Resources for Educators

Teachers want to give their students the best opportunities to thrive after they graduate from their secondary or post-secondary education. Several organizations are working in the Pittsburgh region to help connect teachers with training programs that can then be shared with students. Others connect educators with each other or with businesses to share best practices and challenges in the workforce.


Discussion Guides

Use these questions as a supplement to viewing Future Jobs vignettes, to facilitate discussion and deeper understanding of the topics.


Read more data from the Inflection Point report

Developed by Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the 2016 Inflection Point report uses data to predict where jobs will be needed in the near future, and what employers, educators and members of the workforce can do to be ready for those jobs. The report was updated for 2017-18.

This document served as a basis for much of the data in this project, including identifying the workforce issues that we’re facing in the Pittsburgh region. Slower population growth plus an aging workforce that could trigger a wave of retirements, leaving job openings unfilled in its wake.


Visit worksites with Educator in the Workforce to better understand different industries

Daylong immersion opportunities through the Consortium for Public Education program are meant to allow teachers to better understand industries and share future career paths with their students, while businesses are eager to make connections to future employees. Learn how to be among the school districts participating in the site visits, and browse other programs from the consortium.


Start students on the professional development path with Learn and Earn

A youth employment program for students ages 14 to 21, Learn and Earn is administered by Partner4Work, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The six-week internship program also professional development training in soft skills. Learn and Earn has connected nearly 6,000 young people with jobs at more than 400 worksites. Share the resource guide with students, and sign up for email alerts about the program.


Learn how America Makes trains veterans in additive manufacturing

A private-public partnership to accelerate additive and innovate manufacturing and 3D Printing, America Makes is a national organization based in Youngstown, Ohio, whose mission is to increase the United States’ economic competitiveness. The group is operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, which works to advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Find out how companies can develop apprenticeships through America Makes and its partners.


Watch and vote on What’s So Cool About Manufacturing videos by students

Sixteen regional contests allow students to create videos that showcase manufacturing across Pennsylvania. The annual events, begun in 2013, give teams of students and teacher coaches camera equipment, software and guidance to script, record and edit videos meant to help change perspectives about manufacturing careers.


Learn computer science — or teach it to your students — using CSforPittsburgh

More than 150,000 jobs in computer science exist could be created across the country each year through 2020, but only about 10 percent of schools offer courses. CSforPittsburgh, a part of Remake Learning, offers resources for learners and educators, like a QuickStart Guide to inspire teachers to include computer science in lesson plans. Learn more about tech summer and after-school programs.


Engage with other students, teachers and parents to Remake Learning

A network to share best practices and new ideas, Remake Learning hosts or connects learners to events that foster creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Its popular Remake Learning Days, this year from May 9 to 19, has spread to several regions from its beginnings in Pittsburgh. Find out to tackle challenges using maker learning.