EQUITY IMPACT REPORTS

Through a series of informative briefs called Equity Impact Reports, we will be taking a look at some of the key barriers to equity in Pittsburgh’s public schools and comparing national best practices that could be implemented to help change the outcomes for our students. These briefs will include resources and a worksheet to help schools identify initial steps to take, and can be followed up with a moderated workshop to delve even deeper.

Attempting to modify a system can be a daunting task, but - utilizing best practices for guidance - it is our goal to help break down the process into attainable steps.

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM AND THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS

Shifting school culture to remedy the problem

Chronic absenteeism – missing 10% or more of a school year – can have a major impact on a child’s success in school. This EIR features best practices from several PPS schools on steps they’ve taken to reduce the number of chronically absent students in their building, as well as insights from national experts Attendance Works and the United Way’s Be There program.

MORE THAN CRISIS MANAGEMENT

How Pittsburgh schools can be both quick and bold in taking on education in the time of COVID-19

The first Equity Impact Report was released in response to the initial pandemic-related school closures in the spring of 2020 and includes insights from leading experts from the National Urban League, The Education Trust, and League of Innovative Schools.

We are currently piloting the Chronic Absenteeism Equity Impact Report and its accompanying workshop with a handful of schools. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today!