As a career educator, city resident and a Pittsburgh Promise coach, I found the information regarding the pilot program that was initiated at three schools to be very exciting (“Student Achievement Rewarding for City Teaching Teams,” April 14). The teachers, counselors and social workers should be extremely proud of the results that this program has generated. The true benefactors of the program were the students. The teachers were financially rewarded for a job well done but the students gained more than money. They learned the benefit of hard work and dedication that will serve them throughout their lives.
It is my hope that this experience can be duplicated over the entire district. Following the philosophy of Albert Shanker, a founding father of the public charter school movement and past president of the American Federation of Teachers, the district would be wise to use the information gathered from this successful pilot program to improve student performance over the entire district. Undoubtedly, students in the other Pittsburgh high schools would also benefit from this program.
The teachers and other faculty members who were instrumental in the success of this program could even be encouraged to join the staff at other schools to lead them in the institution of programs throughout the city. Let’s not allow this great opportunity to disappear. The district can effect change in even more students. The pilot program enriched a few, so why stop there?