What do you dream of for your classroom? For your school? For your students? Dreams can become realities with the Follett Challenge.
Winning schools share $200,000 in products and services from Follett. That includes library books, interactive books, eBooks, early learning products, makerspace kits, 3D printers, and much more. Wow!
To enter, you’ll need to complete an application and create a short video about your plans. Videos should explain the innovative and unique ideas you have for teaching 21st century skills. You’ll find lots of fun and inspiring examples from schools that have won previously here.
Dozens of schools around the country have seen their dreams come true as winners in the Follett Challenge. Will your school be one of them? The only way to know is to go ahead and apply!
Read on to find all of the details about this amazing opportunity. Good luck!
PS: Want to win something right now? Post a comment to this blog about what you dream of for your classroom, and let us know what grade you teach. One lucky teacher will be selected to win a prize pack of books and other goodies from Learning magazine. Submit your comment by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 12, to be included in our random drawing.
Follett Challenge: The Basics
Who can enter?
All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia
Who has won?
Schools big and small, rural and urban, you name it. Get the full list here.
- Chase County Elementary in Strong City, KS, won for its real-life learning program tied to the local cattle industry. The fifth graders bid on, bought, raised, and sold their own cattle!
- Sunrise Elementary in Aurora, CO, won for its Newbery Club. Kids read Newbery contenders and then make a case for which books they feel should win. One child described the process of fighting for books she believed should win: “It’s like wrestling with words!”
- Deer Park Elementary in Owings Mills, MD, created a makerspace that’s popping with ideas and opportunities to explore, grow, learn, code, read, create, solve problems, celebrate, and more.
- Pearson Elementary in Durham, NC, followed their mascot Sage the Snail on exciting learning adventures in and around their library.
What are the prizes?
- Three semifinalists win a $30,000 prize.
- The Grand Prize winner, selected from the three semifinalists, earns 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—the schools that receive the highest number of online votes for their videos.
When are applications due?
- Dec. 15, 2017: Entries close
- Jan. 22–26, 2018: People’s Choice voting
- Feb. 28, 2018: Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice video winners announced
- April 27, 2018: Grand-prize winner announced
Looking for tips?
Check out these sources:
- Tips from a Follett Challenge judge
- Ideas from last year’s winning elementary school
- Visit the Follett Challenge hub
- Check out Follett on Facebook and Twitter
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