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Remake Learning focuses on Pittsburgh’s leadership in the international movement to “remake learning” and create educational opportunities designed for our times, the Pittsburgh region’s need to prepare its young people for college and the work force by building on the basics and connecting students with hands-on learning experiences that develop relevant skills.This series of reports was made possible through a grant from the Grable Foundation.

Remake Learning Hosting 280 Events To Change How You Think About Education

Remake Learning

Learning doesn’t just have to happen in a classroom.

That’s the message that education groups and members of the Remake Learning Network hope to send by hosting more than 280 events this week. The events will promote innovative educational opportunities for children with hands-on learning such as woodworking, sewing, robotics, 3-D printing and student-led panels.

"Remake Learning" is an expression used to describe the idea that children can learn anytime and anywhere, including at museums and libraries.

More than 250 Pittsburgh organizations are a part of what’s called the Remake Learning Network, which connects people dedicated to reshaping education. The network emphasizes the learning of problem solving and collaboration skills through hands-on, cross-disciplinary teaching.

It's not just teachers helping students, but researchers, technologists and innovators who stray from pedagogy-based on testing.

Sunanna Chand who is the learning innovation strategist for Remake Learning said the network has allowed people to intersect and create unique learning opportunities, but it hasn’t put an emphasis on getting the word out to parents.

“So what we’re hoping is that a parent and their family can go to a Remake Learning event right in their community and see what kind of innovative learning opportunities are there both now during Remake Learning Days, but also throughout the entire year,” Chand said.

She said Pittsburgh is on the forefront of that movement because of the collaboration between almost 1,000 individuals. 

“We’ve been able to create this really collaborative space where educators and professionals across sectors can work together on this idea of learning innovation,” she said. “And that kind of thing at this scale is really not happening anywhere else.”

Chand said the network has created a model that can be replicated anywhere.

Sarah Schneider is WESA's education reporter. From early learning to higher education, Sarah is interested in students and educators working to create more equitable systems. Sarah previously worked with news outlets in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Idaho. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she worked for the school newspaper, the Daily Egyptian.
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