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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

Mindfulness in the Classroom
Creating calm, managing stress, and promoting teachable moments through reflection are just some of the techniques North Allegheny School District teachers and staff m...
Emotional skills, Holistic, Mindfulness, mindful practices, school climate, Social Emotional Learning, student stress, Wellbeing
398 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
1 308 views
Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
ELP is a workforce development and college readiness program for 155 low-income seniors in 5 high schools. During the school day ELP carries out weekly sessions, one o...
Case management, College readiness, College search, FAFSA completion, Financial literacy, Job search, Job shadowing, Mock interviews, Personalized goal plan, Scholarship searches, Soft skills training, Workforce development
1 495 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
123 views
e-Missions: Live Learning WorldWide
For 20 years the Challenger Learning Center of Wheeling has presented live video-conference simulations of space and medical emergencies to classrooms around the world...
409 views
Avella Aquaponics: From Fish to Food
The aquaponics system is designed to give students a hands on learning experience to explore a sustainable method of growing food in a self-contained area. Students o...
Agricultural studies, Biogeochemical cyling of nutrients, Project Based Learning, Technology
215 views
Elizabeth Forward High School FABLab
In 2014, Elizabeth Forward High School transformed a traditional wood shop with band saws, lathes, table saws and sanders into a digital fabrication playground. In th...
481 views
PEERbot Learning Programs: Social/Emotional Learning with Robots
Capitalizing on the archetypal human/robot relationship that all ages possess, PEERbot Learning will reduce inhibition in Early Learners and inspire a deep desire to c...
Peer learning, Personalized Learning, SocialEmotional Learning, Social Robotics
308 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
358 views
Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway
The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, and departments can improve their STEM education practices through...
Collaborative Learning, Curriculum, Education, K-12 Education, Partnerships, Professional Development, STEM
575 views
PGH in 360: Youth Perspectives
PGH in 360 has two main purposes: to allow young people to share their views on issues that matter to them, and to introduce them to creating immersive media through p...
360-degree video, Civic Participation, Collaboration, Teamwork, Technology and social change, Virtual Reality, Youth Empowerment, Youth Voice
152 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
306 views

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