At some of Pittsburgh Public School District’s most vulnerable schools, parents and community members are forming Parent Nation school teams to grow the voice and involvement of families. These school teams are led by parent leaders who come from the local community with the will and capacity to enlist others to enact change in their neighborhood schools.
Research shows in schools where parents play a role in decision making and problem solving, and adults work together, stronger relationships are formed and students are better served;
In less vulnerable schools, privileged parents are more likely to take on decision-making roles. It is not a power often claimed or shared by parents and community members in more vulnerable schools attended by large numbers of African-American students; and
Advancing equity and excellence requires the knowledge, skills and power of African-American families to champion the policies and practices that will ensure children of color are given the resources and opportunities they need and deserve.
Our Parent Leaders
Build relationships between schools and the community through events and strategies that connect school staff and parents;
Use tools and training provided by A+ Schools;
Identify meaningful roles for parents in vulnerable schools.For example, as a:
Parent School Community Council (PSCC) member or leader
MariaParent Nation Ambassador"I'm involved with Parent Nation because it's very important for me to advocate on behalf of PPS parents whose voice is not heard, and specifically to work on closing the achievement gap."Meet More Volunteers >