What is the Pittsburgh City of Learning?
In summer 2014, Pittsburgh joined other Cities of Learning from across the United States in a groundbreaking initiative to leverage community resources to ensure learning doesn’t stop when school lets out. Pittsburgh City of Learning will engage young people in Connected Learning experiences that enable them to explore their interests, develop new skills, and connect their learning to real world opportunity.
Through their participation in Pittsburgh City of Learning, young people will be able to take new paths of discovery, explore the city’s rich resources, and gain recognition for their accomplishments by earning digital badges. Digital badges are a new technology that learners can acquire to certify the skills and competencies they develop both in and outside of traditional classrooms—proficiencies that employers in today’s economy value and reward.
The Cities of Learning movement launched successfully in Chicago in summer 2013. In 2014, programs being launched alongside Pittsburgh include Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. More cities are lining up to join in 2015.
Why is Pittsburgh doing this?
Pittsburgh City of Learning is based on the idea that it takes an entire city to open up learning opportunities and pathways for young people. When we all work together—when government and community organizations work hand-in-hand with parents, teachers, neighbors and businesses—we can make learning relevant, engaging, exciting, and just plain fun.
Pittsburgh City of Learning programs are focused on several key themes to spark a love of learning among the city’s youth that will pay a lifetime of dividends.
Create opportunities for young people to explore and discover new ideas, interests, challenges and experiences Pittsburgh has to offer.
Give youth the hands-on experiences they need to succeed and help them envision how their talents can be applied in the real-world.
Help students maintain or increase academic gains by providing appealing learning opportunities throughout the summer months.
Leveling the Playing Field
Create learning pathways for young people who don’t otherwise have access to out-of-school enrichment.
What is Connected Learning?
Connected Learning is an approach to learning that is relevant to the realities of the digital age where the demand for learning never stops.
Through Connected Learning experiences, students can connect in-school academics with out-of-school interests, can find inspiring peers and mentors to help them develop a hobby or skill, and can create real things in the real world.
With Pittsburgh City of Learning, young people can connect the dots to their futures, mapping out personalized pathways to college or career success.
Who is participating?
Pittsburgh City of Learning is led by The Sprout Fund in collaboration with local and national partners including the Remake Learning Network, Cities of Learning, Digital Youth Network, and the Badge Alliance.
Pittsburgh City of Learning participants include 20 programs from the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network including schools, libraries, museums, and other youth-serving organizations offering summer learning experiences with a focus on digital learning, maker learning, STEAM learning, and youth media making.
Pittsburgh City of Learning is made possible through the generous support of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Giant Eagle, Hillman Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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Questions & Feedback?
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