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ThinkZone Games Wins Grand Prize in Reach Higher Career App Challenge
FLOTUS'S FAVORITE: What's the First Lady's favorite edtech tool? Today, it's likely ThinkZone Games, the grand prize winner of the Reach Higher Career App Challenge. In a video released on YouTube, the First Lady describes how ThinkZone's Hats & Ladders app caught her and the judges' eye: "Their game-based app—Hats & Ladders—helps middle and high school students explore a variety of careers through self-assessments, fun activities, and mini-challenges...
TFA Announces Social Innovation Winners: COOP, Story Shares, Literator, BOOM, Elevating Equity
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Teach for America (TFA) has inducted five new companies into its fifth group of "social innovators," organizations the nonprofit believes "address education inequity in unique ways." TFA will fund the fledgling nonprofits, all founded by TFA alumni or corps members, to the tune of $100,000 and provide them with professional coaching...
NewSchools Venture Fund Announces Winners of NewSchools Ignite Challenge
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED:  NewSchools Venture Fund began its search in February for math tools that emphasized conceptual understanding with the NewSchools Ignite Challenge. It’s found them; the fund has announced its first cohort of 15 winners: they range from early stage startups to established companies developing new tools for new students...
Department of Education Launches Makerspace Design Challenge with $200,000 in Prizes
SCHOOL MAKEOVER: The Department of Education has announced the Career Technical Education Makeover Challenge, a contest for high school students to redesign spaces within their schools as makerspaces. Anyone who enters will have access to master classes, online learning resources and designers during the challenge's "makeover bootcamp...
Palestinian Teacher Wins Global Teacher Prize Worth $1M
GLOBAL PHENOMENON: Hanan al-Hroub was awarded the second annual Global Teacher prize, worth $1 million, at a gala in Dubai on March 13. She was one of ten finalists from all over the world. Prince William and Pope Francis congratulated her via video link. al-Hroub works with children traumatized by violence and has developed her own pedagogical approach to teaching based on developing nurturing behaviors in young students...
4.0 Schools Launches ‘Tiny Fellowship’ for Startups and School Designers
LITTLE BIT OF THIS, LITTLE BIT OF THAT: 4.0 Schools, a nonprofit education incubator based in New Orleans, LA, announced today at SXSWedu the launch of a new fellowship, entitled the “Tiny Fellowship.” The fellowship consists of coaching and capital ($5,000, equity-free). Unlike 4...
​2016 McGraw Prize Goes to the Heads of Miami-Dade School District, edX and Afghan Institute of Learning
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE: Alberto M. Carvalho (Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public County Schools), Anant Agarwal (CEO of edX) and Sakena Yacoobi (CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning) are the 2016 recipients of Harold W. McGraw Hill, Jr. Prize in Education.
Two U.S. Teachers Make Top Ten List for 2016 Global Teacher Prize
TIP OF THE TOP: On February 20, famed theorist and professor Stephen Hawking announced the top ten finalists for the Varkey Foundation's 2016 Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million competition. Two U.S. teachers made the cut: Joe Fatheree (@josephfatheree) of Effingham High School in Springfield, Georgia and Michael Soskil (@msoskil) of Wallenpaupack South Elementary School in Newfoundland, PA...
Annual K12 Game-a-Thon Opens Applications for Student-Designed Math Games
GAME FACE: The MIND Research Institute has opened the applications for the annual K12 Game-a-Thon, which invites students to build, play and share their own math games, until July 1, 2016. The Game-a-thon challenges students to invent a card game, board game, app or other type of game that deals with a mathematical topic...