We are working to be a valuable asset to the community as a research, development, and implementation organization (501(c)3) dedicated to innovation in public education.
To research, develop, study, and refine educational models, practices, curriculum, and programs which cultivate healthy, well educated, engaged citizenry who are primed to play an active role in our evolving global society and equipped for the demands of the ever‐changing workplace.
Traditional schools and school district have a hierarchical structure that provides for cohesiveness and standardization. The design of these schools still utilizes the factory model made popular during the industrial revolution. Students are identified as the raw material which enters the system of the school, and through the process of public education, society receives the output of work‐ready graduates. However, students are not raw material; they are wells of human potential that hold the possibilities of our future.
A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES
Change is happening globally at lightning speed in the areas of technology, industry, and the economy, and by design, our current educational system is not agile enough to quickly or efficiently adapt. Educational reform happens, but slowly and incrementally, leaving our students at a disadvantage. Without talented individuals who have the necessary knowledge and skills, local industry and area businesses are also at a deficit, which affects our economy.
RefocusED, Inc. has sought input from a wide range of stakeholders, including local industries and experts, area universities and colleges, foundations, non‐profit and social service agencies, government representatives, entrepreneurs, families and community members in order to meet their needs, and more importantly, the needs of area youth. These partnerships and collaborations will be leveraged to provide real‐world, comprehensive project‐based, hands‐on learning and ensure all students are prepared to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s growing employment opportunities.