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PUM One on One: PPS Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, "Imagine PPS” an initiative designed to positively change the future of PPS, our city, and our students.

 

Leaders from Heinz Endowments, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and CCAC joined Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D., as he announced a new city-wide initiative to re-imagine how Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) delivers education. Announced at the Board Education Committee Meeting in early December, Imagine PPS seeks to ensure that all children have equal access to the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to be successful in the 21st Century global economy and beyond. Over the next six months, in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders, PPS will imagine what the District can be through a rigorous, thoughtful and deliberate planning process that will include multiple opportunities for parent and community input.

PUM catches up with Dr. Hamlet who feels implementing this very important initiative is the next big step to positively change the future of PPS, “the  world is changing and so must public education if we are going to produce students who are personally prepared, civically engaged and ready for the jobs of the future.”

 

(Pictured: Dr. Hamlet at Imagine PPS communtiy engagment session)

 

PUM:  “Imagine PPS” What an exciting and very important campaign,  Dr. Hamlet joining important Business and Community leaders in Pittsburgh, from Heinz Endowments, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and CCAC, to name a few, sharing their knowledge on how you can work as a team to re-imagine how PPS delivers education what is your goal and expectation for this initiative?

Dr. Hamlet: If we are going to succeed as a district, city and population – we must change our decades-old institution and centuries-old public education structure.  Imagine PPS builds upon the work of our soon-to-sunset strategic plan.  Over the next six months, in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders, we will put into super drive our efforts to empower students with the knowledge and life skills they need to thrive in our global economy.  

PUM: Imagine PPS seeks to ensure that all children have equal access to the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be successful in the 21st Century global economy and beyond, why is this initiative critical at PPS now?

Dr. Hamlet: According to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s Inflection Report, our region faces a projected shortage of more than 80,000 employees by the year 2025. The report also highlights a “talent gap” between what is needed of tomorrow’s workforce and what graduates know.  We have a responsibility to ensure our students are ready to meet this gap with the knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to be successful and competitive in the 21st Century global economy and beyond. The rapidly changing world of technology, immediate access to information, and global influence demands a change in the way our students engage in learning Pre-K through 12 and beyond.

 

(Pictured: Imagine PPS community engagment session)

 

PUM: You believe the world is changing and so is public education how will this initiative help to prepare students and graduates?

Dr. Hamlet: There is a tremendous need for Pittsburgh Public Schools to change its education delivery model to align with our values and meet the demands of employers and the community as a whole.  A key lever for this work is our Graduate Student Profile, which specifies the intellectual, personal, and interpersonal skills that students should have when they graduate. Twelve design teams – under the guidance of Community Champions and District Design Team leads – are currently researching and developing action plans in the areas of Student Pathways, School Design, School Improvement of Underperforming Schools and Positive Student Experience.  These teams will share recommendations with the unified goal of ensuring students fully achieve the expectation set in our Graduate Student Profile.

PUM: Changing the future of PPS, you are taking big steps, with the implementation of foundational components of Expect Great Things strategic plan, coupled with strategies outlined in On Track to Equity and comprehensive state plans, how does all of these important steps come together to help students overall in the future?

 Dr. Hamlet: With 35 of 137 recommendations from the Council of Great City Schools left to complete, to the initiatives of our Expect Great Things Strategic Plan and On Track to Equity Plan – the groundwork has been underway.  We are ready to take this next big step to reimagine our District and ensure all students, regardless of their zip codes, graduate personally prepared, civically engaged and ready to take on the job of the future. 

 

To learn more about the Imagine PPS Campaign click here

 

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