Posted by P.I.E. | November 25, 2013
WE Celebrate 2013
Thursday, December 5
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
The WE Celebrate Awards breakfast honors the achievement of women in business….
Join us to celebrate these women and recognize the inaugural WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award recipient, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman.
Cincinnati radio DJ favorite Laura Powell of Q102 will emcee.
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Posted by P.I.E. | November 21, 2013
School first to use iPad Air in elementary classroom
PIE Uses iPad Air to Advance STEM Learning
CINCINNATI, 21 Nov. — Kilgour Elementary School in Mt. Lookout is an early adopter of, and one of the first public elementary schools in the nation to receive, iPad Air tablets for innovative classroom work. Students across many grade levels will use them during the class day to launch a blended learning technology program created by nonprofit Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE). Blended learning mixes traditional methods of instruction with technology exploration.
PIE received a $25,000 K-12 Technology Innovation Grant from MiCTA (a national non-profit technology advocacy organization) to create an innovative technological in-class learning curriculum, to serve as a national model for other elementary schools interested in applying a hands-on Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) curriculum. This is the second grant given to PIE for use within the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS).
PIE’s KydPreneur2 program offers experiential, project-based learning meeting STEM core curriculum standards. PIE worked with Kilgour’s Tech Director Brenda McGee and CPS Chief Information Officer Jennifer Wagner to develop a pilot curriculum for first – sixth graders studying computer programming, video game design, stop motion animation and tech robotics. The Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) at Northern Kentucky University, the NKU Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), Sprint, and Hewlett Packard Co. will provide educators, program developers, real-world practitioners, and software engineers to develop and test the curriculum. Students and staff of the NKU College for Applied Informatics will create tech applications, while the students gameify the learning concepts. When launched, the program will offer CPS a royalty per curriculum adoption.
“Kilgour has required students to complete a capstone project for the past 12 years,” says Kilgour’s McGee. “And we have taught technology to our elementary students for many years, as well. We are the district leader in combining traditional brick-and-mortar learning with the latest tech applications to create blended learning. It better prepares our students for high school, college and the workforce.”
Planning is underway for all of CPS to adopt a blended learning plan. Superintendent Mary Ronan, Kilgour principal from 1996-2002, experienced first-hand the effects of blended learning on student achievement and teacher development.
MiCTA funding will purchase and Sprint will supply 30 iPad Air 9.5” screen tablets, a rechargeable mobile cart, a monthly data plan including data service, and dedicated customer service, loss, firewall and child safety coverage. The iPad Air is 7.5 millimeters thin, weighs just one pound, and comes with built-in apps and iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free.
Kilgour sixth graders will be the first to test the program in math. A pre-test will gauge their knowledge and a post-test will measure their progress. Sprint provides 24/7 access to the iPad Air and learning. Eventually, all 650 Kilgour students and 25 teachers/staff will benefit from the program. Following its pilot implementation at Kilgour, the program will launch commercially and benefit all 57 CPS schools, 33,000 students and 5,000 teachers. The program is fully scalable and transferable to all school districts throughout the United States. McGee will write a curriculum for use by any K-12 teacher.
PIE’s first MiCTA grant made Kilgour students the first public elementary school to design and launch an application globally across the Android platform. “Lemon Smash” debuted on June 5, 2012. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati City Council read a proclamation congratulating PIE and Cincinnati Public Schools and named it “Lemon Smash Day”.
Recognized as the first elementary school program in the USA to incorporate business, education and app development technology in the classroom, PIE programs offer real world, critical thinking skills embedded within an approved STEM Core Curriculum program – with the added benefit of earning revenue for school districts. PIE connects knowledge leaders, concerned citizens, educators, administrators, non-profit organizations, business communities and government leaders to promote positive change within neighborhoods and urban communities. ”PIE bridges the gap between educators and the business community,” says founder Mary Schlueter, “and transforms those partnerships into 21st century learning for students, while providing high-quality, workforce opportunities for the community.” www.piemedia.org
“MiCTA is pleased with the success of these projects,” says Tim Vonhoff, COO of MiCTA Tech, “and we believe that they can serve as models for schools nationwide. We have encouraged other schools to look at PIE’s programs and network with their peers at Kilgour.”
“The Apple iPad Air offers Kilgour students the ability to view exciting multimedia content and use engaging educational apps,” says Chris Rider, Director of the Center for Applied Informatics, Northern Kentucky University. “It has a high-resolution screen and an intuitive interface for students. They will have fun while learning from engrossing iBooks and apps.”
“Sprint is proud to be a partner with Partnership for Innovation in Education,” says Shane Carnahan, public sector account executive with Sprint. “We are so fortunate to have this innovative organization [PIE] in our community.”
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Posted by P.I.E. | November 15, 2013
Breaking News from Columbus, OH:
PIE-Milford Schools-Cinti Public Schools-NKU-Mayerson Academy $1M Straight A Fund Proposal Advances to Next Round!This is great news for K-8 Ohio Public School Students, as PIE collaborates with school districts, business organizations, universities, technology providers and professional development institutions to develop new experiential, blended and deeper learning STEM opportunities that provide significant academic achievement and sustainability gains for our youngest OH citizens.
Posted by P.I.E. | November 14, 2013
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Posted by P.I.E. | November 8, 2013
The WE Celebrate Awards breakfast honors the achievement of women in business. Join us on
December 5 to celebrate these women and recognize the inaugural WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award
recipient, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman. Cincinnati radio DJ favorite Laura Powell of Q102 will emcee.
WE Celebrate 2013
Thursday, December 5
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Congratulations to the 2013 WE Celebrate Award Finalists
Business of the YearLynn Elfers
Affordable Language Svcs.Sandra Gross
Brazee Street Studios
Best New Product/Service of the YearDenise Bartick
MAX Technical TrainingSuzanne Burke
Council on Aging of
Sun Sugar Farms
Wright Brothers Global Gas
Woman of Year – Corporate
Jan Armstrong Cobb
Duke RealtyAndrea Ayers
Susan B. Zaunbrecher
Dinsmore & Shohl
Mentor of the YearSandra Ambrose
ESJ Carrier/Without a DoubtTamara Harkavy
Fifth Third Bank
Network of Executive Women
Partners for a Competitive Workforce
Business of the YearKaren Cooper
SmartIT StaffingCathy Lindemann
Evolution creative solutions
Green Mountain Group
ADC Art Design Consultants
General Factory/WD Supply
Woman of Year – Entrepreneur
Ignite Philanthropy AdvisorsMackey McNeill
Mackey Advisors & Ignite ProsperityTerry Segerberg
Woman of Year – Nonprofit
American Heart AssociationEllen Katz
The Children’s Home of CincinnatiValerie Landell
Visiting Nurse Assoc.
Mary McCullough-Hudson ArtsWave
Dr. Cady Short-Thompson
UC Blue Ash College
Businesses WE Watch
APG Office FurnishingsEmily Frank
C’est Cheese Food TruckAnnie McManis
Erlanger Window Cleaning
Jenna Dunham and Katie Rhodes
Businesses WE Watch continuedJill Z. McBride
Forza MarketingJanet Chambers
I Have Wings Breast Cancer
Mary Welsh Schlueter
The Partnership for Innovation
in Education (PIE)
Posted by P.I.E. | October 24, 2013
From a nonprofit providing underprivileged and critically ill children with birthday cakes to a father’s crusade to end child abuse after his daughter was murdered, Greater Cincinnati abounds with community members dedicated to enhancing the lives of children.
Those community members, which consist of individuals, businesses and local organizations, are being heralded for their efforts and selfless dedication to children with the 2013 Duke Energy Children’s Museum Difference Maker Awards. Read More….
Posted by P.I.E. | October 15, 2013
ArtsWave has granted Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) $4,000 toward its Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Rothenberg School STEM2STEAM project.
Posted by P.I.E. | October 7, 2013
Mary Welsh Schlueter talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how local Students will Help Fort Mitchell Company Solve a Case With Grant from Duke.
Posted by P.I.E. | September 16, 2013
Ludlow Students Help Fort Mitchell Company Solve a Case
Posted by P.I.E. | September 9, 2013
“Duke Energy Children’s Museum’s Difference Makers Award honor youth, adults, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that share our focus to better the lives of children in our community. The Difference Maker Awards strives to recognize our community’s unsung heroes – the grandmothers and foster parents, the volunteers and the small community organizations, the teenagers and budding child advocates – along with the powerhouse agencies and individuals who make the Greater Cincinnati region a better place for children.”
“Someone in the community recognized your contributions and nominated you for a 2013 Difference Maker Award. A review panel completed the very difficult task of reviewing the nominations and choosing finalists in six categories.”
The event to honor the Difference Maker awardees and nominees will occur on 11/7/13, and PIE CEO Mary Welsh Schlueter is invited to attend the dinner at the Museum Center.