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Celebrating Innovative Ideas in Education: Our EdInnovation Award Recipients

Celebrating Innovative Ideas in Education: Our EdInnovation Award Recipients

Over the past year, we’ve been inspired by the innovative ways educators and schools around the world are using technology to reach their students and create continuity of learning at every level, from our youngest students focused on literacy to college graduates developing new job skills.

A few months ago, we launched our EdInnovation Awards — an open invitation to education leaders across the globe to submit their best, most ambitious ideas for improving student outcomes. Through this process, we learned about phenomenal organizations helping to address challenges that were compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, including learning loss, job loss, racial inequity, and remote living.

Announcing our EdInnovation winners

We’re honored to announce the six recipients of our EdInnovation Awards, who will receive a combined $1 million in grant funding, plus Zoom technology and support. These recipients turned the challenges of the pandemic into an opportunity, scaling their reach and deepening their impact via video communications. We celebrate their resilience and tenacity.

Get to know our grant partners below:

Cambiar Education: Fostering leadership in students & educators

Cambiar Education’s Master Innovators program engages students as leaders and change agents to bring their unique perspective to complex social and economic challenges in their communities. They master skills and mindsets that enable them to virtually meet with leaders and CEOs from around the world, design and pilot an idea, and ultimately solve a problem in their community.

Center for Black Educator Development: Advancing teacher diversity

Black educator helping young Black student with school work in a classroom
Photo credit: Center for Black Educator Development

The Center for Black Educator Development is increasing teacher diversity so that students have educators that reflect the cultural background and lived experiences of the students they serve. They are launching a year-round education apprenticeship online learning program for high school and college students.

Kabakoo Academies: Merging high-tech with local knowledge

Two African women in front of a 3D printer with a prosthetic leg prototype
Photo credit: Kabakoo Academies

Kabakoo’s blended-learning programs provide young Africans with job training and opportunities to learn from world-class coaches and mentors. Students develop cutting-edge technology projects with an impact on local environmental, agrifood, health, arts, and culture industries.

Open Up Resources: Improving literacy outcomes

Open Up Resources is launching a literacy pilot program using a new “science of learning” approach to accelerate children reaching grade-level reading. They are building a group of reading tutors who will provide five-day-a-week, interactive, after-school read-aloud video sessions.

Re:Coded: Preparing youth for the future of work

Two women with headscarves looking at a laptop
Photo credit: Re:Coded

Re:Coded bridges the global digital inequality divide by providing training to youth living in conflict zones. Students are prepared for in-demand careers in the technology sector through online education programs. 

STEM From Dance: Building interest in STEM through dance

Diverse group of girls dancing and wearing masks with multicolored lights
Photo credit: STEM From Dance

STEM From Dance offers virtual programming that teaches girls to code, create animations, and learn about circuitry. Students choreograph an original dance, enhanced with a technological component that they build from scratch.

What’s next

It is truly remarkable to witness the impact our partners are having on the lives of students and their communities, and we’re honored to contribute funding, support, and Zoom technology to help them reach more students.

We know that education continues to be deeply impacted by the pandemic, and we’re committed to supporting students and educators over the long term by helping to improve access, connectivity, and digital equity. Education is a key pillar of our Zoom Cares philanthropic initiative, and we invite you to learn more about our ongoing efforts at zoom.us/zoomcares

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