Gregg Behr delivering the commencement address at West Virginia University this past spring.

A local leader intent on continuing Fred Rogers’ legacy was named among the top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across the United States by the Center for Digital Education.

Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, was honored for helping to redefine the role of technology in formal and informal learning in Pittsburgh and beyond. His support of such forward-thinking projects as the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity and the transformED space, the Remake Learning Network, and Common Sense Media have earned him the reputation as a  visionary, catalyst, and mentor for kids across the region – and once again, nationwide.

Behr’s other achievements include winning the prestigious Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, among others, and forming alliances with PBS, the Smithsonian, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the New America Foundation, and Sesame Workshop.

As a supporter of gaming, making, and technology-enhanced learning, Behr has traveled to the White House numerous times in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and other Pittsburgh organizations. Two weeks ago, he attended the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools where the Remake Learning Network, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and more received recognition for outstanding work.

The CDE’s Top 30 award winners represent thought leaders and innovators in higher education, K-12, technology, and nonprofit communities. A division of eRepublic, The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute focused on education technology trends, policy and funding.

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