How to Compete

Interested in competing? Join an info session.

For competitors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania: October 11 at 10am Central European Time

For competitors in North and South America: October 20 at 12:30pm Eastern Time

THREE-PHASE SELECTION PROCESS

The Learning Engineering Tools Competition has a phased selection process in order to give competitors time and feedback to strengthen their proposal and build a team. Proposals will be reviewed at each phase and selected submissions will be invited to compete in the next round.

Phase 1: Submit a concept proposal

Due Date: November 20, 2022 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

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Competitors submit a brief form describing the concept for their tool or technology, indicating their competition track and award level, and introducing their team.

Not sure where to start? Take the eligibility quiz to learn how to turn your idea into the most competitive proposal.

Phase 2: Submit a detailed proposal with budget

Due Date: February 24, 2023 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

Competitors develop a 3,000 word proposal and budget detailing their tool or technology, its potential for impact and scale, adherence to track requirements, and support of education research.

Finalists will be notified if they advance by late April 2023.


Phase 3. Pitch with a panel of judges

May 2023

Finalists pitch before a panel of expert judges and have the opportunity for support and feedback in crafting their pitch.


Winners Notified

July 2023

Winners are announced and receive the first installment of their grant. Winners receive coaching, the opportunity to connect with leaders in the field, and the ability to present to researchers or teachers to refine their tool.


Product Review Day

Fall 2023

Winners present on their progress to date and receive feedback from other winners and leaders in the field. Winners making sufficient progress by Product Review Day will receive the second installment of their grant.


Demo Day

Spring 2024

Winners will demonstrate their tools at a live public event and network with other leaders in the field.


 

HOW ARE PROPOSALS EVALUATED?

Each proposal will be evaluated on six criteria in addition to the eligibility requirements for the given award level:
  • Potential impact and likelihood to improve learning
  • Attention to equity to support learning of historically marginalized populations
  • Demand from learners, educators, and families
  • Ability to support rapid experimentation and continuous improvement
  • Ability to scale to additional users and/or domains
  • Team passion, and readiness to execute

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARD LEVELS

To encourage both new entrants as well as developing and established platforms, competitors can compete in one of three award levels based on the scope of their proposal and the scale of their existing platform.

Eligibility requirements increase as the size of the award increases. Growth and Transform award levels will be subject to greater scrutiny around risk potential, capacity to contribute to learning science or learning engineering research, and capacity to scale. Specific eligibility criteria also vary slightly by track.

For more guidance on the award that is best suited for each team, competitors can complete the eligibility quiz.

These awards are designed for competitors including students, teachers, civic technologists, or those who need that initial spark of support to get started. Competitors requesting a Catalyst Phase award need not have pre-existing users. Proposals for Catalyst Phase awards require:
  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology
  • A detailed execution plan
  • Commit to implement an evaluation plan over the year following the grant
  • For early childhood education assessment-focused proposals, entrants must provide assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.
  • For Learning Science Research Track:
    • An assurance that their tool or technology will be made available to users for no more than “at cost.”
These awards are designed for teams that have a minimum viable product upon which their new idea will build and some users. Proposals for Growth Phase awards require:
  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology
  • A detailed execution plan.
  • Commit to implement an evaluation plan over the year following the award
  • For early childhood education-assessment focused proposals, entrants must provide assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.
  • A minimum viable product with some scale.
  • For Accelerated Learning Track, Transforming Assessment Track, and Strengthening Teacher Development Track: An outside researcher who has agreed to partner for the project or evidence that the tool could enable research from multiple external researchers.
  • For Learning Science Research Track: An assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than “at cost” to users.
These awards are designed for teams with an established platform with more than 10,000 users upon which the new idea will build. Proposals for Transform Phase awards require:
  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology
  • A detailed execution plan.
  • Commit to implement an evaluation plan over the year following the award
  • For Accelerated Learning Track, Transforming Assessment Track, and Strengthening Teacher Development Track:
    • An existing platform upon which the new tool would live with at least active 10,000 users.
    • An outside researcher who has agreed to partner for the project or evidence that the tool could enable research from multiple external researchers.
  • For Learning Science Research Track:
    • Partnership with a digital learning platform with at least 10,000 users or access to a comparable dataset.
    • An assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than “at cost” to users.

Are you a Growth or Transform Phase competitor in the Learning Science Research track?

The competition is eager to promote tools that are developed in consultation with practitioners. As a result, Growth or Transform Phase competitors in the Learning Science Research track are eligible to receive a supplemental award of $100,000.

Eligible competitors must partner with a district or consortium of districts with at least 10,000 students of which the majority come from historically marginalized populations.

The district partners would co-design research questions, implement the tool with at least 3,000 students, and incorporate the research findings into district instruction or policy.

 

Questions?

Read the Tools Competition FAQs.

Email : ToolsCompetition@the-learning-agency.com

 
 

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