Upcoming Events

August 6, 2024

12PM EST / 9AM PST

Featuring Karen Pittman and Merita Irby, Knowledge to Power Catalysts

Description TBA

This is the second in a series of webinars Knowledge to Power Catalysts will be hosting between now and September focused on centering youth thriving

August 20, 2024

12PM EST / 9AM PST

Featuring Michele Cahill, XQ Institute

Description TBA

This is the third in a series of webinars Knowledge to Power Catalysts will be hosting between now and September focused on centering youth thriving.   

September 3, 2024

12PM EST / 9AM PST

Featuring Josh Schacter, CommunityShare

Description TBA

This is the fourth in a series of webinars Knowledge to Power Catalysts will be hosting between now and September focused on centering youth thriving.   

September 17, 2024

12PM EST / 9AM PST

 Featuring Andrew Frishman and Peter McWalters, Big Picture Learning

Description TBA

This is the fifth in a series of webinars Knowledge to Power Catalysts will be hosting between now and September focused on centering youth thriving.  

Previous Events

July 2, 2024

Learning Ecosystems: An Introduction with Examples

#1 – A Centering Youth Thriving Webinar Series 

In the recently released report, “Too Essential to Fail: Why Our Big Bet on Public Education Needs a Bold National Response” (commissioned by Education Reimagined), Karen Pittman and Merita Irby outline how we can create “a new education architecture that leverages the full complement of community resources needed to empower and support learners for life, work, and civic engagement.” They make the case that, taken together, parents, learners, community organizations, employers, academic researchers, and educators – both teachers and administrators – know enough about what isn’t working, what is working, and what is needed to make education meaningful and impactful for everyone. It is time to stop tinkering around the edges and time to move from thinking about systems to focusing on improving the health of learning ecosystems.  But what, exactly, is a learning ecosystem? 

On July 2 we explored core principles of learning ecosystems and what it takes to ensure they are healthy, equitable, and thriving. We were joined by Dr. Tom Akiva, University of Pittsburgh, and Tyler Samstag, Remake Learning to take away the mystery of what learning ecosystems are and learn about the decades of innovative ecosystems stewardship in and around Pittsburgh, PA.  

April 1 & 2, 2024

Centering Youth Thriving: From Systems to Ecosystems 

Feedback about the event:

“Thrilling!”

“What an incredible group of people together in one room. Movement makers!”

“So many people actually focused on how to change how we do things.  It wasn’t just conversation. It was action.”

“Mind expanding.”

“Mind blowing.”

“The best think I’ve binged in years.”

June 27, 2024

Centering Youth Thriving Introduction

Additional Resources

Research • Links

* blogs and columns written by Karen Pittman that correlate with the coordinated researcher.