We believe in the transformative power of connecting the classroom with the community.



Need in Deed transforms teaching and learning in Philadelphia’s public school classrooms grades 3-8. Our unique approach starts with individual educators, invites students to advocate for change, and connects the classroom with the community.


In all that we do, we are guided by a vision for equitable public education that honors every child’s right to a high-quality education, acknowledges every child’s potential, dismantles racist and oppressive systems, prioritizes social-emotional well-being, and puts students at the center of the learning experience.

We provide teachers with training and year round support in our signature, fully customizable, My Voice Framework that centers:
– listening to what students tell us about the strengths and challenges of their communities and how they would like to make a difference;
– engaging students in learning that makes connections between the world they see around them, the issues they care about, and the skills and concepts of the school curriculum;
– supporting classroom educators in using effective teaching strategies; and
– bringing the city’s professionals and practitioners into the classroom experience.

Connecting the classroom with the community is a powerful way to unlock students’ potential and engage them in learning. By providing this transformative learning experience in their schools, with their teachers, Need in Deed helps young people find meaning and purpose in their education.

Need in Deed, in its delivery of services to the community, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability, medical condition, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law.

of teacher partners reported observing students' increased engagement with the curriculum (2019-2020).


We believe in education equity.

We believe that every child has the right to a high-quality education that puts students at the center of the learning experience.

We believe in student agency.

We believe that students’ curiosity, leadership, and lived experience drive learning.

We believe in teacher expertise.

We believe that classroom teachers benefit from a community of practice and support that cultivates their capacity and skills.

We believe in authentic connection.

We believe that public education is stronger when teachers, students, and communities listen to and learn from each other.