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Learn more about our previous honorees at the Innovative Learning Awards.
José Vilson, Community Leadership Award
Executive Director, Co-Founder, EduColor
José Luis Vilson is a veteran educator, writer, speaker, and activist in New York City, NY. He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. He has spoken about education, math, and race for a number
of organizations and publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, TED, El Diario / La Prensa and The Atlantic. He’s a National Board-
Certified teacher, a Math for America Master Teacher, and the executive director of EduColor, an organization dedicated to race and social justice
issues in education. He is now on the board of directors for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. He is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University studying sociology and education with a policy concentration.
Mark Malaspina, Educational Impact Award
As the President, Mark is responsible for driving PowerMyLearning’s program innovations and research agenda and for deepening PowerMyLearning’s relationships with school districts, software partners, and education organizations. As the former President of The Grow Network, an education company he co-founded in 2000 and sold to McGraw-Hill in 2004, Mark brings strong experience in education to this role. Under Mark’s leadership, Grow served more than 20 million students in the U.S. and internationally and demonstrated its impact in differentiated instruction and parent engagement through studies by nationally recognized research organizations, such as the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Children & Technology.
Travis Terry, Community Leadership Award
Travis Terry was named President of Capalino, the largest urban strategy firm in the United States, in November 2020, after serving as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer for nearly a decade. In his role as President, Travis oversees the firm’s operations and execution of its corporate purpose of helping clients succeed in the New York region and playing a key role in spearheading the future of NYC.
Travis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association, Coro New York, Friends of the QueensWay and is Chair of the NYC Board of Advisors of PowerMyLearning. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Executive Leadership Forum of BritishAmerican Business.