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Classes for Teachers

For the last few years, PHLF has offered Saturday tours to teachers through the Western Pennsylvania Association of Primary Educators, and has been invited to present a workshop during the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project’s Summer Institute.

Please contact Sarah Greenwald (; 412-471-5808, ext. 537) if you are interested in having PHLF staff provide an educational workshop for teachers.

Between 1983 and 2012, PHLF offered a series of Teacher Workshops for Act 48 credit, through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, as listed below.

Exploring Your City

Gain firsthand knowledge about Pittsburgh’s architectural and historical development through this 1-credit course which includes  a downtown walking tour, historical slide shows, and instruction in research techniques and architectural styles. Instructors: Karen B. Cahall, Ed.M., PHLF Education Coordinator, and Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director, Oakland Business Improvement District.

Teacher Induction Program: Getting Real: Connecting Classroom Curricula to your Community and City

Learn about PHLF’s educational resources and teaching strategies in this three-hour class that includes an incline ride up to Mt. Washington and a brief walking tour. Hear how PHLF capitalizes on the interdisciplinary nature of architecture to organize Main Street tours, architectural design competitions, and other hand-on projects for their school students.  Through these educational activities, students gain experience in conceptualizing, analyzing, and implementing.  They use math, language, reading, writing, and research skills and wrestle with – and solve – many problems associated with group dynamics.  Instructor: Louise Sturgess, PHLF Executive Director.

Community Connections: Pittsburgh Architecture & Resiliency Wellness

“Community Connections” is a 3-credit teacher inservice created by PHLF in 2009 through a grant from The Fine Foundation. (The course was originally called “Building Pride/Building Character.”)  The seven-day class gives teachers the skills and confidence they need to connect a curriculum unit to their community in a way that builds student achievement and pride.

Exploring Architecture

Through readings, lectures, slide shows, construction experiments, exercises in problem-solving, and walking tours of downtown Pittsburgh, South Side, Allegheny West, and Allegheny Cemetery, participants experience architecture as a creative discipline with practical classroom applications.

Exploring Your Neighborhood

Learn how to use artifacts, architecture, historic photographs, newspapers, city directories, and the landscape itself to investigate the history of your community. The course includes walking tours of Mt. Washington, Dormont, Manchester, and Friendship.

Pittsburgh Heritage

Teachers learn about Pittsburgh’s heritage by participating in art activities, incline and boat rides, and walking tours of Station Square, the Central North Side, Golden Triangle, and McKees Rocks.

Pittsburgh Heritage II

Course prerequisite: Pittsburgh Heritage

Through lectures, art projects, and walking tours of Troy Hill, the Hill District, Squirrel Hill, and the Strip District, teachers explore the built environment and learn how to use it as a resource for enriching traditional classroom activities.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633