Leading the School District of Lancaster: What's at Stake in a Large Urban District

Pedro Rivera, Superintendent, School District of Lancaster

Common Hour event series
Sponsored by Ware Institute for Civic Engagement

Thursday, September 5, 2013
11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

Pedro A. Rivera has been the superintendent of The School District of Lancaster since 2008. The School District of Lancaster is an urban school district serving a diverse student population of approximately 11,300 students. In his role as superintendent, Rivera and his team have developed and implemented a new PreK-12 curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative teacher observation tools. Under his leadership, The School District of Lancaster has increased the number of schools attaining Adequate Yearly Progress, increased the graduation rate, trimmed the dropout rate, and improved parent and community participation.

Rivera was raised in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and served in multiple roles in that community throughout most of his personal and professional life. His entire career has been focused in urban education. Rivera has been a classroom teacher, union staffer, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.

“It is said that our investments are an expression of our values," Rivera said. "Having grown up, served and led in an urban environment, I have experienced firsthand the results achieved when the investment of time, energy, passion and resources are made available to the youth of a community. I am extremely honored to be in a position to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource… our urban youth.”

Rivera earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State University, master's degree in education administration from Cheyney University, and superintendent's letter of eligibility from Arcadia University. Rivera is active in the Lancaster community, serving on numerous boards, including United Way, Lancaster Economic Development Corporation, and the Lancaster Homeless Coalition. He is a member of Rotary International.

Additionally, Rivera serves on the ALAS (Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) board and is an officer of PLUS (Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools).  He also serves on the AASA (American Association of School Administrators) Board of Governors.

Rivera believes that through communication, planning and the correct use of data, school districts can and will graduate productive lifelong learners.

He lives in Lancaster with his wife, Erika, son Lucas (who attends third grade at Wharton Elementary) and daughter, Elena.


Co-sponsored by the Ware College House

This event is open to the public.



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