About us

Tri-State Area School Study Council was founded in 1948 by Dr. Maurice Thomas. Since its inception, Tri-State has provided a wealth of comprehensive technical assistance, strategic planning, and employment searches to school districts in the Western Pennsylvania region.

Tri-State’s vast knowledge and experience base draws upon a membership of over one-hundred school districts and a team of leaders and consultants with rich backgrounds in education, including former school superintendents and professors of education.

The council helps school districts, intermediate units, vocational technical schools and charter schools to keep pace with the rapidly evolving administrative, legal, and instructional issues of K-12 education and principal certification.

Tri-State is integral to the Teaching Leading and Learning Department in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. District leaders throughout Western Pennsylvania mentor our internship students in the certificate programs for K-12 Principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Superintendents Letter of Eligibility.

Contact Us

Tri-State Area School Study Council
University of Pittsburgh
5157 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Co-Directors: Dr. Michael Loughead, Dr. Michelle Miller, and Dr. Heidi Ondek


Seeking ways to increase organizational capacity in schools through problem solving, technical service, and staff development so all students will be better prepared to make contributions to both our democratic society and the world community.

Tri-State Director’s Search

Description: The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education seeks a colleague in Critical Educational Leadership Education. This scholar will join a program within a transformative department, which includes a growing number of critical scholars. We seek a colleague whose work creatively engages educational organizations, communities, collectives, and/or contexts. This position will live across the department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading department and the School-wide EdD program. Moreover, as the department re-envisions Ed Leadership moves forward, this position helps shape the emerging instructional and advising needs. Key among these is what may be our effort to build out a nationwide, hybrid/online EdD anchored in justice and freedom frameworks. The position will begin on September 1, 2023.

Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until October 30, 2023, when the position is filled.

For questions about the submission process, email edsearch@pitt.edu and for questions about the position or the School of Education, email Dr. Tom Ralston at TRALSTON@pitt.edu