Teaching Cleveland aims to build informed and engaged Clevelanders who are positively changing region.

Connect.  Collaborate.  Commit.

The Teaching Cleveland Story . . .

In 2001, Beachwood High School social studies teacher Greg Deegan, collaborating with Dr. Ned Hill at Cleveland State University's College of Urban Affairs, created an upper-class elective called Cleveland Economics and Culture.  The course explored Cleveland history, but primarily focused students on public policy issues that community leaders were addressing.  Students researched issues from stakeholders' perspectives and ended the course by presenting solutions to audiences at CSU's College of Urban Affairs.  

For six years, Arin Miller-Tait developed and taught Cleveland-centered curricula in local public policy and economic development at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills.  Her course also encouraged students to address issues of social justice throughout the Greater Cleveland community.

In 2009, Deegan invited Miller-Tait to help develop a Teaching Cleveland Institute (TCI) which would assist local educators interested in teaching about Cleveland by providing unique sessions combined with conversations about ways to engage students in learning about Cleveland.  In 2014, with the generous support of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, they created the first Teaching Cleveland Student Challenge (TCSC), a program that directly engages local middle and high school students in public policy challenges and conversation.

Teaching Cleveland connects educators, youth, and community members to the city’s history and provides a collaborative forum for examining and addressing the current challenges facing Greater Cleveland.  We're investing in teachers, students, and community members.   We believe that Greater Cleveland’s youth and their educators, given proper tools and training, will play a pivotal role in the revitalization of Cleveland.

The Teaching Cleveland Foundation gained public charity status as a 501(c)(3) organization in September 2012.  Since its inception, more than 60 educators from 32 institutions have participated in Teaching Cleveland programming.

Annually, Teaching Cleveland reaches more than 5,000 area students.  We believe that as we engage young people, a critical mass of people who know about Cleveland and feel committed to it will build into a community of people who care.  

It starts with connecting students in the classroom with Cleveland history.  

It starts with dynamic educators collaborating about best practices.  

It starts with a new generation of Clevelanders committed to Cleveland. 

It starts with Teaching Cleveland.


"Teaching Cleveland gives me the tools and connections for my students to explore all that Cleveland was, is, and will be."  Andrew Glazier, Shaker Heights H.S.

Members of the 2011-12 Teaching Cleveland Institute at WVIZ/PBS Ideastream.