NEW YORK, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- mental_floss today announced the commencement of the 3rd annual mental_floss Platypus Awards: Innovations in Teaching. The media brand presents this year's awards in collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, the groundbreaking non-profit enabling America's teachers to help crowdfund everything from basic supplies to ambitious projects for their classrooms, and subsequently, empowers individuals to make an impact in schools all over the country by funding those projects.
Previous years' Platypus Awards themes have revolved around Innovations in Sound (2014) and Innovations in Taste (2015). In 2016, the Platypus Awards will recognize the educators of America who chart new territory through brilliant, groundbreaking, and downright creative methods of teaching, engaging and inspiring a class at a time, assuring the world a better future through their students. The educators who cross cultures, merge disciplines, and upturn conventional ideas are the ideal nominees. Those eligible for consideration include anyone currently teaching in America in the K-12 age group, at a public school or charter school.
"At our core, mental_floss has always been about educating readers and sharing fascinating information in creative, entertaining, and unexpected ways. We're proud to be honoring teachers who do the same in their classrooms," said Jessanne Collins, Editor-in-Chief of mental_floss. "We're on a mission to find teachers who impact students' lives through unconventional teaching methods that inspire a lifelong hunger for learning."
mental_floss will select 20 finalists and ten honorees from the submissions. The Platypus Awards honorees will be individually profiled in the mental_floss September/October 2016 issue and on mentalfloss.com. In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, each finalist and honoree will be featured on a dedicated mental_floss Innovations in Education page.
Individuals or organizations that wish to nominate an educator can do so on the mental_floss website through the form submission here (http://mentalfloss.com/platypus-awards). Nominations are due by June 8, 2016.
About The Platypus Awards
The mental_floss Platypus Awards were named for the mammal that embodies attributes of multiple species; with a duck bill, a beaver tail, and otter feet, the platypus is a unique outlier of the animal kingdom. The awards recognize ideas that, like the platypus, are interdisciplinary – honoring the individuals changing the world for the better, in ways that are as smart as they are unique, unlikely, and generally incredible. The Awards honored Innovations in Sound in 2014 and Innovations in Taste in 2015.
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Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at 70% of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated $430 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
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