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SARSEF is a Drucker Prize Finalist!

Thursday August 31, 2017


The Drucker Institute announced SARSEF as one of 10 finalists out of 252 applicants nationwide for the 2017 Drucker Prize. “The 10 finalists were selected from among 50 semifinalists announced on June 16, 2017.  Leaders from these 50 organizations each completed a series of mini-courses on The Drucker Prize learning platform, where they explored different aspects of innovation and organizational effectiveness.  They then reported both how their organization currently utilizes the principles presented, as well as how they could put into practice any new ideas learned” (Drucker Institute).

SARSEF’s recognition by the Drucker Institute is for teaching students in Arizona how to make decisions based on data and evidence in order to solve real-world problems.  “Recognition from the Drucker Institute is an incredible honor.  On behalf of SARSEF’s Board of Directors and our dedicated stakeholders, we are so pleased to be recognized by the Drucker Institute for helping to create Arizona’s future critical thinkers and problem solvers” said SARSEF CEO, Kathleen Bethel.  

“As Peter Drucker wrote, “Successful innovators…look at figures, and they look at people,” said Zack First, Drucker Institute Executive Director. “Each of the 10 Drucker Prize finalists has demonstrated an impressive blend of results—driven rigor and human-centric focus.  What’s more, the leaders of these organizations aren’t resting on their laurels; they are hungry for new knowledge they can put to work in service of their missions.”

The winner of the $100,000 Drucker Prize will be announced on September 29, 2017

“Administered since 1991, The Drucker Prize, formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, is given to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Drucker’s definition of Innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” The judges look for programs that are highly effective and have made a difference in the lives of people they serve, as well as for those organizations that demonstrate a capacity to further leverage the discipline of innovation.”

Founded in 1955, SARSEF is a 501 (c)(3) in Tucson, AZ with a mission to create Arizona’s next generation of critical thinkers and problem-solvers through science and engineering. SARSEF reaches 95,000 K-12 students because of the organization’s dedication to ensuring all students have access to transformative learning experiences.  SARSEF’s vision is simply stated: “Every Child. Thinking Critically, Solving Problems.”