Need in Deed just marked our 30th Anniversary bringing service-learning to Philadelphia schools.
To celebrate — and to better connect the classroom with the community — we're getting ourselves a new website! Stay tuned for the big reveal, coming Spring 2018!
About Need in Deed
With a mission to improve education in Philadelphia's traditional public and charter schools, NID helps 3rd-8th grade students increase academic and 21st-century skills.
Students engage in a yearlong process of active problem-solving around a community issue of each classroom's choice. Known as service-learning, the process is designed to
- deepen students' connection to school,
- improve their academic skills,
- and build habits of inquiry, critical thinking, and civic participation.
NID staff supports each classroom from initial inquiry through project implementation. We serve our mission through a unique set of partnerships:
- classroom teachers in the School District of Philadelphia's voluntarily elect to integrate NID's approach into their classroom practice; and
- representatives of the city's vast network of public agencies and private organizations voluntarily serve as classroom resources during the students' inquiry and design process.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 150 Need in Deed teachers are bringing this remarkable experience to 3,900 students in 63 public schools across the city with the help of up to 70 community partners.