Inside the HundrED 2021 Global Collection: The Selection Process

8.7.2020 | BY MARIAH O'MARA

According to UNESCO, some 1 billion students and youth across the planet are affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of the existing inequalities in education much more visible. However, it has also presented us with a unique opportunity to drastically and radically change the way we think about education. 

The annual HundrED Global Collection highlights 100 of the brightest innovations in K12 education from around the world to anyone, for free. June 30th marked the end of the submission period for the HundrED 2021 Global Collection after an exhaustive year-long search by our Research Team. 

As we all look towards 2021, we are excited to highlight the inspiring innovations that have emerged from the chaos of 2020. We believe that now, more than ever, it is important to help highly impactful and scalable innovations to help alleviate the challenges facing education globally. 

Over the past year, our Research Team has reviewed thousands of innovations from across the globe covering a wide range of aspects in education. These innovations are then evaluated based on the two criteria of impact and scalability. The following sections provide an overview of our selection process thus far. 

The HundrED Selection Process 

First, what do we mean by an education innovation? At HundrED, we use the following definition of innovation in education: 

“Innovation in education can be defined as meaningful improvements in a new or modified practice and/or technology that supports any part of the educational ecosystem.” 

Stage 1 

Our Research Team reviews thousands of innovations from all over the world over the course of the year, which are discovered through the following methods:

  1. Conducting targeted outreach and applicant support. 
  2. Formal and non-formal channels, such as: attending events and conferences, monitoring high profile competitions from around the world, speaking with experts in and out of education, studying academic and non-academic texts such as peer-reviewed journals and blogs, reading news and books that highlight innovation in education. 
  3. Talking to our growing global community of 500+ Ambassadors and 23 Youth Ambassadors from over 100 countries. This diverse range of people are our local eyes and ears from all over the world who recommend and report about the best practices and technologies emerging from their region.

All innovations were considered from those submitted and selected for the HundrED Open, Global Collections, and Spotlights. Any innovator can submit applications to be considered in this collection by June 30th of that year. Before we begin evaluating these innovations, we first make sure we are up to date on the most prevalent needs in education, for example: 

  • COVID-19 response
  • The need for offline solutions
  • Visionary leadership
  • The need for effective teacher education
  • The need for increased interdependence and integration of all stakeholders 
  • Modern forms of assessment
  • The need to consider the holistic wellbeing of all people in education
  • And much more...

Stage 2

To be featured as part of HundrED Global Collection, innovations must demonstrate evidence for the following two main criteria: 

Impact: Evaluated as a valuable improvement within the innovation’s context. All innovations must have at least 1-year of being implemented with its intended users. 

Scalability: Either the innovation is actively scaling to other contexts or has a high potential to be transferable for others to adopt its practice/technology. 

HundrED’s Research Team aims to understand all considered innovations from these channels through conducting semi-structured interviews with each innovator, and reading any materials found about it. In this stage, we consult our global network of educators to help obtain an unbiased perspective of each innovation. Additionally, all innovators have an opportunity to share further evidence in support of their work when contacted by our Research Team. 

Stage 3

We are currently in Stage 3 of the Review Process. In this stage, the HundrED Research Team creates a shortlist of possible innovations for our HundrED Academy to review. 

This shortlist is divided into batches to make it more manageable. Studies have strongly indicated that for innovations in education to be effective, a sustained, coordinated, and engaged multi-stakeholder effort is needed. The HundrED Academy consists of a diverse range of stakeholders in education, from educators to students, innovators to experts from a wide variety of countries. Their expertise and insights drive our selection of the annual 100 Global Collection. In our last Global Collection, there were over 2000 reviews to help inform the final selections. 

This year our HundrED Academy comprises over 175 selected education stakeholders from over 64 countries. The Academy Review Period this year runs from July 13th-27thNext week we will take a deeper look at the HundrED Academy and their part in the review process. 

If you are interested in learning more about the HundrED Review Process or joining the HundrED Academy visit our Academy Page