How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted? We're giving you an extension!

We need your ideas no later than Jan 30th.
We need your ideas no later than Jan 30th.

How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted?

Exciting news, nerds. We’ve heard from you that you want more time to submit your ideas to the Crosscut Community Idea Lab, so we’ve decided to extend our deadline by a week. Now, instead of needing to submit your idea today, Jan. 23rd, you'll have until Jan 30th at midnight to submit your best idea.

The submission process itself is simple: Respond to the question above with a 1-3 paragraph description of your idea (400 words max) and submit using the form, below and to the right, no later than Friday, January 30 at midnight.

We’ll select the top five submissions to be presented at a public event at MOHAI on Feb. 24th, and we’ll bring in a team of education thought leaders to judge your ideas.

Since this is a Community Idea Lab though, the audience gets to vote on the winner. But we’ll be right there to ply the lucky winner with the prizes they need to make their idea a reality.

Including ...

  • Your idea broadcast on

  • A team of civic leaders, assembled by MOHAI, to work with you to help implement your idea over the months following the Idea Lab. (Runners-up will also have a chance to work with a MOHAI-assembled team.)

  • Meetings with local education leaders and policymakers.

  • One six month part time membership at Impact Hub Seattle.

  • Sudden fame and eternal happiness.*

Petrified of public speaking? Have no fear. We’ll be pairing each of you up with your own mentor to help you hone your pitch to perfection.

So what are you waiting for? The Community Idea Lab is your chance to think outside the box and to get your idea in front of the movers and shakers who can help you make it happen.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves.

Learn more about the Community Idea Lab here.

Buy tickets to the Community Idea Lab, February 24 at MOHAI. 


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Berit Anderson

Berit Anderson

Berit Anderson was Managing Editor at Crosscut, following tech, culture, media and politics. She founded Crosscut's Community Idea Lab. Previously community manager of the Tribune Company’s Seattle blogging network, her work has also appeared in YES! Magazine and on the Huffington Post, Geekwire, and KBCS 91.3 radio. She served as Communications Director at Strategic News Service, a weekly newsletter that predicts global trends in tech and economics, and Future in Review, an annual tech conference which gathers C-level executives to solve global problems. Her weaknesses include outdoor adventure, bananas with peanut butter and big fluffy dogs.