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  1. School Works gets results

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    On March 24, 2012, as a result of our School Works interviews with teachers, we asked PPS to: “make sure that all students have the books and materials they need and for you to make public what schools should be providing to students so that everyone knows what to expect from their school.” Download the entire Call to Action here.

    Now, because of the work of community volunteers, parents can better support their child’s learning by knowing the books, materials, and courses their child’s school should provide.  The entire list of student materials can now be found here:

    While we are happy about this change, we know there is still work to be done.  If you’d like to be a part of the effort to make improvements that help parents and teachers work together for our students’ success, please sign up to volunteer for School Works.

  2. Want to know what makes schools work?

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    We need your help! Starting on January 16, 2013, we will begin training for the fourth year of School Works.  You can read more about it below in our press release.  Join us and learn more about what supports principals have and what challenges they face. Sign up here to volunteer today.

    Press Release

    A+ Schools Seeks Volunteers to Interview City Principals

    200 School Works Volunteers Needed to Reach All City Schools

    PITTSBURGH, PA – January 7, 2013 – A+ Schools, Pittsburgh’s community advocate for educational equity and excellence, seeks 200 volunteers to interview principals throughout the district in February as part of its School Works initiative.

    Volunteers working in teams of three will conduct confidential, one-hour interviews with principals at all 50

    K-12 public schools to collect specific data on the inner workings of city schools. It marks the first time since the program’s launch in 2009 that interviews will be conducted at the elementary school level. Volunteers must first attend a 1.5-hour training session, which will be offered at various times beginning Jan. 16.

    “We need volunteers who share our commitment to excellent schools for all children,” said Carey Harris, A+ Schools’ executive director. “It’s an opportunity to make a real difference. Through these confidential interviews, principals can talk freely to School Works volunteers about what they need to ensure a great education for all students.”

    This year, interviewers will ask principals about program changes and their impact on learning environments at each school. Questions will focus on equitable school budgets, delivery of resources and opportunities, access to great teaching, status and impact of the district’s Empowering Effective Teacher’s plan, and college and career preparation. School Works is modeled after the successful Ready Schools Project conducted by D.C. Voice in Washington, D.C.

    After analyzing data collected during the interviews, A+ Schools will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the findings and plan a course of action.

    Anyone interested in becoming a School Works volunteer should contact A+ Schools by phone at 412-697-1298, via e-mail at or by visiting

    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