Tutwiler Community Education Center
Through its micro-school network, the Tutwiler Community Education Center, located in the Mississippi Delta, is reimagining education to best meet students’ evolving needs and to improve society at large. Operating in a region with a poverty rate triple the national average, Tutwiler strives to bridge the gap between learning and real-life. Its pedagogy is rooted in experiential learning that integrates such diverse subjects as robotics, historic preservation, and health nutrition, such as incorporating school gardening into its curriculum. Project-based learning and critical thinking skills are key to its approach. This also includes measures to enable online and blended learning, ensuring accessibility for all students.The school fosters students’ resilience, independence, and purpose, equipping them for a future where they can thrive and succeed. If Tutweiler receives the $1 million Yass Prize, it will expand its micro-school network, as well as create a business incubation system to create opportunities for young people to stay in or return to the area.