University of Pittsburgh
October 20, 2011

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent to Speak Nov 4. at Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926


PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) continues its Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC Fall 2011 Speaker Series Nov. 4 with a noon lecture by Linda Lane, superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS).

Lane’s talk, titled “Equity Is NOT an Office,” will take place in the School of Social Work Conference Center on the 20th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. It is free and open to the public, and registration is not required; lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

In December 2010, Lane was named superintendent of the PPS, a district with more than 26,000 students and 64 schools. Since her appointment, Lane has invested in Pittsburgh’s teachers and school leaders as the catalysts for change in the schools. She was recognized nationally for her Empowering Effective Teachers plan—one of only four selected for funding last year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lane joined the PPS in 2006 as deputy superintendent for instruction, assessment, and accountability. During her tenure as deputy superintendent, the district achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time in its history. Prior to her move to Pittsburgh, she served as deputy superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools and was the first woman from an underrepresented population to hold the position of chief operating officer.

Lane holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Iowa as well as a master’s degree in education administration and a doctorate in education from Drake University. A lifelong educator, Lane was an elementary teacher from 1971 to 1982.

CRSP’s annual Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, students, and members of the community to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. 





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