This section highlights efforts and pilot programs in the field of nontraditional education and development. This encompasses all types of "student-focused" and "whole child" programs that interact with both gifted and special needs students. It also reports current advances in voucher programs, charter schools, magnet schools, and home-based schools. Progressive enhancements in at-risk programs, mentoring, multicultural education, computer science technology, financial literacy, home economics, and distance education are also covered.

IBM Innovations Award in Transforming Government, January 1, 2007

The Institute of Technical Education of Singapore was formerly a last resort for low-achieving students. It underwent a ten-year reform plan revamping irrelevant curriculum, upgrading learning environments, and instating new academic requirements for current teachers.

Innovations in American Government Awards, February 12, 2019
Innovations in American Government Awards, March 30, 2018
NPR and Local Affiliates, May 30, 2017