Ten projects that will enhance students’ education and career readiness in Southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia are receiving funding through Remake Learning’s Moonshot Grants.
Since launching in 2021, the organization has awarded $2.7 million in Moonshot Grants to more than 40 education projects.
“This is an opportunity for schools and programs that have bold ideas to change the status quo,” says Stephanie Lewis, director of relationships at Remake Learning. “[The grant provides] those rare opportunities to think outside of the box, and then actually have the financial and human resources and connections to move forward in an innovative way to transform learning.”
Moonshot Grant applicants may request up to $70,000 and must demonstrate what learning might look like in 10 to 20 years.
“The funding rounds have become more and more competitive because we’re seeing more bold and courageous ideas taking flight,” Lewis says.
Priorities in the grant are bold, experimental concepts; collaboration; and equity and justice.
“Proposals need to explicitly focus on learners of color, learners in poverty, rural areas, as well as girls in STEM and learners with disabilities,” she adds.
Projects have included training teen educators for science, technology, engineering and math education, making West Virginia a destination for new teachers, and building bridges between theater arts and high-tech careers.