Remake Learning Days
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Our city’s annual Remake Learning Days event begins this week amid growing attention for Pittsburgh as a center for innovation in education.

Three recent books have put a spotlight on the Remake Learning initiative as a useful inspiration for other cities seeking to improve and expand the ways they teach their children.

In June of last year, “All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School” came out offering praise.

That was followed several months later by the release of “Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution” in November, which also namechecked Remake Learning.

Most recently, Ted Dintersmith’s new book “What Schools Could Be” highlighted the work of Remake Learning.

And a growing chorus of national news coverage has also cropped up over the past year.

  • In December, an opinion piece in the Boston Globe written jointly by economist and former Harvard president Larry Summers and Emily McCann praised the broad coalition involved in Remake Learning’s efforts, and the value in bringing opportunity to all students, regardless of zip code, that’s being pursued here in Pittsburgh.
  • In January, explored groundbreaking work happening in South Fayette, Montour Schools and Propel Schools, powered by Remake Learning in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.
  • January also brought praise from GeekWire during their temporary HQ2 stay here, as they looked at high levels of collaboration in Pittsburgh and the growing presence of “edtech” companies.
  • In February, The Hechinger Report, a publication focused on the issues of innovation and inequality in American education, wrote about the creative use of virtual reality tech in Pittsburgh schools.
  • And in a white paper released early this year by the American Youth Policy Forum focusing on “Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment,” our city was praised for creating “a deeply integrated strategy to collectively solidify the continuum of learning citywide,” with the Remake Learning initiative at its heart.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The Associated Press. Find a selection of her work at