Building a Network of Learning Innovation

By May 2017…

  • The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) commits to help prepare teachers to support new ways of learning by:
    • Offering up to $500,000 in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) grants to public schools in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. These grants help schools more effectively integrate creativity, contextual thinking, and other aptitudes deemed critical to college and career readiness into teaching and learning.
    • Providing 100 innovative professional development sessions for more than 2,000 teachers at its two innovative professional development laboratories – transformED (located at the AIU) and transformED West (located at Montour School District).
    • Training 200 teachers to teach coding in the classroom using Code.org.
    • Offering Apple professional development sessions, not available elsewhere in the country, to 500 teachers and administrators.
    • Helping 1,000 educators become proficient in using iPads, iMovie, and coding with iPads.
    • Collaborating with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to increase Bioinformatics offerings for 250 high school students.
  • The Education Alliance, a nonprofit organization that advocates for a quality public education for all West Virginia children, will join with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to assist seven West Virginia community-based sites to launch their own makerspaces and develop and present making programs. The Alliance also commits to develop 8 STEM Network Schools that use innovative STEM practices to boost student achievement.
  • The Remake Learning Council will support 42 regional school district administrators to “expand innovation” through peer learning, design thinking, and pilot project support. The Council will also convene and develop a plan for the Pittsburgh Regional STEM Learning Ecosystem.