The Bridge 1.10

The Bridge 1.10

February 3, 2018

Hello and Welcome to our tenth issue of The Bridge!

Joining the COBHS Family

City of Bridges High School is moving forward! We are looking for a group of students and families who want to be a part of building this school, shaping the culture, the curriculum and the experience of what it means to be a progressive independent school here in the city of Pittsburgh. Our application will be released soon, but we have already begun conversations with some students, so if you are eager to dive in, please reach out to


The curriculum of City of Bridges High School has both structure and flexibility. The founding class of students will be instrumental in shaping their experience under the guidance of our faculty and extended community. We have added descriptions of our curriculum to our webpage which can be found here. We will be adding more information over the next few weeks, so keep checking in.

Our Team

I am excited to introduce two of the members of the City of Bridges Board of Directors. The founding Board is composed of amazing people who share our vision for transforming education and building new futures here in Pittsburgh and beyond.  We will be sharing the rest of the Board members in upcoming issues of The Bridge.

Michelle King, Vice Chairperson

Learning Instigator. Love Activist. Transformer.

Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher aka a professional hostage. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she has ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.)  She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, and teacher empowerment.  Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Carnegie Science Center, Hear Me, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.

Current Conundrums:  How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity?  How might we re-design for equity and social justice in and out of school learning? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections help us re-see the worlds we inhabit?  How might we embrace silence in our lives?

Josh Aderholt, Treasurer

Josh Aderholt is a Principal for the Century Group, a real estate and hospitality development and management firm. Prior to joining Century, Josh designed and implemented systems linking teacher and administrator performance to compensation at Pittsburgh Public Schools, as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Empowering Effective Teachers program.

Josh grew up in Wheeling, WV, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus in Finance and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. Josh has lived in Pittsburgh since 1999, interrupted by two years living in Warsaw, Poland, and another two years in Lviv, Ukraine, where he served in the MBA Enterprise Corps (currently known as MBAs Without Borders), providing consulting services as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project.

Josh lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and three children, and enjoys using his bike to get around town, gardening, and coaching youth hockey.


Thank you for being with us on this journey!

Be Well,

Randy and Paige

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