5 Educator Teams Pitch Ideas in Competition for $15K to Improve Teacher Prep

Providence Journal - August 14, 2018

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five teams of educators will compete in the final round of Rhode Island’s first Ed Prep Design Challenge, presenting their ideas on how to improve teacher preparation in Rhode Island.

The teams are competing for the chance to win $15,000 to implement new designs during the 2018-19 academic year.

Nine teams of educator-preparation faculty and K-12 educators submitted proposals, with five teams of finalists moving forward to compete in the Challenge Pitch Fest.

“At the same time that we are building career pathways for our students, we need to build stronger career pathways for our educators. That work takes root in our teacher preparation programs,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “The response to and participation in the Ed Prep Design Challenge has been really exciting, and I look forward to seeing the final pitches.”

The event takes place Wednesday at the Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus, 4th floor board room.