NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The nomination window opened today for the 2017 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, which honors innovation and has become one of the most prestigious educational awards since its founding in 1988. The Prize is administered through an alliance between McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University, which began in 2015.
The public will have the opportunity to submit nominations by visiting McGrawPrize.com until October 31st, 2016. The 2017 Prize winners will be featured at and join in an evening reception during the ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 8-10, 2017.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. The Prize includes three categories: U.S. K-12 and higher education, and international education. Honorees receive an award of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture designed by students from ASU.
The 2016 Prize winners were:
- Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX and MIT Professor – U.S. Higher Education
- Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools – U.S. K-12
- Sakena Yacoobi, CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning – International Education
Other past Prize winners include:
- Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone, Inc.
- Sal Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy
- Wendy Kopp, Former President and Founder of Teach For America, and
- Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
"Since the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education was founded in 1988 to honor my father, we have recognized some of the most important education leaders of the past generation," said Harold (Terry) McGraw III, former CEO and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The McGraw-Hill Companies. "My family and I are thrilled to see how the Prize has grown over the years to become one of the most sought-after recognitions in education."
"It is an honor to be involved with this program that recognizes leaders who have done transformational work on behalf of students and learners around the world," said David Levin, President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. "Highlighting the work of innovators who make a profound difference both raises awareness and inspires others who are striving to improve education."
"This prize recognizes more than an individual moment of discovery," said Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University. "It spotlights those who build creative processes and structures that foster a mindset of perpetual innovation, constantly rethinking and changing how we do things and make things. That's how we will transform education and the world."
For updates on the Prize and news from past winners, connect on Twitter at @McGrawPrize or follow the conversation at #McGrawPrize.
About McGraw-Hill Education
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About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access, and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. Under the direction of its president Dr. Michael Crow, ASU has emerged as one of the most progressive global education institutions worldwide. Learn more about this top-ranked research university.
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