CEOs, Elected Officials & Community Leaders among the 100 Individuals Raising Their Hands to Invest Time with Principals Tomorrow

Posted on October 23, 2013 in Press Releases

Five School Districts in Multnomah County Welcome Leaders through the All Hands Raised 13th Annual Principal for Almost a Day

Portland, Ore. (October 23, 2013) – Tomorrow, Thursday October 24th, nearly 100 leaders representing the private, public and nonprofit sectors will travel throughout Portland and Multnomah County to shadow a public school principal in one of five districts (Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Portland Public and Reynolds). In its 13th year, Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) presented by Comcast, focuses on creating public-private partnerships to help raise awareness and resources in support of local schools.

One of the many matches made by All Hands Raised is at PPS’ Benson High School, where Principal Curtis Wilson, Jr. will host Portland General Electric President and CEO Jim Piro. “As a proud Benson alumnus, I look forward to spending the morning at my alma mater with Principal Curtis Wilson through Principal for Almost a Day.” said Piro. “As a Techman, I was prepared for college and career, and every student should have similar opportunities, whether they aspire to a technical trade or further STEM education at the collegiate level. I’m excited to engage with the young men and women at Benson this week to get a sense of how today’s teaching environment inspires growth and achievement.” Piro was recently appointed Chair of the STEM Investment Council by Governor Kitzhaber.

From the “morning bell” through school lunch, PFAD participants are welcomed as honorary principals spending time gaining a first-hand experience by interacting with students, faculty, teachers and parents. PFAD is one of the ways All Hands Raised works to develop a deeper understanding of how to support our students and our schools as it works to improve collective practices that influence sustained improvements in educational outcomes for all children and youth in Multnomah County.

“We are matchmakers here at All Hands Raised and I love PFAD,” said All Hands Raised CEO Dan Ryan. “I distinctly remember my first PFAD experience; it was humbling. Those of us who are not working in the schools need more time in the shoes of educators. There are too many ‘experts’ that lack the basic context of today’s classrooms, lunchrooms and playgrounds. It is difficult to be of service without some context.”

Following is a sample of some of the matches. If you are interested in covering one of these visits, please contact Jeanie-Marie Price at 503-234-5404 or 971-207-9269.

Tim Baugus, Vice President, Skanska (Franklin HS)

Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College (David Douglas HS)

Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Portland (Rosa Parks K-5)

Michael Lewellen, Sr. VP, Communications & Public Engagement, Portland Trail Blazers (PPS Superintendent)

Jim Piro, President and CEO, Portland General Electric and Pam Knowles, PPS School Board Member and Executive Director for Industry Relations, Oregon State University College of Business (Benson HS)

Mike Reese, Chief, Portland Police and Chip Shields, Senator, Oregon Senate (Roosevelt HS)

Chuck Schlimpert, President, Concordia University (Madison HS)

Since 2008, Comcast has supported PFAD as its presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include New Seasons Market, the Portland Business Journal, Kaiser Permanente and the Portland Trail Blazers.

For nearly two decades All Hands Raised has been a consistent and effective advocate for excellent and equitable education for all students. Through the All Hands Raised Partnership, we coordinate the many well-intentioned but disconnected community efforts aimed at methodically, significantly, and permanently improving educational outcomes for kids. The mission of All Hands Raised is to champion education, equity and excellence from cradle to career inside and outside of the classroom by mobilizing leadership, ideas, resources, and community action to ensure kids throughout Portland and Multnomah County achieve their full potential. And, we remain true to our roots, stewarding PPS parent-led fundraising and managing the PPS Equity Fund.



Jeanie-Marie Price, All Hands Raised Communications

503-234-5404 x12; c 971-207-9269