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Athena nominees share secrets of success
Whether you’re still in school or already well on the way in your career, the five finalists for this year’s Athena award can give you some words of wisdom about becoming a change agent in your organization and your community. Interviews with each, including The Consortium’s founder, appeared in NEXTpittsburgh, an online magazine about people making a difference in our region. To learn more, click here.

Consortium staff extends best wishes for a new school year!
Along with all of you, The Consortium for Public Education celebrates the beginning of another school year. We’ll again do our best to support you, your students, your schools and your districts. Some of the activities we’re planning are just weeks away. For a preview of dates to put on your calendars, click here.

Afterschool programs set to begin
The CASTLE (Clairton’s After-School Teaching & Learning Experience) and Wilkinsburg’s TIGERS (Teaching, Inspiring, Growing, Educating & Reaching to Succeed) after-school program kick off on Thursday, September 11. Both will be introducing Zulama. 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.

Getting off to a Great Start
The Consortium’s Great Idea Grants program is kicking off this school year with its first round of Great Start awards. To learn more, click here.

Six Tiger Alumni to Join MHS Hall of Fame
Six more distinguished alumni have been tapped for membership in the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame. For more information on the group and the formal Sept. 13 induction ceremony, click here

TIGERS Summer Camp finale
When Wilkinsburg’s TIGERS (Teaching, Inspiring, Growing, Educating & Reaching to Succeed) Summer Camp came to a close at the end of July, an open house for family and community members showcased students’ work, from dancing and drumming to animal masks and podcasts. To learn more, click here.

The Consortium welcomes new officers and new member to its Board
The Consortium’s Board elected the new officers at its latest meeting and appointed a new member.  Jordan Pallitto, a management consultant with the Hill Group, was named Chairman, replacing Paul Rach, Ed.D., Chief Recovery Officer for Duquesne City School District, who had completed a three-year term. 

Jennifer Highfield, an independent marketing consultant, was named Vice Chair and Alka Patel, Esq., Managing Director and Senior Counsel for BNY Mellon, became Secretary. Bud Geissler, Jr., President of G2G Enterprises, LLC, retained the Treasurer’s post.

The Board also appointed Rich D’Ottavio, Vice President, Treasury Management Dept., at Dollar Bank to a new seat. Mr. D’ Ottavio was among the corporate partners who helped arrange site visits and support for students attending this year’s annual Student Leadership Conference for The Future Is Mine (TFIM), The Consortium’s career exploration and leadership development program for high school students.

Leadership Retreat 2014
Student motivation was a central theme at The Consortium’s annual Leadership Retreat with a nationally known speaker and students themselves providing insights about it. To learn more, click here.

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Year-end debriefing brings insights about TFIM’s impact
Advisors at a year-end debriefing extolled the ways TFIM has helped expand their students’ vision of the future and prepare them for post-secondary education and careers. To learn more, click here.

McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association
announce scholarship winners.

Fifty-six MHS seniors and graduates were awarded $69,150 in scholarships and grants. To learn more, click here.

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.

School’s in for summer!
The Consortium has collaborated with Wilkinsburg School District to offer a summer school program that will bring a rich array of learning resources to the district’s students. To learn more click here.

YMAP workshop brings teams together
YMAP (Youth Media Advocacy Project) brought together students from Pittsburgh Brashear High School, Pittsburgh Obama Academy and Wilkinsburg High School to get feedback on campaigns to improve their schools and communities. To learn more, click here.

Classroom projects spring to life
Great Idea Grant projects funded during the 2013-2014 school year are among the many wonderful things that spring to life at this time of year. To learn more about them, click here.

Celebrate great teaching!
Last week, we asked friends of The Consortium to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day by thanking their great teachers. To read their responses, click here.



TFIM Conference focused on colleges, careers and workplace skills
Some 16 employers opened their doors to students attending The Consortium’s annual Student Leadership Conference for The Future Is Mine (TFIM). To learn more, click here.


The Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation Student Strategy Sessions

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College & Career Knowledge initiative helps Cal U help students
California University of Pennsylvania, a collaborator in The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge initiative, developed an academic support program to help students who were identified as academically at-risk. The results showed that students who participated in the program were in better academic standing than those who didn’t participate or participated less often. To learn more, click here.

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.