NEWTON, MA – Newton-based KaiPod Learning, which creates in-person learning centers for online and homeschooled learners, has been named one of the most innovative and effective educational organizations in America and a semi-finalist for the $1 Million Yass Prize.
The prize will be awarded on December 14 in New York at an event organized in partnership with Forbes Media. As one of 32 semi-finalists, KaiPod Learning will receive a minimum of $200,000.
Awarded annually, the Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Exceptional, Permissionless Education, administered by the Center for Educational Reform, is awarded to the education provider whose innovative product or program is judged to offer students the most effective, transformational and sustainable educational experience possible. .
About 2,700 organizations from 48 states — including public, private, and charter schools, edtech companies, “microschools,” and a variety of nonprofits — entered the competition for this year’s award. .
Most of the organizations named as semi-finalists were recognized for creating new forms of education, such as micro-schools, modules and hybrid learning environments that combine the public and private sectors, innovative charter schools, private schools serving specialist student populations underserved by traditional schools. ed tech schools and apps. Many are parent-run organizations and others combine career preparation and learning with traditional learning.
The 32 Yass Prize semi-finalists will compete next month in the competition’s “accelerator” round, from which the winner and six runners-up, who will each receive $250,000, will be selected. In total, more than $11 million will be awarded.
“Those who believe that a quality education is no longer available to American students whose families are not wealthy should watch the extraordinary array of success stories told by our semi-finalists,” said the Yass Prize founder, Janine Yass, in a press release. “They take many different approaches and face many different challenges, but they all arrive at the same destination: students who are successful in school and have a strong chance of succeeding in life as well.”
Jeanne Allen, director of the Yass Foundation and founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, said the awards program is helping to create a “critical mass of innovation and success” beyond the confines of America’s public school systems in difficulty.
“We hope that what we see and learn from each year’s competitors will be applied by others to improve their own schools,” Allen said. “As the Yass Prize competition confirms, there is no reason to fail. With the right tools and environment, even children in the most difficult circumstances can learn.”