Every year, the students in Need in Deed classrooms tell us what community issues they care about and why. Whatever issue they choose, we support them in designing and implementing a project that will help make a difference in their community. With their teacher as a guide, their issue and project becomes a lens for learning, the context for key concepts and skills in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies, as well as social and emotional skills.
When we ask students what they care about . . .
Russell Byers 4th graders want to see change happen What did they care about? Developmentally, 4th graders are often fixated on the idea of fairness. They are passionate and outspoken when they perceive something in or outside the classroom to be unfair. Toward the beginning of the school year, Lucy Strother’s students participated in […]Learn More
Bache-Martin ESOL Students create museum to help fellow students celebrate their home cultures. What did they care about? Rachel Gelb’s students are learning English and adapting to a new culture. They loved the chance to come to class and talk about things they wanted to change about their community. As conversations unfolded it became more […]Learn More
21st Century Waste Management: Keeping Tilden Middle Community School Clean and Green! What did they care about? Tilden Middle School is a community school in southwest Philadelphia, so Cheryl Padgett recognized early on that they had built-in partnerships to expand on. She knew a yearlong project would be perfect for her students with autism, as […]Learn More