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Annual A+ Schools Research Project Seeks Volunteers

Focus on Pittsburgh’s High Schools as students and school administrators to be surveyed 

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 14, 2013 – A+ Schools, Pittsburgh’s community advocate for educational equity and excellence, today called on the residents of Pittsburgh to join its School Works Program. School Works is a community action research project aimed at understanding what resources and opportunities exist for students and at developing a community plan for action to ensure Pittsburgh has an equitable school system. In years past, principals, counselors and teachers have been interviewed. This year, trained student volunteers will be surveying their peers while community volunteers will be charged with interviewing principals, counselors and learning environment specialists at Pittsburgh’s High Schools.

Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools said, “We’re excited to be including student responses in our analysis this year. The community always wants to hear more about the student experience. This provides us an opportunity to hear directly from students about what they think on a variety of issues: from teaching and school climate to the resources and opportunities they have.”

The School Works community action research project has identified opportunities for improving Pittsburgh’s schools. Some of the findings have influenced policy changes including – an open application process for advanced placement and honors courses; greater access to library, arts, music and language programs for all students; and a greater focus on reducing suspensions through positive behavioral school supports. 

“The research helps inform our advocacy agenda,” said Amy Scott, Director of Research and Policy Analysis for A+ Schools, and the project’s lead designer. “Because of School Works, we know what’s working in our schools to improve outcomes for students. Our hope is to continually uncover and monitor those trends, and share that information with the public and policy makers.”

Anyone interested in becoming School Works volunteers can do so by calling A+ Schools at 412-697-1298 or signing up online at

A+ Schools is the community advocate and leader for educational equity and excellence in Pittsburgh’s Public Schools. It serves as a community force advancing the highest educational achievement and character development for every public school student. Its core purpose and focus of work is to increase educational equity in Pittsburgh schools. For more information, contact A+ Schools at 412-697-1298 or visit

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