From Passion to Purpose: 10 Teacher-Led Awards Distributed via the 2019 LRNG Innovators Challenge

May 06, 2019
By Educator Innovator

This year’s LRNG Innovators Challenge invited educators to design ways that youth can share their work with their communities, build real-world connections, and have impact on the issues that matter most to them. With support from John Legend’s The Show Me Campaign and the National Writing Project (NWP), 10 grantees have been selected based on their proposed programs, curricula, or projects that connect youth interests to larger networks, mentors, and/or forums where they can share their work and amplify their message.

Regarding the challenge, John Legend said, “We believe every young person deserves access to a quality education. We know that teachers have the unique power to change students’ lives, and we’re excited to continue supporting educators who are designing innovative ways to inspire young people.”

The LRNG Innovators Challenge supports teams of educators in designing, testing, and sharing solutions that build the future of creative and connected learning today. During the next 15 months, LRNG Innovators grantees will develop, pilot, and share promising ways to support, showcase, and celebrate the powerful work that youth create when they have opportunities to explore interests and ideas that are valuable to them and their communities. As part of the design process, the 10 educators will benefit from co-founder NWP’s deep experience supporting teacher-leadership through local and national networks.

“Across the country there are innovative teachers and engaged young people who are creating a new vision of what education can be, now and into the future. Through LRNG Innovators, we invest in those teachers and youth so that, ultimately, we all can learn from them,” said Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director of the National Writing Project.

Learn more about LRNG Innovators and the funded projects.