Building a Future-Focused Vision for Education in the Greater Pittsburgh Region through a Collaborative Effort

 

Leading expert on innovation Tony Wagner, Founder of Harvard's Change Leadership Group, has discovered through his research that cultures of innovation are based on collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. If we are committed to developing our students to be innovative thought leaders we must change the culture of our schools by remaking teaching and learning.

 

Remaking teaching and learning sounds like a monumental task. It involves leadership, strategic vision, enabling success by removing barriers, and the ability to sustain and accelerate success. Through the efforts of the Grable Foundation, The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network, Center for Creativity, and local foundations, universities, and businesses, Pittsburgh has become a hub of innovation.

 

For the last six years, South Fayette Township School District has been developing a STEAM Model for Innovation. We have been re-thinking the best approach for professional development as a means to engage and sustain innovation. Through generous support from The Grable Foundation, we have been challenged and encouraged to make innovation happen in regional schools by offering the STEAM Innovation Summer Institute.

 

It is our sincere hope that by building this collaborative environment among our teachers we can transform education through innovation. Please join us as together we shape the future of teaching and learning in our region.

 

Aileen Owens

Director of Technology and Innovation

The South Fayette Township School District

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