Starting this month, we’re taking a yearlong trip down memory lane and we’re hoping you’ll come along! It’s the 35th anniversary of the Consortium’s founding as a catalyst to strengthen our region’s public schools and convene the stakeholders they need in their corner.
The Heinz Endowments and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development helped launch our organization to support schools in distressed communities throughout the Mon Valley following mill shutdowns that had ravaged their economies. We incorporated in September 1986 as the Mon Valley Education Consortium to serve 20+ school districts.
Since then, the Consortium has expanded its work to serve more than 60 diverse districts across western Pennsylvania. We changed our name in 2007 to reflect the expansion. From its founding to present day, our organization, along with our partnering districts and many, many post-secondary and community partners, has worked to ensure that our region’s students are getting the opportunities and experiences they need to imagine, plan, and prepare for successful futures.
The rest, as they say, is history. We’ll be bringing you some highlights of our story in each edition of our newsletter this year and in a social media campaign featuring reflections from many of the educators, community partners, and staff members who have worked with us.
We invite you to help us celebrate by following these posts—starting with a video interview with founder and former Executive Director, Linda Croushore, Ed.D.—on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. You can look forward to a “throwback” each Thursday as well as to other randomly scheduled posts each week.