Educational Institutions

The Consortium for Public Education

  • McKeesport, PA
  • www.tcfpe.org

Mission Statement

To ensure that all children in our region start school ready to learn and graduate from high school prepared for lifelong learning, careers and citizenship.

Main Programs

  1. Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation
  2. The Future Is Mine (TFIM)
  3. My Action Plan for Success (MAPS)
  4. 21st Century Community Learning Centers (After School Programs)
  5. Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

The Consortium serves children and school districts located primarily in southwestern Pennsylvania. Some of our initiatives/programs connect us with children and districts across the commonwealth.

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 1985

Self-reported

Dr. Linda L. Croushore

Keywords

Self-reported

Education; Youth programs, engagement & voice; Regional convening & networking; College & career prepartion; Workforce development

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EIN

25-1533592

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Consortium serves as an independent broker and convener connecting more than 40 school districts - students and staff - to extraordinary educational opportunities. We bring resources, improvements and community support to public schools and advocate relentlessly for excellence and equity in public education. The Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation is a learning network that The Consortium convenes to support multi-disciplinary teams of educators with research, coaching and other resources to pursue systemic improvements in their schools. One focus of the Forum is on MAPS (My Action Plan for Success), a process for personalizing education and fostering academic and social engagement. Through MAPS, students receive coaching from supportive adults and access to eMAPS™, a recently launched digital tool designed to help students plan their own learning and self-development. The Future Is Mine (TFIM) continues to be the most comprehensive career exploration and youth workforce development program southwestern PA serving students in 30 high schools. Students develop and implement project-focused learning experiences through which they explore careers, increase their vocational awareness and develop critical 21st Century skills. CASTLE (Clairton's After-School Teaching & Learning Experience) supports students in 5th - 8th grades with tutoring in core subjects and activities that reinforce their learning and help them explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). In year 1, CASTLE served almost 100% of Clairton Middle School's students and demonstrated significant academic improvement. Because of this success, The Consortium is expanding its support to Wilkinsburg School District and its TIGERS after-school program. Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP) is a partnership with Carlow University and Saturday Light Brigade that encourages civic engagement and empowers youth to express themselves through media. As with all of our programs, youth voices and empowerment are embedded in the work.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Forum for Collaborative Leadership & Innovation

A learning network we convene to support multi-disciplinary teams of educators with research, coaching and resources to pursue systemic improvements in their schools and districts. Through the Forum, we create structured opportunities for these teams to individually plan and evaluate improvement projects. In addition, participation in the network provides formal and informal opportunities for exchanging ideas and best practices with other districts. The Consortium is a state approved provider of continuing education programs (Acts 45 & 48) for district administrators and certified educators.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

The Future Is Mine (TFIM)

The Future Is Mine (TFIM): TFIM is the most comprehensive career exploration and workforce development program serving southwestern PA students. It supports teams of students from 30 high schools in project-focused learning experiences that help them explore careers, develop leadership skills, and encourages civic engagement. TFIM members begin finding direction and see real-world relevance in their classroom learning. Working in teams to organize and complete projects, students cultivate the soft skills demanded in 21st Century workplaces, including communications, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

My Action Plan for Success (MAPS)

MAPS is a process for personalizing education and fostering student engagement. Through MAPS, students receive help and encouragement from supportive adults as they plan their own learning and development. The purpose of MAPS is for each student to leave high school with a viable plan that will lead to his/her future and vocational success.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

21st Century Community Learning Centers (After School Programs)

CASTLE (Clairton's After-School Teaching & Learning Experience, 5th-8th grade) and TIGERS (Teaching, Inspiring, Growing, Educating & Reaching for Success, in Wilkinsburg, 7th-8th grade) and Prime Time (7th-8th grade) in Woodland Hills are after-school programs that offer students tutoring and educational support, and opportunities to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM). In it's first year, CASTLE served almost 100% of all students at Clairton MS and demonstrated significant growth in student achievement. TIGERS and Prime Time are newer programs and are demonstrating similar success.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 5

Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP)

YMAP empowers teens to express themselves, particularly on issues such as education reform and improvement of the school environment. After identifying an issue, students work together to create a high-quality media campaign to advocate and gain support for their initiative.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

The Consortium serves children and school districts located primarily in southwestern Pennsylvania. Some of our initiatives/programs connect us with children and districts across the commonwealth.

Funding Needs

Financial support for programs that impact youth is always our most pressing need. We are looking to expand support for The Future Is Mine (TFIM) and Great Idea Grants. TFIM is the most comprehensive career exploration program in the region and serves thousands of students from 30 different schools. The cost per school is approximately $7,500/year, and $250,000 annually for the entire program. Great Idea Grants enhance classroom instruction and support student achievement by helping educators implement creative ideas to reinforce lessons and deepen learning. The annual budget for Great Idea Grants is approximately $250,000. The Consortium has been working with educators, students and web developers to create an online tool for students to use in planning for their futures. eMAPS™ (My Action Plan for Success) guides students through a series of questions, prompts and alerts designed to help them think about who they are, their interests, what they do well, and how they can translate those into a viable plan for post-secondary success. Once the pilot phase of eMAPS™ has been completed, our goal is to market it and use the proceeds as an income stream to support The Consortium. We would welcome help from the for-profit community to develop a business plan for this endeavor.

Affiliations + Memberships

Public Education Network (PEN)

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The Consortium for Public Education
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Consortium for Public Education

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Linda L. Croushore

BIO

With support from the Heinz Endowments and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Dr. Croushore founded The Consortium in 1985 to serve a single school district and has since presided over its growth into an organization serving districts across southwestern Pennsylvania. She began her career in McKeesport Area School District where she served first as a teacher and later as an instructional leader and administrator. She earned her undergraduate degree at Grove City College and a Master's and Doctorate in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She sits on numerous committees and boards, including the Advisory Board of Penn State Greater Allegheny, UCEA Center Advisory Board, Nurse Family Partnership Advisory Board, Institute of Politics Education Committee and the Arts Education Collaborative Advisory Board. She has been honored in many ways for her work, including as one of Carlow University's Distinguished Woman in Education; one of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania's Women of Distinction and the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It has been an extraordinary honor and an amazing journey to lead The Consortium for Public Education since its inception in 1985. The Consortium was founded in the belief that all children deserve a high quality public education. We have worked relentlessly to move our region closer to that goal. But the work is not done. With district funding generated largely through local tax efforts, some communities struggle with inadequate resources. We have always aimed to level the playing field. However important — and they are essential — the financial resources we assemble do not alone do the job. We endeavor always to leverage those resources with strong leadership — in our schools, in their communities and among students. It is only by bringing this diversity of perspectives to bear on problems that we find solutions that serve everyone. We have been gratified at the progress made in the districts engaged in our initiatives and humbled by the gratitude expressed for the work we do and the way we do it. We too are grateful—for your support and for the support of all the foundations and community partners that have so generously contributed to The Consortium, not only with funding, but also with time, expertise and wisdom. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Jordan Pallitto Ed.D.

Management Consultant - The Hill Group, Inc.

Term: July 2014 - June 2017

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