Pioneer Special School Program

Specially Designed Instruction to
Meet Students' Individual Needs.

2600 SE 71st AvePortland, OR 97206Ph (503) 916-6504Fx (503) 916-2713

2704 SE 71st AvePortland, OR 97206Ph (503) 916-6506Fx (503) 916-2713

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  • School News & Announcements

    Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)

    Many students come to us after a long series of problems at home, at school, and in the community. In other settings they have been seen as either failures or victims. At Pioneer Special Schools we are adopting a skills-based approach that replaces the blaming and punishment/reward systems that children and their families have so often dealt with in the past. Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a way of teaching and parenting that makes use of every child’s wish to be understood and enlists him/her as a partner in developing skills for effective learning and living. It all begins with one premise:

    Kids do well if they can.


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  • Harriet Tubman Middle School update for July 20


    Starting in September 2017, PPS conducted several months of Harriet Tubman Middle School community engagement meetings at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Irvington, Martin Luther King Jr., and Sabin schools. These included an open house attended by 450 people, and several tours of the building with families, community members and staff.  Updates were provided at each meeting, by Principal Natasha Butler, district leadership and other staff.

  • Announcing new Interim Special Advisor on Equity, Dani Ledezma

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce that Dani Ledezma will join our staff as Interim Special Advisor to the Superintendent on Equity. Dani brings extensive experience as an innovator at the highest levels of the public sector in Oregon.

  • Announcing new leaders in Office of Teaching and Learning

    Dear Colleagues,
    I am pleased to announce that we have hired three new leaders for our academic team.
    Dr. Sarah Davis will serve as the Senior Director of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). Gretchen Schlag joins us as Director of Elementary Humanities. And Dr. Aurora Terry is our new Senior Director of College and Career Readiness.
  • Announcing new leaders in Office of Student Support Services

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am excited to share with you three staffing announcements within the Office of Student Support Services.

    Earlier this month, I was pleased to select Mary Mertz to serve as the Senior Director of Special Education. Similarly, James Loveland has accepted the Director of Student Success and Health position (formerly Student Supports). Chandra Cooper joins PPS as our new Director of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).


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