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Welcome to the Pittsburgh Idea Exchange.

I am Peter Mele and I will be your moderator.


How the VIVA Project Works


STEP 1: (Where we are now)

Educators working in Pittsburgh Public Schools and parents and guardians of PPS students share their ideas about redesigning local schools to meet the needs of today and expectations of tomorrow.


Thought leaders from the conversation are invited to join a Writing Collaborative charged with synthesizing the ideas of the group as a whole into a report.


Members of the Writing Collaborative meet together with PPS Superintendent Linda Lane to discuss the recommendations for Pittsburgh schools to achieve their full potential.

Our Question:

What should Pittsburgh Public Schools do to ensure high quality schools that prepare ALL students -- both academically and non-academically – to succeed in all aspects of life? What supports should the district provide to help school-based staff build positive teaching and learning environments? What changes need to be made at the school-building level for the district to accelerate academic achievement and eliminate racial disparities? How can the district improve the culture and sense of community in their schools so all students are Promise-ready? How can we combine these solutions to ensure that every student walks across the stage at graduation into a brighter future for themselves and the city of Pittsburgh?

Mentally Ill students

Melissa S. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) reports that approximately 11 percent of children and adolescents experie... More »

Comments (1) 16th Aug 2013


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Tanya G. I think we should have reading and math specialists in every school. We also need more paras and special ed. support. We... More »

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Sense of Community

S. M. Sadly with RISE, VAM, MM, Tripod, I feel a great loss with a school's sense of community. How can a community be for... More »

Comments (4) 14th Aug 2013


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Educational Management Reform

Elaine L. “Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”--Peter Drucker
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Peter Mele, Moderator Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful contributions!
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