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The Fred Rogers Center launches Ele, innovative new digital learning site

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College today launched a unique website that provides high quality digital media resources for early learning teachers, family child care providers, and families of young children birth to age five, free of charge.

The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment— “Ele”, pronounced “El-­-Lee”) for short—includes:

A library of more than 100 ebooks, digital games, videos, music, mobile apps, and other activities selected as quality resources that support learning and literacy development. Some activities help adults support children’s language and literacy skills; others are designed for use by adults with children.

An online community where teachers, families, and others can ask questions, and connect and share with others who care about issues affecting young children.

By signing up for a free Ele account, users can organize the site’s resources around their own needs and interests, and then share them by creating Play!Lists. All resources include research-­-based suggestions and information on how and why to use Ele’s activities, under the headings, “Talk About It” and “Why This Is Important.”

Visitors meet Ele, an avatar that serves as the site’s friendly “guide.” Activities are easily searchable by age, educational setting, and media type; each activity includes accompanying user tips.

See the site here.

Who's curating quality children's digital media? The Fred Rogers Center, for one.

So, who is curating content and where can we go at the moment to try to work our way through the overwhelming amount of digital material and tools out there for our children? Thanks to the Fred Rogers Center and their statement on the quality of digital media, and also PAYEC, this author does his best to come up with a reasonable short list.

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Carnegie Mellons seeks solutions to transit cuts

With the possible demise of the 28x, the bus that loops from Oakland to the airport, and other important bus routes that face the knife, Carnegie Mellon is already organizing meetings to seek solutions to how to get students to get around.

See the full story here from their campus newspaper.

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 PTO recognized as a top parent group in the nation

It's more than the local bands that perform and the free carnival tickets. Phillips Elementary School has a highly motivated group of parents that work to keep the students and their families engaged and connected. Their efforts were recently recognized by the Parents Teachers Organization who named them one of the best parent groups in the country.

Read it in PTO Today.

Is Apollo's purchase of Carnegie Learning the start of an online revolution in higher learning?

When the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, purchased Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Learning this year, the online educator acquired powerful and affordable online teaching tools in math that are hard for a human teacher to match. Is this the beginning of a new era in better online learning? asks The Atlantic magazine.

Find out in The Atlantic.

Forbes ranks Pittsburgh's universities among top in nation

Forbes' annual list of the top schools and universities in the country rank five among the top 500: Carnegie Mellon (98), Grove City (145), Allegheny College (153), University of Pittsburgh (336) and Duquesne (394).

Top business schools included Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business (23) and University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business (51).

Read it in Forbes.

Apollo Group (aka University of Phoenix) buys Carnegie Learning for $75 million

The Apollo Group, which runs the University of Phoenix, has announced the $75 million purchase of downtown-based Carnegie Learning, makers of the highly successful online math instruction curriculum that combines classroom work with computer instruction. The program is used by 600,000 students in grades 6-12 in 3,000 schools nationwide.

Read it in the New York Times.

Seven Pittsburgh school districts rank top in the nation

Seven Pittsburgh public school districts were ranked the top in the nation for college preparedness by Washington Post's High School Challenge. The ranking was based on the total number of graduating seniors divided by the district's number of advanced placement or college level tests given in 2010. Among the districts that made the list (in the order they are listed): Upper St. Clair, Pine-Richland, Beaver Area, Mt. Lebanon, Hampton, North Hills and Taylor Allderdice.

Read the Washington Post.

Using a broader methodology--six components including graduation rates, test scores and college courses--Newsweek came out with its list of the top 500 school districts in the country. Hampton and North Allegheny both made the list. Read it in Newsweek.

Watch the winning student videos in the "Take a Shot at Changing the World" contest

View the winning videos, created by students from Mt. Lebanon High School, Hampton High School and Peters Township Middle School, who participated in the "Take a Shot at Changing the World"  contest. The contest challenged students to create their own short videos about the crippling disease of polio. Mt. Lebanon High School's Tyler Anderson's piece about a young woman's letter to her grandfather who had been afflicted with polio won the $5,000 grand prize and recognition on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation blog.

The contest was inspired by the new film "The Shot Felt 'Round the World," which documents how the medical team of Jonas Salk brought together the community of Pittsburgh to develop the polio vaccine.

Watch them here.

University of Pittsburgh makes The Princeton Review's Best Value Colleges list

The Princeton Review has released its annual list of colleges that give you the most institutional bang for your buck, and the University of Pittsburgh made the grade.  The list weighs tuition costs against student and faculty input and factors like loan accessibility, academic rankings, and resources.

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Pittsburgh is the fifth most literate city in America

The results of CCSU's annual America's Most Literate Cities Survey are out and Pittsburgh scored fifth out of the 75 largest U.S. cities.  The criteria for the survey includes newspaper circulation, educational attainment, web resources, number of bookstores, and library resources.  Yinz sure read so much anymore! 

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Cleveland wants Pittsburgh's promise

Several American cities have launched city-wide scholarship programs in recent years, one of the most famous being the Pittsburgh Promise, which has given 2,200 children the opportunity to attend four-year colleges and boosted high school graduation rates across the city.  Plain Dealer writer, Bren Larkin, wonders why Cleveland hasn't launched a similar initiative.

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Kansas City looks to Pittsburgh's urban school reform successes

Kansas City's Saving 17,000 Kids site recently examined the progress over the last five years in reforming the Pittsburgh public school system.  The story points to some major improvements, spearheaded by Superintendent Mark Roosevelt, such as The Pittsburgh Promise, anti-poverty initiatives, and hikes in literacy achievement.  While Roosevelt's efforts are highly lauded, the story is careful to face the grim realities of education reform, and notes that Kansas City is at the beginning of a long road towards fixing it's scholastic problems.

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More students investing in Pittsburgh higher education

According to a study by the Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research, which looked at enrollment figures for 25 area colleges, enrollment rates rose by 20% from 1996-2009.  The highest increases in enrollment were at CMU and Chatham.  Researchers and administrators are viewing the figures with great optimism, as the study suggests a better educated future workforce and improved local economy.

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Pittsburgh summer school programs expand, while other programs face cuts cross the country

A tight budgetary climate is forcing school districts across the country to cut back on, or even eliminate, their summer school programs.  Many researchers note that this is a particularly alarming trend, since summer learning loss contributes to as much as two thirds of the achievement gap between disadvantages students and their wealthier peers who can afford expensive summer camps.  Pittsburgh is being pointed to as a shining anomaly in the trend, where school districts are tripling their summer enrollment, and opening the free Summer Dreamers Academy.  The new program will replace past remedial education programs with new methods that rethink summer school as summer camp, with enaging activities, such as judo, kayaking, and musical theater.

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