Education Commission of the States is proud to announce Sal Khan as the 2016 recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the education community. The award will be presented to Khan at Education Commission of the States’ 2016 National Forum on Education Policy, which will be held from June 29-July 1 in Washington, D.C.

In 2008, Khan founded Khan Academy – a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Since its creation, Khan Academy’s readily available content has grown to include more than 6,500 videos, accessed by more than 10 million people seeking knowledge to enrich their lives.

Khan Academy provides educational access to a broad range of subjects and offers customized lesson plans and assessments, creating an interactive and personalized learning experience. By emphasizing learning, rather than teaching, Khan’s approach has greatly impacted not only how information is delivered, but also the way in which children and adults learn in America.

“The impact and reach of Sal Khan’s work is certainly inspiring,” said Jeremy Anderson, president of Education Commission of the States. “It is an honor to recognize his achievements with the James Bryant Conant Award.”

The Conant Award, named after the co-founder of Education Commission of the States and former president of Harvard University, recognizes outstanding individual contributions to American education. Khan’s dedication to expanding the outreach of knowledge through working to make Khan Academy content available across the world and focusing on individual learner needs has made it possible for learners to not only build upon their educational foundation, but also develop and grow important skills as they move forward in their professional careers.

Education Commission of the States is honored to award Sal Khan with the 2016 James Bryant Conant Award, as his commitment to providing a high-quality education and his work to ensure that anyone, anywhere has the knowledge and tools needed to help support a successful future demonstrates his leadership in the advancement of educational attainment.

For questions, contact Education Commission of the States Communications Director Amy Skinner at or (303) 299.3609.

 PUBLISHED: June 17, 2016

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