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Annual Leadership Retreat less than a week away!
The Courage to Innovate, Create & Collaborate” will be the focus of The Consortium’s 2015 Leadership Retreat, now less than a week away! Teams of educators from some 18 districts will come together for the annual two-day event, which kicks off this Monday, June 29 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. 

Activities, discussions and workshops will aim at supporting participating schools in ensuring that students are prepared (from their earliest days in kindergarten through high school) to graduate with formal, viable plans for post-secondary success. Among the topics are:

  • Examining students’ and the teams’ pathways to success
  • Sharing effective practices across the network of schools
  • Anytime/Anywhere/Anyhow learning
  • Creating plans for the 2015-16 school year and identifying benchmarks
  • Celebrating success!

Consortium summer programs support STEAM learning

Even if the humidity drops, students in Woodland Hills and Wilkinsburg school districts will be enjoying a STEAMy summer, thanks to all of the fun activities our summer enrichment programs are bringing to support learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. To learn more, click here.

Consortium introducing Digital Badging in Wilkinsburg TIGERS program as part of Pittsburgh City of Learning Initiative

Thanks to a Sprout Fund grant, our Wilkinsburg TIGERS (Teaching, Inspiring, Growing, Educating & Reaching to Succeed) Summer Program will introduce Digital Badging as part of its participation in the Pittsburgh City of Learning initiative.  To learn more, click here.

MHS Alumni & Friends Association awards $68,429 in scholarships and grants
McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association today announced that it has awarded $68,429 in scholarships and grants. Forty of the awardees are members of the McKeesport High School Class of 2015. Sixteen graduates from previous years also received renewal grants from three of the funds. Click here for the full story.

Leadership training session helps South Allegheny students map agenda
Students involved in a South Allegheny High School organization called S.W.A.G (Students Who Acknowledge Greatness) attended a leadership-training workshop that The Consortium offers to districts and schools attempting to launch or strengthen student-led initiatives. To learn more, click here.


YMAP open house affords students opportunity for community feedback
An open house for the Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP) in May brought teams from Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pittsburgh Obama Academy and Wilkinsburg High School together with community members so that students could get feedback on their advocacy projects. To learn more, click here.

Students peered into the world of work at TFIM’s 15th annual conference
The 15th annual Student Leadership Conference for The Future Is Mine (TFIM) featured employer site visits, a College Exploration, workshops, tours of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and lots of other cool stuff.
To learn more, click here.

Forum teams exchange ideas with students
Nineteen teams participating in our Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation convened in March to enlist "Students as Partners" in improving their districts and schools. To learn more, click here.


Champions of Learning Awards Dinner

Saturday’s Champions of Learning Awards highlighted contributions from 22 finalists, seven of whom became our 2015 honorees. To learn more about the event, click here.

TIGERS program holds community open house
The Consortium’s TIGERS (Teaching, Inspiring, Growing, Educating & Reaching to Succeed) after-school program brought together teaching partners, students and parents at a March open house. To learn more, click here.

Afterschool programs achieve statewide recognition
The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) has selected The Consortium as one of its 2015 Afterschool Champions. To learn more click here.

McKeesport Alumni Assn. Posts 2015 Scholarships
McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association today announced its 2015 scholarship program for McKeesport Area High School seniors. Click here for more information and to access the online application form and other relevant information.
Dr. Matthew R. Hadley Scholarship
Open to Clairton, East Allegheny, McKeesport Area, Steel Valley and South Allegheny high school seniors who plan to enroll in a four-year, full-time program at an accredited college or university. Click here for the application for the Dr. Matthew R. Hadley Scholarship.
Hope Scholarship
Open to students attending East Allegheny, Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area and Woodland Hills High Schools who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university or technical school. Click here for the Hope Scholarship Application.

TFIM leaders debrief and plan for annual Conference
Advisors and student leaders from our career exploration and leadership development program The Future is Mine (TFIM) convened in December to debrief on their team projects and begin planning for their annual Student Leadership Conference, which marks TFIM’s 15th anniversary. To learn more, click here.

YMAP pitch sessions serve as dry runs for student advocacy campaigns
Teams participating in YMAP (Youth Media Advocacy Project) held “pitch sessions” in December to test the arguments they’ll use in advocacy campaigns. To learn more, click here.

College & Career Knowledge event featured reps from seven colleges
Some 100 students got a glimpse of college life when Penn State Greater Allegheny hosted The Consortium’s latest College & Career Knowledge event. Reps from five other colleges were on hand to answer questions. To learn more, click here.

Carnegie Museum of Art exhibits McKeesport grad’s work
Looking for cultural outings to take during the holidays? Be sure not to miss the Carnegie Museum of Art’s exhibition, Storyteller: The photographs of Duane Michals. A McKeesport Area High School graduate and Hall of Famer, Michals is a longstanding friend of The Consortium, which published the documentary Duaneland to chronicle a hometown return when he visited with photography students at his alma mater. A description of the exhibit is posted on the museum’s website.

Students to help lead eMAPS™ rollout
Students who will serve as ambassadors for the use of eMAPS™ in their schools gathered this week to test drive The Consortium’s web-based planning tool and do role-playing to practice helping peers and teachers get the most value from it. To learn more, click here.

Ready for Prime Time
The Consortium rolled out the Prime Time after-school program this week in Woodland Hills School District. To learn more, click here.

Helping us help your schools and your students
The Consortium works hard to support your schools and students and can do even more with support from you. Here are a few simple ways you can help:

  • As employers across the region kick off their fall United Way campaigns, please consider directing at least a portion of your contribution to The Consortium using Contributor’s Choice #2910.
  • Whenever you shop online at, click first on AmazonSmile and designate The Consortium as a nonprofit you’d like to support. When you do, Amazon will make a 0.5% contribution to us for every dollar of your eligible purchases.
  • If the school where you work is eligible for our Great Idea Grants, please support us in jumpstarting classroom projects by enrolling in Change for Children, a payroll deduction program that enables you to make donations of as little as $1 per paycheck. Your school’s Business Manager can help you enroll.

Open house provides a window into The CASTLE’s past year
The CASTLE (Clairton’s After-School Teaching & Learning Experience) finished a second year of innovative after-school programming with an open house that gave families a chance to see what their kids are learning. To learn more, click here.

The Forum for Collaborative Leadership

Please click here to be directed to downloadable document files.

Forum News and Notes
Click here for the lastest edition of Forum News and Notes.

Nursing Scholarship Opportunity
The Blanche & Dewayne Wivagg Nursing Scholarship awards $3,000 per academic year to nursing students who reside in the Mon Valley and have been accepted at a college, university, or school of nursing in Western Pennsylvania. This award may be repeated to a worthy applicant who demonstrates continued commitment to the nursing profession. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please email for an application or additional information. (Established in memory of Gail Wivagg Krysik.)

Give to United Way: make your schools and your kids your Contributor’s Choice
With companies, schools and community organizations kicking off their fall giving campaigns for United Way of Allegheny County, it’s a great time for our program participants and friends to support the students and schools in their communities.  Through The Consortium, you can help teachers bring innovative projects to their classrooms, help students explore career paths and give educators access to high quality professional development opportunities.  To support this programming, please direct your donation toward us with Contributor’s Choice code #2910. To learn about more ways to support our work, click here.