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Some words of thanks…
With our annual Student Leadership Conference for The Future Is Mine (TFIM) fast approaching, The Consortium’s thanks go to all of the program supporters, sponsors, and workplace site hosts who helped make this year’s event possible. Our program supporters and sponsors this year include: American Eagle Outfitters; Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Buca di Beppo; California University of Pennsylvania; Carlow University; Caterpillar, Inc.; CCAC South Campus; Comcast; Dollar Bank; Duquesne Light Co.; EQT Corp.; Guardian Industries Corp; H&M Insurance Group; Highmark; Huntington National Bank; Nutrition, Inc.; Penn State Greater Allegheny; Pittsburgh Technical Institute; Robert Morris University; St. Vincent College; Seton Hill University; Scottdale Bank & Trust; Schell Games; Seton Hill University; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; United Way of Allegheny County; Waste Management; Waynesburg University; and Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC. Employers hosting workplace site visits during this year’s Conference include: Allegheny County; Carnegie Museum of Art; Children’s Museum; Clear Channel Media; Dollar Bank; Duquesne Light Co.; Guardian Industries Corp.; Huntington National Bank; Jefferson Regional Medical Center; Pittsburgh Penguins; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Marriott City Center; Production Masters, Inc. (PMI); University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; United Way of Allegheny County; and Waterways Association of Pittsburgh.

Forum brings students to the table
Tables usually reserved for educators from 14 school districts opened chairs to nearly 100 students this month when our Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation convened around the intent of engaging “Students as Partners.” 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.

And the winners are…
The Consortium’s Great Idea Grants program made $25,495 worth of awards to fund 15 classroom projects this spring. To learn more, click here.

Forum expands role for students
When The Consortium’s Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation convenes next, it plans to open team discussion tables to students from participating districts. To learn more, click here.

Learning Institute features McTighe
Noted consultant and author Jay McTighe elaborated principles from his book Backward Design at the second of three seminars offered this year through The Consortium’s Leadership Institute. To learn more, click here.

TFIM prepares for annual Student Leadership Conference
Preparations are well underway for the annual Student Leadership Conference that The Consortium hosts for students participating in The Future Is Mine (TFIM), a career exploration and leadership development program now offered in 30 high schools. To learn more about the April event, click here.

Pittsburgh Public Schools advance personalization projects
Educators from three high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system gathered in February to exchange improvement strategies undertaken with support from The Consortium’s Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation.  With a current focus on personalizing the learning environment and increasing student engagement, The Forum has helped Pittsburgh Allderdice create opportunities for senior students to serve as teaching assistants, which educators there began after learning of the success Chartiers Valley High School achieved with a similar project launched through its Forum work. At Pittsburgh Carrick, educators have created Friday activity days once a month that bring teachers and students together to enjoy common interests and now also are working on community engagement, with plans for a community day. Pittsburgh Brashear’s work has centered on creating vehicles to recognize student achievement, including a wall where seniors pursuing higher education through the city’s Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program leave handprints in paint alongside descriptions of their post-secondary plans.

Sense of Place Learning hosts guest contributors for CASTLE’s science module
Students participating in The CASTLE (Clairton’s After-School Teaching & Learning Experience) have begun two projects that will help them share their science learning with families and community. To learn more, click here.

Author of Fires in the Mind to keynote Consortium’s June Leadership Retreat
Kathleen Cushman, a journalist who chronicled the work of Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools and has authored some 16 books about education, including Fires in the Mind, will keynote The Consortium’s annual Leadership Retreat. To learn more, click here.


TFIM teams discuss career learning and community service

Student leaders and advisors from 30 high schools participating in The Consortium’s career exploration program, The Future Is Mine (TFIM) came together in December to debrief on projects, plan their 2014 Student Leadership Conference and hear from guest speakers. To learn more, click here.

Consortium welcomes new Board and staff members
The Consortium welcomes three Board members and two staff members. New Board recruits are Janet Sardon, Superintendent of Yough School District; Dustin Stiver, Program Officer with the Sprout Fund and Mark Eckels, an Investment Officer with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. New staff members are Jackie Foor, Director of Program Opportunities & Development; and Mary Dodaro, Director of Student & Partnership Development. To learn more about them, click here.

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.