one point, reflected on what has helped her remain resilient while working in some of the nation’s least resourced and most segregated classrooms for 23 years. “Black women are...

Rep. Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation [DailyLocal.com]

WEST CHESTER — State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, will be introducing legislation aimed at creating trauma-informed school environments in Pennsylvania. “House Bill 1415 seeks to ensure that adverse childhood experiences are recognized in the school setting, where children arguably spend the most time, so they get the support they need to reach their full potential,” Sappey said. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs include all forms of abuse,...

After reversing more than 100 overdoses, the trauma is starting to take a toll on me [kensingtonvoice.com]

As a citizen who has reversed more than 100 overdoses, every now and then I have a cry that is so uncontrollable, and painful, and deep, that I wonder if I will ever stop crying. Recently, I experienced one of those cries. It was after reversing a young man who was overdosing who looked just like my son. He was 16 or 17 years old, still with his school ID around his neck. It took three doses of Narcan — the overdose reversal medication — to bring him back. Surprisingly, he wanted me to call...

‘Burnout is real’: The importance of engaging in self-care practices when faced with secondary trauma [whyy.org]

Chera Kowalski remembers working at McPherson Square Library when overdoses became a more common occurrence in Kensington. It was 2015, and Philadelphia saw 696 overdose deaths that year — a 52% increase from just two years before — eighty percent of which involved opioids. There were more than twice as many overdose deaths than homicides. At the time, library staff didn’t have naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal medication — or the training to administer it. The best staff members could...

New study pushes Pa. to embrace trauma-informed education (whyy.org)

Even as school districts across the country become more aware of how these traumas can affect learning, there’s been little concrete policy on the state or federal level for how schools should prepare. A new study from the nonprofit Research for Action highlights “promising models” nationwide and calls on state lawmakers to implement a comprehensive approach in Pennsylvania. The study recommends that schools provide professional development that reflects the complexity and sensitivity of...

What can Pennsylvania schools do to address the prevalence of trauma among students? [pennlive.com]

Childhood trauma is a widespread issue. According to Child Trends, nearly half of children in the United States and in Pennsylvania have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or ACE, which often leads to traumatic stress. Research is clear that traumatic stress in children can negatively impact cognitive, academic and behavioral outcomes. Yet schools are not equipped to address these problems. A recent ACLU report notes that 90 percent of U.S. public schools do not meet the...

Philly school board set to decide: Should all high schools use metal detectors? [philly.com]

The Philadelphia school board is slated to decide a tough topic Thursday night: Should every high school in the city require students to pass through metal detectors? All 49 Philadelphia district high schools have the scanning equipment, but three don’t use it. A proposed board policy would shift that, effectively requiring Science Leadership Academy, Science Leadership Academy at Beeber, and the Workshop School to use their metal detectors. Amir Curry, a senior at SLA Beeber, thinks that...

Community Health Worker/ Certified Peer Specialist Training for Young Men- Deadline to Apply- April 6th!

The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for our 2019 Community Health Worker Peer/ Certified Peer Specialist Training Academy. This training is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime as part of pilot project, Supporting Male Survivors of Violence. The program is designed to train young men, ages 18-30, who have experienced violent injury in their own lives to become Community Health Worker Peers/ Certified Peer Specialists.

Philadelphia to hold hearing on gun violence

The Special Committee on Gun Violence will be holding a hearing jointly with City Council’s Committee on Public Safety on Monday, March 18 th , 1-4PM, in Council Chambers (Room 400, City Hall). This will be an opportunity for the Office of Violence Prevention to provide some detail on the recently released plan, The Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities.

Philadelphia’s Homeless Deserve Better. So do SEPTA Police. [philadelphiaweekly.com]

Before that damp and rainy Tuesday night, most of the passengers waiting for their trains at Suburban Station had never met Kenny Solomon. We didn’t know about the car accident that permanently damaged his body, or his recent fall at Suburban Station down an entire flight of steps. We also didn’t know anything positive about Mr. Solomon or his likes and dreams. But his introduction to us, and anyone who happened to be in the vicinity that night was resounding. But the scene that unfolded on...

CHOP Pediatricians present: Crossroads of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Developmental Disabilities

CHOP pediatricians and Philadelphia ACE Task Force members Roy Wade and Sandhyaa Iyengar will be panelists on a March 5th webinar that will educate physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, and other patient service providers how to identify the overlap of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ACEs and developmental disabilities and address each with the appropriate care in a healthcare setting. Space is Limited - Register Today! Date and Time March 5, 2019...

One year after Parkland, Philly students, teachers say more counselors needed to deal with trauma from gun violence [whyy.org]

Thursday marks one year since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which set off a wave of activism across the country, as students and youth called for more gun control and safer schools. Young people in Philadelphia and other urban areas seized the opportunity to bring long-awaited attention to gun violence and trauma that impacts them on a regular basis. But some activists, students, and teachers say one year later, not much has changed in the way of...

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