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Spotlight 2019

Pittsburgh, USA

In 2019, HundrED is shining a spotlight on the educators and innovators who are doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia flourish. The HundrED Spotlight Pittsburgh will identify ten inspiring innovations from the Pittsburgh region and share them with the world.
Together with The Grable Foundation & Remake Learning

Education Innovation Forged in the Steel City

For more than a decade, educators in the Pittsburgh region have been taking risks, reaching higher, and pushing the limits of learning. In 2019, in partnership with the Grable Foundation and Remake Learning, the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh is shining a light on the educators and innovators doing extraordinary things to help students in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia flourish. The submission period is now closed.

Submissions are currently undergoing HundrED’s research process and a decision making process by a local advisory board. In May 2019, we’ll announce the 10 most impactful, scalable, and innovative ideas from the Pittsburgh region and share them with the world. Until then, you can explore all of the innovations submitted to the Pittsburgh Spotlight below!

 

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Cover photo by Ben Filio for Remake Learning.

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Leadership Studies Class/Curriculum
Students learn about leadership and through a partnership I developed with the University of Pittsburgh, can earn college credit. Students learn different theories, su...
Leadership, Leadership Development, Leadership Skills, Student Agency, Student Engagement, Student Voice
71 views
JAM
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
459 views
Stories Alive!
Stories Alive! provides interactive learning, collaboration, mentoring and creative STEM activities that enhance social, emotional, physical and recreational experienc...
78 views
Justice Scholars
Our theory of change includes teaching students about the opportunity gap in educational achievement in low-income communities of color and giving them the tools to ch...
College readiness, Equity, High school, race, Socio-economic Equity
176 views
MAKESHOP
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
228 views
STEAM Education for At-Risk Residential Youth
STEAM Education initiatives take place with the youth in our organization, who range from ages 8-18. With our mobile STEAM and Maker Labs, youth are able to participat...
494 views
The Little District That Could...And Did
Within Quaker Valley School District, academic excellence and talent development peacefully co-exist. Academic Specialists are teachers with specialized training who ...
68 views
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
458 views
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
297 views
Auberle's 412 Youth Zone
The 412 Youth Zone provides a variety of resources and opportunities that fosters a healing environment that promotes learning and creativity. We strive to create pos...
Career Exploration, Enrichment Activities, Financial Literacy, GED Preparation, Independence, Job Readiness, Life Skills, Planning for Adulthood, Social skills, Youth Education, Youth Voice
258 views
Formative Years of Digital Literacy Integration
Students may be able to use any type of new innovative technology, but it does not mean that they can use it effectively or as a tool of their learning. We have devel...
715 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
252 views
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
631 views
City as Our Campus
City as Our Campus is an extension of our core academic curriculum and augments it by providing real-world experiences. By working with diverse members of the communit...
201 views
Community Partnerships Support Next Generation Success
We are preparing students to be the next generation of leaders and innovators in high priority occupations, such as advanced manufacturing, by forming partnerships wit...
45 views
The CS-STEM Network
The CS-STEM Network offers free robotics curriculum that educators can use to teach students computational thinking concepts. As students work through the activities, ...
Curriculum, Digital Badging, Learning Management System
1344 views
Startable Pittsburgh
Startable Pittsburgh™ is a free program that teaches high school students entrepreneurial and maker skills. Students work in teams to design, prototype, build, brand, ...
Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, MakerEd, Startup, Sustainable Future, Youth Empowerment, YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
213 views
Computer Science Immersion
The Canon-McMillan School District believes computer science should be accessible for all of its students. And thanks to a unique co-teaching model, it is. Teachers an...
Computational Thinking, Computer Science, Computer Science Immersion, STEAM, STEM, Student Engagement, Technological Literacy
379 views
ProjectArt
ProjectArt establishes public libraries as enriching local spaces where youth engage in free afterschool visual art classes. We aim to facilitate the development of st...
Art, Art Education, Artist, Arts, Child development, Communication skills, Community Building, Critical Thinking, Libraries, Problem solving, ProjectArt, STEAM, Visual Art, Visual Art After-School
235 views
PEERbot Play Learning: Social/Emotional Learning with Robots
Capitalizing on the archetypal human/robot relationship that all ages possess, PEERbot Play Learning will reduce inhibition in Early Learners and inspire a deep desire...
Peer learning, Personalized Learning, SocialEmotional Learning, Social Robotics
183 views
Underwater Rovers
Building underwater rovers is a hands-on, educational experience that integrates all aspects of STEM. Students build rovers comprised of low-cost, easily accessible ...
Robotics, STEAM, Underwater Robotics
283 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
275 views
OPDC School 2 Career
OPDC's School 2 Career program breaks the cycle of poverty by giving high school students academic support and paid internship opportunities with employers across the ...
Career Assessment, Career Readiness, Collaborative Learning, College and Scholarship Search, Computing Skills, Constructivist learning, Executive Functioning, Financial Literacy, Goal Setting, Interviewing Skills, Mentored Work Experience, Resume Workshopping
234 views
Technology and Data Fluency Project
Fluency explores how technology/data can serve as tools to enhance the voices of teachers and students. Being “fluent” means gathering information, reconciling it with...
Connected Learning, Education Equity, Student Agency, Student Voice, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Voice
188 views
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 ...
167 views
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
218 views
Message from Me
Message from Me (MfM) serves as a tool for young children to communicate with their families about their daily activities and learning experiences through the use of d...
App, Child development, Digital Citizenship, digital literacy, EdTech, Family Engagement, Literacy, Self-confidence, Social skills
313 views
Trust in Noticing
Trust in Noticing is an approach for teaching and learning. Although trust may seem obscure, “anything essential is invisible to the eyes” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery). ...
agency, computational thinking, curiosity, design-thinking, educator learning, equity, innovation, intrinsic motivation, open-ended inquiry, play, racial equity, slow, STEAM, student-driven, technology, trust
282 views
Collaboration Nation, Inc.
Collaboration Nation is a collective of educators, organizations, and networks - who are committed to re-imaging and re-making learning in schools by advocating for eq...
78 views
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
333 views
Opera TOTS!
The Opera Tots! program invites pre-K to 1st grade children to actively participate in learning new vocabulary, melodies, dances, rhythms, characters, and story elemen...
Academic Advancement, Classroom, Community, Drama, Learning-through-play, Music, Performance, Singing, Storytelling
103 views
Global Challenges
All students in the Global Challenges course dive deeply into the UN Sustainable Development Goals to develop a global perspective and to discover a problem that they ...
cultural identity, Empathy, Generalizations and Stereotypes, Global Citizenship, Teaching Sustainable Development Goals, The Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
217 views
Energy Innovation Center Design Challenges
Through Design Challenges, students from different schools partner with local non-profits, businesses, and universities to respond to real-world problems. With advice...
Collaborative Learning, Real World Learning
315 views
Brokered Learning Pathways: Young Naturalists
Partnerships between teachers and non-formal educators play an important role in connecting teens who are interested in nature with people, programs, organizations, an...
Environmental Education, e-STEAM, Learning Pathways, Mentored Work Experience, Mentoring, Outdoor Learning, Partnerships, Program Design, Teens
234 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
181 views
School of the Future-Nazareth Prep
The future of learning is here. Personalized, hands-on, and technology rich, Nazareth Prep is reinventing education critical to building and maintaining a diverse, com...
217 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
93 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...
376 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
282 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
150 views
Puzzlets
Our technology effortlessly toggles between real and virtual worlds. Our coding game called "Cork the Volcano" can be played with BlueTooth enabled or USB connected d...
Arts, Coding, EdTech, Elementary school, Math, Preschool, Robotics, STEAM, STEM
181 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
114 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
380 views
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
449 views
Creating a Culture of Possibility
Wheeling Country Day School has intentionally designed a culture to multiply innovation. We support teachers to create innovative programs that engage students in topi...
authentic learning, capstone exhibitions, Compassionate Collaboration, learning differences, Mindfulness Integration, Mindset shift, Personalized Learning, project learning, School culture, school leadership, Student Agency
449 views
OPDC Future Makers
Through OPDC's Future Makers program, students become confident in public speaking, clear and articulate in interviews, earn certifications to boost their skill sets, ...
Career Exploration, Career Readiness, Constructivist learning, Hands-On Learning, Innovation, Professional Networking, Scalability
164 views
The Pittsburgh Project
The Pittsburgh Project is committed to revitalizing our city by supporting its most vulnerable citizens and equipping its young people to be change makers. We believe ...
21st Century Skills, Character Education, Collaborative Learning, Interdisciplinary learning, Out-of-School Time Learning, Problem Based Learning, STEAM, Student-led Learning
243 views
CMU CS Academy
The K-8 space is filled with engaging yet simple computer science (CS) content. The next time many students see CS is in an AP computer science class. Schools are lac...
coding, Computer Science, Curriculum, High school, pittsburgh
327 views
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
245 views
College in High School for all
By partnering with the Community College of Allegheny County, we offer students college credit for all core academic courses and many electives. Students can easily c...
107 views
Be the Change: Empathy and Mindset for Civics Learning
Stepping away from traditional civics knowledge, this day-long museum experience uses a change agent mindset to ensure content is more relevant to students. The framew...
Civics, Empathy, Empowerment, History, Mindset shift, Museum, Youth Voice
258 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
307 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...
158 views
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, Youth Voice
318 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...
410 views
ArtEd21
Art education, the original makerspace, is reborn in the 21st century as the all-inclusive, cross-curricular, creative amalgam that it once was in the Renaissance. Us...
21st Century Skills, 3D Printing, Animation, Art, Creativity, Culture, Digital Fabrication, Empathy, Fab Lab, History, Interdisciplinary, Lego, Makerspace, Photography, STEAM, STEM, Technology, Video Production
194 views
HoloLAB Champions
HoloLAB Champions is a virtual reality (VR) chemistry game show, where players complete lab experiments to become champions of lab practice. In the game, players inter...
Educational Game, Game, Interactive Learning, Learning games, serious games, video games
113 views
Mend the Gap, Powered by Kimche
Schools around the world have long struggled to provide every student (especially those most vulnerable) with a personalized educational experience. We automate data p...
Bias Reduction, Educational Technology, Education Equity, Gender Equity, Individual learning, Learning Tools, Racial Achievement Gap, Socio-economic Equity
1199 views
PHASE 4 Learning Center, Inc.
Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline through Innovative and unique approach of academic and career success. Focused on relationships, acceptance, tolerance and cel...
21st Century Skills, 3D Printing, After School Activities, Alternative Education, Career Readiness, Coding, Digital Arts, High-school Diploma, Inclusion and Diversity, Innovation, Mentoring, Music Production, Photography, Robotics, Screen Printing, STEAM, STEM, Technology, Video Production, Virtual Reality, Workforce development
239 views
Equitable Student Broadcasting
With no television studio, no allotted class time, no budget, and one second-hand computer, we set out to create a student-run broadcast each morning for our students....
Equity, Student Agency, Student Voice
646 views

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