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Essential Pittsburgh: Wilkinsburg School District Seeks Partner for Middle School Education

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The Wilkinsburg School District is undergoing changes. It’s putting resources toward renovating the district’s two elementary schools. In addition, our guest , acting superintendent Dan Matsook is seeking an education partner to take the district’s middle school students. He sits down with guest host Kevin Gavin to address the challenges facing the Wilkinsburg school district. 

Matsook talks about the possibility of partnering with neighboring school districts, and the benefits it has over merging: 

“The plan we set in motion was to meet with representatives from the districts and to talk about the pros and cons of what this partnership could potentially be. What would be the hurdles? And what would be the questions you want answered?” - Dan Matsook

Also, a program at LaRoche College keeps students globally-minded after events like the devastation in Nepal and the Green Apple Day of Service connects local people and organizations to non-profits. 

Humanitarian Aid (starts at 21:22)

The earthquakes in Nepal are the most recent example of the need for humanitarian aid workers. However, many of the workers deployed around the globe are under-trained and under-prepared. Joining us to discuss how a program at La Roche College is training the next generation of humanitarian aid workers are Charlotte Reed, assistant director of global engagement at La Roche College and attorney James Stockstill, who has worked in a variety of humanitarian project management roles.

Green Apple Day of Service (starts at 38:14)

The fourth year of the Green Apple Day of Service will take place this week. Developed and promoted by the US Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools the international service event, this year, is adding an idea exchange. We’ll preview this year’s event with Andrew Ellsworth, director of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy for the Green Building Alliance and Jennifer Bails, director of marketing and public relations for the Community Day School.

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