Keys to concentration: Why meeting basic needs means everything for kids in school

In addition to healthy food, kids need to feel safe, accepted for who they are and represented in their school communities.

Can we fix Pittsburgh Public Schools? Here’s what the A+ Schools 2020 Report has to say

“It’s about problem-solving and understanding, rather than blame or shame. There’s an urgent need for folks to make changes.”

What should the future of learning look like? Ask the students.

Before young people can build a better world, we need to fix the way that we’re teaching them.

New family hotline dials up support for pandemic-worn Pittsburgh families

Partner organizations joined forces to streamline aid for the 24/7 hotline.

A+ Schools report: 4 critical points to consider for schools operating during the pandemic

Many parents have trepidation about what’s to come — whether schools open or distance learning continues.

TeenBloc Youth Voice Pop-Up Exhibition

TeenBloc is a creative and interactive story-telling collective, hosting a series of pop-up events centered around the environmental, community, an educational experiences that are often dismissed or overlooked. These powerful, […]

Michael Keaton to the rescue with bus-stop meals for Pittsburgh kids

Pittsburgh non-profits wanted to find a solution to help bring food closer to kids.

A+ Schools’ James Fogarty embraces role of positive deviant as an advocate of Pittsburgh Public Schools

“We have everything we need to succeed. Let’s just get to work.” 

TeenBloc Youth Organizing Academy

Calling all students entering 8th-12th grade!  Join us from August 5th-9th from 10am-3pm for a week-long program filled with learning and leading.  The TeenBloc Youth Organizing Academy helps build the […]

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5 Back-to-School Power Moves for the best school year ever

“As you help your child imagine what they might become, help them to connect what they’re learning in school to that greater future vision for themselves.”

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What’s the state of Pittsburgh Public Schools? James Fogarty discusses the latest progress report

“We’re trying to find trends and pull together high-level talking points.”

2018 School Choice Fair

A quality education is the most important thing we can give our children. But finding the right school for your child can be stressful. At the Pittsburgh School Choice Fair representatives […]

2018 School Choice Fair

A quality education is the most important thing we can give our children. But finding the right school for your child can be stressful. At the Pittsburgh School Choice Fair representatives […]

Want to get the most from parent-teacher meetings? Let these strategies be your guide.

“This is my opportunity to get to see the people that I have entrusted my precious jewels to.”

Karin Chenoweth

What does it take for schools to succeed? Karin Chenoweth offers good news for underfunded districts.

“It’s not like Tinkerbell. It’s not like you believe and clap hard and it’s magic. It’s really hard work to teach every kid.”

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Cartoons can encourage regard for social issues along with laughter

Cartoons can highlight important issues in real life, from race to gentrification to environmental problems in society.

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PPS teachers strike: Mapping out childcare for Pittsburgh kids

With the threat of a Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers strike looming, moms and dads need to move quickly on childcare plans for their kids.

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Kidsburgh Q&A: 4 questions with James Fogarty on 2017 Pittsburgh Public Schools report

Motivating educators, providing systems of support and ensuring they can be effective requires a very deft principal who can manage a team, get them working on all cylinders and believing they can be effective with the children they have.

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Pittsburgh School Choice Fair helps parents find best options for their kids

“All parents worry about whether their child is in the right school and so many don’t even know the steps to find or apply to the right school.”

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My Favorite Pittsburgh Thing To Do With Kids: James Fogarty

“I find myself constantly amazed at how much our children and we change each and every day spent together.”