May 9, 2022

Pittsburgh Public Schools Requests Community Input on Superintendent Search

The Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) has requested “maximum community input” in its national search for a new superintendent.


During the community engagement phase of the process, the public is encouraged to participate through multiple opportunities to help determine the leadership traits and qualities needed to identify the next permanent superintendent.

Feedback pertaining to the following questions will be discussed during the Community Engagement Activities and aggregated through the online Community Input Survey, specifically:

  • What do you see as the greatest strengths of the Pittsburgh Public Schools?
  • What do you see as the greatest challenges faced by the Pittsburgh Public Schools?
  • What skill sets, qualities, and characteristics does the next Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools need to possess and demonstrate?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share regarding the hiring of the next Superintendent?

Input Survey

The community is asked to complete a short Community Input Survey by midnight on Wednesday, May 18. The Community Input Survey is available in English and an additional six languages (Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Pashto, Swahili, and Russian).

Community Forums

Community meetings are being held on Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12, in five geographic areas of the City of Pittsburgh and virtually to ensure maximum opportunity to participate in the process. Meeting details, schedules, and registration are available online.

Learn more about the search process and participate in a community feedback session.

Focus Groups

Additionally, consulting firm BWP & Associates (BWP), which is leading the national search for the district, is hosting in-person and virtual Focus Group sessions with participants representing District administrators, educators, parents and guardians, students, faith-based organizations, foundations, corporate leaders, school board members, and other constituencies. Register for an in-person focus group or a virtual focus group.

The insights garnered from all of these outreach efforts will build the foundation on which the Leadership Profile is developed by BWP and utilized in the selection recruiting process. The PPS School Board anticipates that the process of selecting the final candidate for the Superintendent role will be completed prior to the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.