Inclusive Schools Week Celebration in Pittsburgh Schools

2 students and a teacher standing behind their projects
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools

    IU2 - Pittsburg-Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit (PPS)
    Pittsburgh SD
    2140 Saw Mill Run Blvd.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15210

  • Success Story Contact

    Marianne Trachok
    Phone: 412-323-4086
    Email: mtrachok1@pghboe.net

  • BSE/PaTTAN’s Role in Success:

    PaTTAN provides training and technical assistance to ensure that students with disabilities are accessing, participating, and progressing in the general education curriculum in regular education classrooms with their nondisabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate.

To encourage inclusive education, Pittsburgh School District developed a program whereby students and staff are given opportunities to recognize and celebrate successful efforts to educate all children equally.

For the past eight years, schools and communities across the country have participated in Inclusive Schools Week. This annual event celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. While Pittsburgh Public Schools takes great pride in participating in this Week, they go even further by creating a special assembly to celebrate all they do to provide a positive, inclusive environment for their students. Students play music, read poetry, and share their inclusive experiences with the audience. Model inclusive schools and classrooms are recognized, and a parent panel describes and discusses the successful aspects of inclusive education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

This celebration is now a yearly tradition growing each year, with 66 schools participating this past year. Pittsburgh Public Schools envisions this celebration getting bigger and bigger each and we applaud them for the Success Story in truly celebrating Inclusive Schools’ Week.