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Spotlight 2019

Pittsburgh, USA

HundrED is shining a spotlight on the educators and innovators who are doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania. The HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh identifies inspiring education innovations from the Pittsburgh region.
Together with The Grable Foundation & Remake Learning

Education Innovation Forged in the Steel City

Mark your calendar: on September 23, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the O'Reilly Theater in downtown Pittsburgh, celebratED will honor the educators of the Pittsburgh region! At celebratED, we’ll release the Pittsburgh Spotlight Report and video case studies about these 12 innovations to help educators from around the world learn from what educators are going in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia, USA. Free tickets will be available starting on August 23rd. Check back for registration link soon.

For more than a decade, educators in the Pittsburgh region have been taking risks, reaching higher, and pushing the limits of learning. In partnership with the Grable Foundation and Remake Learning, the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh shines a light on the educators and innovators doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania flourish.

The innovations selected for the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh, USA have been announced! Click here to see the announcement and meet the 12 innovations selected for the Spotlight. You can explore all 82 innovations submitted to the Spotlight below to see how educators in the Pittsburgh region are transforming teaching and learning.

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Cover photo by Ben Filio for Remake Learning.

Selected Innovations   All innovations

Hillman Academy
Each summer, 65 high school students from diverse backgrounds perform cancer research alongside and under the mentorship of over 100 world-renowned scientists at the H...
Biology, Career Development, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Internship, Mentoring, Research, STEM
Fabricating Change in Mental Wellness
At Intermediate Unit 1's digital fabrication lab (Fab Lab), students diagnosed with mental health conditions work side by side with social workers, therapists, and tea...
Digital Fabrication, Fab Lab, Maker education, Mental Health, Project Based Learning, STEMSTEAM
The Labs @ CLP Summer Skills Intensives
A highlight of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's year round Labs programming, Summer Skills Intensives offer teens a chance to explore creative learning workshops focus...
21st Century Skills, Community Informal Learning, Creative technology, HOMAGO, Libraries, Teen Empowerment, Youth Voice
Youth Express
When youth realize that their voice matters, they realize that *they* matter. Since 2013, Youth Express has successfully used tools of radio to create and distribute c...
21st Century Skills, Media, Self expression, Youth Voice, Youth Writing
transformED is the cornerstone of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Center for Creativity, which strives to support educators across the region in integrating innovati...
Emerging Technology, Innovative Thinking, Inspiring Teachers, Professional Development, Professional Networking
Summer Dreamers Academy
Our goal is to reduce summer learning loss by showing students that learning can be fun. In the largest research study of its kind, we found that students who regularl...
academic growth, achievement gap, enrichment, opportunity gap, Out-of-School time, STEAM, STEM, summer camp, summer learning, summer learning loss
MAKESHOP is a research-based learning environment for children and families to make, play and design using “real stuff”— the same materials, tools, and processes used ...
Design Thinking, Informal Education, Interest driven learning, Makerspace, Museum Learning, Personalized Education, Personalized Learning, STEAM, STEM
Simple Interactions
Simple Interactions affirms the importance of positive, responsive, and supportive human interactions in children's learning and development. Our approach is based on ...
JAM is an after school making program that started in 2016 when two first-grade girls expressed a desire to use their creative skills to make items and then sell those...
Charity, Empathy, Entrepreneurship, Making, School Business Partnerships, STEM
Global Minds Initiative
Global Minds Initiative (GMI) is a youth imagined, and designed program for combating intolerance by fostering intercultural friendships and global understanding. Glob...
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
The Finch Robot - A Tool for Equity in Computer Science Education
The goal of the Finch Robot loan program is to reach students who may not have a chance to program a robot during their regular school day. Our free loans of Finch Rob...
Access To Education, Coding, Computational Thinking, Computer Science, Gender Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Physical Computing, Robotics, Rural Equity, STEAM, STEM
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Based on Bill Strickland’s guiding vision of “environment shapes behavior,” Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) is dedicated to educating and inspiring urban youth thro...
3D printing, After School Activities, Arts, Ceramics, Craft, Digital Arts, Diversity, Fabric Arts, Inclusion, Media and Digital Literacy Skills, Mentoring, Photography, Screen Printing, STEAM, Visual Art, Visual Art After-School