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ReinventED: A competition to reignite education

ReinventED is a competition in innovative pedagogy organized by the College of Education (COE) at California State University, Sacramento. The goal is to support innovation and ingenuity in education that revolutionizes how people learn, teach, and organize learning environments. The scope of the competition is intentionally broad to attract innovators from all walks of life, as long as the project pertains to education. The entry may be a new educational product, a way of delivering curriculum, a new organizational model, or an interesting way to incentivize learning, a digital solution for learning problems, a resource for parents, or a unique after school program – almost anything that promotes teaching and learning.

The competition is an opportunity to share your innovative project to a large audience of your peers and investors, with the prospect of winning a cash prize to support its development.

How does it work?

  1. In the first round, participants will submit their projects online from April 16 through June 1, 2017. If the authors so chose, their application may be published in our online directory of innovative projects.
  2. About 20 teams will be selected as semi-finalists. They will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges at the California Teacher’s Summit at Sacramento State on July 28, 2017.
  3. Based on their performance at the semi-final competition, the best 8-10 teams will be selected to present their improved pitches during the CelebratED event on September 28, 2017. The ultimate winner will be recognized and awarded a $5,000 prize. Other sponsored prizes may be available to other finalists.

What kinds of projects will be considered?

  • The idea has to be fresh, scalable, and related to education. Scalability is important: your project should have the potential to work in mass segments of education, even if it began in elite institutions.
  • The projects have to be more than just an idea, but less than a full-blown program or a profitable business. If it is a start-up, it may not be capitalized. If it is a non-profit project, it cannot be receiving significant funding.

Who can participate?

  • Any team of 2 or more individuals, inside or outside of formal education, can participate.
  • There are no restrictions on age, location or occupation of the participants. Teams will have to pay for their travel to Sacramento on two occasions, if selected.
  • Sac State’s College of Education faculty are not eligible to participate, but COE students are welcome to try.

What organizations are eligible?

Teams must be [connected/employed/members?] of one of the following organizations:

  • 501(c)3 non-profit organization
  • [California?] Public school teachers or administrators [staff?]
  • Students currently enrolled at a public California Community College or California public university
  • Any non-profit business or agency whose primary business purpose is public education

Who will be the judges and what do the winners get?

  • Sacramento State faculty and staff will be the judges for the initial online round (April 15-May 15).
  • The second round on July 28 will be judged by prominent educators and community members.

Apply here

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About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (685 Articles)
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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