The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of thoughtful and influential members of the education community. Each winner receives a gift of $25,000 and a bronze sculpture. The Prize was established in 1988 to honor Mr. McGraw’s lifelong commitment to education, and to mark the Corporation’s 100th anniversary.
The 2010 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education honors Christopher Cerf, Larry Rosenstock and Robert Mendenhall for creating educational ideas that work and scaling them up to improve student achievement.
Christopher Cerf (Pre –K and Elementary Education Prize) is a creator of the acclaimed children’s television show, Between the Lions, which has consistently demonstrated remarkable success at helping kids – especially the poor and minority children at the highest risk of literacy failure – learn to read.
Larry Rosenstock (Secondary Education Prize) is the CEO and founding principal of High Tech High (HTH). A very literal example of scaling up, HTH has grown from one school to 10 in the last decade and is approved to open up to 48 schools in California. Serving a diverse student population that is selected by a blind zip-code based lottery, over 60 percent of students are racial or ethnic minorities and 25 percent are low-income. Nearly all HTH graduates are accepted to college. About 80 percent pursue bachelor’s degrees and about 35 percent were the first in their families to attend college.
Dr. Robert Mendenhall (Post-Secondary Education Prize) established Western Governors University (WGU), an innovative online university that offers the flexibility, accessibility, and affordability to make college degrees widely attainable. WGU has 20,000 students in all 50 states and continues to grow more than 30 percent annually. WGU’s competency-based degrees allow students to earn degrees by demonstrating competency – what they know and can do – rather than by accumulating a certain number of credit or clock hours.
More details at 2010 McGraw Prize in Education site.