One of the big events at AASL11 was the announcement of the winners of the Follett 100K Challenge. The six Follett Challenge Winners–selected for their application of technology, content, and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking–were honored at an October 27th ceremony and awarded a total of $100,000 worth products and services.
Beyond Chuck Follett’s incredibly generous gift to six deserving library programs, is another gift–a living archive of effective practice. A way for us to show those who’ve never seen it, what library looks like. I hope that these videos, inspired by the Follett Challenge, can be shared as evidence and used in advocacy efforts.
This Follett Challenge Rocks Library Advocacy video compiles the 123 video entries, representing the creativity and determination of librarians around the country as they strive to make an impact on their school’s classroom curriculum to help our children.
1st Place- Creating a Culture of Literacy $35,000 Isabel Chipungu – Media Specialist, Ocoee Elementary, Orange County Public Schools, FL Isabel created a rap video to convey how her school library program is meeting the Follett Challenge! She works with grades K-5 with a focus on Science and Vocabulary development in addition to school-wide reading challenges. The media center makes use of digital whiteboards, digital databases and digital storytelling activities to improve skills and keep learning fun.
2nd Place- 21st Century Learning Libratory $20,000. Teresa Diaz – Librarian-Eisenhower Middle School-North East ISD, TX “Where the Library Meets the ‘Laboratory’- Eisenhower Middle School calls this the Libratory! The video showcases students enthusiastically working on collaborative projects using many different digital and print resources and programs.
3rd Place- History our Way Jennifer Northrup – Media Coordinator- Flat Rock Middle School, Henderson County Public Schools, NC An eighth grade Social Studies teacher and a middle school Media Specialist developed an American History research project that allowed their students to get out of the classroom and get creative using multiple research resources and multimedia tools to present their final presentations.
6th Place- Books and Beyond Laura Healy – Media Specialist- Randall Carter Elementary School- Wayne Board of Education, NJ The media center for Randall Carter Elementary School is the “epicenter” of technology and textbooks. The media center has implemented a reading program that encourages their students to read across genres by using creative techniques to encourage participation and foster excitement, one of which is by hosting 1-2 authors per year. The media center also has a gaming day that encourages gaming on both computers and board games.