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On March 1st, a group of Young Playwrights from Central High School (accompanied by their Teaching Artist Chris Bresky) attended the School District of Philadelphia’s District-wide Principals’ and Assistant Principals’ Meeting. The meeting, which had a focus on combatting school bullying, featured improvised scenes from the students around bullying and cyberbullying. It was a historic moment, as students had never before been in a professional development session for principals. See footage of their scenes, as well as the students talking with Philadelphia Comimission on Human Relations Chairperson Kay Kyungsun Yu.
On February 24, School Reform Commission chairman Pedro Ramos stopped by the classroom of Teacher Lori Odum and Teaching Artist Dwight Wilkins at Meade Elementary to see performances of student-written plays and interact with Meade student playwrights.
Said Mr. Ramos after his visit, “Hopefully, more schools will see the value of integrating arts as a rigorous way of engaging students academically at high levels.”
To learn more about the School Reform Commission and the work they do for the School District of Philadelphia, visithttp://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/src.