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Educators come to learn from their students


August 10, 2010

Richard Carrington addresses students and parents along with Pittsburgh Public School educators about the expectations each group has as the new school year is set to begin.

Teachers and administrators from the Pittsburgh Public School District recently visited with children and parents at the Voices Against Violence summer program in Upper McKinley Park.

The educators from Pittsburgh Carrick and Brashear high schools and Pittsburgh Arlington came to learn more about parents' and students' expectations for the upcoming school year.

The stop was part of a teacher effectiveness effort through a $40 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Pittsburgh was one of four intensive partnership sites chosen for the effort.

Addressing the group of educators, students and parents, Richard Carrington, administrator of Voices Against Violence, talked about young people and disrespect and how many don't feel they are respected by their teachers.

"They know the word. They don't know it works both ways," he said.

Discussion included suggestions that a little bit of individual attention will go a long way toward making a difference with a struggling student. Parents were also concerned they often didn't know their children were having a problem in school until they met with a teacher during regular teacher-parent conferences.

Earlier, Mr. Carrington had cautioned the teachers there may also be parents who will go out of their way to create a conflict so the teacher won't make an effort to contact them. In those cases the teacher may have to make the extra effort with both the student and the parent.

After having lunch the educators were scheduled to walk from the Upper McKinley Park recreation center in Beltzhoover to Arlington School to get a better understanding of what some of the students have to do to get to school each morning.


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