The STOP Award $1 Million Prize
Honoring education providers that continued to perform for underserved families during Covid.
We would like to support and endorse their work in the future to provide Sustainable, Transformational and Outstanding education for students in Permissionless settings.
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About the Award
When the COVID pandemic hit, education for millions of students was upended. Despite living in a modern global world where technology drives everything, many schools were simply unable to deliver even an adequate education to most students. It’s not their fault – the system is over 150 years old and not equipped for radical innovation.
But while there were too many students left behind during the COVID pandemic, and who face another school year with months if not years of education to catch up, many students were well served by education that beat the odds. They were either part of learning organizations which created new and game-changing options for students, or they were from advantaged families who were equipped to support their kids, even creating their own educational centers for them.
So we thought, what about giving an award to providers for getting underserved families through COVID just like wealthy families were getting their kids through it? Who is recognizing them, during one of the most trying times in history?
Thanks to a partnership with a long time board member and philanthropist, The Center for Education Reform is grateful to be able to do just that. We are offering a $1 million dollar prize to an education provider, exceptional group of people, or organization who has demonstrated accomplishment during the COVID pandemic in providing an education experience that is Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless.
These four attributes that make up the STOP Award will ensure that families, now and in the future, get what they deserve – access to individualized learning opportunities for their students, offered in supportive environments, alongside their peers.
Finalists will also have an opportunity to become part of a special cohort that provides exposure to one another, to education innovators, practitioners and investors, prior to finalists being chosen and ultimately, a victor.
Submit Your Application
The deadline has been extended. Applications must be received by October 31, 2021 (11:59PM EST).
Our selection process will include additional rounds of evaluation for select candidates to determine finalists as well as the ultimate winner. Applicants will be notified within one week of the initial submission deadline as to whether they are under consideration for the Award.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The STOP award will be granted to ONE education provider, exceptional group of people, or organization who has demonstrated accomplishment in providing a Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless education to students during the COVID pandemic.
- Sustainable – a program that is able to live without continual philanthropy by utilizing state education funds allocated for students that will enable students to have the learning environment that best meets their needs.
- Transformational – improves outcomes for students by introducing new approaches, technologies and ways of learning that brings education into the 21st century, for all students.
- Outstanding – demonstrably successful by every measure that matters.
- Permissionless – worked to create educational programs during Covid without asking for permission from any regulatory body, with families’ needs at the forefront.
An eligible applicant needs to meet the following criteria to be considered for the STOP Award:
- Leveraged a novel learning approach that is sustainable, transformational, outstanding, and permissionless
- The novel learning approach was actualized, initiated, and carried out between the months of March 2020 and present day. It is acceptable if the work is either ongoing or has already been completed.
- Serves students anywhere from K through 12 in the United States
- Was focused on serving students in underserved communities
- Can demonstrate clear outcomes and transformational impact as measured by data
- Has a plan for how the $1 million award will expand on their accomplishment to support more students and become sustainable, particularly for those who have not had the benefit of solid education during and before the COVID pandemic.
|ROUND / TASK||DEADLINE DATE|
|Online application available on STOPAward.com||September 8th, 2021|
|Round One – Applications for the STOP Award are DUE||Applications are due by October 31, 2021 by 11:59PM EST.|
|All applicants will be notified as to whether they are moving on to Round Two.||By November 5th, 2021|
|Round Two – Finalist cohort selected.**||Cohort mentorship will begin the week of November 8th, 2021|
|The STOP Award winner will be selected and announced.||January 2022|
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