Champions of Learning Awards

Outstanding learning experiences take place in classrooms across our region every day. To recognize and say thanks to all those who create or support them, the Consortium launched the Champions of Learning Awards.

We take nominations from early September to late November every year. Selection committees review nominations in each of six  categories to choose finalists. Categories include: The Arts, Business Partnerships, Classroom Teaching, Community Outreach, Leadership and Volunteerism.

Winners are announced at an awards dinner in April that’s modeled on the Academy Awards, down to the suspenseful moments when our gala’s emcee asks for “the envelope please.”

The competition isn’t limited to professional educators. We honor all those who work in partnership with our schools—individuals, businesses, cultural institutions and community organizations—to give our region’s youth inspired and exciting learning opportunities.

2017 Champions

2017 Winners

  • The Arts – Prime Stage Theater
  • Classroom Teaching – Robert Rodrigues
  • Leadership – Randy Miller
  • Business Partnerships – Blueroof Technologies
  • Community Outreach – The Isaiah Project
  • Volunteerism – Dennis Webber
  • Special Tribute – William Isler
Finalists for the 2016 Champions of Learning Awards

2016 Winners

  • The Arts – Jayne Sheldon
  • Business Partnerships – Terry McMillen
  • Classroom Teaching – Howard Johnson
  • Community Outreach – Southwestern PA BotsIQ
  • Leadership – Jennifer Pappasergi
  • Technology Integration – Lee Christofano
  • Special Tribute – Linda L. Croushore

Program Overview

  • Open to individuals, school districts, non-profit organizations and businesses
  • Program active since: 2015

Award Categories

  • The Arts
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Business Partnerships
  • Community Outreach


  • Call for Nominations early September
  • Nominations due mid November
  • Committees review nominations December
  • Finalists announced January
  • Champions Awards Dinner April

Program Point of Contact

Jennifer Sethman