In her first 100 days as Superintendent of Wilkinsburg Schools, Dr. Linda Iverson is looking for input from parents, teachers and other community stakeholders about the current and desired state of the Wilkinsburg School District during her Listen and Learn Tour.
She began the tour meeting individually with all District leaders and staff to discuss responsibilities, goals and areas needing improvement. Dr. Iverson is also holding separate Parent/Teacher Voices Sessions to give parents and teachers safe opportunities to voice their questions, concerns and suggestions.
“I want to get to know the District inside and out, from top to bottom,” says Dr. Iverson, Superintendent. “And I want every community stakeholder – students, teachers, parents, board members, office staff, custodians, everyone – to know that their voices matter and understand that, in our combined efforts, we are all responsible for the success of our schools and students. Together we can make a new Wilkinsburg School District, one that is a world class elementary school system that prepares students in Pre-K through the 6th grade for the 21st century.”
The first Teacher Voice Session was held last Friday, October 14 at Turner Elementary School during a teacher professional development day, where teachers at Kelly and Turner participated in a “gallery walk” activity designed to gather and document their opinions on various District issues anonymously. Easels were set up around the room with posters for teachers to mark or write their answers with stickers and post-it notes.
Questions on the posters included: What are some of the areas that Wilkinsburg Schools can improve? How can we better communicate and engage our parents and community members? What academic resources should we have to promote academic achievement? Where would you like principals to spend most of their time?
When asked about the day’s activities, one of the teachers said, “I think it’s wonderful. It’s a good way to express what everyone thinks and feels.”
Another talked about needing positive change and that “Dr. Iverson has a vision. We are hopeful about her leadership.”
At the end of her first 100 days, Superintendent Dr. Iverson will publish a summary of findings, observations and trends that surfaced during her Listen and Learn Tour and Parent/Teacher Voice Sessions.
Dates and times for future Parent/Teacher Voice Sessions will be announced on the District website http://www.wilkinsburgschools.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WilkinsburgSD/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/WilkinsburgSD pages.