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Burbrella Learning Academy Is A Semifinalist for the $1M Yass Prize

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

BURLINGTON, NC— Burbrella Learning Academy, Inc. has been selected as one of 33 semi-finalists to receive the esteemed $1M Yass Prize. The award is considered to be the “Pulitzer of Education Innovation”, according to Forbes Chief Content Editor, Randall Lane.

Burbrella was selected from nearly 2,000 applications, representing 27 million students from every sector in education and every grade in the PreK-12 continuum across all 50 states. The Yass Foundation for Education advances the four core STOP principles: Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding, and Permissionless education. Each year, the Foundation will reward dozens of organizations, building a growing network of innovative providers that demonstrate these qualities in their commitment to new ideas, technologies, and approaches to learning that bring education into the 21st century. The Foundation is powered by the Center for Education Reform (CER) in partnership with Forbes.

In 2022, the Yass Foundation for Education awarded more than $20 million in grants to new and alumni organizations, including the prestigious $1 million Yass Prize to transform education, given to the group that most exemplifies the STOP principles. The cohort has the opportunity to collaborate and impact the development of STOP-enabled efforts long after the initial program is over with national exposure and access to the media, representing the Yass Prize and STOP Awards at global events, becoming contributors on and informing policy makers on how best to replicate their work.

Burbrella Learning Academy, Inc. is committed to fostering educational excellence and maximizing the potential of every child by partnering with community stakeholders to create innovative and inclusive non-traditional learning environments. Burbrella Microschool supports learners and home educators in 18 states through their online microschool, with plans to offer in-person learning in each state they serve.

Burbrella Microschool offers an in-person option for learners in Burlington, NC that provides a nurturing environment where creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration thrive, fostering lifelong learners who embrace diversity and positively impact the world around them. The Burbrella Microschool model aims to create a dynamic and inclusive learning community that empowers learners to discover their passions, reach their fullest potential, and become compassionate, responsible global citizens.

All 33 awardees are listed on the Yass Prize website at The $1 million Yass Prize winner and finalists, who will each receive $500,000, will be announced December 13, 2023 in New York City.

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