These teachers implement innovative student-focused projects that promote social justice and equity in the learning environment. Teachers Leading Change is funded out of the Teacher Empowerment Grant at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Teachers Leading Change is a community of teachers dedicated to reforming education – from the classroom. Based across Allegheny County, Teachers Leading Change provides cohorts of teachers from a middle or high school with a grant to implement an innovative project that is targeted to improving the educational outcomes for African American students or students situated in poverty. Funded by The Heinz Endowments through the Teacher Empowerment Grant, Teachers Leading Change is housed at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit under the Teaching and Learning Division.
Teachers Leading Change is currently being implemented 8 Allegheny County schools: Clairton Middle/High School; East Allegheny High School; Gateway Middle School; Linton Middle School (Penn Hills); McKeesport Senior High School; Sto-Rox Middle School; Wilkinsburg High School; and Woodland Hills Academy. The content of these projects span many areas: STE(A)M, Parent Engagement, Connected Learning, Writing, and access to Advanced Placement.