June 28, 2019

As images of desperate families attempting to cross into the United States bring a sobering reality into focus, I’d like to call attention to the connection between this humanitarian crisis and our own classrooms.  

Each year, a growing number of children are entering P...

May 22, 2019

Recent news reports have focused on Pittsburgh Public Schools’ investment in educational technology, or “Ed Tech,” and questioned the value of such programs. As an educator, I always tend to view these situations as an opportunity to share knowledge in an effort to cre...

March 15, 2019

There is a national conversation underway related to literacy instruction.  This conversation has prompted discussion locally about the District’s reading curricula. Throughout my tenure, I have encouraged the community to partner with us to ensure we are developing su...

January 18, 2018

We know Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) is full of hard-working, highly-competent staff, who, with the right supports, have what it takes to develop well-rounded graduates, ready to compete globally.  Through our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Expect Great Things we are on...

October 13, 2017

Google has announced an initiative to help Americans get the skills they need to prepare for jobs and grow their businesses. They also announced $1 billion over the next five years in grants to global nonprofits that work on economic opportunity, education and inclusio...

September 5, 2017

The backpacks are zipped, the classrooms are ready, and just like that, we’re off to a new school year.

As we move forward into September, I’m reminded of the reason for all our hard work and preparations, and the reason you’re reading these words today: to help our stu...

August 22, 2017

As we move into the end of summer and begin preparations for our students’ return to the Pittsburgh Public Schools, I wanted to take a moment to reflect with you on the accomplishments of the past school year and discuss the exciting road ahead.

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