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Business and Community Leaders Go Back to School for a DayBusiness and Community Leaders Go Back to School for a Day<div class="ExternalClass51086B535CF549008F708BC36B1BF72A"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Principal for a Day (PFAD) program.  During the weeks of Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, local corporate executives and community leaders will work alongside Phoenix public and charter school principals to actively participate in the school's administration for one day. </p><p>"PFAD is not a promotional program, it provides business and community leaders the opportunity to personally witness the demands placed upon our educators and the students they teach by fully immersing them into schools," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor, most recent chair of the Parks, Arts, Education and Equality Subcommittee. "Through this experience, we are all able to better understand one another and engage in a meaningful dialogue to invest in and improve our children's education." </p><p>After experiencing the life of a school principal for a day, the executive counterparts and school principals will discuss how local businesses and schools can form lasting partnerships to improve the quality of education, workplace readiness and leadership development programs in Phoenix.</p><p>"The PFAD program is a wonderful way to connect schools and businesses in meaningful ways.  All of our Phoenix schools in the Pendergast School District participate and report mutually beneficial, long-term relationships as a result," said Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent and city of Phoenix Youth and Education Commissioner.</p><p>Those interested in participating in the PFAD program, can register online at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1384158/5049154/19291/3/">phoenix.gov/education</a>.  The deadline to register is Sept. 14. </p><p>"Last year was our first year participating in PFAD and it was an eye-opening experience about how beneficial it is for the local community and schools to collaborate to improve the educational experience for students," said Michelle Lee, owner, ATA Martial Arts.  </p><p><em>The PFAD program is sponsored by the city's Youth and Education Commission and Grand Canyon University.  </em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br></p></div>8/20/2018 7:00:00 AMTamra Ingersoll602-534-6648