The Sontag Prize in Education celebrates the nation's most inspiring educators


The Sontag Prize in Urban Education is awarded to excellent teachers from across the nation. The experience begins with a week-long Acceleration Academy during school breaks, where motivated students from underserved communities are paired with one of the nation’s top teachers for an equivalent of one month of focused instruction.

Recipients of the Sontag Prize join a nationwide network of excellent teachers with access to lifelong collaboration, professional development, and celebration. Our program provides a key improvement strategy to schools and districts, elevates the teaching profession, and further promotes academic success for our most underserved students.

What's One Week?

Different From Normal School

Our Mission

Our mission is to celebrate excellent teachers and to spark dramatic academic growth for students. We help school districts serving low-income communities across the country maximize their impact by accessing untapped sources of teacher talent and instructional time.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

We strive to create a more equitable and flourishing nation by closing the opportunity gap. To that end, we strive to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that models and contributes to the vision we hope to achieve.


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