Spotlight on the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League: Elementary School West Division

Spotlight on the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League: Elementary School West Division
Each Thursday afternoon, Room 6 at Rudolph Blankenburg School in West Philadelphia undergoes a remarkable transformation. Under the direction of Blankenburg chess coach Mikyel El-Mekki, a cadre of young students re-arranges chairs, unpacks chess sets, and prepares paperwork, converting this grade school science classroom into a makeshift...

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ASAP Spotlight on Word Wizards Club at Shaw

ASAP Spotlight on Word Wizards Club at Shaw
Every teacher appreciates the “teachable moment.” For Word Wizards Club leader Jeanine Campbell, those moments happen often at Anna H. Shaw Middle School during her literacy club. Recently she incorporated the stylized rapping of the middle school hip hop group “Platinum Eagles” into a class lesson. The other students were transfixed as their pee...

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Spotlight on Debate Team at Science Leadership Academy

Spotlight on Debate Team at Science Leadership Academy
Aren’t teenagers supposed to be self-absorbed, apathetic, and so preoccupied with their own digital worlds that they ignore the real one? Not the teenagers involved in ASAP’s Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League! And especially not the team at Science Leadership Academy (SLA).
In Room 504, the home of the SLA debate team, a group of juniors and...

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Spotlight on Drama Club at Greenfield School

Spotlight on Drama Club at Greenfield School
As the school day ends, a group of students race from every corner of the building and burst into the auditorium at breakneck speed: 15 impossibly energetic youngsters, ages six through eight, scuttling across the hardwood stage. Club leader Dani Lencioni calmly steps to the front of the pack and, as if yielding a magic wand, utters one word:...

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Spotlight on ASAP Chess Club Leader

Spotlight on ASAP Chess Club Leader
Gideon School Chess Mentor Program
“It feels good being a mentor,” Says eight-grader Terrell Creighton, “The students look up to me, so I want to do better.” Terrell is one of four Gideon Middle School chess students who are teaching groups of elementary age students the ins and outs of the chess board. The brain child of Gideon Chess Coach Yvonne L...

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