Follett Challenge seeks innovative schools

The Follett Challenge returns with the prize money doubled and a new focus looking to reward top-notch educators who are aligning their curriculum to teach 21st century learning skills.The second Follett Challenge seeks entries from educators who are designing programs that develop critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.

Six winners will be selected, with this year’s total prize value increased to $200,000. The two grand-prize winners each will earn $60,000 in products and services from Follett, while the remaining prizes will run in value from $35,000 to $5,000.

The Follett Challenge is open to all public and private K-12 schools in the United States and Canada. International schools that meet the criteria for participation are invited to apply as well. Applicants will be asked to submit a three- to five-minute video, as well as provide an overview of the program and how it has impacted student advancement with 21st century skills.

The entry period begins today and runs through Jan. 4, 2013. For more information, visit