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xxxxxChampions of Learning Awards Dinner
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xxxxxxxxPittsburgh Marriott City Center
Join us on March 28th for dinner at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center for our inaugural Champions of Learning Award celebrating people, organizations and businesses that make learning for our region's children engaging, challenging and fun.
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Order your tickets now and get a 10% early bird discount. For a mail-in reservation form, click here.

TFIM leaders debrief and plan for annual Conference
Advisors and student leaders from our career exploration and leadership development program The Future is Mine (TFIM) convened in December to debrief on their team projects and begin planning for their annual Student Leadership Conference, which marks TFIM’s 15th anniversary. To learn more, click here.

YMAP pitch sessions serve as dry runs for student advocacy campaigns
Teams participating in YMAP (Youth Media Advocacy Project) held “pitch sessions” in December to test the arguments they’ll use in advocacy campaigns. To learn more, click here.

College & Career Knowledge event featured reps from seven colleges
Some 100 students got a glimpse of college life when Penn State Greater Allegheny hosted The Consortium’s latest College & Career Knowledge event. Reps from five other colleges were on hand to answer questions. To learn more, click here.

Carnegie Museum of Art exhibits McKeesport grad’s work
Looking for cultural outings to take during the holidays? Be sure not to miss the Carnegie Museum of Art’s exhibition, Storyteller: The photographs of Duane Michals. A McKeesport Area High School graduate and Hall of Famer, Michals is a longstanding friend of The Consortium, which published the documentary Duaneland to chronicle a hometown return when he visited with photography students at his alma mater. A description of the exhibit is posted on the museum’s website.

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
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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.