Your Hub (Denver Post) November 14, 2018


Pathway 2 Tomorrow Awards mindSpark Learning with $15,000

 
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Pathway 2 Tomorrow: Local Visions for America’s Future has awarded 24 recipients across 17 states and the District of Columbia with $15,000 stipends for innovative ideas to transform education outcomes in the U.S. The proposal submitted by mindSpark Learning was chosen as one of the winners.

“There’s an opportunity to improve STEM and CS education to meet the needs of today’s workforce. The grant from Pathway 2 Tomorrow will help mindSpark Learning re-shape STEM knowledge and preparedness for U.S educators, students and ultimately, workforce,” said Kellie Lauth, CEO, mindSpark Learning. “Research shows that teaching and leadership are the most important school-based factors in a student’s academic growth.”

The goal of the P2T Call for Proposals was to hear locally responsive ideas with the potential to transform the education system at the state and local levels. These proposals rose to the top through a rigorous review process. Over two months, P2T received 240 submissions across 39 states representing all geographical regions. Proposals came from policymakers, entrepreneurs, educators, parents, researchers, advocates, nonprofits and business leaders. Submitted proposal topics ranged from closing the skills gap, teacher recruitment and preparation, personalized learning, higher education debt relief and more.

“Through P2T’s Call for Proposals, it is clear that individuals from across the country are committed to improving our education systems and seek to build upon the foundation to push existing boundaries and reach new ones,” said Hanna Skandera, former New Mexico secretary of education and P2T visionary. “We are confident that these game-changing ideas will impact students, schools and communities across the country. We’re thrilled to be working with these individuals to refine and expand on the proposed solutions and report on their impact.”

The submitted proposals were reviewed by more than 30 cross-professional leaders. The selected proposals demonstrated established need, were research-informed, innovative, encompassed a clear path to implementation and anticipated significant results.

“We represent a group of people who are working every day on improving education for our nation’s students and P2T has helped us uncover these locally responsive solutions,” stated the reviewers, who wrote an Open Letter following their review experience.

One of the 24 awarded proposals will receive the Innovation Award of $100,000. P2T will announce the recipient later this month.

For more details on the winners, visit http://p2tomorrow.org/.