Developing an ideas bank of impactful education initiatives

Ideas for change

Learning is essential for society and the world to progress. The Yidan Prize was founded on the belief that education promotes well-being and should be available to everyone.

We aim to bring that closer to reality by supporting exceptional initiatives and collaborations in learning and education.

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OECD Growth Mindset workshop

OECD Growth Mindset workshop

A collaboration between Yidan Prize, OECD and Professor Carol S. Dweck

OECD Growth Mindset workshop

A collaboration between Yidan Prize, OECD and Professor Carol S. Dweck

This collaboration looks at how growth mindset can be effectively taught on a wider scale in advanced economies. The project builds on Professor Dweck’s research into growth mindset, and new PISA data that shows there has been no real improvement in learning outcomes for at least a decade. It seeks to understand where growth mindset practices do and do not work, and why.


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Play-based early childhood development programs

Play-based early childhood development programs

Creating high impact and scalable ECD solutions

Play-based early childhood development programs

Creating high impact and scalable ECD solutions

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG (April 1936 – December 2019) applies award funds to explore the possibilities of integrating technology in low resource settings, offering support to parents, and training to play leaders.


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Developmental language disorder research

Developmental language disorder research

Professor Usha Goswami applies award funds to reveal neural basis of DLD

Developmental language disorder research

Professor Usha Goswami applies award funds to reveal neural basis of DLD

Children with DLD have difficulties understanding and using spoken language for no obvious reasons, affecting how well they learn in schools. Worldwide, over 15 million children are affected by this disorder. This project aims to be the first in the world to reveal the neural basis of DLD, by collecting matched neuroimaging and sensory data for DLD children via simple listening tasks.


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Synthesis in Educational Research

Synthesis in Educational Research

Professor Larry Hedges applies funds to develop the three strands of this project

Synthesis in Educational Research

Professor Larry Hedges applies funds to develop the three strands of this project

With the Yidan Prize funds, The Statistics for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center was founded in 2019 to facilitate collaboration between statisticians, researchers, policymakers and practitioners. The organisation focuses on using evidence to guide decisions, especially in education and applied social sciences.


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edX MicroBachelors programs

edX MicroBachelors programs

Professor Ananat Agarwal applies funds from the award to extend the scope of edX

edX MicroBachelors programs

Professor Ananat Agarwal applies funds from the award to extend the scope of edX

Designed to be a pathway to today’s top jobs, MicroBachelors programs offer a series of graduate level courses from leading universities. The programs provide comprehensive learning in a specific career field. Industry-leading employers recognize the courses for their real job relevance. The courses pave the way to a full master’s degree.


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The Escuela Nueva education model

The Escuela Nueva education model

Ms Vicky Colbert applies the award to match the funds needed to implement the Escuela Nueva education model

The Escuela Nueva education model

Ms Vicky Colbert applies the award to match the funds needed to implement the Escuela Nueva education model

The Yidan Prize funds are used by Ms Vicky Colbert to support the strategic developments of FEN, focusing on two main initiatives including providing matching funds to implement the EN model in Colombia, and developing specific activities for internal Research & Development initiatives.


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Culturally Inclusive Growth Mindset Classrooms

Culturally Inclusive Growth Mindset Classrooms

Continuing the development of CIGM Classrooms and enhancing educational experiences

Culturally Inclusive Growth Mindset Classrooms

Continuing the development of CIGM Classrooms and enhancing educational experiences

Between 2016 and 2018, Professor Carol S. Dweck’s team conducted nine teacher training institutes in which they taught educators how to create classrooms of growth mindset, culturally inclusive, or culturally inclusive growth mindset (CIGM). The two core beliefs of CIGM Classrooms are that students from all backgrounds can make valuable contributions, and all students can grow through effective effort, persistence, and support from teachers and peers.


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The long-term impact of mindsets

The long-term impact of mindsets

Professor Carol S. Dweck uses the Yidan Prize funds to fuel long-term research of Growth Mindsets

The long-term impact of mindsets

Professor Carol S. Dweck uses the Yidan Prize funds to fuel long-term research of Growth Mindsets

The initiative guides the development of a stronger theory about mindsets while giving insights on how to better target mindset interventions.


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