The Bridge 2.5

The Bridge 2.5




The Bridge is one of the primary ways that City of Bridges shares our news and our vision with you. It has also mostly been my voice, so this week I wanted to share the amazing voice of the Vice Chairperson of our Board of Trustees, Michelle King.

Last week Michelle delivered the Plenary Keynote at the Connected Learning Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Please make yourself a cup of tea and spend some time with an educator, philosopher and a human being that inspires me every day. You can find a video of the address here.

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 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 is 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 Pittsburghers.

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?

Thank you and Be Well,



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