Imagine PPS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Seeks Community Input

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Imagine PPS

In December 2019, Pittsburgh Public Schools launched Imagine PPS, a new initiative to develop action plans for the school district. The initiative enlists the support of the community – parents, teachers, school district staff, the Board of School Directors, and the Pittsburgh community – to create a school district that helps all kids succeed.

PUMP believes that all kids should have equitable opportunities for success through access to affordable, high-quality education and workforce development opportunities. Imagine PPS looks to address the many factors that contribute to a student’s success, including things like access to healthy food and mental health support. We encourage community members to help re-imagine PPS to ensure that every kid receives the care, support, and education they need to succeed.

Imagine PPS Design Teams

PPS has created twelve design teams, each led by an external “community champion” and staffed by PPS staff and community members, to design action plans for 12 focus areas within four categories:

  • Student Pathways: Graduate Student Profile, Graduation Requirements, Pupil Progression Plan
  • School Improvement of Underperforming High Schools: Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, Pittsburgh Perry High School, Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12
  • Areas of Interest: Mental Health/Trauma-Informed Care, Arts, Athletics, “Homemade” Healthy Food, Special Education Infrastructure
  • School Design: Birth-Age 8 Programming, Career Middle School, Medical Careers High School

Learn more about the Design Teams here.

Help Re-Imagine PPS: Make Your Voice Heard

Imagine PPS is “calling on all Pittsburgh residents to join us as we re-imagine the way we deliver education so that every one of our students graduate personally prepared, civically engaged, and ready to take on the jobs of the future.”

Share your feedback via two online surveys:

Targeted engagement periods – There will be ongoing opportunities to provide feedback, but engagement will specifically occur during two periods: