Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network

Summary

Representing more than 200 organizations, Remake Learning is a professional network of schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, higher education institutions, education technology companies, philanthropies, and civic leaders working together to inspire a generation of lifelong learners in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond. With millions of dollars invested, thousands of children engaged, and hundreds of practitioners leading dozens of projects, Remake Learning is yielding tangible results for children and youth in communities throughout the region. The network focuses on five areas to achieve their goals: digital learning, Maker learning, early learning, STEAM learning, and youth voice. Recently, the Remake Learning Network produced a playbook to help other's navigate the process of establishing a similar network. The network is managed by The Sprout Fund, an organization dedicated to enriching Pittsburgh through innovative ideas.

The Strategy

City Role

The network itself is not managed by the city, however the city plays an integral role by using its leadership and authority to promote the necessity of the Remake Learning initiative. The city recognizes the need to provide all children and youth with new opportunities to develop relevant skills they'll need to thrive in school, college, the workforce, and as citizens. The city has been able to galvanize support for the Remake Learning network as well as contribute in-kind resources to ensure that Pittsburgh is a city filled with both formal and informal learning environments.

Funding

Funding to support the network has come from numerous foundations such as the Grable Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Hillman Foundation, McCune Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Partners

The Remake Learning Network is built upon many partnerships both national and local. National partnerships include the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, Common Sense Media, Cities of Learning, The US Office of Science & Technology Policy. Other network partners include Carnegie Melon University, Girl Scouts of Western PA, Boys and Girls Club, and Pittsburgh Public Schools. For full list of partner organizations involved in the network see their website.

Outcomes

- The Remake Learning Digital Corps has provided free digital literacy workshops for over 400 youth in 25 sites throughout Allegheny County since 2013. 
- Since 2009 more than 140 schools in the Pittsburgh region have received STEAM grants, totaling over $2 million, to help transform classrooms and implement innovative curricula.


Contact Information 

Institute for Youth, Education and Families
sandler@ nlc.org

Remake Learning Website

The Sprout Fund
5423 Penn Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 16206

412-325-0646
info@remakelearning.org

Last Modified: March 2016

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