2023 Excellence in Equity Awards: Industry Winners

In 2023, the Excellence in Equity Awards received more than 120 outstanding nominations in 25 Industry categories, demonstrating the innovative, diligent work companies are doing nationwide to improve outcomes for all learners.

“The daily efforts of companies such as our winners — and truly, all nominees — and their collaboration with schools make it possible for educators and students to achieve excellent outcomes,” said awards program chair Ross Romano.

Of these nominees, 47 stood above the
rest and were selected as winners.

View them below:

Company of the Year

Proximity Learning

Proximity Learning


Go Guardian

Mastery Portfolio

Mastery Portfolio

Nonprofit or Community Partner of the Year

Reading Is Fundamental

Sky is the Limit

Leader of the Year

Patrick Riccards

Patrick Riccards – Founder & CEO, Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement

Dionna Smith – Chief Diversity and Public Affairs Officer, GoGuardian

Sarah Thomas – Founder & CEO, EduMatch

Sarah Thomas – Founder & CEO, EduMatch

New Product of the Year

Effective Brain-Based Literacy Instruction by Learning Ally

High Dosage Tutoring by The Princeton Review |

Author, Speaker, or Consultant of the Year

Michael Conner

Michael Conner – Founder & CEO, Agile Evolutionary Group

Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich – COO, EduMatch

Molly Ness

Molly Ness – VP of Academic Content, Learning Ally

Terrie Noland

Terrie Noland – VP of Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally

Product Enhancement of the Year

ClassLink DataGuard

Riverside Insights

CogAT in the Classroom

Best Accessibility Solution

Attention! (Boxlight)


Best Book for Educators

Embrace, Empower, Educate, and Include by Salandra Grice (EduMatch Publishing)

Fix Injustice, Not Kids and Other Principles for Transformative Equity Leadership by Paul Gorski and Katy Swalwell (ASCD)

Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Innovative Supports for Linguistically Diverse Students by Carly Spina (EduMatch Publishing)

Best Career Readiness Solution


Cirkled In

Best College Readiness Solution


Cirkled In

Best Differentiation or
Personalized Learning Solution


Mindprint Learning

Best Diversity and Inclusion Solution


Represent (Benchmark Education)

Giant Steps

Giant Steps (GoGuardian)

Best Early Childhood Education Solution

CLASS by Teachstone

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), 2nd Edition (Teachstone)

Excite Reading™ early literacy solution by Learning Ally

Best Hardware Solution


Labdisc All-in-One Science Lab

Best Literacy Solution

95 Percent Group

95 Percent Group/One95™ Literacy Ecosystem

Benchmark Advance

Benchmark Advance Knowledge-Based Literacy Solution

Best Online and Blended Learning Solution

enCORE K-12 (TeachTown)

Gale In Context: For Educators

Suite360 for Students (Navigate360)

Best Parent Engagement Solution

Reading Is Fundamental – Middle School Family Literacy Initiative

Suite360 for Families (Navigate360)

Best Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Solution

Aperture Education’s DESSA


Mindprint Learning

Best Special Education Solution

TeachTown LOGO_HiRes LOGO (1) (1)

enCORE K-12 (TeachTown)

Best STEM Solution

Futurelab+ from Genentech and Discovery Education

ST Math

Best Student Engagement Solution



Best Student Safety Solution


GoGuardian Beacon

Best Support for English Learners/ELLs

Benchmark Education

Express! Asset-Based Access to English by Benchmark Education

Best Teacher Recruitment Solution


Swing Education

Special Contribution to Equity

Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Digital Insight – Digital Equity Module

Scott Andrews - Manager of Product and Design at TouchMath

Scott Andrews, Manager of Product and Design, TouchMath

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