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School Administrators Discuss Methods for Achieving Student Success at Duquesne Retreat

A national program designed to support the role of principals in building and supporting effective learning communities, the HOPE (Harnessing Optimism and Potential through Education) Foundation’s Courageous Leaders Retreat, will be hosted by the Duquesne University School of Education on June 29-30.

Approximately 120 administrators and teachers from Pittsburgh Public Schools, across the state and as far away as Texas, Florida and Illinois are expected to attend the retreat to learn how to work together as a system to leverage existing professional development and school improvement resources. Also attending will be new students in the School of Education’s educational administration program and their mentors.

The mission of the HOPE Foundation is to create learning communities where student success is the only option.

“The HOPE Foundation’s desired outcomes are the same as all individuals involved in school leadership where student success is the primary concern,” said Bob Furman, director of Duquesne’s educational administration program. “This retreat will give administrators more support to guarantee that outcomes can be reached in their schools.”

One of the retreat’s speakers is Dr. Deborah Wortham, an award-winning superintendent of Steelton Highspire School District in Dauphin County near Harrisburg. She has served in the educational arena for 35 years as a teacher, principal, districtwide director of professional development and area academic officer. Wortham’s expertise includes program development and assessment, site-based management and school finance, program evaluation, parent-community relations and curriculum design.

The retreat is presented in partnership with:

  • Duquesne University School of Education, UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice
  • Pennsylvania Middle School Association
  • The Consortium for Public Education

The Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation.

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