Inaugural Return On Education (ROE) Innovation Awards Finalists And Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

Arizona State University, the Clayton Christensen Institute (founded originally as Innosight Institute) and GSV Advisors are proud to announce the finalists in each of nine categories for the Return On Education (“ROE”) Innovation Awards. With the release of the Summit’s mobile app this week, each Summit registrant will be able to vote for the winner in each of the categories, as well as for an overall ROE winner. We were thrilled with the response, as we received more than 150 nominations. Finalists were chosen based on their fulfillment of ROE Award Criteria as defined below:

  • Dramatically improving learning outcomes;
  • Providing substantial leverage to learning leaders (teachers, professors, self-learners);
  • Significantly increasing access to education; and/or
  • Greatly reducing the cost for learners and/or learning institutions.

In addition, consideration was given to each organization’s scale and sustainability achieved by a highly innovative approach.

Winners from this strong group of finalists will be announced at the ROE Awards dinner at the ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit on Wednesday, April 17th.

ROE Innovation Awards Finalists

Category: Partnerships

Academic Partnerships
Middlebury Interactive Languages

Category: Kaizen EDU

MyEdu Corporation

Category: Learning Infrastructure

LearnSprout, Inc.
Toolwire, Inc.

Category: Learning Platforms

Khan Academy
LearnSmart (McGraw-Hill Education)

Category: Next Generation Content

OpenStax College
System 44 and Read 180 (Scholastic)

Category: New Schools

Charter Schools USA, Inc.
Florida Virtual School
Ounce of Prevention Fund/Educare Learning Network
Southern New Hampshire University
The STEM Academy

Category: ROE Accelerator

4.0 Schools
Common Sense Media
Imagine K12
Learning Technology Media Labs

Category: STEM

Dreambox Learning
MIND Research Institute
Think Through Math
TenMarks Education

Category: Teacher Support

School Improvement Network
Turnitin / iParadigms

Congratulations to this group of stellar organizations, and thank you to everyone for an incredibly strong group of nominations!

It is also our pleasure to announce the recipients of our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Awards. We will be honoring Marguerite Kondracke, senior advisor to America's Promise Alliance for Lifetime Achievement in Education Innovation and Bill Milliken, Founder and Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools for a Lifetime Achievement in Social Impact.

Marguerite W. Kondracke is senior advisor to America's Promise Alliance. Marguerite served as president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance from 2004 to May 16, 2012.

During her 40-year career, Marguerite has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant, focusing on the needs of children and families. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, as well as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. She also served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Alexander as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Previously, Marguerite was co-founder and CEO of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation’s largest provider of employer-sponsored child care and one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Today she continues to serve on the company’s board of directors. She is also a member of the board of directors of Saks, Inc., LifePoint Hospitals, The American Academy, Rosetta Stone and Teachscape.

Throughout her career, Marguerite has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a Purpose Prize Fellow, awarded by Civic Ventures to those over 60 taking on society’s biggest challenges. For the past three years, Marguerite has been named by The Non-Profit Times as one of the “Top 50 People of Power and Influence.”

She is an alumna and now a trustee of Duke University, where she co-chairs DukeEngage, which makes civic engagement an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Marguerite also holds a master’s degree in psychology from Austin Peay State University. She is married to award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke; they enjoy golf, international travel, and spending time with their four children and three grandchildren.

Bill Milliken, Founder and Vice Chairman of Communities In Schools, Inc., is one of the nation's foremost pioneers in the movement to give young people the help they need to graduate from high school and go on to rewarding lives.

Bill’s activism began in 1960 when he joined Young Life, an ecumenical youth organization. He helped initiate “street academies” for young people who had dropped out of school and wanted a chance to resume their education, as well as live-in programs for substance abusers and youth in need of shelter and support. His experiences led him to search for a comprehensive approach to helping young people. This search culminated in the 1970s with the development of a model program that repositioned existing community resources into schools—the Communities In Schools network, which Mr. Milliken led as President until May 2004.

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading community-based organization helping students achieve in school and prepare for life. Currently, the organization directly serves more than 1.26 million students and their families each year in more than 2,700 schools in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Bill has served three U.S. presidents and has received numerous honors for his commitment to young people.

Most recently, he was the recipient of the Visionary Ambassador’s Award from Usher’s New Look Foundation; prior to that, he received the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, which is widely regarded as the “Nobel Prize” for outstanding community and public service.

Bill serves on the boards of Leadership Foundations of America, PathNorth, and Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia. He is the author of four books: So Long, Sweet Jesus; Tough Love; The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic!; and From the Rearview Mirror: Reflecting on Connecting the Dots. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007 from Bard College.

We will celebrate the remarkable impact of these two individuals at Wednesday night’s Awards dinner.

About the Sponsoring Organizations:

Arizona State University is a New American University, and one of the nation's premier metropolitan public research universities. ASU pursues research and discovery that contributes to the public good, and assumes major responsibility for global challenges as well as the needs of the surrounding community. With more than 73,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes.

Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to apply Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen’s theories of disruptive innovation to develop and promote solutions to the most vexing problems in the social sector.

GSV Advisors is a modern merchant bank dedicated to helping education entrepreneurs and growth companies connect with value-added, strategic investors and partners to enable their ideas to become the next market-leading businesses. A key part of our mission is to re-imagine what education is—with a bias toward innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and others who look at learning differently.