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Which teacher made an impact on your life?

Submit your story of the teacher that changed your life for the chance to receive one of three $1,000 charter school grants, given in your name to the school of your choice. 

2018 Richard Dewey Awards

Teachers Making A Difference

Charter School Capital

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Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit your story (written or video) of the teacher that made a difference in your life 
  • Written submissions should be 300 words or more  
  • Video submissions should be 1-10 minutes in length 
  • Submissions will be received September 3rd – October 5th 
  • Grant winners will be announced November 8th 

Extra Credit:

School Leaders: Want a poster about the program to promote submissions from your teachers and students? Download the 11x17 poster with all the details. 




Teachers: Want an assignment handout for your students? Download the 8.5x11 print with all the details. 


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Submission Review Panel:

Richard Dewey – THE Dewey that the awards are named after! Richard Dewey was the 3rd-grade teacher to Charter School Capital President and CEO, Stuart Ellis, inspiring the whole program. 


Darlene Chambers – A national leader in education reform, Dr. Darlene Chambers is the Senior Vice President for Programs & Services at the National Charter Schools Institute, and a review alum from 2017.


John Cairns – Often referred to as a grandfather of Charter law, John Cairns was the nation’s first Charter School attorney. Today, he remains passionately involved in charter school policy and is a review alum from last year. 


Janet Johnson – Chief Marketing Officer at Charter School Capital and internal teacher/ inspiration officer herself (though she’s too humble to admit it), Janet is a review alum from last year. 


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If you still want to share your story outside the awards program, post it to social and tag @growcharters and ##WeLoveCharterSchools.