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Jan 04, 2016 2016-01-04

Funding & Recognition

Share Groundbreaking Educational Programs

Returning for a fifth year, the $200,000 Follett Challenge will highlight and reward the most innovative K–12 programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. Schools or districts, public and private, in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply. Submissions are open to all K–12 educators and Parent Teacher Organizations. To participate in this year’s contest, entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program. The judges are seeking programs that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. Eighty percent of each entrant’s score will be based on the judges’ opinion of the entry, with the remaining 20 percent based on the number of votes generated by the public for the school or district’s video. The contest’s three semifinalists each will earn a $30,000 prize. The grand-prize winner, to be selected from the three semifinalists, will earn an additional $30,000, for a total of $60,000, plus a celebration at their school. Ten $8,000 prizes will be awarded to People’s Choice winners—those schools that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their submitted videos.

Deadlines: January 29, 2016, entries close; February 8, 2016, voting begins; February 12, 2016, voting closes; March 7, 2016, semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners announced; April 29, 2016, grand-prize winner announced

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