HMH Unveils Winners of Global Education Challenge

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the winners of its Global Education Challenge, which was launched earlier this year to identify innovative ideas for improving K-12 student outcomes around the world.

Three winners were chosen from the ideas submitted through the Global Education Challenge’s online platform. The first prize winner will receive $100,000, as well as $25,000 worth of fiction, non-fiction and reference titles to the K-12 school of their choice. The second prize winner will receive $25,000 plus $20,000 worth of titles for a K-12 school, and the third prize winner will receive $15,000 and $15,000 worth of titles to a K-12 institution.

Pocket Tales, an online social reading game submitted by Yaw Aning of Indianapolis, Ind., uses a variety of well-researched methods to encourage kids to read, including game mechanics, goal setting, social interaction, and feedback.

Education Hotspots proposes programs to provide mobile hotspots and free educational courseware to underdeveloped regions with no internet infrastructure. The idea was developed by Neil Dsouza, who is currently living in Mongolia and working to establish education hotspots in remote towns.

The third finalist, Reading Glue, is a digital reading program that provides parents the tools they need to teach effective reading strategies at home. The program, created by James Stubblefield of DeKalb, Ill., includes ways parents can implement guided and leveled reading practice, and digital solutions that allow them to keep reading practice on track while on the go.

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