Prospect Sierra School Teacher Named Winner of the Great American Teach-Off Receives $10,000 Classroom Grant from GOOD and University of Phoenix

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Madeleine Rogin from Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, Calif. is the K-6 winner of 2013 Great American Teach-Off

GOOD and University of Phoenix® today named Prospect Sierra teacher Madeleine Rogin the winner of the 2013 Great American Teach-Off. Rogin will receive a $10,000 grant to fund a project that intends to connect her school to an elementary school in West Africa.

Thousands of teachers from across the nation were nominated, and Rogin was one of 20 teachers who were named finalists in the Great American Teach-Off and competed for public votes. Rogin is the K-6 winner and one of only two recipients nationwide to receive this honor.

Rogin originally worked with Prospect Sierra’s 8th grade teachers to develop a cross-grade curriculum to teach students about peaceful changemakers. Drawing from her experience as a Change Leader for Ashoka’s “Start Empathy” Initiative, she instructs her students about peaceful social change and thus inspires them to be changemakers, too. This Peaceful Changemakers Curriculum is grounded in the concepts of courage and empathy as the means for promoting human rights, and it has been implemented in Prospect Sierra classrooms from grades K-8."

Following suit with her passion for promoting diversity awareness and community impact, Rogin hopes to connect her classroom to an elementary school in Ghana, West Africa, through Skype interactions and donation-based support. In doing so, she plans to not only grow the Peaceful Changemakers Curriculum internationally, but also to provide both classrooms with a one-of-a-kind shared experience in learning about global literacy and intercultural communication.

Rogin has been an educator for 13 years and also teaches dance and serves as Diversity and Inclusion Representative on the elementary campus." She recently delivered a talk on “Teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. in Kindergarten” at the National People of Color Conference. Rogin received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Education and Writing from The New School and a Master of Arts in Dance with a focus on African Dance from the University of New Mexico.

“Teachers play a critical role in shaping the futures of our nation’s children,” said Dr. Meredith Curley, Dean of the College of Education at University of Phoenix. “The Great American Teach-Off is an opportunity to show our appreciation for teachers and provides a platform to share innovative classroom ideas. Curriculum in K-12 classrooms continues to evolve to be more hands-on and tie learning to real life experiences. This program celebrates teachers who engage students in creative new ways.”

“One of our goals at GOOD is to elevate the passionate individuals who break norms when taking on big challenges," said Ben Goldhirsh, co-founder and CEO of GOOD. "It's these individuals' stories that fuel the cycle of inspiration. The Great American Teach-Off was created to give remarkable teachers an opportunity to inspire their colleagues and the broader GOOD community, and be rewarded for their work. The grant program has been an amazing success. We are thrilled to be running this campaign for the third consecutive year with the University of Phoenix, because, like us, they truly believe that education is a crucial component to moving the world forward.”

More information about the Great American Teach-Off grant program can be found at

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

About GOOD
GOOD Worldwide LLC. (, launched in September 2006, is an integrated media, thought leadership and community action platform for people who want to live well and do good, and a community of, by, and for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward. GOOD’s mission is to convene, connect, and empower the global community of people “who give a damn.”


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