The school district's white paper, Secondary Education Movement(SEM), Phase II: Redesigning Philadelphia’s High Schools, identified five overarching anchors, which would guide the implementation of Philadelphia’s high school reform.
As part of the Secondary Education Blueprint process, the Ed Fund assembled five Work Teams, each one charged to examine an assigned Anchor, provide analysis, and offer recommendations for the appropriate interventions and changes that would make the goals of each anchor a reality. Work teams differed in size, scope, and disciplines but each had representation from a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations including the School District of Philadelphia, education partners, community-based organizations, universities, and the corporate sector.
Work Team 1: Teaching, Instruction, and Professional Development
Work Team 2: Effective, Accountable Leadership
Work Team 3: Re-engaging Out-of-School Youth & Drop-out Prevention
Work Team 4: Conversion to Small High Schools & Climate Change
Work Team 5: Career Pathways with Rigorous Preparation for College
The reports from each of these work teams is written in the context of four considerations:
- Lessons Learned
- Policies and Practices Reviewed
- Implementation Challenges
- Data Collection Efforts
In addition, each work team provided a series of recommendations.
> View the Complete Anchor Work Teams Report