The Future of Learning — Pittsburgh Spotlight

The future of learning is upon us now. Innovative partnerships are key to providing successful, creative, quality programs for students. In the Southwestern region of Pennsylvania many non-profit organizations are working together to meet the needs of the region. Hear from a distinguished panel of creative thinkers who work with students and schools in the region to achieve community and future readiness. With the educational facility community gathering in Pittsburgh this Fall, hear what and how innovative leaders in the Greater Pittsburgh Region are doing to meet the demands of tomorrow, today!

Broadcast Date

September 22, 2021, 2:00 PM (ET)

Meet the Presenters


Dr. Justin Aglio
Readiness Institute at Penn State
Senior Director

Dr. Justin Aglio is the founding senior director for the Readiness Institute at Penn State. In addition to his duties at Penn State, he is a visiting LearnLab fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Getting Smart columnist, and a member of the Remake Learning network. Prior to assuming his role at Penn State, Dr. Aglio was an award-winning educator, serving as a teacher, principal, and district leader. He started several all-new initiatives in public education, including the first K–12 artificial intelligence program in America, and was selected as a participant in the 2015 Presidential Maker Roundtable discussion at the White House.


Sam Moore
Moonshot Museum
Executive Director

Sam Moore is the founding executive director of the Moonshot Museum, a brand-new museum opening in Pittsburgh in 2022 with the mission of inspiring young people to find their place in the future of space exploration. Moonshot Museum will be a groundbreaking “living lab” focused on space career readiness, built on a unique foundation of partnership with a local space robotics company that will allow visitors unprecedented access to real spacecraft and space industry professionals. Moore has held programmatic and operational leadership roles in respected museums and cultural nonprofits, including the Senator John Heinz History Center, the National Aviary, the Missouri Historical Society, and St. Louis’s Campbell House Museum.


Amy Davis
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Career Education and Academic Events Coordinator

Amy Davis has worked in the education field for 28 years and is currently employed with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit based in Homestead, PA. Currently she serves as the Career Ready PA Lead and Western PA Gifted Liaison, both with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As well as working in those areas, Davis coordinates Academic Competitions and Events for the region’s students and is the State Coordinator for the STEM Design Challenge.


Josiah Gilliam
My Brother's Keeper City of Pittsburgh

Josiah Gilliam works for the City of Pittsburgh in Mayor Bill Peduto's Office as the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Coordinator. My Brother's Keeper is a Black men and boys focused collective impact initiative started by President Barack Obama that lives on through the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Locally, it is an initiative of the Mayor and County Executive centered around youth voice and young leadership. With a history of cross-sector impact area network weaving, human-centered program creation, catalytic grant making, and storytelling, MBK is locally funded by the Heinz Endowments and the POISE Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor and strategic partner.