• P.E.P Program Image of raised hands and fists over green background Parents Empowering Parents (PEP Program)

    Designed by Parents for Parents

    Learn valuable tips, tools and resources to support your student's academic and emotional well-being so that they graduate college, career, and life-ready. Open to all Pittsburgh Public Schools families. 

    Upcoming dates for Spring 2022 include:

    • April 28
    • May 31

    You can RSVP for each session at www.pghschools.org/PEPsquadRSVP.  Past sessions of this program can be viewed below.

    If you are interested in participating in this program and/or being a part of the planning committee, please email ParentEngagement@pghschools.org



    Previous Events


    Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7 PM

    Social Media with Guest Speakers Sadik Roberts and Clifford Crawford


    Thursday, December 16, 2021 7-7:45PM

    Students Solving Real World Problems with Guest Speaker Dr. Cassie Quigley

    Dr. Cassie Quigley discusses how students can solve real world problems using STEAM education.

    Dr. Quigley Presentation (PDF Download)



    Thursday, November 18, 2021 7-7:45PM

    Engaging with Your Growing and Developing Child with Guest Speaker Dr. Anna Arlotta-Guerrero

    Dr. Anna Arlotta-Guerrero discusses an overview of typical development in the PreK - Grade 2 child and how that impacts their learning and interests.


    Dr. Anna Arlotta-Guerrero Presentation (PDF Download)

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 7-7:45PM

    Code of Student Conduct 2021-2022 with Guest Speaker Dr. Rodney Necciai

    Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,  Dr. Rodney Necciai provided families an update on changes to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2021-22 school year.




    Thursday, April 15, 2021 7-7:45PM

    Security in Technology: Protecting Your Family from the Dark Side of the Internet with Guest Speaker Anthony Tillman

    Anthony Tillman has over nine years of experience exclusively in the Information Security industry. Focusing primarily on Vulnerability Management and Penetration Testing, he has worked to improve the security posture of high-profile organizations in the federal space and the private sector. He has used his knowledge of Red Team and Blue Team techniques to serve the Department of Defense, State Department, and Fortune 500 companies. Anthony has a passion for educating average users about computer security and explaining the pitfalls of the internet.

    Anthony Tillman Presentation (PDF Download)


    Thursday, May 20, 2021 7-7:45PM

    Building Mental Wellness for COVID and Everyday Crisis with Guest Speaker Dr. Lovie J. Jackson Foster, PH.D.,MSW

    Dr. Lovie Jewell Jackson Foster has served diverse roles in community-based social work for more than 25 years. She currently manages staff wellness programs for Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Children, Youth and Families, where she has served since 2017. Dr. Foster teaches trauma-informed youth and adult mindfulness and yoga. She is most passionate about healing intergenerational trauma, especially in Black families and communities. She is a wife, a mom, and her purpose in life is to love, inspire, and empower human beings to become their greatest selves. She is affirming of all people.


    Dr. Lovie J J Foster, PhD, MSW Presentation (PDF Download)


    Thursday, June 17, 2021 7-7:45PM

    How to Talk to Your Children About Race with Guest Speaker Angela Allie

    Angela Allie is Executive Director of the Office of Equity at Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and monitors implementation of the District’s Equity Plan along with strategies that serve to increase educational equity across all PPS schools, and reinforces the District’s reform work through a lens of equity aimed at supporting the District’s goals of accelerating student achievement and eliminating racial disparities. Ms. Allie is currently a doctoral student in the School Leadership program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research pursuits have included Critical Race Theory in Education, the Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course on African Americans and Education, and school leadership for racial equity. Her studies and practice both reflect a commitment to systemic racial equity for historically marginalized students.

    Angela Allie Presentation (PDF Download)