Charting a Bright Future for PYC Scholars

by John Peterson, Director of Education

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” — John Dewey

So often I hear students tell me or other staff members that school is boring and that it doesn’t engage them. While this isn’t a new sentiment that is unique to PYC, we are listening carefully and taking this idea to heart. We’ve been working hard at exploring ideas and changes that will make our school better and our students’ experiences more interesting and relevant. We’ve been thinking about new internships, apprenticeships and college classes as well as schedule changes and personalized instruction (which we call “flexible” instruction).

Much of this work is made possible through a generous grant from the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. With these extra resources we’re able to focus significant efforts on how PYC delivers curriculum and the overall experience our students have here. We were also able to contract with Portage Partners to strategically move us toward our goal of providing every PYC student with a meaningful and viable career option after graduation.

Another step in this exciting thinking/action process involves YOU! We need your ideas and input about PYC Arts

& Technology High School. Please join us at our World Café! There are two options to attend, either Thursday, April 12 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, 55411 or Friday, April 13 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at North Market, 4414 Humboldt Avenue North, 55412.

You can register for the World Café events online at or by contacting me, John Peterson, at or 612-643-2025. I hope to see many of you – because your presence matters!

Finally, on a more personal note, as winter draws its last breath and weather conditions turn for the better outdoors, I experience a sense of rebirth and invigoration that only springtime can bring. Part of my optimism is also based in my work with such wonderful and passionate PYC staff members who are so dedicated to delivering the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our PYC Arts & Technology High School students. It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing team.

As always, I wish you well as the winter warms into springtime!

John Peterson, 612-643-2025

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