Thank You for Attending Principal for Almost a Day!

Posted on November 1, 2016 in Press Releases

On Thursday, October 27, 138 business executives, civic leaders, and non-profit CEOs walked alongside 118 principals, superintendents and other administrators from five school districts, as a part of All Hands Raised’s annual Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) presented by Comcast.

Founded 16 years ago with the goal of building understanding, awareness and partnerships between schools and community leaders, PFAD continues to serve a critical role to improve community responsibility with local schools. Leaders “reported for duty” for the first bell at their assigned school spending the morning immersed with their principal or superintendent. Then all guests gathered at Warner Pacific College for the opportunity to share reflections and insights.

Now that the All Hands Raised Partnership is taking practices to scale in 7 work areas and at 24 sites, PFAD has become a critical day for the Partnership to move the work forward. PFAD is the day where we all come together and remind ourselves that these cross-sector relationships only move at the speed of trust.

This FB photo album captures some of the moments from Thursday’s event. We appreciate everyone who took the time to share their personal experiences on social media and we encourage you to keep the stories coming on social media or by emailing them to

In the spirit of sharing stories, here is what Parkrose High School guest principal and Portland Business Journal staffer, Andy Geigerich, shared from his day with Principal Molly Ouche and All Hands Raised CEO Dan Ryan.

We are deeply grateful to the sponsors of this year’s Principal for Almost a Day:

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Learning doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. Transforming children into educated, independent adults is the job of the entire community. All Hands Raised is changing the way leaders and practitioners from education, business, government and non-profits collaborate to ensure the success of every child in Multnomah County — from cradle to career. We provide over $1.5 million in in-kind support to our schools and partners each year in the form of coaching and tools that empower them to identify what works. And, we inspire shared ownership across the community to take those practices to scale and make them sustainable for the long term.