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    Once & For All: Placing a Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Philadelphia Classroom

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    Quality teaching matters - particularly for low-income, inner-city students who perform below grade level. But these students are often taught by the least-qualified and least-experienced teachers. Philadelphia schools will not be able to improve student performance dramatically without more teachers who have the skills, experience, and rich content knowledge needed to help every student achieve high standards.Once & For All: Placing a Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Philadelphia Classroom examines the current status of teacher quality in the city and what the School District of Philadelphia is now doing to ensure that all classrooms have highly trained, motivated, and knowledgeable teachers ready to boost the achievement of the district's 188,000 students.For the first time, thanks to information provided by the School District of Philadelphia, researchers have been able to identify what we know about the qualifications, experience, and school assignment patterns of Philadelphia's 11,700-member teaching force. The study was conducted by a group of scholars who have launched Learning from Philadelphia's School Reform, a three-year research project designed to measure and help the public understand the impact of the 2001 state takeover of the Philadelphia schools, the school management partnerships undertaken with external for-profit and non-profit organizations, and the reforms initiated by the state and city-appointed School Reform Commission (SRC) members and School District of Philadelphia CEO Paul Vallas.Led by Research for Action (RFA), a Philadelphia non-profit, the research team includes investigators from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and the Wharton School, the Philadelphia Education Fund, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, the Consortium on Chicago School Research, and other organization

    Where We Stand: Community Indicators for Metropolitan Philadelphia

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    Compares greater Philadelphia with eight metropolitan areas using indicators of regional growth, family income, housing, taxes, education, arts and culture, health, safety, transportation, and environment. Maps Philadelphia area data

    The Philadelphia story: a new forecasting model

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    Several years ago, the Philadelphia Fed developed a small forecasting model for each of the three states in the Third Federal Reserve DistrictCPennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This article introduces a similar model that forecasts major economic variables for the Philadelphia metropolitan area and the city of Philadelphia. Read this article and find out what the model predicts for the metro area and the cityForecasting ; Philadelphia (Pa.)

    Violence Reduction

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    The 1990s have seen a significant decline in the occurrence of violent crimes nationwide, especially in major metropolitan areas. Yet, the number of person-on-person crimes in which youth appear as either offenders or victims remains persistently high in Philadelphia. The homicide rate among young Philadelphians is five times higher than that for the U.S. population. Public, private and nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia are working together to set in motion a unique and promising partnership aimed at significantly reducing youth violence: Philadelphia's Youth Violence Reduction Project (YVRP). This report summarizes the acute need for public and private violence reduction partnerships, describes outstanding current efforts by city agencies and youth-serving organizations to help curb youth violence in Philadelphia and outlines the evolution of the YVRP project, its pilot program in the 24th Police District, and the larger potential it has for Philadelphia

    Department of Surgery and Philadelphia University Lay Groundwork for Collaboration Prior to Merger

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    On the surface, the proposed merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University will create one comprehensive institution focused on professional education in health, science, architecture, design, fashion, business and engineering. In practice, it will integrate different models of thought and diverse approaches to studying and solving problems — enabling us to reimagine a new kind of education for the jobs of the future. The Combination Agreement was signed by both institutions’ Boards of Trustees in September 2016. Although the merger isn’t expected to be completed until later this year, the Department of Surgery isn’t waiting to initiate collaborations with Philadelphia University. With Gerald Isenberg, MD, FACS, Professor and Director of the Surgical Undergraduate Education Program and Colorectal Residency Program, serving as the Department’s liaison, the team is already identifying innovative ways to blend resources and expertise. Dr. Isenberg recalls the first “road trip” that department clinicians and researchers took last December to the Philadelphia University campus in the East Falls section of the city: “The facilities were amazing, and there was a palpable excitement as we toured the campus. Philadelphia University works with huge companies around the world. They have the ability to make virtually anything right there on the campus.” He sees tremendous potential to apply those capabilities to further refine the field of surgery — from process workflows to physical instruments used to operate. In fact, one of the ideas under consideration is a oneyear Fellowship in which a Department of Surgery resident would spend his or her research year studying surgical process and design problems at Philadelphia University. “This would be an opportunity to infuse fresh perspective to steps that we take for granted,” Dr. Isenberg explains. “We want to be challenged — to strip away ‘that’s how we’ve always done it’ thinking.” Building on work already underway at Jefferson, Scott Cowan, MD, FACS, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Quality, is working with Philadelphia University on rethinking patient rooms. The team is tapping into Philadelphia University’s expertise in architecture, design and building materials to analyze patient room design and workflow. Combined insights and recommendations could help on a number of fronts — from improving prevention of healthcare-acquired infections to reducing patient fall risk. “We have an extraordinary opportunity to work together to improve the environment of care for our patients,” he says. “Philadelphia University’s expertise clearly complements what we’re doing here in the hospital in terms of achieving the highest quality of care.” Dr. Isenberg notes that the merger will also benefit Philadelphia University students, with unprecedented access to the surgical world helping them learn how surgeons approach and solve problems. “An integrated Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University allows us to reimagine education in a way that launches students into the careers of their passion in a bigger, bolder way,” says Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli, Jr, PhD. “We will prepare students for careers of the 21st century, with an emphasis on scientific and applied research, design thinking and discovery.” For more information, go to wordpress.philau.edu/powere

    Maritime Commerce in Greater Philadelphia: Assessing Industry Trends and Growth Opportunities for Delaware River Ports

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    Maritime Commerce in Greater Philadelphia: Assessing Industry Trends and Growth Opportunities for Delaware River Ports is an evaluation of existing port conditions along the Delaware River and market-driven opportunities for expansion. The report includes an economic impact analysis, Delaware River port descriptions, global trends, and recommended strategies for ports growth. Key findings include:Region-wide port activity generates 69millionintaxrevenuesforstategovernmentsacrossGreaterPhiladelphiaandmorethan69 million in tax revenues for state governments across Greater Philadelphia and more than 11 million in Philadelphia Wage Tax revenues.Each on-site port job supports two jobs from port activity and employee spending. Total regional port-related employment is 12,000+ jobs.Delaware River ports import nearly 1/2 of the nation's cocoa beans, almost 1/3 of the bananas, and a 1/4 of all fruit and nuts.Growing maritime commerce in Greater Philadelphia will require collaboration among Delaware River ports to leverage existing strengths and strategically invest in regional infrastructure improvements

    Inversion

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    Global Interdependence Center Central Bank Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, May 18, 2006Recessions ; Interest rates

    The Lifetime Employment and Earnings Consequences of Dropping Out of High School in Philadelphia

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    What's the difference between a Philadelphia graduate and a high school dropout? About $580,000, according to this study which shows the difference in net fiscal contribution over a working lifetime (tax revenue generated vs. tax revenue received) between a Philadelphia student who earns a diploma and one who does not. This research report also offers information on the percentage of students in Philadelphia who do not graduate from high school, the difference in lifetime earnings between high school graduates and high school dropouts, and the likelihood of employment for high school graduates compared to high school dropouts

    Synching, not sinking, the markets

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    Presentation at the Meeting of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia - Aug. 6, 1999 ; [See William Poole and Robert H. Rasche, "Perfecting the Market's Knowledge of Monetary Policy," Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper 2000-010A]Monetary policy - United States ; Markets

    Preserving multifamily rental housing: noteworthy multifamily assistance programs

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    This paper describes noteworthy multifamily-assistance programs around the country, including mortgage-insurance, secondary-market, technical-assistance, and tax-abatement programs.
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