Forge Futures for Youth, Educators, & Families: A National Summit on Community-Wide Learning
May 8-9, 2024 in Pittsburgh, PA
This May, it’s time to author the next chapter for learning.
This upcoming May as kids finish another school year (and their educators plan already for the next one), we’re bringing together America’s most enterprising superintendents and educational leaders to author the next chapter for learning. This next chapter will, without question, be future-driven and learner-centered. It will also be place-driven, integrating the possibilities presented by local learning ecosystems.
We look forward to welcoming you to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh knows what it means to forge new futures. And, in this place where Mister Rogers lived and worked, Pittsburgh knows too what it takes to build a Neighborhood to meet learners’ needs – a learning landscape that weaves together schools, museums, libraries, early learning centers, out-of-school programs, and all the places where young people learn, alongside the caring adults in their lives.
Let’s push the limits of what’s possible together.
We expect boldness. And we aim to engage you actively—this won’t be a conference marked by plenaries. Rather, with help from futurists and teachers, learning scientists and youth, we will immerse ourselves in highly curated learning experiences; and then we’ll roll up our sleeves and hammer out some collective moonshots to make learning more engaging, relevant, and equitable for today’s young people.
Invitation-only pre-convening sessions are being held by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; Digital Promise; and the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP). Additional details are available from the sponsoring organizations.
Summit Day 1
May 8 will be largely experiential with site visits to key learning sites (schools, museums, libraries, out-of-school centers, etc.). Breakfast will begin at 8:15 at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center with buses leaving for site visits at 9:45 a.m. The day will end with a reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Museum Lab at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.
Summit Day 2
May 9 will be a working day during which we will roll up our sleeves and design approaches to expand equitable and engaging learning opportunities for young people across America and beyond. We will meet at the Carnegie Science Center and plan to adjourn by 4:00 p.m.
A block of rooms is available at the Westin Pittsburgh.
Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the Westin in within walking distance of the eclectic Strip District’s lively restaurants and shops, just minutes from Acrisure Stadium, PNC Park, PPG Paints Arena and the Cultural District with Andy Warhol Museum and Heinz History Center.
Use the link below to make a reservation in the Summit’s discounted room block. The room block reservation deadline is Monday, April 8, 2024. (Note that the room block may sell out. If it does, we will seek to add additional rooms.)
You will also find lots of other hotel brands in downtown Pittsburgh, all of which are within easy walking distance of the August Wilson Center, including: the Omni William Penn; Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh (Kimpton); Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown; Embassy Suites (Hilton) Pittsburgh Downtown; DoubleTree (Hilton) Pittsburgh Downtown; Renaissance (Marriott) Pittsburgh; Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown; and Fairmont Pittsburgh. If you have a favorite brand, you’ll likely find a good option in downtown Pittsburgh.