Pittsburgh public schools are in dire need of innovation. Luckily, a group of teachers, community leaders and officials have joined together to finally discover new models to enhance schools in Pittsburgh.
The 30-person team, formulated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Great Public Schools, hopes to analyze a community-learning school model that has proven to be successful in Cincinnati school districts.
The community school model focuses on “academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement [that] leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities,” according to the Coalition for Community Schools website. Community learning schools across Cincinnati offer an assortment of services to their students and families, fostering the idea that bettering children involves bettering the community, as well.