From Passion to Purpose: Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 LRNG Innovators Challenge

February 06, 2019
By Educator Innovator

“Growing up in Springfield, Ohio, I experienced and saw firsthand the power of great teachers to change people’s lives. We’re thrilled to continue our support for teachers who use their creativity and passion to improve their students’ learning experience.”
—John Legend

LRNG Innovators is launching its fourth challenge, inviting educators to design ways that youth can share their work with authentic audiences, build real-world connections, and have impact on issues that matter most to them. We seek proposals for 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. For example, as educators, how can we 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? The possibilities are endless.

Proposals should be led by teams of PreK-12 teachers, and will benefit from collaboration between other educators and community leaders who work with youth in learning-­centered institutions like museums, libraries, and afterschool programs. LRNG Innovators Challenge grants are $20,000 each; grants cannot be awarded to individuals, for-­profit companies, or organizations not based in the United States.

Connected Learning research demonstrates that all young people benefit from opportunities to follow their interests with the support of peers and mentors and that give them the time and space to create work that is meaningful to them. Through LRNG Innovators, John Legend’s The Show Me Campaign and the National Writing Project partner to reimagine the way young people learn, encouraging new ways of learning and teaching in their schools or networks. Its flagship program, the LRNG Innovators Challenge, supports teams of educators in designing, testing, and sharing solutions that build the future of creative and connected learning today. LRNG Innovators was originally founded in 2014 by The Show Me Campaign, with support from the National Writing Project and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

If you and your colleagues are up to the challenge, start your application today
Deadline: March 13, 2019.