• North Allegheny Recognized as a Common Sense District

    Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized North Allegheny as a Common Sense District.

    North Allegheny has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges the District’s commitment to creating a culture where the whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens.

    "We applaud the faculty and staff of North Allegheny for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "North Allegheny deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

    North Allegheny has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships, and media literacy. The free K-12 curriculum is used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 50,000 schools, by more than half a million educators.

    "We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer. "By teaching our students how to use technology safely and responsibly, not only are we providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning, but we’re also preparing them for success in a rapidly changing and innovative technological world."

    To learn more about the criteria North Allegheny met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.