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mindSpark Learning Recognizes Milestones of $1M Grant for Education


Since January, funds from the Morgridge Family Foundation have
impacted 4,253 educators at 78 schools across the country

mindSpark Learning, a non-profit dedicated to re-engineering education
through educators with unique professional learning experiences for both
the school leader and teacher, announced today its $1 Million Grant for
Education has impacted 4,253 educators from 78 schools across the
country since its launch on January 25, 2018. On average, 73% of
applications are accepted.

To date, mindSpark Learning has awarded $244,555 to 82 applicants. The
Morgridge Family Foundation donated $1 million to create this grant in
partnership with mindSpark Learning. More than $400,000 in matching
funds have been provided by local businesses, foundations or other
philanthropic entities, individuals, or the schools or districts
themselves. These donated and matched funds enable mindSpark Learning to
offer its institutes, professional development, and education
accelerator programs to interested educators, schools and districts for
half the price that they would normally cost.

Grant award amounts have ranged between $23,000 for district-wide
professional learning and $545 for individual institute tickets. Most
recently, these funds brought Social-emotional Learning (SEL) Training
to 700 educators in Washington County, Virginia, and a six-month
Education Accelerator (EA) to 24 preschool and daycare providers in
Dunnellon, Florida.

"Technology and automation are changing workforce dynamics. To better
prepare for this, it's more important than ever that students fine tune
their creativity, critical thinking, leadership, emotional intelligence
and problem-solving skills," said mindSpark CEO Kellie Lauth. "We are
thrilled to offer support and professional development to educators who
are as passionate as we are about creating the foundation students need
to succeed."

"Both the Morgridge Family Foundation and mindSpark Learning are on a
mission to re-engineer education and enable teachers to innovate in
their classroom," said mindSpark Learning Board Chair and Vice President
of Morgridge Family Foundation Carrie Morgridge. "We're proud to support
professional development and offer continued training to those shaping
future generations."

Educators can apply for the $1 Million for Education Grant through
September 20, 2018. Any awarded funds must be used by May 31, 2019. The
application takes 10 minutes to complete and can be filed online at
Organizations interested in supporting educators through matching grant
funds, externships and internships can visit this

For questions on the grant or matching funds, please contact Jeanette
Ryan at (303) 799-8560 or

About mindSpark Learning

mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based non-profit founded as Share Fair
Nation in 2007 and rebranded in 2017, is the catalyst and intermediary
between education and industry. It is dedicated to evolving education
through educators and mobilizing diverse communities to create sustained
economies. mindSpark Learning leads programs and services designed to
help schools understand workforce development, participate in work-based
learning experiences, foster career literacy and directly connect
students to mentors and authentic opportunities at a young age. Its core
areas of focus are critical to today's education landscape and include
STEM, EdTech, Social-emotional learning (SEL) and Equity-centered Design
Thinking. These lay the foundation for skills that are inherently
necessary for career success.

mindSpark Learning is re-engineering education by incorporating the
voice of community leaders in a variety of fields - from education, to
industry, to government. Since 2017, it has served more than 13,074
professionals in education, industry and government in more than ten
states. For more information, please visit

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