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Spotlight 2019

Pittsburgh, USA

Educators in the Pittsburgh region are taking risks, reaching higher, and pushing the limits of learning. Find out what we learned from taking a closer look at the education innovations flourishing in the "steel city" in 2019. This Spotlight broke the mold—we couldn't settle on just 10 innovations to highlight, so here you'll find 12 innovations that are impactful in their local context and scalable for education contexts around the world.
Together with The Grable Foundation & Remake Learning

Education Innovation Forged in the Steel City

In 2019, HundrED partnered with the Grable Foundation and Remake Learning to produce the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh, our first Spotlight in North America, to shine a light on the educators and innovators doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania flourish.

More than 80 schools, museums, libraries, and community centers in Pittsburgh shared their innovation with HundrED to show how they’re harnessing the power of creativity, ingenuity, and innovation to help children thrive. Together with our partners in Pittsburgh, HundrED identified 12 of the most inspiring innovations in the Pittsburgh region to share with the world. 

The story of each of these innovations is captured in this collection of short video documentaries and in the innovation profiles below, where you'll learn more about their origin and impact, see step-by-step guidance for recreating their approach, and find contact info to get in touch with the innovators.

The HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh research report collects these innovations together with a detailed overview of the education ecosystem in Pittsburgh, the areas of strength that make innovation possible there, and the opportunities for change that drive the region’s commitment to helping each and every child can reach their full potential.

Cover photo by Ben Filio for Remake Learning.

Selected Innovations   All innovations

Expii Inc.
Expii is an online learning platform that lets students choose how to learn high school level math and science by providing multiple learning styles. Expii’s practice ...
education technology, e-learning, Fun Learning, Open Educational Resource, STEAM, STEM, Technology
717 views
Teaching Core Academic Concepts Through Theater and Dance
How often does a teacher tell their students to get out of their seats and dance around the classroom? That's exactly what students in grades 3-6 at Turner Intermediat...
Arts Appreciation, Dance, English Language Arts, Kinesthetic Learning, Mathematics, Science, STEAM, Theater
367 views
The Future of Fashion
This one-day event is to expose girls (ages 8-16 years old) to people, places, and possibilities available for designing and creating new products/services to foster a...
Community Engagement, Fashion Design, MakerEd, Mathematical thinking, Wearables
193 views
JAM
When two first-grade girls came to their teacher with the idea to start a business that donates profits to charity, a maker-learning program became an incubator for yo...
Charity, Empathy, Entrepreneurship, Making, School Business Partnerships, STEM
1 444 views
The Cognitive Tutor for Analysis in Genetics (CTAG) is not just for genetics!
Even with reforms, biology still overwhelms students with minutiae. Too often students end up being taught to fill in multiple choice tests, rather than appreciate th...
281 views
Vlog University
The shift in modern media has changed the way we consume information and are influenced. This change has also altered how businesses & nonprofits market. VlogU embrace...
Marketing, Social Media, Student Agency, Vlogging
805 views
Project Prism
Project Prism, a team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University, created a free-to-play game to engage a generation of children to grow up with increased awar...
Autism, Awareness, Discussion, Educational Game, K-12 Education, Play-Based Learning, University
321 views
Bridging the Gap
While Federally Funded TRIO Talent Search programs have been in existence since 1965, Penn State University has spent over three decades rethinking how to meet first g...
Academic advising, Middle School, Post Secondary Matriculation, Secondary school, Secondary School
128 views
Global Minds Initiative
In schools across the United States and Canada, students from over 50 countries meet after school to combat intolerance and foster intercultural friendships. Designed,...
Bullying Prevention, Collaborative Learning, Cultural Exchange, Culturally Sensitive, Empathy-driven learning, Inclusion and Diversity, Language Awareness, Leadership Development, Social Emotional Learning, Youth Empowerment, Youth Voice
977 views
SOY (Supporting Our Youth) Pittsburgh - Latino Community Center
SOY Pittsburgh is an evidence-based, bilingual PK-5th grade out-of-school time program that prepares students for success in school and life through academics, experie...
Academic Advancement, After School Activities, Bilingual, Culture, Empowerment, ESL, Language Development, Latino, Latinx, Literacy, Social Emotional Learning, Spanish
400 views
Simcoach Skill Arcade
Youth are not aware of careers that may be a great fit, nor are they on a path to get there. Industry can't fill jobs with qualified talent. We are using free video ga...
career awareness, Common Core Standards, future of work, interviewing skills, remake learning, STEAM, STEM, video games, workforce development
257 views
Remake Learning Days Across America
RLDAA is a multi-day festival designed to help parents, families, and caregivers engage in innovative education that youth experience when they make, code, play, desig...
Authentic Learning, Collaboration, Community led, Creativity, Curiosity, Early Childhood Education, edtech, Family Engagement, Informal Learning, Maker Learning, Outdoor Learning, Out-of-School Time Learning, Parent Engagement, Play-Based Learning, School, STEAM, STEM, Youth Voice
167 views

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