The Northgate School District was selected as a Moonshot grantee by Remake Learning for its continuing efforts to improve mental health resources for students through innovative practices.
In 2021, Remake Learning asked educators to dream big — to think of innovative, creative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our schools and learning communities. Since then, 17 inaugural Moonshot grantees have received more than $1 million in funding to build out experimental ideas, test new concepts, and find powerful ways to move education toward a new future of learning.
Remake Learning will again distribute more than $1 million this year in support of bold ideas for the future of learning, and Northgate was one of nine educational entities selected in the first round of applicants to join the 2022 cohort.
The grant will support the district’s Partnerships for Change project, a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Allegheny Health Network, Simcoach Games, and Chill Therapists to create game-based mental health tools and a school-based horticulture therapy site, which will also incorporate game interventions. Over the 2022-23 school year, the project team will work with student developers to ensure relevance and build a system for developing, testing, and scaling ideas.
Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said the project aims to increase and scale the district’s behavioral and mental health services by: building and testing a school site-based horticulture therapy program and technological and game-based behavioral/mental health interventions in connection with the CHILL project. The proposed technological and game-based behavioral/mental health interventions would also work in connection with the new horticulture therapy program.
Moonshot grantees have challenged traditional notions of professional development, explored personalized learning in schools by abandoning traditional letter grades, and experimented with community-based, multigenerational learning.
“Each of these projects was selected because they go above and beyond in their missions to engage students, remove barriers, increase accessibility, and utilize new learning environments,” said Tyler Samstag, Remake Learning Network Director. “Moonshot Grants were created to disrupt the status quo and we can’t wait to see what this cohort of grantees will accomplish.”
Support for Moonshot Grants is generously provided by The Grable Foundation and The Benedum Foundation.
Other educational entities in the cohort include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Environmental Charter School, The Woodlands Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, California Area School District, Hatch and the Wheeling County Day School.