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Champions of Learning
The Consortium will celebrate Champions of Learning in our region next spring at our annual Champions of Learning Awards dinner. Winners will be announced in six categories on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center when we host our annual Champions of Learning Awards dinner.
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.
Attention All Crafters and Artisans!
Pittsburgh Carrick High School students participating in our career exploration program, The Future Is Mine (TFIM), are inviting crafters and artisans to participate in a show and sale in their school’s gymnasium on Saturday, November 14. Registrations are due no later than Friday, October 30 and there’s an early bird discount for vendors applying by Thursday, October 1. For an application and other details, click here and please circulate their invitation to others who may be interested.
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.
Creating career paths for students who aren’t college bound
Schools participating in The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge initiative this year will have more opportunities to introduce students to apprenticeship programs as well as to local colleges. To learn more, click here.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now to attend The Consortium’s second annual awards dinner celebrating Champions of Learning from across our region. Scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, next year’s event will again honor individuals, businesses and organizations bringing excellence to education and memorable learning experiences to students with their creativity, inspiration and support. We’ll be calling for nominations next month, so it’s also time to begin thinking of candidates. In addition, we‘ll pay special tribute to Dr. Linda L. Croushore, our founder and Executive Director, who is retiring in March, for the vision and inspiration that she has brought to advancing teaching and learning.
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.
Summer learning programs conclude with festivities
Community open houses capped The Consortium’s summer learning programs at Wilkinsburg Middle School and Woodland Hills High School. To learn more, click here.
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Leadership Retreat draws nearly 170 educators from 15 districts
Designed to inspire Courage to Innovate, Create & Collaborate, The Consortium’s annual Leadership Retreat in June provided educators with plenty of occasions for sharing best practices and learning about strategies other districts are using to engage students. To learn more, click here.
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.
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.
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.