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Consortium announces Champions finalists
There were lots of tough choices to make, but our Selection Committees proved up to the task and we’ve now got a roster of finalists for our 2016 Champions of Learning Awards. Click here to learn more and join us to celebrate all of them when we announce the winners on April 2. Click here for a reservation form.
Consortium names new Executive Director
Come April 1, when longtime Executive Director and founder, Linda L. Croushore, Ed.D. is scheduled to retire, The Consortium will have a new Executive Director. To learn more, click here.
McKeesport Alumni Association posts 2016 scholarships
McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association today announced its 2016 scholarship program for McKeesport Area High School seniors. Click here to access the online application form and other relevant information.
The Consortium for Public Education also oversees three scholarships for seniors in several area high schools. Click for applications for the Hope Scholarship, Dr. Matthew R. Hadley Scholarship and Regional Chamber Alliance Foundation Scholarship.
Apprenticeship programs open career pathways to students
More than 100 students from several high schools participating in The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge program last month explored apprenticeship programs as possible post-secondary education and career paths. To learn more, click here.
TFIM team leaders debrief on projects, begin Conference planning
Student leaders and advisors in our career exploration program, The Future Is Mine (TFIM) gathered in December for a mid-year debriefing and brainstorming session where they reported on team projects and generated ideas for our 2016 Student Leadership Conference theme. To learn more, click here.
YMAP teams pitch their projects for feedback
Teams from three of the high schools participating in YMAP (Youth Media Advocacy Project) will use tips from a December “pitch session” to polish their campaigns for making improvements in their schools. To learn more, click here.
Business reps and educators exchange ideas about helping kids prepare for workplace
The kickoff of a two-year initiative to help a collaborative network of districts assess and redesign career learning curricula and opportunities in their schools brought them together with community stakeholders to begin defining “career readiness.” To learn more, click here.
College & Career Knowledge helps kids get answers
Kids thinking about college have lots of questions—from how to finance their educations to how much tougher classes will be than in high school. More than 110 students from half a dozen high schools participating in our latest College & Career Knowledge event got a chance to ask those and more when they visited Indiana University of Pennsylvania in November. Learn more here.
Alumni organization gives back to school and students
Proud alumni have been giving back to McKeesport Area High School for decades. McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association, the organization that brings them together, will mark its 30th anniversary next year. To learn more click here.
2015 MHS Alumni Recognition Night and Hall of Fame
The MHS Alumni & Friends Association honored a record number of McKeesport High School graduates on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the annual Alumni Recognition Night and Hall of Fame. Click here for details on the ceremony.
Forum speaker details resources available to schools
Addressing attendees at this year’s first session of our Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation, Montour School District’s Director of Innovation cited networking as a key to learning and unlocking resources for schools. To learn more, click here.
Regional conversation kicks off two-year project to improve career learning and readiness
Eight school districts will work with The Consortium and Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC@WestEd) on a two-year project aimed at improving career readiness in grades K-12.
The project kicks off with a gathering on Wednesday, November 18. To learn more, click here.
College & Career Knowledge program showcases college alternatives
The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge program recently co-hosted student visits to apprenticeship programs offering opportunities to “earn while you learn.” Learn more here.
Partnership puts students in touch with opportunities for
post-secondary education and jobs
The Consortium will be introducing districts and others to a new partner this year: Stem Premier. To learn more, click here.
Board members honored
The Consortium’s Board Chairman Jordan Pallitto and Board member Janet Sardon, Ed.D., were recently honored for their leadership while another Board member, Mark Eckels will be honored in October for his career-long achievements. A consultant with The Hill Group, Inc., Pallitto was named to Pittsburgh Magazine's annual roster of 40-under-40. The elite list is compiled from region-wide nominations to recognize young leaders contributing their energy, talent and vision to shape the future of southwestern Pennsylvania. Separately, in its annual list of the region's top workplaces, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honored Sardon, Superintendent of Yough School District, with the newspaper's special award for leadership of a mid-sized workplace. Eckels, Vice President-Investment Officer with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC., will be inducted next month into the McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association’s Hall of Fame for career achievements that have included numerous professional awards and earned him standing as an expert financial commentator for radio and television.
Consortium confers Giraffe Awards
We asked the 170 educators at our 2015 annual Leadership Retreat to single out giraffes on their teams for recognition—the people who stick their necks out on behalf of kids. There were 19 selected to receive The Consortium’s Giraffe Awards. To learn more, click here.
Consortium launched 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.