HMH competition looks for ways to transform education

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) recently launched the HMH Global Education Challenge, which is aimed at identifying and incubating ideas for solutions that have the potential to make dramatic improvements in student outcomes in K-12 education.

Entrants can submit ideas via an online platform for evaluation by the community and a panel of judges for a chance to win from a pool of $250,000 in cash and prizes, as well as the possibility of development and ongoing financial investment from HMH.

The winning entrant will receive $100,000, second place will receive $25,000, third place will receive $10,000, and additional prizes, including iPads and Amazon.com gift cards, will be awarded during the challenge.

Ideas, which can be a service, software, or other technology, should impact one of three key areas: student learning, family engagement, and teacher effectiveness. Entries will be evaluated by the judges based on uniqueness, impact, and adaptability.

The judging panel will include the following people:

  • Steven Anderson, Educator, Author of "The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom"
  • William J. Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Joe Blatt, Senior Lecturer in Education and Faculty Director of the Technology, Innovation, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Michael Horn, Executive Director, Education--Innosight Institute
  • Marwan Marouf Mahmoud, Executive Director, ICT Industry Development Division, ictQATAR
  • Fiona O'Carroll, Executive Vice President, New Ventures/Innovation Group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education at Microsoft
  • Phoenix Wang, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Startl
  • Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and Former Governor of West Virginia

"Our schools and the tools they use are becoming more disconnected from the students they serve every single day," Michael Muldowney, interim CEO and CFO of HMH, said in a statement. "There is a critical need for fresh, creative thinking to improve global educational systems."

"We all share the responsibility for identifying ways to improve schools and the Global Education Challenge brings anyone with a great idea into the discussion--whether the innovator is a classroom teacher, a school principal, a parent or an academic," Muldowney said. "We're looking for ways to dramatically improve results, while extending educational opportunities to every child globally."

Challenge entries will be accepted from May 19 through July 15, and the winners will be announced in September.

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