The Rethink Adult Ed Challenge will be conducted in two stages. Key dates are described below.

Stage 1

Submissions open

September 24, 2020
AEFLA-funded adult education providers were invited to submit preliminary designs for pre-apprenticeships.

Virtual information session

October 15, 2020
Luminary Labs and the U.S. Department of Education hosted a virtual information session to share more about the challenge. View the virtual information session recording.

Submissions close

November 25, 2020
Submissions closed on Wednesday, November 25, at 11:59pm ET.
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Finalists announced

January 13, 2021
A review panel assessed submissions against the Stage 1 criteria and selected 95 finalists to enter Stage 2.

Stage 2

Virtual accelerator

February 2021 - June 2021
Finalists will participate in a virtual accelerator and develop their program proposals.

Submissions close

June 2021
At the end of Stage 2, all finalists will be invited to submit program proposals. More details about this submission process will be shared with finalists during Stage 2.

Winners announced

Summer 2021
A judging panel will review submitted program proposals against the Stage 2 criteria. A grand-prize winner will receive $250,000 and up to five runners-up will receive at least $100,000 each.

Beyond the accelerator

Resources published

Fall 2021
Following the end of the challenge, the U.S. Department of Education will adapt and share materials from the virtual accelerator with the wider adult education community. Luminary Labs will also host an online workshop to share key learnings and resources.