Welcome to PhillyParents.org!
My Name is Jay Cohen and I have used this site in the past to update parents with children in the School District of Philadelphia about issues, events and opportunities that are of interest to them. Please take a moment to click on my Mother's (who was born in Philadelphia and attended public school in Philadelphia) book on parenting and let me know what you think (My Book).
Here is a new Question and Answer page at the School District of Philadelphia. ask.philasd.org
Here is a link to Parent University of the School District of Philadelphia. www.philasd-parentuniversity.org
Here is a link to a cool new Google service. helpouts.google.com
While you wait for the site to be updated, please join my email list. My Google Groups Email List is how I send out most of the information that I receive. There are approximately 3600 parents on this list with connections to thousands of other parents. Generally, you will receive from 1 to 3 emails each week with one of the emails being a newsletter with a bunch of information in it. This email list is shared by the Philadelphia Home and School Council and The School District of Philadelphia. Your information will not be shared without your permission.
Just so you know who you are giving this information to... I am a parent of two high school children in the School District. I have been active in the District since my children started in HeadStart in 2001. I have been an employee within the Office of Educational Technology, a consultant to the Office of Parent Engagement to train parents and to build a online registration system for parents, and more recently, a volunteer helping to build a District-Wide Frequently-Asked-Question system for parents (should be announced soon). I am also active as a parent volunteer in the development of the School Advisory Councils and am now the Secretary of the Philadelphia Home and School Council. Here is a link to my full Bio
Feel free to email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for my current projects. Google Sites was used at each of the following websites along with Google Apps Scripting to automate online forms and use Google Docs for online content).