The 2021-2022 school year has begun in earnest, and students and educators in more than 100 Need in Deed classrooms in 57 schools across Philadelphia are hard at work. That’s nearly 3000 students that will experience education, the Need in Deed way.

Our network continues to grow as we welcome 27 new Need in Deed network members from across the city. These eager educators participated in our 4-day Summer Institute back in June and are now beginning to implement Need in Deed’s My Voice framework in their classrooms.

Watching our students build community with one another as our educators develop skills to amplify their students’ voices is why we do what we do.


Need in Deed’s approach, with its emphasis on engaging authentic learning and student-centered teaching, is based on our core beliefs:

  • We believe in education equity.

Every child has a right to a high-quality education that dismantles oppressive systems, prioritizes social-emotional wellbeing, and puts students at the center of the learning experience.

  • We believe in teacher expertise.

Classroom teachers benefit from a community of practice and support that cultivates their capacity and skill.

  • We believe in student agency.

Students’ curiosity, leadership, and lived experiences drive learning.

  • We believe in community wisdom.

Community partners bring their real-world expertise to enhance school curriculum.

  • We believe in authentic connection.

Public education is stronger when teachers, students, and communities listen to and learn from one another.