Student Well-Being News in Brief

High School Students Write Handbook of Slang for Philadelphia Teachers

By The Associated Press — September 04, 2018 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

If you’re new to teaching in Philadelphia this year, no need to worry if a student drops a casual “sawty” into conversation.

The students have you covered. (For the record, “sawty” is a word to express being wrong.)

For the first time, the Philadelphia district has presented its new teachers and counselors with a handbook written by high school students. It features sections on engaging students, equality versus equity, and the all-important “Philly Slang” component, a glossary of terms designed to ground school staff in the language their students actually use.

The handbook is the handiwork of Khalid Abogourin, Alfredo Praticò, and Horace Ryans III, three high school students interning in the district’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities this summer.

A version of this article appeared in the September 05, 2018 edition of Education Week as High School Students Write Handbook Of Slang for Philadelphia Teachers

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Academic Integrity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
As AI writing tools rapidly evolve, learn how to set standards and expectations for your students on their use.
Content provided by Turnitin
Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Chronic Teacher Shortage: Where Do We Go From Here?  
Join Peter DeWitt, Michael Fullan, and guests for expert insights into finding solutions for the teacher shortage.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
The Science of Reading: Tools to Build Reading Proficiency
The Science of Reading has taken education by storm. Learn how Dr. Miranda Blount transformed literacy instruction in her state.
Content provided by hand2mind

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Student Well-Being What the Research Says How a School District Used Music Teaching to Keep Students Connected
A wider variety of music programs may help students feel more connected to school, new research suggests.
3 min read
Dressed in her shoulder pads and jersey, 8th grader Julie Michael, 13, holds her flute before playing the national anthem with the marching band at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, Fla.
Trumpet player Blake Gifford, 12, at right, rehearses with the horn section in the band room on March 8, 2017, at Lakeside Middle School in Millville, N.J.
Ben Fogletto/The Press of Atlantic City via AP
Student Well-Being Opinion One Thing Teachers Can Do to Help Students Change Their Habits
Daniel Willingham explores what the research says it takes to make better choices.
Daniel Willingham
2 min read
Images shows a stylized artistic landscape with soothing colors.
Getty
Student Well-Being Using Therapy Dogs in Schools: 8 Do's and Don'ts
Read expert advice for bringing a therapy dog into your school, including concerns about breed, temperament, and training.
4 min read
A large gold dog rests lies on the ground and looks at a group of children who are sitting nearby as they listen to a story.
Therapy dog Kalani watches students during a story time at Morris Elementary School in Morris, Okla., on Jan. 17.
Michael Noble Jr. for Education Week
Student Well-Being Majority of Parents Say Kids Are Dishonest, Disrespectful, and Lazy
Parents are significantly concerned about the poor behavior of today's school-age kids and are looking to schools for help, survey shows.
3 min read
Image of handmade paper figures linking hands.
Ulza/iStock/Getty