MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 6, 2013 – Nearly 120 entries have been submitted for the second Follett Challenge, and now contest organizers are calling on the public to crown the Follett Challenge winners. The Follett Challenge will award $200,000 worth of Follett products and services to six winning schools, and also provide educators with a platform to show off their innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media.
Beginning today, schools, local communities and the general public will help choose the Follett Challenge winners by voting for the best video submission once a day between now and March 15.
All of the video entries can be found on the Follett Challenge website (www.FollettChallenge.com), and the entry with the most votes from the public will take home the People's Choice award.
The stakes are higher this year because schools cannot win unless they earn votes. Thirty percent of each entry's total score is based on how many votes it receives; an expert panel of judges scores the remaining 70 percent.
The first Follett Challenge sought entries solely from school libraries. For 2012-13, the company has expanded the contest, seeking entries from schools that are designing programs that develop critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration between students and among educators. Yet, according to Britten Follett, many entries in this year's contest focus on their innovative library programs.
"So often, great 21st century teaching and learning is centered in the library," said Follett, a member of the Follett Challenge team. "Some of the entries, however, took that innovation a step further, transforming the library into a learning hub that has no physical walls, where inquiry is born and learning transitions from teacher-led to student-led."
Follett added that the contest rules were designed so that schools must show they have more than just a great program. The rules encourage schools to be "advocates for learning," by promoting their entries to their local communities and school boards, and through media outreach.
"Follett is giving schools a platform to show off its innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media," Follett said. "It's all about collaboration and working together across the district. We hope people will take the time to view the Follett Challenge entries for themselves—we think they'll be inspired and see that innovation is very much alive and well in today's schools."
All Follett Challenge winners, including the People's Choice, will be announced April 5 and receive the cash value equivalent of products and services from Follett Corporation's K12 divisions. The two grand-prize winners each will earn $60,000; third place $35,000; fourth place $25,000; fifth place $15,000; and sixth place (People's Choice winner) $5,000. The final score for the top five submissions will be based on the final rubric score from the panel of judges plus the number of votes the submitted video receives.
For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com.
About Follett School and Library Group
Follett (www.follettlearning.com) is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.