Consortium for Public Education

Consortium for Public Education

Pittsburgh, United States

The Consortium is a nonprofit organization working with more than 40 school districts across southwestern Pennsylvania on initiatives strategically designed to strengthen and broaden school leadership, engage community and empower students. Our initiatives build cross-sector partnerships that bring resources, improvements, and support to public schools. The Consortium's mission is to inspire and support students and educators and connect schools with their communities to help kids imagine, plan, and prepare for successful futures.

At the Consortium, our goal is for every child to graduate from high school with a formal, viable plan for their future. A plan that answers three questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • How do I get there?

Our programs provide students with opportunities to explore careers and build skills so that they can make choices about their future that fit with their interests, abilities, and goals.

We also work with educators, helping them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ensure their students are prepared for success in post-secondary education, careers, and life.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

The Consortium is always looking for new partners and seeking out new,  innovative programs we can share with our network,  like those we are learning from the HundrEd Community.

We also want to share the work we do at the Consortium for Public Education. Hopefully others  will find it helpful and be able to adapt it to benefit the youth in their communities.

How can education support students to flourish?

Our world is changing rapidly. For students to flourish and communities to thrive, we must equip young people with the curiosity and skills they need for lifelong learning. Never again will there be a time when we can stop developing new skills. No one can predict what the future will hold but we do know that the skills that help us to adapt, skills like resilience, problem solving, collaboration, and communication, to name a few, will help students flourish throughout their lives.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Our region, southwestern Pennsylvania, is a prime example of why innovation in education is so important. With its coal mines and steel mills, this region was once a center for industrialization. Years ago, education’s role was to produce workers to mine coal and make steel. Today, the Pittsburgh region is a host to medical and technology giants and much of that growth has been driven at the university level by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. Our region’s new economies will not be sustainable unless we ensure that our K-12 educational system continually innovates and adapts to help students develop the skills needed by these industries and by industries not yet developed.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Innovations that can be implemented by anyone, anywhere, that are replicable and scalable, are especially interesting to us. We are always looking for new ideas to share with our networks and many of the HundrEd Innovations are ones that will interest our partners. Some of these include:

Teach the Teacher - Melbourne, Australia
Student voice is extremely powerful and many of the schools we work with look for meaningful, impactful ways to bring students into their decision making. The process this innovation lays out is one that any school could implement and that also helps kids build their skills in communication, research, problem solving, team work, etc.

Two Rivers Assessment - Washington, DC
We like the step-by-step process they lay out for developing assessments for those hard to measure soft and social emotional skills.

Liger Leadership Academy - Cambodia
We are big fans of PBL and love that it permeates this school. It is a great example of how PBL can be done successfully in any school.