PITTSBURGH, PA (June 16, 2014) - A task force named by Mayor William Peduto charged with examining public education in the city of Pittsburgh will hold its first session tomorrow afternoon, June 17th, at the City-County Building.
The task force of educational stakeholders -- including elected officials, administrators, union officials, parents, students and others -- will meet four times to discuss ways to strengthen public schools across the many neighborhoods of the city. It is tasked with issuing the Mayor recommendations on school issues in September.
The meeting will be led by task force mediator Dr. Preston Green and Mayor Peduto’s manager of educational policy and workforce development Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton.
Dr. Green is a professor of urban education at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, and a professor of educational leadership and law at UConn. Previously he was a professor of educational administration at Penn State, where he created the university’s joint degree program in law and education. He ran the Law and Education Institute at Penn State, a professional development program that teaches administrators and attorneys about educational law.
In her role at the Mayor’s office, Dr. Grant-Overton is overseeing the education task force, as well an early childhood consortium and the Summer Youth Employment task force. She returned to Pittsburgh after serving several years as a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Leadership in Urban Schools at the University of Cincinnati, where she also served as editor of the International Journal of Educational Leadership. Her research and scholarship focuses on culturally-relevant mentoring strategies that might improve the academic and career success for students.
Introductory remarks at the 4 p.m. session tomorrow will be open to the media but the rest of the task force meeting will be private. The meeting will be held in the 6th Floor Conference Room at the City-County Building, Room #646.
Task force members include:
Monday, June 16, 2014
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