The Atid Day Day School Innovation Challenge is an online platform designed to celebrate creative teachers and share their groundbreaking classroom ideas with the world. The platform will serve as both a competition hub and a living archive of classroom innovations. For the originators of this project – the PresenTense Group, the Jewish Education Project, and the UJA Federation of New York – the long-term vision extends far beyond the challenge itself. Their mission is to foster systemic implementation of innovations and educational best practices within Jewish day schools in the NYC metropolitan area.
The Atid Challenge will open for submissions by individuals or groups of up to four on October 19, 2014 and close on November 30, 2014 with public voting on the entries running from December 1st until December 31st. To enter the challenge, teachers will film a 30 second video clip outlining an innovation and its impact. The clip can be as minimal as a frontal explanation or as out-of-the-box as the entrants can imagine. The challenge entry form also includes a short “playbook,” in which entrants will detail the actions, resources, and other considerations required to execute their ideas, in order to encourage replication.
Throughout the challenge, six incentives of $250 will be distributed to random entrants – a reward for the time spent corralling film crews or angling iPhones for that perfect selfie video! Twelve voters will also win $50 just for participating. However, the big winners will be eight entrants selected by a combination of a public vote and a panel of experts for an Atid Award of $1,000, as well as a place of honor at a Hackathon slated for Spring 2015.
Get more information at the Atid Challenge website.