Forum for Thought Blog

Remake Learning: A Networked Approach to Education for the 21st Century

11/06/2017 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET


Capitol Hill Forum


Washington, DC


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, an innovative and collaborative approach to learning is growing and flourishing. A network of more than 250 schools, universities, libraries, startups, nonprofits, museums, and others, Remake Learning works to ignite engaging and relevant learning opportunities for every student — opportunities that leverage technology, art, and the learning sciences to help young people thrive amid unprecedented social and technological change.

Emerging from the loss of steel and other industries upon which the region long depended, greater Pittsburgh has remade itself as a hub for research and technology. Where students once looked to steel mills for purpose and employment, they now look to hospitals, universities, and software firms. By collaborating across these sectors and more, Remake Learning’s partners work to provide all learners with opportunities to develop their interests, work collaboratively, solve real-world problems, and prepare for a changing labor market. Together, the network has turned the region itself into a kind of campus — a place where learners can pursue their passions by leveraging the people and programs that Remake Learning convenes. The network’s partners include such groups as Allegheny Partners for Out of School Time, Carnegie Mellon University, Chevron, Duolingo, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, dozens of school districts, and many more.

Whether learners pursue science, technology, the arts, or something else entirely, Remake Learning’s partners work together to help them chart paths through tomorrow’s uncertainties. That’s why it’s common, now, to see kids flying drones in local classrooms, or recording music in libraries. That’s why it’s typical to see educators teaching alongside gamers and designers, and to see learning scientists planning summer camps with museum curators. There’s no other place in America yet doing collectively what the network’s partners do: remake learning together, in all the places a child might learn.

To learn about the effectiveness of this community approach to innovative learning, Remake Learning conducted an impact evaluation using ten years of data. The full impact report will be released at the forum, but early findings demonstrate increases in test scores, reductions in dropout rates, and increases in summer learning.

Panelists Include:
Gregg Behr, Executive Director, Grable Foundation, and lead partner of Remake Learning Network, Pittsburgh, PA
Bart Rocco, Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District, Elizabeth, PA
Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PA
Mary Murrin, Social Investment Team Lead, Chevron USA, and Co-Chair of Remake Learning Council

Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building, Room SR-385

Due to limited parking availability near the building, we encourage the use of Metro:
Red line - Exit at Union Station
Blue/Orange/Silver lines - Exit at Capitol South

11:45am - Registration and Lunch
12:00pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:20pm - Moderated Panel Discussion
1:10pm - Audience Q&A
1:30pm - Adjourn


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