2023 Yass Prize Application Launch
Caroline Allen, Vice President, The Yass Prize
The Power of the Movement
Mike Long, SailFuture Academy
The Power of Leadership
Cris Gulacy-Worrell, Oakmont Education
The Power of Now
Tony Simmons, High School for Recording Arts
The Power of Sector Diversity
Taylor Shead, STEMuli
The Power of the Alumni
Moderator: Randall Lane
- Coi Morrison, The Lab School of Memphis
- Geoff Roehm, Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School
- Bernita Bradley, Engaged Detroit
The Power of Grassroots
Dr. Steve Perry, Capital Prep Schools
The Power of Advocacy
Jose & Ampy Suarez, Hope Ranch Learning Academy
A Judge’s Perspective
Sam Caucci, 1Huddle
The Power of STOP
Moderator: Jeanne Allen
- Janine Yass, The Yass Prize
- Diana Diaz-Harrison, Arizona Autism Charter Schools
What is good for families is good for the school because families want great schools.
The fact that education has become partisan is upsetting, and I just hope that this award will encourage more states to view this as a bipartisan issue.
You are in a moment in history that we have never seen before.
Any of us with a disruptive idea have a shot at trying to prove something.
We may not agree on much of anything, but one thing that is a uniting force that we all agree on is that education opens doors, it’s the great equalizer.
Unfortunately, the bureaucracy that’s behind the school system is more interested in perpetuating jobs and keeping the system in place, rather than giving children the freedom they deserve.
Success happens after many pivots and changes.
We realized long ago that there’s a lot of money in the system, and it’s just not directed to the children.
When you are trying to advance and think beyond the status quo, this can be a lonely place, because our systems are structured to do the same thing.
It is important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who foster innovation.
The real source of wealth in society is the human mind, not material things, because with the human mind, great wealth can be created.
I'm deeply humbled and grateful to be part of this group.
The last month has been a tremendous experience and I'm so inspired and motivated by the amazing work this group is doing. Collectively, we’re working towards a real-world goal and it’s leaving me empowered and motivated to apply what we learn.
Entrepreneurs are people who teach us about needs we don’t know we need.
This is the fundamental basis of what we are doing.
We often jump to the what, without thinking with the community about the why.
We see the Pulitzer prizes, we see the MacArthur Genius Grants, we see the Pritzker prize for architecture.
But for the one field that drives everything, education, there is no definitive prize. The Yass Prize has filled that vacuum -- it's more than just the money. It's about spurring ideas, it's about spurring innovation. We are very very proud to be a part of it.
If you get to the accelerator after the application process, go in knowing you already won.
The fact that you are now with a group of your peers you really get to see how world class the education profession is.
Remember, you are doing the work of civilization.
You are planting the seeds of a better world, despite any bad news, you’re doing great things.
I hope you all think about the fact that the impact you are having, you will never even know how widespread it is.
That’s the beauty of education, you impact lives in such a deep way.