Chesapeake Bay Academy Announced as Yass Prize Quarterfinalist

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Chesapeake Bay Academy (CBA) is honored to be selected as one of 64 educational innovators, chosen from two thousand applicants across the country, as a Quarterfinalist for the 2023 Yass Prize. CBA will go on to compete for the prestigious $1 million grand prize, considered to be the “Pulitzer of Education Innovation”. The prize is focused on the STOP Principles of Education: Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding and Permissionless. The Yass Foundation will distribute $13 million in total prize money in 2023. To learn more about the Yass Prize, click here.

“I could not possibly be prouder of the innovative work CBA’s faculty and staff are doing. At every turn our teachers look for new ways to integrate technology to personalize the learning experience for our students,” said Dr. Judy Jankowski, Head of School. CBA will receive $100,000 to support the development of a virtual learning program specifically designed for neurodiverse students and will partner with Navy Fleet and Family Services in this work.

CBA employs a broad range of technologies to heighten student engagement and differentiate the curriculum to meet individual student needs. With the establishment of the Center for Educational Research and Technological Innovation (CERTI), the goal is to deploy new technologies and evaluate their effectiveness in meeting the specialized needs of students with learning differences, both in brick-and-mortar settings, as well as virtual environments.

“Each year we are amazed by the breadth and depth of the innovators that step forward and do the hard work to apply and go through the process. I’m just incredibly proud of this new cohort of 64 who together will address every sort of student and family, every kind of terrain, community and challenge,” said Janine Yass, Founder of The Yass Prize.

This is just the beginning for Chesapeake Bay Academy as they compete to move forward to the Semifinalist round. Semifinalists will be announced in a ceremony held in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 10. The grand prize winner, receiving $1 million dollars, will be announced in December.