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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.
College & Career Knowledge creates immersion experience for 8th graders
Our College & Career Knowledge program, which usually helps high school students explore college or apprenticeships, collaborated with California University of Pennsylvania in May to create a campus experience for 8th graders. To learn more, click here.
Employers welcome TFIM teams to the workplace
The 2016 Student Leadership Conference for our career exploration program, The Future Is Mine (TFIM), kicked off with visits to workplaces of regional employers. To learn more about the visits and the event, click here.
YMAP teams present projects at community open house
Teams of students participating in YMAP (Youth Media Advocacy Project) from Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Brashear High School, Perry Traditional Academy, Wilkinsburg High School and Woodland Hills Academy presented their work during an April open house at Carlow University. To learn more about the event, click here.
Mon Valley districts to help region Remake Learning
From Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15, kids and adults have a chance to get involved in activities that districts across the Mon Valley are hosting to demonstrate how their schools are helping to Remake Learning in southwestern Pennsylvania. The activities are part of the region’s Remake Learning Days. Navigator cards of all Mon Valley events are available from participating districts. Each card contains a ticket for prize drawings. A sample card listing the events is available here.
Champions of Learning Award winners
The Consortium for Public Education announced Champions of Learning award winners in six categories at a ceremony held Saturday, April 2 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that create or support exceptional learning opportunities for youth across southwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more, click here.
Speak out for equitable funding in Pennsylvania’s public schools!
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is organizing a rally in Harrisburg on Monday, May 2 to support adequate funding for public schools and equitable distribution of resources among them. Bus transportation from Pittsburgh will be available that morning. 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.
Forum teams welcome students, revisit and revise SMART goals
The Consortium’s Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation convened in March to revisit SMART goals for projects already underway or being readied for launch and to bring student perspectives to bear on the work of participating districts. To learn more, click here.
High school students and teachers gain insights about college expectations
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh opened its doors in March to students and teachers participating in the latest session of The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge program. To learn more, click here.
Apprenticeship programs open doors to students
The Consortium’s College & Career Knowledge program collaborated with six of the region’s apprenticeship training centers in March to offer students from five districts opportunities to learn about careers in the building trades. To learn more, click here.
Changes already occurring as districts seek to improve career readiness
Although our Career Ready Graduates initiative isn’t yet three months old, some participating districts already are refining their programming to help students become better prepared for the workforce. To learn more, click here.
Program helps refugee youth plan post-secondary goals
The Refugee Youth Employment Program (RYEP), a partnership between The Consortium and Jewish Family & Children’s Service is helping Bhutanese refugees at Baldwin High School plan their post-secondary futures. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.