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Making The Grade
Making The Grade


A Special OnQ Series
on Education Reform

All too often, the positive stories about learning and education in the Pittsburgh region - go untold. That's why OnQ has developed this ongoing series of feature reports and interviews showcasing innovative educational programs and goals, exceptional teachers and students, and policy makers working for education reform.

Featured on this page are selected reports from OnQ's Making The Grade series.

After you've watched any of OnQ's coverage on Education Reform, please take a brief survey by CLICKING HERE. We want to know if this program helped you!



Making the Grade: A+ Schools - OnQ reports on A+ Schools, an independent, community alliance for public education that's improving student achievement and test scores in the Pittsburgh Public School District. The lessons learned can benefit teachers, students, and board members in all of our region's school districts.

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Making the Grade: STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - the push continues to foster STEM education in America's schools. OnQ continues its Making the Grade series with thoughtful discussion on the importance of STEM for students, teachers and administrators - and how that would ultimately serve the nation.

Guests: Art Baldwin, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Sam Franklin, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy; Joan Schanck, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative.

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Making The Grade: Propel Schools - Public schools are sharply criticized for not providing quality education and choices for children and families living in economically depressed neighborhoods. But in McKeesport, Homestead and other local neighborhoods, The Propel Charter Schools are surpassing other public and private schools in testing and overall excellence. Why? What is Propel? OnQ's Michael Bartley takes you on an in-depth visit to Propel.

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Propel Schools

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Making The Grade: Extra Mile Foundation - OnQ continues its series on education reform, "Making the Grade," with a profile of the Extra Mile Foundation, which sends low-income students to four Catholic inner city schools in the Pittsburgh area. Saint Benedict the Moor in the Hill District, Saint Agnes in Oakland, Holy Rosary in Homewood, and Saint James in Wilkinsburg are all "Extra Mile" schools.

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Making The Grade: Environmental Charter School at Frick Park - OnQ celebrates Earth Day with a look at a unique local charter school designed to educate children about the environment like never before. OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes us inside and outdoors to The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.

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Making The Grade: Pittsburgh Promise - Pittsburgh TV stations are joining forces to get the word out about "The Pittsburgh Promise." If you've heard the term but didn't know what it was - this program will tell you everything you need to know. In a nutshell, The Pittsburgh Promise is an ambitious scholarship program that helps students in Pittsburgh Public Schools plan, prepare & pay for college.

OnQ's Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso will host for WQED and will be joined by Pittsburgh news anchors Ken Rice & Stacy Smith (KDKA), Darieth Chisholm & David Johnson (WPXI), Wendy Bell and Andrew Stockey (WTAE).

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Making The Grade: University Prep/Pittsburgh Public Schools Reform - OnQ begins its new series on education reform in the region with this report that explores a new program in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system. Michael Bartley takes viewers into a unique school, University Prep, with a strict dress code, longer classes, and an emphasis on getting into college.

Related Link:
University of Pittsburgh: Improving Teaching and Learning in our Schools

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Making the Grade: GROW Camp - That's Gardening, Responsibility, Once Weekly. OnQ reports on this farm-based environmental education program in Lawrence County where children in grades 1-3 learn valuable lessons through growing a garden.

Related Link:
Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Center

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Making The Grade: A Forum On Public Education - A healthy Pittsburgh is a healthy region.. so whether you live in the City, the 'burbs or out in the country we urge you to watch this important public forum. The program will feature all the candidates for Pittsburgh School Board and will be broadcast live from WQED studios.

And you can weigh-in on the issues. We will be taking live phone calls plus you can suggest topics prior to the Forum. And don' t worry if you're not near a TV because the program will be simul-streamed live on WQED and will stay in our archives through November.


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