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xxxxxChampions of Learning Awards Dinner
xxxxxxxxxxxxSat., March 28, 2015
xxxxxxxxPittsburgh Marriott City Center

xxxxxxxxxSend your nominations now!
In 2015, The Consortium celebrates 30 years of working with schools and communities across the region to ensure that all children have access to the high quality learning experiences that are critical to future success. There is no better way to mark this milestone than celebrating those who have dedicated themselves to the same vision. With this in mind, we're planning our inaugural Champions of Learning Awards to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have given time, talents or resources to create or expand learning opportunities in our region.

Nominations for the Champions of Learning Awards are being accepted now. We encourage you to help create our celebration by identifying exemplary teachers, leaders, organizations, businesses and others that go the extra mile for our youth. Just submit the Nomination Form no later than Wed., Dec. 10th and save the date to attend the celebration on Sat., March 28, 2015.

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.

College & Career Knowledge
event featured reps from seven colleges
The Consortium’s latest College & Career Knowledge event gave more than 100 students from seven high schools an opportunity to get some firsthand feedback to their questions about college applications, expectations and campus life. To learn more, click here.

Laurel Highlands and Cal U showcase work begun with Consortium
A visit earlier this month with Pennsylvania’s Acting Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Rita Perez, gave Laurel Highlands School District and California University of Pennsylvania an opportunity to showcase work begun through partnerships with The Consortium. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.