Remake Learning – HundrED


In 2019, HundrED, a global nonprofit that seeks and shares inspiring innovations in K-12 education, is shining on Spotlight on the Pittsburgh region. HundrED is looking for the 10 most innovative, impactful, and scalable education practices, programs, and products from southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

82 innovations were submitted to the Pittsburgh Spotlight. While the HundrED research team and the local advisory committee are busy narrowing down to 10 innovations for the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh, you can explore all 82!

Learning at the Intersections: Maker, Arts, and Interdisciplinary

How are educators in the Pittsburgh region connecting the arts, history, civics, maker learning, and youth voice to help children flourish?


The arts have long been used to help learners develop their motor skills, express themselves, and understand the world around them. Can art also help students learn math? Graduate from high school?

Civics & History

For learners to thrive in our increasingly connected world, we must help them take active roles as global citizens. These innovations are transforming learners into leaders by connecting their lives to history, community, and the world.


Interdisciplinary learning helps students connect their knowledge and skills across subjects while solving problems, collaborating with peers, and engaging in hands-on activities. These innovations are using interdisciplinary learning to help learners make connections.


From its industrial past to its fabrication-fueled present, the Pittsburgh region is a hub for creation and manufacturing. It's fitting that many of the innovations submitted to the Pittsburgh Spotlight are using maker learning to help students learn through making, design, and using real materials, tools, and processes.

Youth Voice

Raising the voices of young people can be both empowering and educational. By teaching young people about the ways in which media messages affect perceptions of themselves and the world around them, and giving them the tools to make their own media, they can take control of their own stories.

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STEM Learning and Education Technology 

How are educators in the Pittsburgh region teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and how innovators are leveraging technology to teach STEM subjects and more?

STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education is a top priority for many schools seeking to prepare students for future careers. Innovative approaches to STEM education submitted to the Pittsburgh Spotlight bring the subjects to life by providing students and teachers with real-world experiences, project-based activities, strategic planning tools, and more.

Education Technology

Education technology (ed tech) seeks to leverage technology as a tool to facilitate learning. This means more than learning management systems and educational software—ed tech includes robotics kits, learning games, and even teaching strategies that make use of technology tools. Grounded by research universities and fueled by a scrappy, can-do spirit, the Pittsburgh region submitted over a dozen ed-tech innovations to the Spotlight.

Computer Science & Digital Literacy

To help students flourish in our technology-rich environment, schools are integrating computer science (CS) into classrooms starting as early as pre-K. This goes beyond simply teaching students to code. Computational thinking prepares students for coding tasks and using logic to solve problems. And digital literacy is an essential part of helping students see their own role and agency in interactions with technology.

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Transformative Innovations: Learning Pathways and Systems-Level Efforts

How are educators in the Pittsburgh region building learning pathways to connect children to bright futures? What systems-level initiatives are transforming education in and out of school?

Learning Pathways

On the journey to adulthood, young people encounter many opportunities and challenges. And some young people, including learners in poor communities, learners of color, and girls, have fewer opportunities and more challenges. In order to help every child flourish, educators must help young people navigate what's before them and create opportunities that bridge the gaps of inequity.

Systems-Level Efforts

New products, programs, and initiatives can catalyze big changes in education. But for many aspects of the education system, a renovation is needed to address existing challenges and take learning into the present and the future. These submissions to the Pittsburgh Spotlight are efforts that seek to make change at the systems level to build lasting, sustainable innovation.

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