Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A SMALL DISTRICT'S GRADUATES PAINT A PORTRAIT OF NATION'S BIGGEST GENERATION THE GRADUATES OF NORTHGATE'S CLASS OF 2000 ARE TECH- SAVVY, OFTEN STRUGGLE WITH DEBT, AND ARE SOCIALLY TOLERANT. Series: THE MILLENNIAL BOOM

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A SMALL DISTRICT'S GRADUATES PAINT A PORTRAIT OF NATION'S BIGGEST GENERATION THE GRADUATES OF NORTHGATE'S CLASS OF 2000 ARE TECH- SAVVY, OFTEN STRUGGLE WITH DEBT, AND ARE SOCIALLY TOLERANT. Series: THE MILLENNIAL BOOM

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When the Post-Gazette set out to portray America's biggest generation ? the millennials born between 1980 and 2000 ? we relied heavily on an earlier initiative.

In 1989, the newspaper began tracking the Class of 2000 in the form of first-graders at tiny Northgate School District, which includes Bellevue and Avalon. We checked in on them each year until they graduated at the close of the millennium.

This group is now in its early 30s, and its members make up the oldest edge of the millennials. Even a small district loses and gains students through any 12-year span, so we have looked particularly closely at the students who made up the first-grade class in 1988-89 of their newly minted teacher, Jill Fischer. She is now Jill Szafranski and works as manager of math teachers at Think Through Math, a Web-based teaching initiative headquartered on the North Side. …

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