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Announcing the 2019 IDEA Gala

This year CEAM is celebrating innovation and creativity with our all-new Innovation & Discovery In Education Awards (IDEA) Gala!

The 2019 IDEA Gala will be held on November 7 at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Living World and will honor both national and regional visionary thinkers, leaders, and doers in the education sector.

Join us November 7 at the St. Louis Zoo Living World

General reception starts at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and awards and dancing to follow
Business Attire • Valet parking is available at the front entrance or self-parking in the Saint Louis Zoo parking lot.

The 2019 IDEA Gala will feature keynote speaker and Champion for Change honoree Derrell Bradford. We’ll also honor St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a St. Louis Public Schools magnet school.

Derrell Bradford is keynote speaker

Derrell Bradford is a nationally recognized leader and speaker working to improve educational access for all children.

He is the executive director of New York CAN (NYCAN) and executive vice president of 50CAN, a national network of state-based educational choice organizations, and sits on the boards of a number of forward-thinking education organizations including Success Academy Charter Schools and EdBuild.

A product of school choice, Derrell, a self-described “complicated Democrat,” credits a private school scholarship with drastically altering the trajectory of his life.

2019 IDEA Gala honorees

Great IDEA Award

The St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature is committed to fostering awareness about the importance of early literacy by creating innovative opportunities for all kids to have access to Black children’s literature.

Julius B. Anthony will be honored with CEAM’s Innovations in Literacy Award for his work as the president of St. Louis Black Author of Children’s Literature.


“Our ultimate desire is to build spaces where kids can get lost in the fascination of imagination that flourishes inside of books!”

Julius B. Anthony

St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature is the only literacy-based nonprofit within the region that focuses solely on Black children’s literature as a strategy for improving reading proficiencies for third-grade students.

Innovative School Award

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience is a rigorous four-year medical professions magnet school in the St. Louis Public Schools. Collegiate’s mission is to prepare a diverse student body to further their studies at the nation’s best colleges and universities. Last year a team of Collegiate students took first place in a major hackathon and won $10,000. The school uses a focus on medicine and bioscience as a backdrop to all student learning.

The school’s college prep curricula, which includes a minimum of four mathematics and six science courses, as well as Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, will arm students with an academic foundation essential for post-secondary studies. The school’s unique four-year medical program provides students with project-based learning experiences under the guidance of Health Science and Technology professionals in the classroom and, with local partners (BJC Healthcare, Washington University Medical School, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, and the Brown School of Social Work), experiential learning and medical research opportunities.

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