Caroline Allen | The Yass Prize: Recognizing "STOP" Educators

June 28, 2023

When the pandemic hit, every educator in America was impacted. Schools were physically closed and there was a frantic push to transform entire curricula designed for in-person learning into virtual experiences that would benefit children. In 2021, Janine and Jeff Yass started The Yass Prize to honor some of the educators who worked tirelessly for students. Since then, their work has grown to include honoring educators, schools, and initiatives who provide STOP-enabled education for students.

The Vice President of the Yass Prize, Caroline Allen, joins us for this episode. She outlines the goals of the Yass Prize and explains what it means to be a STOP school.

The Yass Prize & STOP Award Initiative
The Yass Prize for Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding and Permissionless education is a rapidly growing effort to find, reward, celebrate and expand best-in-class education organizations from every sector, in every state, and to create unprecedented partnerships that accelerate impact with the speed and urgency our students deserve.

In 2022, the Yass Prize organization awarded $20 million to winners, alumni and special state initiatives. Read more about them here and encourage others to apply. The 2023 application is now open and submissions must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

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Caroline Allen is the Vice President of the Yass Prize, and leads the team with managing and executing the application process, judging process, awardee announcements, and accelerator bootcamp. Prior to joining the Yass Prize team, she spent eight years in the classroom, teaching Special Education and elementary general education in Massachusetts, including at the nationally recognized Edward Brooke Charter School in East Boston. She is a Teach For America alum and has extensive experience working with teachers, families, community members and school leadership in the areas of professional development, teacher coaching, strategic vision planning and differentiation to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Caroline received her undergraduate and Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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