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Save the date: $100K Follett Challenge

January 12, 2011 · 7 Comments

$100K Follett ChallengeStarting February 1, 2011, Follett will be accepting applications for the first-ever $100K Follett Challenge. Mark your calendars and start planning your entry now!

Recognizing innovation
Follett believes that librarians are finding ways to help students perform better in school. In recognizing the strong link between library programs and student success, the Follett Challenge’s goal is to find the best innovations in school libraries.

The contest advocates for the role librarians play as champions of school programs that drive student achievement. How can a librarian actively championing an information literacy-based school program for students enter?  

  • An online entry form will become available on February 1. Questions will uncover how the library program makes use of technology and content to improve student engagement, as well as how the program could be improved and/or expanded.
  • Produce and upload a 3-to-5 minute video describing the program.
  • The judges, comprised of library and educational professionals, will be looking for schools that do the most outstanding job of applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and critical thinking.

What can you win?
There are six chances to win. Five prizes, including a $35,000 first place prize, will be awarded by a panel of judges. A sixth $10,000 prize will be awarded based on online voting for the best video. These prizes will be good toward Follett products and services.

Applications open February 1, 2011 and close on June 1, 2011. Popular vote begins June 23, 2011. Good luck, and keep checking back to for updates. Or, Like the Challenge on Facebook.

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