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PERC and WHYY to Host Community Forum on ELLs

Schools are working hard to meet the needs of ELLs. Join PERC, WHYY, and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook as we host a community forum about challenges, possibilities, and how you can support the education of these students.

Participants and panelists include:

  • Mayor Jim Kenney (invited)
  • City Councilwoman Helen Gym
  • Otis Hackney, Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Linda Long, Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Allison Still, Deputy Chief of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs, School District of Philadelphia
  • Kinyta Smalls, Director of Bilingual Studies and ESL, Mastery Charter Schools
  • Pheng Lim, Principal, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS)
  • Ellen Somekawa, Executive Director, FACTS

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Dr. Rosemary Hughes Appointed Director of PERC

Dr. Rosemary Hughes, an experienced educational researcher with deep roots in Philadelphia public education, has been named Director of the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC). Hughes brings high-level research experience that spans the School District of Philadelphia as well as the city’s charter and non-profit sectors.

“Rosemary’s combination of skills and experience is a wonderful match for this position,” said Kate Shaw, Executive Director of Research for Action and PERC’s founding director. “Her knowledge of how to use research to support and improve Philadelphia’s public schools will be invaluable to PERC.”

Launched with a three-year grant from the William Penn Foundation, PERC is an innovative partnership between Research for Action, an independent research organization that serves as PERC’s organizational home; the School District of Philadelphia; the city’s charter school sector; and researchers from Temple, Drexel, and the University of Pennsylvania. These cross-sector partnerships are a defining characteristic of PERC.

Melanie Harris, Chief Information Officer of the School District of Philadelphia, said, “I am thrilled to have Rosemary at the helm of PERC.” Dr. Nancy Songer, Distinguished University Professor and Dean of Drexel’s School of Education, echoed this sentiment: “Drexel is excited about its partnership with PERC, and I look forward to working with Rosemary.”

“I am extremely excited to continue to build upon the successes of PERC,” said Hughes. “Through close collaboration with educational leaders across the city, we will continue to build capacity for connecting research to tangible implications for practice.”

Since its inception in August 2014, PERC has published a series of briefs on Blended Learning, and has launched several new research projects, including a study of English Language Learners in the city’s public schools.

RFA Launches New Education Research Consortium

Philadelphia’s school leaders—both in the School District of Philadelphia and in the city’s many charter schools—must make important decisions about policy and practice on a daily basis. A new consortium—the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, or PERC—is designed to provide those school leaders with rigorous research and analysis in order to inform those decisions. Learn more…