RELEASE: Yidan Prize Summit 2022: Platform to Spotlight Educator Development and Training

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RELEASE: Yidan Prize Summit 2022: Platform to Spotlight Educator Development and Training

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HONG KONG, Dec. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Yidan Prize Foundation, the global philanthropic foundation behind the world's highest educational award, held the 2022 Yidan Prize Summit yesterday.

Teachers face more challenges - and more complex ones - than ever before. At the Transforming Education Summit (TES) in September, the United Nations called on all of us to better support teachers. This year's Yidan Prize Summit brought together leading figures from education, politics and philanthropy to discuss what it means to be a teacher today and tomorrow.

In a series of discussions, panelists discussed ways to support educator development and training, the importance of making connections between educational policy and practice, innovations in STEM teaching and learning, and how collaboration can drive change in the classroom.

Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize, commented, "Education is an ecosystem. For this ecosystem to thrive, conditions must be provided that recognize and support the essential work of educators and enable their success."

Linda Darling-Hammond, MD, joined education experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities that have arisen in education during the pandemic. She highlighted teacher preparation programs that have succeeded in preparing teachers for a changing world, drawing on examples from the education systems of China, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Panelists also discussed the importance of making connections between research, practice and policy.

In the second panel discussion, Professor Carl Wieman, 2020 Yidan Prize for Educational Research laureate and founder of PhET Interactive Simulations, was joined by Dr. Kathy Perkins, Director of PhET Interactive Simulations, and Zachariah Mbasu, PhET Africa Ambassador , discussed how innovations like PhET interactive math and science simulations can be powerful tools in the classroom by removing barriers and giving students a more active role in the learning process. They also discussed how programs like the PhET scholarship are helping to accelerate the adoption of engaging, research-based teaching and learning practices in STEM education.

In another panel, Professor Yongxin Zhu shared powerful examples of teacher motivation and professional development practices, drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the New Education Initiative in China. Panelists shared strategies for creating strong peer networks, which connect and empower teachers to learn from one another. They also discussed how online learning centers have transformed and expanded learning opportunities for teachers, which is even more important in the context of the pandemic and beyond.

The summit also explored the evolving role of philanthropy. Representatives from the D.H. Chen Foundation and the Bei Shan Tang Foundation stressed the importance of collaborating with education stakeholders to support the professional development of local teachers. Teachers from various schools in Hong Kong shared examples of pilot programs that proactively prepare educators to foster student readiness.

Presentation of the winners of the Yidan Prize 2022

On December 4, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond and Professor Yongxin Zhu were formally awarded the 2022 Yidan Prize for Educational Research and the 2022 Yidan Prize for Educational Development, respectively, for their outstanding work in equipping our teachers and young people with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. They join the Yidan Prize Foundation's global community of change agents in education and the Yidan Council of Luminaries.

Yidan Prize 2023 Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2023 Yidan Prize are now open and will close on March 31, 2023. The Yidan Prize Foundation will host a webinar on January 18, 2023 to share more information about the prize, how to enter, and what the judges are looking for. in an award-winning

To learn more about how to submit a nomination for the Yidan Prize, please visit the Yidan Prize Foundation website:


The Yidan Prize Foundation is a global philanthropic foundation whose mission is to create a better world through education. Through its prize and its network of innovators, the Yidan Prize Foundation supports ideas and practices in the field of education, specifically those that have the power to positively change lives and society.

The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals or teams who have contributed significantly to the theory and practice of education. It consists of two awards that work in harmony: the Yidan Award for Educational Research and the Yidan Award for Educational Development. They are designed to make an impact: laureates receive a project fund of HK$15 million over three years, helping them scale up their work, as well as a gold medal and prize money of 15 million Hong Kong dollars (shared equally by the teams).

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