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Join CAP and the Fordham Institute for a “Shark-Tank” style competition about the future of education research and development investments.

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What would happen if we invested $1 billion or more in bold education R & D initiatives designed to generate fresh but evidence-backed solutions to some of education’s toughest challenges?

Join the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a “Shark-Tank” style competition, where ten early-round finalists present their “billion-dollar Moonshot ideas” to a panel of tough judges, all for a chance to win $10,000 and have their idea propelled to widespread attention and potential major investment. Each finalist’s proposal will address one of these urgent issues:

  • Reducing by half the number of fourth graders reading below the Basic level.
  • Doubling the amount of high-quality feedback middle school students receive.
  • Achieving universal college and career counseling for all students before the ninth grade.
  • Doubling the number of eighth graders who can write an effective persuasive essay.
  • Doubling the number of young women majoring in STEM fields.

Our “sharks” are:

  • Kumar Garg, Senior Director for Technology and Society at Schmidt Futures
  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Vice President of Policy at ExcelinEd
  • Michael Simmon, U.S. history teacher at IN-Tech Academy, NYC
  • Sara Allan, K–12 Education Strategy Leadership at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Takeru Nagayoshi, English teacher in the New Bedford Public Schools, MA

Join the conversation on social media with #MoonshotforKids.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on our website. A full video will be posted to this page and to our YouTube channel within twenty-four hours.

Agenda

4:00PM – Opening remarks from Michael J. Petrilli, Fordham, and Ulrich Boser, CAP

4:05PM – First round of finalists present their Moonshot proposals*

4:45PM – Break

4:55PM – Second round of finalists presents their Moonshot proposals*

5:35PM – Judges break to score / discuss presenters

5:50PM – Winner announced, Kumar Garg, Schmidt Futures

5:55PM – Closing remarks from Michael Petrilli and Ulrich Boser

6:00PM – Reception

*For more information on the finalists and their proposals, visit our event's webpage.

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