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School District of Philadelphia
Partnerships in Character Education (2PCE)

Contact Information:
Michelle Grimley, Project Director
School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street, C & I
2nd floor, Suite 2018.28
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,999,767 for a four-year project

Program Description
The School District of Philadelphia will implement the Philadelphia Partnership in
Character Education (2PCE) program to demonstrate the positive effects of service-learning methodology on student learning and character development. Over a four-year period, in two-year cohorts, the project will target 60 K-8 schools in the District’s North, Center City, South and Central geographic regions and 35 high schools throughout the District. Over the course of the project, nearly 74,000 students and 280 teachers will benefit from these services. Sixty school-based Character Education Service-Learning Liaisons and 28 High School Coordinators will serve as points of contact for the development and implementation of character education and service-learning projects within their schools. Project partners City Year, Champions of Caring, Need Indeed, Partnerships for Dynamic Learning, and Delaware Valley Earth Force will provide training and direct classroom support in developing service-learning projects.

Goals and Objectives
  • To create an infrastructure that supports service learning and character education programming aligned with state standards in all content areas
  • To establish and sustain community partnerships with service learning and character education providers in communities where services will be provided
  • To engage at-risk students in service learning and character education programs
  • To improve student attendance and decrease serious and disruptive behavior incidences

Evaluation Design
School District of Philadelphia will conduct a quasi-experimental evaluation using matched comparison classrooms and pre-post assessments to measure program outcomes. A multi-method, multi-site evaluation will gather both quantitative and qualitative information with dual goals of yielding scientifically-based research evidence of the impact of the program, and formative evaluation information to highlight successes and areas for improvement.

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Last Modified: 11/08/2011