Current Grants: Out-of-School Learning

by Pitt School of Education

Remake Learning: Understanding Adoption and Adaptation of Facilitated Making in Libraries
The funding will support professional development programs for staff in two local library systems to help improve their existing makerspaces. A makerspace is defined as a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.

Dates: 9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
Funding Amount: $252,524
Funder: National Science Foundation
Investigator: Thomas Akiva


P.R.I.D.E.: Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Childhood Education
The focus of this scan is specifically on African American children ages 3-6 within home and school settings. We recognize that Pittsburgh is growing to be an increasingly more diverse place and the concept of PRIDE can be beneficial for all children starting at birth in all spaces of life and learning.

Dates: 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018
Funding Amount: $125,000
Funder: Hillman Family Foundations
Investigator: Shannon Beth Wanless


Evaluation of Igniting and Sustaining the Dream: Afterschool Initiatives
The evaluation will examine the extent to which the six selected afterschool programs (After-School Tutorial Enrichment, Program at Schenley Heights Community Development Program, Center that C.A.R.E.S., Thelma Lovette YMCA, Higher Achievement, Oakland Planning and Development School to Career and Center that C.A.R.E.S. at Jeron Grayson Community Center) meet the goals defined by McAuley Ministries.

Dates: 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2018
Funding Amount: $73,500
Funder: McAuley Ministries
Investigator: Shannon Beth Wanless


Out-of-School Learning in Urban and Disrupted Suburban Areas
This is a proposal to refine and implement a new improvement system, which we call Really Simple Improvement (RSI). RSI is based on the positive deviance approach, pioneered in the public health field.

Dates: 7/1/2017 - 5/31/2018
Funding Amount: $17,500
Funder: Heinz Endowments
Investigator: Thomas Akiva