• Visioning



    What is the future of public education in Portland? Portland Public Schools, under the leadership of Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, has launched a process of creating a new vision for the district that can answer that question, and in the next decade transform PPS into one of the premier systems in the country.

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  • Join us for our next Visioning event, May 11 at OMSI

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    OMSI poster; click for full-sized image Portland Public School’s Visioning process will hit the road for a guest spot at one of Portland’s iconic attractions, OMSI.

    On Saturday, May 11, the Visioning core team will present an innovative, interactive exhibit of its work so far. PPS launched the Visioning initiative in 2018 as a way to identify and define what PPS can be, what it should be, and how students, staff, families and community can get to a defined and shared “North Star” for the district.

    In January, February and March, the district held dozens of meetings with stakeholders of a multitude of backgrounds and demographics. Through exercises, the core team and Guiding Coalition started to form a vision in three areas at the heart of the process:

    • Graduate Portrait: What knowledge, skills, dispositions and mindsets will students need to be successful in their lives and careers?
    • Adult Portrait: What knowledge, skills, dispositions and mindsets will adults need in order to support students to attain the Graduate Portrait?
    • System Shifts: How does the entire district need to shift in order to support student success?

    The May 11 event at OMSI will offer another opportunity to provide feedback on the district’s vision as PPS goes down the home stretch to finalizing a vision in June.

    Attendees will not have to enter the museum to go to the Visioning event. Museum admission will be discounted on May 11 for PPS community members to $12 for adults and children. (The exhibit “The Science behind Pixar” will be running that day.) PPS will provide opportunities for free admission to students and families of our highest-needs schools.

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  • Project Lead: Stephanie Soden
    Chief of Staff

    Team Lead: Jonathan Garcia
    Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships

Core Team

  • Core Team purpose: To coordinate and facilitate the design and delivery of a stakeholder engaged Visioning process and to provide operational and logistical support to the execution of the Visioning sessions. The members:

    Scott Bailey, Board Director
    Loretta Benjamin-Samuels, Senior Director, Talent Management
    Jill Bryant, Program Administrator, Student Health and Wellness
    Stephanie Cameron, Senior Director, Communications & Public Engagement
    Das Gupta, Manager, IT
    Camille Idedevbo, Corporate & Foundation Relations Officer
    Dani Ledezma, Special Advisor, Equity & Social Justice
    Kimberly Matier, Senior Director, Professional Learning
    Rosanne Powell, Senior Manager, Liaison to Board of Education
    David Roy, Consultant, Internal Communications
    Elisa Schorr, Director, High School Programs
    Aurora Terry, Senior Director, College & Career Readiness
    Courtney Westling, Director, Government Relations

    Executive Sponsors for Core Team: Rita Moore, Board Chair; Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent