Organizations with National Impact

By May 2017…

  • Common Sense Education is one of the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.  Common Sense Education will:
    •  Help school personnel and more than 50,000 parents effectively and safely use technology to promote learning.
    • Offer more than 60 presentations and professional development workshops to help 1,800 teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms.
    • Collaborate with at least 40 school administrators to design implementation plans to integrate digital citizenship throughout their districts; helping a minimum of 30 districts become Common Sense Certified Districts and impacting more than 70,000 students.
  • Digital Promise and Maker Ed commit to recruit over 100 Pittsburgh-area schools to sign the Maker Promise.
  • KnowledgeWorks will nationally promote the publication, “The Future of Learning in the Pittsburgh Region”, adapted from KnowledgeWorks’ “The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code”.
  • The Joan Ganz Cooney Center will again bring the National STEM Video Game Challenge to the Pittsburgh region, increasing video game design programs that will deepen STEM learning for all Pittsburgh youth.
  • Over 60 Pittsburgh teachers will discover, create, and share digital media from Smithsonian Learning Lab with their students, in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Heinz History Center.
  • PBS KIDS & WQED will pilot a camp for early elementary children to learn to code with Scratch Jr developed in conjunction with MIT. PBS Kids will also:
    • Pilot a social emotional learning toolkit especially designed for care providers and early childhood educators in SWPA through 2016. This program will reach a minimum of 10 learning centers with over 700 children in Westmoreland, Fayette, and Green counties. Partners with The Fred Rogers Company, PAEYC, & evaluation by Fred Rogers Center.
    • Provide free learning apps for families on Pittsburgh Public School’s first day of kindergarten in conjunction with the United Way.
  • RAND will provide the community with actionable evidence on the impacts of Pittsburgh Public School’s Summer Dreamers Academy and provide the Pittsburgh Public Schools with actionable feedback on their implementation of restorative practices. They will also produce rigorous analysis on K-12 STEM education and energy/advanced manufacturing workforce development programs in the Pittsburgh region. Their work is currently sponsored by Chevron Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.