Educating All Learners Alliance To Announce 2022 New Champion

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The 2022 EALA New Champion, selected for exceptional work in supporting all students, will receive a 35k unrestricted operating grant and a year of mentorship.

The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA), a coalition of over 100 partner organizations led by InnovateEDU, announces LiberatED as the recipient of the 2022 New Champions Grant Fund. Beginning this year, the New Champions Fund awards an annual unrestricted competitive sub-grant and year-long mentorship to support a selected leader of color, or an ally of the equity in education movement. Administered by EALA, the $35,000 grant is awarded to a recipient doing innovative and exceptional work to support students with disabilities, including students who are marginalized or come from underserved communities and those experiencing poverty. STEM4Real and Dr. Charles L. Cole, III are named as 2022 New Champion Runners-Up, recipients of the two additional $5,000 sub-grants per year.

“This year’s New Champion project has been an amazing success. The diversity of perspective, voices and organizations represented during the selection process and among the applicants was extraordinary - from community based organizations, to established non-profits, to educators working in classrooms everyday,” said Erin Mote, Executive Director of InnovateEDU. “It demonstrates the continued need to enter the voice and work of incredible organizations in our field who are advocates and champions for all students - but especially those students with disabilities.”

The purpose of this award is to elevate the work and profile of emerging leaders doing exceptional work who may struggle to be recognized in traditional national fundraising or communication efforts. The 2022 New Champion was selected by a judging panel composed of 12 national leaders in education. The explicit intent of this work is to diversify the organizations, voices, and approaches that are leading the conversation on serving all students.

2022 EALA New Champion
LiberatED centers healing, justice, and radical love in social and emotional learning (SEL) and education to create a world where all children and youth live, learn, and thrive in the comfort of their own skin.

2022 New Champion Runners-Up
Our mission is to increase equity, access and opportunity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for each and every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or ability. We are committed to providing justice-centered and culturally relevant professional development for educators by transforming pedagogy and standards-based learning strategies through collaboration, professional learning, and culturally responsive instructional materials.

Dr. Charles L. Cole, III
My work's mission is my life’s mission: To build and uplift the agency of the end-users of education because no one is coming to save us. We save ourselves. I don’t love systems, I love people.

For more information, visit the Educating All Learners Alliance website.

The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is an uncommon coalition of organizations committed to resource sharing and community-building that supports the efforts of the education community to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Contact: Jonathan Barry Wolf, InnovateEDU,

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