Carlos Garcia chosen to judge contest aimed at improving student achievement

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San Francisco’s school superintendent was chosen Tuesday to help judge the Global Education Challenge, a contest to help improve student achievement.

Carlos Garcia, who has more than 35 years of experience in education, was chosen by the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as one of a panel of judges who will review ideas submitted to the challenge by July 15. Entrants are competing for a $100,000 cash prize for “innovative, tangible ways to improve student outcome.”

Ideas are being accepted from anyone one in order to help “foster positive change in education by gathering creative ideas for improving student achievement.” Ideas could include anything from a new software tool or mobile app, to a service for students, parents or teachers, to a completely new educational technology.

Winners will be announced in September.

According to organizers of the challenge, Garcia will join Vice President of Education at Microsoft Anthony Salcito, Former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and Phoenix Wang, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Startl.

Garcia was chosen because of his “exemplary track record for boosting student achievement and narrowing the achievement gap through his work as a teacher, principal, central office administrator and leader in classroom instruction,” according to challenge organizers.

Judges are being asked to examine ideas for uniqueness, impact and adaptability.

Entrants can submit ideas to www.globaleducationchallenge.com

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