Assistant Principal, Grades 7-9
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
Kyle Black is the Assistant Principal for Grades 7-9 at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, a K-12 charter organization serving nearly 1900 students from across the city of Philadelphia. In his time at First Philadelphia, Kyle has collaborated with Women's Campaign International to bring the Girls' Advocacy and Leadership Series (GALS) to the students at First Philadelphia. The purpose of GALS is to equip teenage girls with the leadership skills, confidence, and connections necessary to create true social change in their communities. During the 9-week workshops, participants are trained in public speaking, financial literacy, global women's issues, community advocacy, digital literacy, and team-building. Since the program came to First Philadelphia two years ago, nearly 100 young women have benefitted from the program.
Kyle's passion for civic responsibility doesn't stop there. In 2016, he co-authored the first-prize proposal for the National Constitution Center's Civic Literacy Contest. Working with a colleague, Kyle outlined a 5-year plan to implement a civic responsibility curriculum and related programming at First Philadelphia. This includes a fully autonomous student government program, regular special activities to promote civic awareness, and professional development opportunities for staff members. The program is in its third year.
For his success in the classroom and leadership potential within American Paradigm Schools, Kyle was named a fellow of the National Association for the Advancement of Teacher Education (NAATE) in 2017. The organization's mission is "to develop, leverage, and retain our nation's top-tier educators for improved student and school performance through an intense, advanced program of study that balances instructional master and leadership." The organization has brought together hundreds of the nation's most talented teachers and created a network of ethical, forward-thinking, passionate, and driven educators who are vested in revitalizing our nation's schools.
Kyle's use of technology in the classroom was recognized on Google's blog in March of 2017. He also delivered a keynote address at a Google ExploreEDU event sponsored by Promevo. During this two-day workshop, educators from all over the East Coast came to First Philadelphia to hear about the school's success in utilizing Google and Promevo's technology to drive student success in the classroom.
Kyle is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia and proud graduate of Temple University.