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About 650 District teachers and counselors participated in the School District of Philadelphia new hire orientation. — FILE PHOTO

Superintendent and board welcome new hires

The School District of Philadelphia’s new hire orientation welcomed 650 newly hired teachers and counselors to prepare for the new school year. The training concluded on Aug. 9.

The new hire orientation consisted of keynote speeches, and sessions and discussions focused on classroom environment and culture, general on-boarding topics, trauma-informed care, planning and instruction and inclusivity.

Superintendent Dr.William R. Williams, chief academic officer Dr. Malika Savoy Brooks, and Board of Education member Dr. Christopher McGinley provided remarks to kick off the week.

All new hires received a copy of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” as the week focused on the importance of equity. This year, also featured an open house for college administrators, deans and professors to interact with new hires and understand the type of programming for newly hired District teachers. The purpose of this interaction was to help support teacher preparation in education programs and for the District to strengthen their partnership with colleges and universities.

Superintendent, mayor kick off Philly Free Streets

Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia Dr. William R. Hite and mayor Jim Kenney kicked off their participation in Philly Free Streets in front of the District’s Education Center at 440 N. Broad St. on Aug. 3.

The event encouraged students to engage in active, healthy lifestyles this summer, and featured musical student performances. Representatives from several District departments were on hand to provide helpful resources to families and community members, including information about kindergarten and pre-K registration, back-to-school events, healthy eating and free meals served at school, workshops for families, opportunities for students to re-engage in schooling, and job opportunities.

Following the kickoff, Kenney encouraged people to join him in his annual power walk up North Broad Street, while Hite rode a bicycle. Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia that temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. The 2019 route is eight miles round-trip connecting Arch Street and Butler Street, just north of Erie Avenue on North Broad Street.

Kappa Alpha Psi gives $75K to District

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. presented a $75,000 donation to the School District of Philadelphia. The check presentation was the culmination of the group’s Health and Wellness Fair and Community Service Project, held at the Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. on July 27.

The funds will help purchase new Chromebooks and other resources at several schools across the city. Kappa Alpha Psi is a fraternity with more than 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters and more than 150,000 members worldwide.

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at

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