Win $1,000 for Your School

by Jeff Camp | May 23, 2024 | 37 Comments
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Learn about education issues and win for your school or group!

California school communities need well-informed voices. The mission of Ed100 is to help anyone learn what they need to know to be part of the conversations that matter. To encourage school communities to try Ed100 as part of their strategy for engaging parents, educators and student leaders, Ed100 periodically holds a drawing. The drawing adds a playful angle: by learning about California's education system you can win MONEY for your PTA (or another nonprofit organization associated with your school).

Learn. Pass quizzes. Win $1,000 for your school.

Here's how it works. Each lesson in Ed100 concludes with a single quiz question. Whenever you pass a quiz, you earn a ticket, which shows up on the Ed100 Leaderboard. Each ticket you earn is also an entry to win for your PTA or other non-profit education organization.

The next drawing is coming up on May 3, 2025. Winners will be announced at the state convention of the California State PTA. See rules for details. No purchase is offered or required. (See past winners.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the drawings on
These drawings create urgency. They encourage parent leaders and student leaders to learn more about education issues and ideas now. Because it takes two to win, the drawings also provide school organizations with a useful incentive to form learning groups.

How much can I win?
You, personally, can’t win anything in these drawings. Zero. But you could help your PTA or other non-profit organization win.

Whenever you complete a lesson on Ed100, you earn a ticket in the next drawing.

Whoa, that’s awesome! Who funds these drawings?
The drawings are supported by donations. Full Circle Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization, serves as Ed100's fiscal sponsor. (Ed100 originated as a volunteer project by members of Full Circle Fund.)

How much do tickets cost in the drawings?
Nothing. It’s FREE to enter, and Ed100 is FREE to use.

How do I enter? How do I get tickets?
Sign up at Earn lesson tickets by completing lessons in You can also earn "bonus tickets," for example by completing all the lessons in a chapter.

Do I have to finish the whole course to win for my school?
No. Each quiz you pass earns a ticket, even if you don't finish the course. (But when you DO graduate, you earn a big batch of extra bonus tickets!)

Is my school eligible to win?

Important: It takes TWO to win, so recruit a friend!
The rules of the drawing include an important requirement: at least two people from your school must sign up and take at least one quiz to be eligible to win. The purpose of this requirement is to promote discussion, which takes at least two! See full rules.

How does the Leaderboard work?
The Leaderboard shows the tickets that have been earned by passing quizzes or by earning bonuses. The "current" view of the Leaderboard shows only the tickets you have earned in the current school year, reflecting the way that the drawings work. Each school year is a level playing field! All schools start the year with zero current tickets. Quizzes are all re-opened, so that you can review the lessons and earn additional, new tickets. Even Ed100 graduates can earn new lesson tickets this way. (You can only earn bonuses once.)

The "All Time" view of the Leaderboard shows all tickets earned since the original launch of Ed100.

My school's new to Ed100. Do we have a chance of winning?
Yes. Each drawing selects ONLY from tickets earned in the current school year. (Tickets earned in the summer, after the final drawing of a school year, count toward the school year ahead.)

How do I improve the chances that my school will win?
Here are ways to earn more tickets:

  1. Complete more lessons on Ed100. Each lesson you complete earns a "lesson" ticket. Whenever you finish all the lessons in a chapter you earn bonus tickets.
  2. Invite others from your school or group to sign up. Lessons that they complete earn tickets in the drawing, too!
  3. Create an online discussion group using our Ed100 discussion guides.
  4. Keep at it! The drawing box resets each school year. You can earn more tickets by reviewing and re-taking the quizzes even after you graduate from the course.

Can teachers, administrators, students and community members join, too?
YES, definitely. Use Ed100 to build your whole school community.

What's in the fine print?
Read it here: rules

I'm interested in sponsoring a future drawing. How do I do that?
Contact us!

Questions & Comments

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francisco molina September 5, 2022 at 2:36 am
To all people that is landing here , please try to stay here the most possible, all are going to learn something that the CDE, counties or districts never want to tell you, because they don't have the time or the budget or simply they don't have any idea.
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Stephany Rueditas January 4, 2022 at 6:53 pm
Thank You!!

I am bilingual and it is a big challenge, I don't learn just for myself, I love to share everything with the students, staff, parents, and every person that needs help. We are here to make a better future for our kids.

Thank You!
Gracias for sharing valuable information.
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Lisa Guy October 1, 2020 at 7:29 am
Thank you for encouraging dialog between parents, teachers PTA/PTO organizations and the great community!
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Alisa Sabshin-Blek August 27, 2020 at 5:46 pm
We are doing a big push to get parents to complete lessons. Kindly update the leaderboard to reflect their commitment. Thank you!
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Alisa Sabshin-Blek August 24, 2020 at 12:58 pm
Would recommend the blog and Ed100 lessons to all in our community.
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Breanna Kelly August 1, 2020 at 2:16 pm
This is the second time I have completed the Ed100 lessons, and as I went through this most recent time I absorbed so much more. What an amazing resource for anyone and everyone wanting to gain a deeper knowledge about California's public school system. Thank you!
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Roxanne Crawford June 8, 2020 at 10:47 pm
As an educator, this is my second time completing the Ed100 lessons. This site is extremely valuable, not just for parents, but for educators as well. I absolutely love all the links provided to help our PTSA become as strong as possible. As a part of our PTA Board, I am strongly recommending that all our officers participate in the Ed100 lessons and have even included a link on our newly made PTSA website so that all our parents are also able to become well informed of the California School System. As Helen Keller stated, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Thank you for making this site accessible to all the players in the California School System.
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Jeff Camp June 8, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Thank you. Your comment arrived at a really good time. You mention including "all the players in the California school system". Our new aspiration is to help student leaders join as effective "players" too. Ed100 can help them learn what they need to know to be credible and influential voices in their school, in their district, and in the system. We hope the Ed100 summer academy for California Student Leaders will be a big stride in that direction.
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Brenda Etterbeek February 18, 2020 at 12:56 pm
Thank you for such a resourceful site. I have referred to it so many times in the last 2 months as our district is up for a Parcel Tax vote in 2 weeks!
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TOBY BLACK February 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm
Ed100 was very informative and I've learned a lot. Thank you for this resource. It appears that I've completed all the lessons. Can I continue to earn points for my school as new articles come out/are sent via email?
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Caryn February 6, 2020 at 8:41 am
Our pleasure, Toby! Congratulations on becoming an Ed100 graduate. Your tickets accumulate when you answer quizzes correctly. I encourage you to share Ed100 with your community and encourage them to graduate as well. That way, your school's ticket count will grow exponentially, along with your informed community. Basically, a classic win/win :)
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Greg Wylie November 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm
What a great tool. I've been talking it up with other parents!
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Caryn December 5, 2019 at 11:07 am
Thanks for the kind words, Greg. And, congratulations on becoming an Ed100 graduate! We are thrilled to have you join our Class of 2019.
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DerekandRebeccasDad November 21, 2019 at 10:41 pm
Lots of useful information to have well informed parents.
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Caryn December 5, 2019 at 11:11 am
Great to hear from another graduate, John. Thanks for participating in our community. And we agree--well-informed parents can make all the difference.
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LKDIGI May 29, 2019 at 12:50 pm
Thank you for your site! It has been invaluable to me not only to learn about education funding, but as the President of our school's Education Foundation, it is a great resource to point the community to for their own learning.
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Caryn December 5, 2019 at 11:15 am
It's our pleasure, Laura. Thanks for letting us know how you've used Ed100 to learn about school funding and for sharing us with your community. We are here to help!
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Katie Runella1 May 25, 2019 at 7:22 am
ED100 has provided a very well rounded overview of all the working parts of the public school system. As a PTA leader the information I’ve learned has been very helpful!
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Kimberley Clark May 17, 2019 at 9:46 am
I enjoyed this course very much and I learned a tremendous amount. Thank you for putting this resource together!
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Laura Flosi May 8, 2019 at 7:33 am
I learned so much from this course! Always good to be in the know on public education!
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Caryn May 8, 2019 at 8:33 am
Glad to hear it, Laura! It's terrific to see our community of Ed100 graduates growing. I'm happy taking the lessons was a worthwhile experience for you. I invite you to check back in with us regularly so you can always "be in the know" :)
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Ellen Chan May 7, 2019 at 9:17 am
This is such a wonderful program. Thank you.
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Caryn May 7, 2019 at 9:56 am
Thanks for the kind words, Ellen, and for being an Ed100 graduate. The highest compliment you can give us is to recommend Ed100 to others you think could benefit from our content. Also, any suggestions for improvement are always appreciated!
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Ramiro Preciado September 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm
I m trying to register my school and it won't let me its longfelo elementary in San Francisco
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Caryn September 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm
Hi Ramiro, Welcome to Ed100--we are glad you're here. Sorry about that! I will contact you to address this issue.
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nkbird July 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm
Could you please let me know the exact date that we roll over to a new school year? Like, did it happen after the end of last school year (best!) or will it be happening soon before the beginning of the new school year? (For our own PTA incentive purposes.)
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Marilyn Lucey June 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm
I am excited to include one lesson to our PTSA board monthly packet next year!
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Caryn July 19, 2018 at 10:27 am
Fantastic, Marilyn. Have you checked out our brand-new "Chapter of the Month" program? It's designed to help you and your board become Ed100 graduates together by the end of the 2018-19 school year. I look forward to hearing how your year goes!
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Shamrock27 May 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm
I have just recently joined and I have been learning a lot, and I am sharing the information with the School's PTA members to have more educated parents who can help their students.
I just would like to know who do I need to contact to report some of the links which are not working anymore when click on them to find extra information on topics! Thanks a lot!
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Jeff Camp May 16, 2018 at 10:14 am
Thanks, Shamrock 27 -- Please let us know about any broken links by leaving a comment like this one on the page where you find it. Curating web content is like teaching puppies to sit.
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Kenny May 9, 2018 at 11:06 am
Enjoyed taking the course.
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KEN May 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm
I am so excited as a parent for my son's school having a chance to win $1000 from ED100. The PTSA has designated monies for senior scholarships and if we win this will increase the much needed money for college expense of the scholarship winners.
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Pepe April 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm
This is the second year I have done this very good information
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Ken R April 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm
As a property owner in California it was interesting to learn of how property taxes are allocated to the local school district and how monies are allocated to different school based programs and all the limitations there are for use of the funding.
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PHYLLIS April 29, 2018 at 10:31 pm
It is so important for parents and family members of students to keep themselves informed on issues and policies affecting our children because they are our future.
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KEN April 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm
Participating in these lessons has made me a more informed and involved parent. I attend more school meetings and spread the information to all who will listen.
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KEN March 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm
Learned so many things you didn't know about California's public school system. Budgets, Money, Hiring!!!!
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Ascholars December 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm
It is very interesting to learn about educational policies via this format. So many interesting topics on California's educational system. I find myself asking coworkers "did they know this or did they now that".
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PHYLLIS May 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm
I also had several co-workers with children who were so unaware, they logged in and learned so much
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Iris December 2, 2017 at 8:39 am
Question / Comment for those earning Ed100 tickets: After speaking with several parents, I don't think the tickets connect if you use the LOGIN by FB or Google buttons. We're advising our PTA members to create an Ed100 account and specifically add their name and school name. Let me know if you have any info or advice. Thanks!
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Jeff Camp - Founder December 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm
Thanks, Iris -- the FB/Google login is a very good way to go. Nice and secure, and it adds your face to your profile automatically. When tickets look like they aren't being added there can be a few things going on, for example: 1) the server needs some time to catch up; 2) your comment might be awaiting approval; 3) you might have hit your bonus ticket limit (we cap the number of bonus tix you can earn through comments and such to avoid creating incentives for the wrong things. MOSTLY we want to encourage folks to take the lessons and pass the quizzes!)
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PHYLLIS November 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm
I invited my friends on Facebook to join in and learn about the California educational system.
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Iris November 11, 2017 at 8:46 pm
I invited my entire middle school PTA board to join me in learning & earning tickets!
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PHYLLIS May 8, 2018 at 1:19 pm
King Drew invited and encouraged the entire PTSA membership to read, learn and earn tickets!!!!!
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PHYLLIS October 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm
The lessons are very informative regarding school issues and procedures.
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Pepe October 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm
After starting the lessons I got addicted to finding out more information about our school system and how is works
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PHYLLIS May 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm
My participation with ED100 made me become active in my child's PTSA as a board member
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_MARTHA Ruvalcaba July 11, 2016 at 9:55 am
Looking forward on learning from ed100, to see how I can better assist the children in my community :)
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Jeff Camp September 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm
Thanks _MARTHA! We've just updated Ed100 to include a bunch of new content and functionality. I hope you like it!
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wmsbeaverbulletin April 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm
After lots of learning, I cannot wait to see what happened in the drawing!!
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