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Philly teacher among national group of Classroom Fellows

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Philly teacher among national group of Classroom Fellows

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A Philadelphia schoolteacher is among 11 educators chosen to be a Classroom Fellow for the upcoming school year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today.

Gamal Sherif, who teaches freshmen African-American History and Biochemistry at the Science Leadership Academy, will serve as a part-time federal employee, in addition to his full-time work for one school year, according to the program's overview.

Teachers selected for this program will share "public information with other teachers and facilitating conversation amongst educators at the district, state and regional level."

Reached today at an orientation Washington D.C., Sherif said the program gave instructors the opportunity to become more involved with policy issues that affect the classroom.

"Teachers need to research and understand both instruction and policy," he said.

"Teacher leadership ranges from running an extra club, blogging, meeting with Congressional leaders," he said. "There are multiple access points."

He added that he'll use his year as a consultant to reach different cohorts of people, including other educators, policy makers, parents and students.

In other school district news, the School Reform Commission will hold a special meeting Wednesday at 10a.m., during which they will consider authorizing the district to borrow money temporarily for this fiscal year.

Officials will also provide an update on the district's progress in closing its multi-million dollar budget deficit and anything else that may come up (and I'm sure there'll be plenty).

We're not sure whether Supt. Ackerman will be in attendance. 

If you want to give testimony at this meeting, you have to register in advance by calling the Office of Parent, Family and Community Engagement at 215-400-4180.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 4:30 p.m. 

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