PITTSBURGH, PA (July 23, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting education and government leaders from around the country the next two days, to discuss Pittsburgh’s education initiatives and study nationwide best practices to support youth.
The summer meeting of the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families is being held today and tomorrow at the Omni William Penn hotel Downtown, and includes a presentation on Pittsburgh’s Remake Learning Network and a visit to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side.
Mayor Peduto was named co-chair of the YEF Council in January. Issues covered by the council include early childhood development and education, health and wellness, afterschool programming, youth violence prevention and family economic success.
The National League of Cities is holding its national convention in Pittsburgh in November 2016, which will draw an estimated 3,500 municipal officials to the city.
“I’m proud as usual to show off Pittsburgh, but especially proud that our city’s education experts will get another chance to show off Pittsburgh’s innovative and equitable efforts to bring quality education to all,” Mayor Peduto said.
At this week’s session council members will discuss a new “education playbook” for city leaders nationwide and will hear in-depth presentations at the Children’s Museum regarding Pittsburgh’s innovative learning initiatives.
On Friday, the council will have a presentation and discussion on NLC’s REAL Initiative (Race, Equity and Leadership).
An agenda for today’s session is here. Highlights of Friday’s agenda include a 9 a.m. discussion of the REAL Initiative and a 10:15 a.m. discussion of the education playbook.
Attendees at the YEF meetings include:
Charlottesville, Va., Councilmember Kristin Szakos, co-chair
Trotwood, Ohio, Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron, vice-chair
Burleson, Tex., Mayor Ken Shetter, vice-chair
Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren
Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley
Winchester, Ken., Mayor Pro Tem Shannon J. Cox
Tualatin, Ore., Mayor Lou Ogden
Madison, Wis., Mayor Paul Soglin
Tempe, Ariz., Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage
Jackson, Miss., Councilmember Margaret Barrett-Simon
Jackson, Tenn., Councilmember Ernest Brooks, II
Wichita, Kan., youth representative Alexis Garcia-Villatoro
Jackson, Miss., Councilmember Tyrone Hendrix
East Point, Ga., Councilmember Deana Holiday Ingraham
St. Petersburg, Fla., Councilmember Steve Kornell
Longmont, Colo., Councilmember Sarah Levison
Little Rock, Ark., youth representative Benjamin Paladino
Athens, Ga., Councilmember Dick Pelley
Richmond, Va., Councilmember Ellen Robertson
Tukwila, Wash., Councilmember Verna Seal
Garland, Tex., youth representative Elizabeth Sinclair
Nashville, Tenn., Councilmember Ronnie Steine
Little Rock, Ark., Alderman Maurice Taylor
San Francisco youth representative Jillian Wu
Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane
Fred Rogers Company CEO William Isler
Jackson State University Professor Albert J. Simon
Allies for Children Executive Director Patrick Dowd
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner
Sprout Fund Executive Director Cathy Lewis Long
Grable Foundation Executive Director Gregg S. Behr
City of Pittsburgh Chief Urban Affairs Officer Valerie McDonald‐Roberts
City of Pittsburgh Operations and Administration Deputy Chief LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill
NLC YEF Executive Director Clifford M. Johnson
NLC REAL Director Leon T. Andrews, Jr.
NLC YEF Education and Expanding Learning Director Audrey M. Hutchinson
NLC YEF Youth and Young Adult Connections Director Andrew O. Moore
NLC YEF Justice Reform and Youth Engagement Program Manager Laura Furr
NLC YEF Communications Principal Associate Emily Pickren
NLC YEF Education Senior Associate Miles Sandler
NLC YEF Senior Meeting and Event Planner Sharie Wood
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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