Top Education Prize to Two Carnegie Corporation Grantees

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 The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, which annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to education innovation, was awarded this year to John Merrow, a broadcast journalist and leading education commentator; Ariela Rozman and Timothy Daly whose work with TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, is transforming the teaching profession.  John Merrow’s nonprofit organization, Learning Matters, and TNTP, have been long-time recipients of Carnegie Corporation support.

The third recipient of the 2012 award, Sal Khan, is a former financial analyst turned virtual school creator.

These winners were selected for their cutting-edge innovations and far-reaching impact on student achievement and teacher effectiveness. 

In a statement issued today, Harold (Terry) McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, said “"Since its inception, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education has honored education trailblazers. This year is no exception.  Sal, Ariela, Timothy and John are revolutionizing American education," said Mr. McGraw. "We applaud these game changers for their leadership, creativity and dedication, which are inspiring new ideas and big thinking about student learning."

Honorees are chosen by a distinguished, independent board of judges from the education community.  Each winner will be presented with a $50,000 prize during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 18.

John Merrow


John Merrow has spent many years as an education reporter for National Public Radio and The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHourand as an advocate exploring major issues confronting U.S. education. Mr. Merrow is honored as an education luminary. As president of Learning Matters, which he founded in 1995, he has drawn attention to the state of education in the U.S., highlighting programs, schools and teachers who are having significant impact on student achievement.

Ariela Rozman and Timothy Daly


Two leaders of TNTP, CEO Ariela Rozman and President Timothy Daly, are honored together as education pioneers. TNTP, a nonprofit founded by teachers in 1997, is pushing the boundaries of what's possible in public education. Working in more than 25 cities, TNTP partners with educators in schools, districts and states to find, develop and keep great teachers. TNTP has recruited or trained some 49,000 teachers – benefiting an estimated 8 million students – and is advancing a profession that prioritizes and supports effective teaching. TNTP's groundbreaking studies, including The Widget Effect (2009) and The Irreplaceables (2012), have influenced legislation in more than 20 states.