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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PIE Appoints New Executives to Board of Directors

    Posted by P.I.E. | August 19, 2013

    PIE Appoints New Executives to Board of Directors

    PRESS RELEASE

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  • BOD Increases to 38 with New Appointments

    Posted by P.I.E. | August 19, 2013

    Welcome Andrew Benson and Dave Hatter!Benson_photo

    Andrew Benson is currently Executive Director of Smarter Schools, a non-profit consulting organization focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness of education. The organization aids states, districts and schools to devise strategies to improve educational outcomes with existing resources.

    Benson has spent a decade working on education reform for KnowledgeWorks Foundation. He was most recently Vice President of KnowledgeWorks and Executive Director of Ohio Education Matters.

    He spearheaded the statewide Ohio Smart Schools effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness of K-12 education in the state, which ushered in state legislative and policy change over the past three years to advance shared services, blending and digital learning, benchmarking, and innovation. He has supported the state, three governors and four state superintendents, on numerous reform efforts, including the Ohio Race to the Top grant proposal (2010), the Governor’s Institute on Creativity and Innovation in Education (2009), the Governor’s Transition Committee for Higher Education (2006) and the State Board’s High School Task Force (2004-05).

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University.

    Dave Hatter 2013Dave Hatter has over 20 years of programming and consulting experience, numerous industry certifications and a BS in information systems from NKU. He’s a learning junkie and is especially good at bridging the gap between business and technology, solving wicked problems and delivering creative, effective software solutions. Additionally, he has written or contributed to 12 books and written more than 100 articles for various publications like the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Boston Business Journal and the Kentucky Post.

    Hatter is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 35, Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Northern Kentucky and is a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40”, Class of 2003. He was named the NKU Outstanding Alumnus, College of Informatics in 2006 and NKU Young Alumnus in 1997.

    He feels strongly about community service and stays active in the community through service on various boards and organizations including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, and he is an 8th term member of the Fort Wright Kentucky City Council. Dave can also be seen as a regular guest on WXIX (Fox19) where he provides technology advice as the station’s tech expert.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Duke Energy Foundation Grant

    Posted by P.I.E. | May 30, 2013

    Duke Energy Foundation Grant

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!: 2013 Leadership Excellence Award!

    Posted by P.I.E. | May 30, 2013

     2013 Leadership Excellence Award:

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CPS Students Benefit From Fifth Third Foundation Grant to PIE!

    Posted by P.I.E. | February 27, 2013

    For Immediate Release:

     http://www.piemedia.org/?attachment_id=1501

    Read About it in the Cincinnati Enquirer!

  • It Began With a Thump: The “Newsmakers” Interview

    Posted by P.I.E. | December 11, 2010

    Generally speaking, I’m not considered a klutz.  However, as I sat on the soundstage and prepared for my “Newsmakers” WKRC TV interview, I did a true-to-form impersonation of the vintage Gerald Ford SNL skit performed by actor Chevy Chase.

    Waving a quick goodbye to Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune as he exited the stage, I tumbled down the steps, slid across the stage and disappeared behind a news desk.  Popping up with an “I’m OK” announcement to all the crew, I promptly climbed up to my chair, and taped the live (no dialogue edits) show with Dan Hurley.

    Talk about adrenalin rush.  Yes, I’m a fast talker, but the endorphins were exploding when the cameras rolled.

    I’m not a stranger to cameras, microphones or journalists.  As a FCC-licensed broadcaster and published author, I know how to talk to the camera (or the interviewer), engage the audience and build empathy. However, I just can’t “top” the tumble in Cincinnati.  Did it make the interview any better?  I don’t know – but it makes for a great story for the camera crew!

    Many people ask what it’s like to do a live interview.  Watch “Jeopardy”, and you’ll have some idea.  Listening intently, staying mentally focused, and answering in quick sound bites bodes well for a memorable media interview.  Simply, if the viewer can recall three key points I discussed, the interview was a success. If not, oh well.

    Using the Debating 101 STT mantra (Smile. Think. Talk.), anyone can handle an interview –even when the questions are unknown.  Try it with your friends or kids.  Talk for two minutes about something that excites you, and quiz everyone afterwards!

    Preparing for an interview? Think like a journalist, and fully prepare yourself.  Be personable, discuss a point of view with singular acuity, and offer a message viewers will remember once the interview has ended.

    In my case, I hope you’ll remember P.I.E. is a collaborative organization facilitating and promoting educational innovation.  Will you?  Well, that tumble may have kicked the interview into high gear, but it also represents P.I.E.’s overall point of view.  We are catalysts for educational innovation and entrepreneurial change.  We are a dynamic, evolving institution lead by innovators and change-agents.  A little blip in the road may only serve to strengthen our position.

    Yeah, even P.I.E. sees the silver lining – and the opportunity – in falling down some stairs.  You finished reading this article, right?

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    Due to technical difficulties, the “Newsmakers” video link is currently unavailable.  The link will be posted when resolved.

  • P.I.E. Launch-National Press Release-9/2/10

    Posted by P.I.E. | September 2, 2010

    Contact: Mary Schlueter – President/CEO – (513) 378-8370

    Sandra Guile – Communications Director – (513) 284-3114

    Press Release

    New Non-Profit Launches National Website

    Group encourages conversation about education, offers innovative ideas

    Cincinnati, Ohio – Thurs. Sept. 2:  Seeking ways to innovate the country’s education system, a group of local ‘edu-preneurs’ are launching a nationwide web site, www.piemedia.org today.

    Partnership for Innovation in Education, or P.I.E., based in Cincinnati, is identifying individuals, or ‘edu-preneurs’, who leverage their business knowledge and expertise to create dynamic educational opportunities positively impacting wide stakeholder communities.  Using compelling profiles of innovation practiced by educators, business executives, nonprofit leaders and government representatives, featured P.I.E. commentators discuss strategies for developing accelerated achievement, career readiness, critical thinking, financial literacy, economic development and tax revenue savings.

    “The purpose of P.I.E. is to generate excitement and buzz about how people are using education and innovation to provide a competitive, value-added opportunity for students. These days it’s difficult to talk about the quality of education as the current system continues to suffer financial, technology and employment challenges. So, we thought why not offer a way for people to share ideas on how to significantly improve the situation.  There is never the perfect, one-size-fits-all solution for schools stuck in academic and financial hardship.  However, we believe P.I.E offers practical knowledge pathways, with the reader able to choose his or her own direction,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, founder and CEO of P.I.E.

    The website features blogs, daily national news feeds on educational innovation, and video of the profiled commentator, when available. Users are invited to share ideas and solutions as it relates to their regional area. P.I.E also will serve as a consultant to groups interested in finding best practice innovation-based solutions.  In the near future, P.I.E wishes to become the national aggregator of educational innovation information, with satellite offices offering regional updates.

    “We are excited about this new endeavor and very passionate about injecting innovation, creativity and dynamism into the education system,” Schlueter said. “We provide smart talk about education because educational rigor and success determines the opportunities we offer our nation’s children and ourselves.  With an educational sector operating both effectively and inclusively, we guarantee our relevance in the competitive economic marketplace.”

    P.I.E. is a registered non-profit organization and is planning future fundraising events and activities. More information about P.I.E. is available on the website, www.piemedia.org, or contacting Mary Welsh Schlueter, (513) 378-8370.

  • P.I.E. Launch-Local Press Release-8/27/10

    Posted by P.I.E. | August 31, 2010

    Contact: Mary Schlueter – President/CEO – (513) 378-8370

    Sandra Guile – Communications Director – (513) 284-3114

    Press Release

    EMBARGOED Until Thurs. Sept. 2

    New Non-Profit Launches National Website

    Group encourages conversation about education, offers innovative ideas

    Cincinnati, Ohio –  Fri. Aug. 27, 2010:  Seeking ways to innovate the country’s education system, a group of local ‘edu-preneurs’ are launching a nationwide web site, www.piemedia.org Thurs. Sept. 2.

    Partnership for Innovation in Education, or P.I.E., based in Cincinnati, is identifying individuals, or ‘edu-preneurs’, who leverage their business knowledge and expertise to create dynamic educational opportunities positively impacting wide stakeholder communities.  Using compelling profiles of innovation practiced by educators, business executives, nonprofit leaders and government representatives, featured P.I.E. commentators discuss strategies for developing accelerated achievement, career readiness, critical thinking, financial literacy, economic development and tax revenue savings.

    “The purpose of P.I.E. is to generate excitement and buzz about how people are using education and innovation to provide a competitive, value-added opportunity for students. These days it’s difficult to talk about the quality of education as the current system continues to suffer financial, technology and employment challenges. So, we thought why not offer a way for people to share ideas on how to significantly improve the situation.  There is never the perfect, one-size-fits-all solution for schools stuck in academic and financial hardship.  However, we believe P.I.E offers practical knowledge pathways, with the reader able to choose his or her own direction,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, founder and CEO of P.I.E.

    The website features blogs, daily national news feeds on educational innovation, and video of the profiled commentator, when available. Users are invited to share ideas and solutions as it relates to their regional area. P.I.E also will serve as a consultant to groups interested in finding best practice innovation-based solutions.  In the near future, P.I.E wishes to become the national aggregator of educational innovation information, with satellite offices offering regional updates.

    “We are excited about this new endeavor and very passionate about injecting innovation, creativity and dynamism into the education system,” Schlueter said. “We provide smart talk about education because educational rigor and success determines the opportunities we offer our nation’s children and ourselves.  With an educational sector operating both effectively and inclusively, we guarantee our relevance in the competitive economic marketplace.”

    P.I.E. is a registered non-profit organization and is planning future fundraising events and activities. More information about P.I.E. is available on the website, www.piemedia.org, or contacting Mary Welsh Schlueter, (513) 378-8370.

    EMBARGOED Until Thurs. Sept. 2

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