Thursday, February 01, 2007

Getting more involed in schools -- call to committees

An open opportunity exists to engage more parents by participating on one of the committees listed below. If you are interested, please indicate which committee you are interested in working on and send me an e-mail with your name, address, telephone and e-mail by Friday February 2, 2007.

More information regarding dates and times of these meetings will be provided to those who sign-up.

Remember, your thoughts, ideas and suggestions should represent all children in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

* Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate(IB) / Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS)
** Examine data on student participation in existing programs; make policy recommendations to expand or improve

* Career and Technical Education (CTE)
** Examine quality of current CTE programs; make recommendations to expand or improve career readiness programs

** Magnet Programs
** Examine success of existing Magnet Programs; make recommendations on other types to be offered

* Middle and Early College
** Examine data on current dual enrollment program; determine potential for expanding partnerships with local colleges and universities; make recommendations on a district-wide program

* Policy
** Work with current high school principals to determine priority areas for streamlining district policies across all high schools; make recommendations

* Alternative Education
** Examine statistics for truancy and drop-out populations; make recommendations on how to expand and improve alternative education

* Student Services
** Review existing counselor, social worker, and developmental advisor roles and responsibilities; make recommendations for changes that effectively service students; review current SAP offerings; provide strategies to personalize attention to all students and families; align community partnerships with needs of schools

* Grade Promotion and High School Readiness
** Examine data on current feeder patterns; make recommendations on how to increase enrollment in middle grades, improve consistency across 6-12 curriculum; look at transition from middle to high school.

* 9th grade Civics Course
** Create a new 9th grade Civics Course with Kaplan; examine ways to introduce Pittsburgh’s cultural arena through partnerships.

Donna Vlassich, Assistant Director of Public Engagement, Pittsburgh Public Schools
341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Room 207, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-3619 - 412-622-3624 (fax) -

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