2023 Industry Finalists Announced for Excellence in Equity Awards

2023 Excellence in Equity Awards

88 finalists have been named across 25 awards categories honoring the companies, products, and leaders whose work is advancing educational equity and access

WASHINGTON, DC — December 11, 2023 — The American Consortium for Equity in Education today announced the finalists for the 2023 Excellence in Equity Awards in Industry categories. From an initial pool of 124 nominees, 88 have been selected as finalists across 25 unique award categories. The winners in each of these categories will be announced this Thursday, December 14.

“In year two of our awards program, it’s been amazing to see the significant growth in both the number and quality of nominees,” said Ross Romano, strategic advisor to the Consortium and program chair of the Excellence in Equity Awards. “Working in close collaboration with teachers and administrators nationwide, companies operating in the education space continue to innovate tirelessly in the pursuit of better, more equitable outcomes for all learners. Congratulations to all of those who have achieved finalist status in the 2023 awards.”

The finalists are:

Company of the Year

  • Boxlight
  • Cirkled In
  • GoGuardian
  • Mastery Portfolio
  • Proximity Learning
  • TouchMath

Nonprofit or Community Partner of the Year

  • EduMatch Foundation
  • Learning Ally
  • Reading is Fundamental
  • Sky is the Limit

Leader of the Year

  • Andrew Friedman – CEO, Learning Ally
  • Sean Lockwood – CEO, TouchMath
  • Patrick Riccards – Founder & CEO, Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement
  • Dionna Smith – Chief Diversity and Public Affairs Officer, GoGuardian
  • Sarah Thomas – Founder & CEO, EduMatch
  • Dr. Sonia Toledo – Creator of Ideas Empowered by Youth

New Product of the Year

  • DESSA Middle School Student Self-Report
  • Digital Equity: Beyond the Devices Course by EduMatch
  • Gale in Context: Literature
  • Effective Brain-Based Literacy Instruction by Learning Ally
  • High Dosage Tutoring by The Princeton Review |

Author, Speaker, or Consultant of the Year

  • Michael Conner
  • Sandra Elliott
  • Mandy Froehlich
  • Salandra Grice
  • Molly Ness
  • Terrie Noland
  • Sarah Thomas

Product Enhancement of the Year

  • Aperture’s SEL Strategies and Interventions Package
  • ClassLink DataGuard
  • CogAT in the Classroom
  • TouchMath Pro 2.0

Best Accessibility Solution

  • Attention! (Boxlight)
  • Learning Ally Audiobook Solution
  • Pear Deck Immersive Reader (GoGuardian)
  • ReadSpeaker

Best Book for Educators

  • Conscious Classrooms: Using Diverse Texts for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice by Allison Briceño and Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica (Benchmark Education)
  • 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)
  • Gifted & Struggling – Twice-Exceptional Children: What Our Teachers & Schools Need to Know by Adam Laningham, Val Wilson, and Dr. Lin Lim (Bright Child Books)
  • Leading Within Systems of Inequity in Education: A Liberation Guide for Leaders of Color by Mary Rice-Boothe (ASCD)
  • Leading Your School Toward Equity: A Practical Framework for Walking the Talk by Dwayne Chism (ASCD)
  • Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners: Innovative Supports for Linguistically Diverse Students by Carly Spina  (EduMatch Publishing)
  • REAL LOVE: Strategies for Reaching Students Who See No Way Out by Alexes M. Terry (EduMatch Publishing)

Best Career Readiness Solution

  • Cirkled In
  • MedCerts

Best College Readiness Solution

  • Cirkled In

Best Differentiation or Personalized Learning Solution

  • CogAT Ability x Achievement Widget
  • EOS Education Professional Development
  • Giant Steps
  • Hāpara Instructional Suite
  • MindPrint
  • TeachTown

Best Diversity and Inclusion Solution

  • Giant Steps
  • Reading is Fundamental
  • Represent (Benchmark Education)

Best Early Childhood Education Solution

  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), 2nd Edition (Teachstone)
  • ESGI (Riverside Insights)
  • Excite Reading™ by Learning Ally
  • Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) (Stages Learning)

Best Hardware Solution

  • Labdisc All-in-One Science Lab

Best Literacy Solution

  • 95 Percent Group/One95™ Literacy Ecosystem
  • Benchmark Advance
  • Discover Literacy from Dollar General and Discovery Education
  • EduMatch Publishing

Best Online and Blended Learning Solution

  • enCORE K-12 (TeachTown)
  • Gale In Context: For Educators
  • Suite360 for Students (Navigate360)

Best Parent Engagement Solution

  • ParentSquare
  • Reading is Fundamental – Middle School Family Literacy Initiative
  • SchoolStatus
  • Suite360 for Families (Navigate360)

Best Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Solution

  • Aperture Education’s DESSA
  • MindPrint Learning
  • Suite360 for Students (Navigate360)
  • Yondr

Best Special Education Solution

  • Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) (Stages Learning)
  • enCORE K-12 (TeachTown)
  • TouchMath Standards Edition

Best STEM Solution

  • Futurelab+ from Genentech and Discovery Education
  • ST Math

Best Student Engagement Solution

  • Gale in Context: Elementary
  • Pear Deck (GoGuardian)
  • Yondr

Best Student Safety Solution

  • GoGuardian Beacon
  • Yondr

Best Support for English Learners/ELLs

  • Express! Asset-Based Access to English by Benchmark Education
  • Riverside Insights portfolio of solutions

Best Teacher Recruitment Solution

  • Swing Education

Special Contribution to Equity

  • Lightspeed Digital Insight – Digital Equity Module
  • Scott Andrews, Manager of Product and Design, TouchMath
  • The Princeton Review |

The Excellence in Equity Awards continues to accept nominations in the award categories for educators. The finalists and winners in the educator awards program will be announced in the spring. Visit or contact to learn more.

About the Excellence in Equity Awards

The annual Excellence in Equity Awards program recognizes the companies, nonprofits, leaders, and educators whose work contributes to the critical goal of ensuring access and equity for every learner. Learn more at

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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