The Bridge 2.6

The Bridge 2.6




I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I also hope everyone had the chance to watch the inspiring talk given by our vice-chairperson Michelle King at the Connected Learning Summit that we shared last week. If you did not the link can be found here.


This week I want to share a couple of things with you. The first is another example of a school which is implementing Real-Work Learning in practice. One Stoneis a high school located in Boise, Idaho. The school, like City of Bridges, is a project-based school that engages students in cross disciplinary work that is framed using Design Thinking principles. One Stone takes this process one step further with a student run design firm, Two Birds. This design firm does real work for real clients. It is a very tangible example of how people learn best by doing real work.


The One Stone/Two Birds model also exemplifies another of the values of City of Bridges, namely student voice and agency. City of Bridges is a school that exists to provide students with the experiences, guidance and opportunities that they can use to build their knowledge, understanding and skills in order to enable them to create a positive future for themselves and for the world in which we live. This is accomplished by giving them the freedom and responsibility to explore their interests, while at the same time providing models and resources for them to be prepared for college, career or other post-secondary callings.


I recently had a conversation with a teacher that I have long admired and he told me how he learns new things. First, he identifies people who do those things well.  Second, he talks to those people about what they do. Third, he tries it himself and when he struggles he asks the people who do it well, what they might do.


In many ways this is the essence of City of Bridges to learn by doing, but with the guidance and support from people who do things well.


In order to shape this experience, we need to work with young people to help design the things that they need to explore. We need them to help us answer questions like:


What do we need to learn as humans right now to enable the future that we envision?




What does Pittsburgh need to offer young people to help them help Pittsburgh?


We received a lot of feedback from parents/guardians for our design groups and we are working to find dates that work, but we need to hear from more young people, so please share this linkwith young people who might be interested and share this newsletter.


Thank you and Be Well,



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