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School Work Studio

Drexel University School of Education


About School Work Studio

Welcome to Drexel University School of Education’s School Work Studio! The Studio is the hub where Drexel University, and parents, teachers, and community members from our seven Philadelphia partnership schools come together to create solid educational opportunities for children. Through the Studio, Drexel provides educational resources ranging from professional development for teachers, to fun and educational programming for students after school. We currently serve seven schools located in the federally-designated Philadelphia Promise Zone, a nearly 2-square mile area that encompasses Drexel University’s campus, Mantua, Powelton and West Philadelphia neighborhoods. Drexel University is committed to serving its neighboring communities through education so that more children can grow up healthy, happy, and achieve their dreams.

You can learn more about Drexel’s School Work Studio by contacting Christian Edge at 215-895-3915 or

Mission and Vision

The mission of the School Work Studio is to act as the hub for its community partner schools and that of Drexel University at large, ensuring coordinated and targeted resources are delivered to partner schools to bolster the visions of school leadership and student academic achievement

The School Work Studio envisions a community where every child possesses the tools, skills, and advocates needed to accomplish any and every dream they can conjure.


Core Beliefs

Students are the priority.
The betterment of the academic lives of students is the single, most important reason the School Work Studio undertakes this work. Providing better lives for students is why the School Work Studio exists. The School Work Studio “collectively work with teachers, community members and administrators to prioritize, implement and evaluate programs and initiatives.”

School leaders know their schools best.
The School Work Studio firmly believes in school leaders. They, alongside their faculty, know their schools best. The School Work Studio exists to bolster and assist in the fulfillment of each school leaders’ vision.

Sincere partnership is paramount.
The School Work Studio believes in sincere partnership. When partnering with schools, the School Work Studio may not possess all of the answers. School leaders have the ability to fill in those deficits, as well as other partner agencies.

Do no harm.
As an arm of a large institution, the School Work Studio acknowledges the danger of unintentionally harming a community is ever present. That is why the School Work Studio must do its utmost to ensure that its presence in any community causes no harm to students, parents, school faculty, or school staff.


Partner Schools

  • Alain Locke Elementary
  • Belmont Charter School
  • Martha Washington Elementary
  • Morton McMichael School
  • Samuel Powel Elementary
  • SLA Middle School
  • West Philadelphia High School

 Nancy Songer - Drexel Univeristy Dean of the School of Education


Nancy Songer
Distinguished University Professor