The 18 winning teams come from institutions and organizations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their proposals address a range of learning goals—from improving math and reading proficiency to increasing the quality and availability of remote instruction. In addition to receiving financial prizes, the winning teams will share insights from their work with external researchers to facilitate experimentation to improve student outcomes and better understand student learning.
The winning proposals can be found here. Among the winners are:
- Springboard Collaborative: Alejandro Gibes de Gac is the founder and CEO of Springboard, a nonprofit focused on closing the literacy gap. Growing up, he learned firsthand that a parent’s love for their children is the single greatest—and most underutilized—natural resource in education. Springboard helps schools accelerate student learning by harnessing the untapped teaching potential within families. In the Tools Competition, Springboard will leverage speech recognition to build an assessment that helps parents to measure and understand their children’s reading development.
- UPchieve: Aly Murray is the co-founder of UPchieve, a real-time tutoring platform for low-income students. She is the daughter of a Cuban immigrant and had limited access to academic support at home growing up. Driven by this experience, she will use the Tools Competition award to scale the company’s tutoring support to reach more students like her.
- Rising Academies School Network: George Cowell is the international director of the Rising Academies in West Africa. Rising’s award-winning distance learning by radio program ‘Rising On Air,’ built from lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, reached more than 12 million children across 25 countries in 2020. In 2021, Rising will develop an interactive chatbot tutor that complements this high-quality radio instruction, with plans to scale across the world through its existing partner network.
- Kolibri: Richard Tibbles is the co-founder of Learning Equality, where he leads the development of Kolibri, an adaptable, open source platform used to support offline-first teaching and learning. The Tools Competition award will drive improved learning for more than a million learners in low- or no-connectivity settings, such as rural schools. The award will also ensure that the data collected in these settings informs the design of future learning experiences.