Education Innovation Showcase & Award

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Honoring K-12 Education System Leaders!

The Education Innovation Showcase will honor K-12 education system leaders advancing innovation in their community and fostering meaningful change at the systems level! Based on our experience, we aim to highlight innovation in two categories: pre-implementation (idea category) and post-implementation (impact category). This update will offer more chances for K-12 leaders worldwide to learn and share. We use a standardized rubric and collaborate with over 35 partner organizations to select the top 5 innovations in each category.

Key Dates

October 16, 2023 — Application Live!
November 15, 2023 — Ask Me Anything Live Event
EXTENDED: January 5, 2024 — Application Deadline
February 2024 —Application Status Updates Sent
February 2024 — Top 10 Announced
April 14-17, 2024 — The 15th ASU + GSV Summit, with Top 10 Celebrated and Winners Selected!

Prize Package

The top 10 innovators will receive complimentary registration and accommodations at the 2024 ASU+GSV Summit, and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the Summit for a shot at the grand prize:

  • Idea Category: $5,000 cash + $5,000 grant from Educating All Learners Alliance to ensure your innovation reaches all learners (plus support in implementation)
  • Impact Category: $20,000 cash

In addition to the cash prize, both winners will receive:

  • A Design Sprint with Transcend Education (valued at $10,000)
  • 30 hours of consulting with the League of Innovative Schools, training on the Digital Promise Inclusive Innovation Framework, and complimentary registration and accommodation to any League of Innovative Schools' convening or event (valued at $10,000)
  • Consultation and training on the LEAP Learning Framework from Dr. Katie
    Speth, Chief of Learning Innovation at LEAP and former PreK-12 principal of a USDOE Blue Ribbon School
  • Complimentary registration to next year's ASU+GSV Summit!

Meet the 2024 Top 10 Finalists

Embracing AI: Building Our Own District-Wide Artifical Intelligence (Idea)

AUSD is developing a district-wide AI system to support and inform all students,
teachers, and staff
Arcadia Unified School District

Virtual Vistas: Elevating Learning with an Ecosystem of Supports (Impact)

IVSA offers individualized, accredited, tech-driven education with an ecosystem of
virtual supports
Illinois Virtual Schools & Academy

Smart Manufacturing Meets Innovate (Idea)

GBL to develop digital skills, critical thinking, problem-solving & career pathways in
Industry 4.0
Innovate Academy Prepartory School

Runway Green - Brooklyn's First K-12 Experiential Learning Ecosystem (Idea)

A learning ecosystem for educational equity, workforce development, and
environmental resilience
Launch EL Charter School
New York

Reimagining College Counseling with AI (Idea)

AI-assisted college counseling for first-generation students from low-income
San Francisco Bay Region School Districts

The $50 Study: An Income Floor for Teens (Impact)

The $50 Study explores the impact of giving students $50/week over a school year
Rooted School

SparkNC - Igniting Futures in Tech (Impact)

SparkNC is a Whole New Way to Do School
North Carolina School Districts
North Carolina

Talent Together: Bridging Educator Shortages Through Collaboration (Idea)

Talent Together is a statewide initiative that removes barriers to the teaching profession in Michigan
Consortia of 56 Intermediate School Districts in Michigan

Developing an Inclusive School Environment for Autistic Students (Impact)

TPCS offers an inclusive learning environment for autistic students and their neurotypical peers
Tapestry Public Charter School

Uxbridge High School Innovation Pathways (Impact)

The UHS links academics to credentials in fields that support authentic, relevant
Uxbridge High School/Uxbridge Public Schools

2023 Showcase Winners

Congratulations to the three finalists who took home top honor in 2023.

2nd Place

1st Place

3nd Place

2023 Showcase Finalists

- Bonsall Forward Initiative — Bonsall Unified School District, California
- Building a Culture to Advance Virtual Innovation — NYC DoE District 08, New York
- Career Pathways and Career Connected Learning — Westbrook Public Schools, Connecticut
- Igniting Regional Collaboration for Student Learning Recovery — East Central Educational Service Center, Indiana
- Launch at Floyd Bennett Field — Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, New York
- Overtime Elite — Overtime Elite, Georgia
- Putting Rural on the Map — Collegiate Edu-Nation, Texas
- Skyline: Chicago’s PK-12 Digital Curriculum - Chicago Public Schools, Illinois
- Success for Our Seniors — Capital School District, Delaware
- The Studio Experience:  Co-Designed Learning for All — Northern Cass School District, North Dakota

About The Organizers

Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Our north star is that ALL people have equal access to the future.
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Digital Promise shapes the future of learning and advances equitable education systems by bringing together solutions across research, practice, and technology.

Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools connects and rallies the most forward-thinking leaders of the nation’s school districts.
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LEAP Innovations catalyzes innovation and education to transform how students learn. Fueled by the evidence-based strategies of the LEAP Learning Framework, our work focuses on igniting learner talent and potential by connecting learning experiences to each student's needs, interests and strengths.
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Transcend is made up of a diverse team of educators, innovators, and changemakers with experience as school and system leaders, working towards a vision where all young people learn in ways that enable them to thrive in and transform the world. The organization is unified in the mission to support school communities to create and spread extraordinary, equitable learning environments.
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The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is an uncommon coalition of over 140 organizations committed to resource-sharing and community-building that supports the efforts of the education community to meet the needs of students with disabilities. From working with edtech solution providers to address accessibility and inclusivity in edtech to partnering with schools and districts to support promising practices in the field, EALA is committed to ensuring equity for all learners by bringing together resources from across the fields of disability advocacy, special education, civil rights, and K-12 nonprofits have come together to address and reimagine organizations, approaches, systems, and learning environments.
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