The 2013-14 Follett Challenge is underway, offering a total prize of $200,000 in Follett products and services to schools best demonstrating innovative approaches to 21st century learning.
Fifteen schools from all levels of education will be honored in this year's contest, and semifinalists will be named in four categories: elementary, middle, high school and magnet/parochial/preK-12 schools. The Follett Challenge website (www.FollettChallenge.com) is currently accepting entries for the 2013-14 contest with the deadline closing on Feb. 28, 2014.
Serving as the 2013-14 judging panel:
The judges will be seeking applications that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. The final score for the semifinalists will be based on the final rubric score from the panel of judges plus the number of votes the submitted video receives. That score will be weighted 70 percent from the judges’ final rubric scoring and 30 percent from the video voting. With a total prize value of $200,000 in products and services from Follett, the overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, while each of the other three semifinalists will earn $30,000 prizes. Ten $5,000 prizes will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” winners — those schools that receive the highest number of online votes from the public. Judges will select the grand-prize winner from among the four semifinalists.
To participate, entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program at www.follettchallenge.com. Key contest dates are:
For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com.