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Teach for America Innovation Award Finalist!

by admin | May 30, 2015 10:43:40 PM |

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The New York City Urban Debate League was selected as one of the top ten new alumni education organizations in the United States by Teach for America.  We spent last week with the other incredible and inspiring finalists and learned so much and were inspired so much!  A huge shout out to Teach for America for encouraging, supporting, empowering and accelerating the growth of educational entrepreneurs.  We were invited to Teach for America's annual Entrepreneurs United conference which brings together hundreds of teachers who are starting education organizations, education products, education software and other innovative reforms so that all students have the opportunity to an excellent education.  From attendance software systems to STEM mobile labs to debate in all classrooms - Teach for America teachers and alumni are impacting schools and students nationwide.. and worldwide. We also thank Teach for America for hosting us in their incredible new headquarters in New York City. Once again shout out to all the other Finalists and bigger shout out to every teacher out there innovating in every aspect - from innovation in one lesson, innovation with how you deal with one student to innovating one's classroom to innovating one's school to innovating one's community to innovating one's nation and to innovating the global education system.  That's what teachers and educators do everyday. So shout out to all the education leaders out there and every effort to bring the best education opportunities to all students.


The Award

Teach For America’s Social Innovation Award is an annual competition that brings budding alumni entrepreneurs

together to compete for seed funding and to engage in professional coaching built for

early stage entrepreneurs. The Award is intended to spark bold, new innovations that expand opportunities

for students in low income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity. This year’s

applicants are addressing education inequity across 20 different areas, including health & nutrition, student

achievement and community development. The Award is a critical component of Teach For America’s

broader alumni innovation strategy and recognizes alumni whose work exemplifies innovation and Teach For

America’s core values of Transformational Change, Diversity, Leadership, Team, and Respect & Humility.


Our Impact

Former Social Innovation Award winners, finalists, and semifinalists have impacted thousands

of students, families, and communities in our nation by targeting the most persistent problems

contributing towards educational inequity. They have won numerous prestigious awards, fellowships,

and business plan competitions, including the Echoing Green Fellowship, Ashoka Fellowship, and the

Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, Many of our winners are gaining significant

traction and national recognition. Notable among them are GirlTrek, Citizens of the World Charter

Schools, The Intersection, TeachEd, mSchool, School Justice Project, and RISE Colorado.


Who we look for

Social Innovation Award applicants are evaluated against a robust rubric with 12 behavioral and organizational

competencies that are aligned with Teach For America’s core values and predictive of entrepreneurial success.


Core Values

transformational change, diversity, leadership, team, respect & humility

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