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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Global Grande Challenges – Education

Deadline: May 2, 2018

The Global Grand Challenge – Education initiative seeks new ideas that transform teaching or school leadership to better prepare children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in the future. Modern 21st century skills, such as problem solving, leadership, creativity, and adaptability, require a new active, student-centered system for learning. We seek ideas that better prepare teachers and school leaders to drive this new active 21st century system for learning.
The Foundation is looking for new ideas that may just be in an ideation stage or may have been tested in a small scale already, but require up to $100,000 to demonstrate their theory of change and potential for impact. Ideas may cover one or more of the following areas that impact teaching and/or school leadership:

  • Reinventing the recruitment process how can schools attract the best people for the role? How are the people with the highest potential identified and selected?
  • Transforming training and professional development how are new recruits prepared with essential basic skills?
  • How is their craft further refined and enhanced over time? How is technology used to support growth? What other resources or tools be used to enhance development? How can mentoring and collaboration be leveraged more?
  • Improving resources that support high-quality learning how can technology improve performance? How can teaching aids be transformed in line with learning 21st century skills? What other new resources can teachers leverage to improve lesson delivery?
  • New forms of management how can new management systems and practices maximize performance? How can monitoring and incentives be effectively implemented?
  • Any other area that drastically improves the performance of teachers and school leaders in line with the new competency-based curriculum of the future.

Proposals must:

  • Be aligned with the challenge outlined above and greatly improve teaching and/or school leadership.
  • Improve the quality of learning with regards to 21st century skills for children around the world.
  • Outline the design of the solution to clearly explain how it will work.
  • Have a plan for using the grant in 12-18 months to advance the solution.
  • Have an implementation plan to ensure the solution is successfully delivered, including a plan for a strong leadership team and implementing organization.
  • Have a logical path to scale to help millions of children in an efficient manner. This includes measures for maintaining a lean approach and replicating whilst maintaining quality.

Proposals will be prioritized if they:

  • Are novel and deploy a unique approach or innovative method to solving the problem
  • Have a path toward sustainability either through private or government funding
  • Show a deep understanding of the education system in which they operate and outline ideas for integration, that leverages the rest of the system, for greater impact

Amount: Grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded for a period of 18 months.

Eligibility: Private and public organizations. Individuals must be affiliated with an organization to apply.

Link: http://miskgrandchallenges.org/education_challenge.html

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