Teachers and school districts employ a variety of different teaching strategies to help students learn, but students are the experts in how they want to be taught.
For this campaign, Hear Me will be partnering with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
Hear Me will be asking students to talk about the role that hands-on learning outdoors could or should play in their education.
For the purposes of this campaign, Hear Me and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy are defining outdoor environmental education as a process that allows students to learn about and investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of their environment.
- CURRENT CAMPAIGN
Hear Me's sixth campaign is in partnership with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to discuss access to learning opportunities both in classrooms and outdoors.
Specifically, this campaign will explore the similarities and differences between learning indoors and learning outdoors, and compare the value students see in different types of learning.
At the end of this campaign, Hear Me and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will share students' stories with educators around the region, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and local charter schools to inform decisions on environmental education initiatives.
What is a campaign?
A Hear Me campaign is a region-wide collection of stories based on a specific theme and tied to a strategic action plan to raise awareness. The collection period is four months and the stories are shared during the following four months through the Sponsor a Kiosk program and specific campaign plans.
How will the stories be used?
The participating students, Hear Me, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will share these stories with educators and administrators in the region.
Additionally, all stories from this campaign will be shared on Hear Me's website and collected together in a portfolio.
Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on these stories. These stories will be featured in the Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to understand and advocate for a fair funding policy for Pennsylvania's students.
About our Campaign Partner
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998 under an official public-private partnership to improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with government and community.
Youth Police Relations
Hear Me stories are the experiences and ideas of young people. Stories can be shared through a variety of media supported by our website - audio, video, pictures, and writing. Hear Me encourages audio recordings, since this is the only media form compatible with the Sponsor a Kiosk program. The technology used to capture the stories does not have to be complicated; a computer's webcam or phone's audio recorder works! You can also borrow audio recorders from Hear Me's lending library to record stories.
Who can participate?
How to participate?
What if I don't want my school or organization's name associated with the stories?
What are some example prompts to use?
It's simple. Pick a Story. Pick a Location. Make an Impact. Sponsor a Kiosk Today.
Hear Me has always used interactive displays to share kids' stories with communities and encourage community feedback to share with young people. Hear Me kiosks are the primary output strategy to share stories from this campaign. They were designed to engage the public in a conversation around the topics raised in Hear Me campaigns. Each kiosk has an interactive audio listening device and a place for listeners to respond to the story.
Thanks to all of our kiosks sponsors!
How the Sponsorship Works:
We'll send you a portfolio of stories to choose from based on our current campaign theme. You pick your favorite neighborhood hangout to host the Hear Me Kiosk; it can be a coffee shop, café, bookstore, library or anywhere you want.
From here, you decide your level of commitment. We're happy to set up relationships with business owners, install the display, and collect the community responses. Or, if you already have a relationship with a business, you can pitch the idea yourself.
By sharing the experiences of kids, you are becoming part of a larger conversation about the future of our children.
All stories will be shared on our website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories.
Stories will also be featured in our Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved school climate.