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Courageous Ideas

$10k For Education

The Rather Prize will be a part of SXSWedu in Austin, March 7-10, 2016

Finding the best local-level ideas in Texas schools. 

Congratulations to our inaugural winner, Dr. Sanford Jeames of Eastside Memorial High School, for his idea, summarized as:​​

To partner high school students with college students in a mentorship program. With the goal of strengthening matriculation strategies to colleges and universities for minority and under-represented populations, the program will form partnerships between colleges and high schools in order to provide guidance for high school students and professional development for teachers, sharing best practices and designing culturally relevant curriculum, in an effort to make college available for every student. The concept and idea would assist high school students with development of plans for college, including trips to college campuses these targeted students may not otherwise be able to experience.

The prize is open to teachers, students, and those who recently attended a Texas educational institution within the last three years. The Rather Prize offers the winner a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) educational award to the best idea to improve Texas education.