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ID21 Awards Finalists Announced

­Congratulations to the 24 finalist of the ID21 Awards, a contest designed to discover and reward Idaho’s most creative and innovative learning programs. The finalists are vying for six $50,000 grand prizes to be awarded at an event October 16, at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.

“The ID21 Awards are a way for us to look in our own back yard and find Idaho’s most inspired efforts in 21st century learning,” said Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, sponsor of the ID21 Awards.  “We’re very excited about these 24 finalists – they’re challenging traditional education with strategies that prepare learners for the real world and success.  They’re changing how Idaho learns.”

The 24 finalists represent every region of the state, both public and private K-12 grade schools, a variety of community organizations and higher education.


About the ID21 Awards: The ID21 Awards sprung from the 2011-2012 ED Sessions speaker series in Boise featuring Sir Ken Robinson, Mike Rowe and Sal Khan. Sir Ken discussed the importance of creativity and innovation; Mike Rowe spoke about relevant 21st century skills; and Sal Khan described anytime/anywhere learning with technology through KhanAcademy.org.

Idahoans were invited to nominate schools, non-profits, government entities and other 501c3 organizations for an ID21 Award between May 1 and June 15.   167 programs from across the state were nominated.  Nominees were invited to fill out and submit a detailed application by August 1.  Of the 167 nominees, 120 completed the application.  An independent judge chose the finalists.  Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a private family foundation committed to limitless learning opportunities for all Idahoans.  Since 1997, the Foundation has invested more than $500 million to improve education in Idaho.