Winners will be determined by a panel of judges as well as online voters. The judges have been selected based on their leadership in education and innovations like ELO. Judges will evaluate how the video submissions with the top votes align to the ELO Vision elements. These judges, along with each and every voter, will join together to discover and recognize Colorado’s most innovative approaches to personalized learning.
Design EDU is a joint effort by the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Donnell-Kay Foundation, and Charter School Growth Fund to build a community of innovative K12 educators in Colorado. Design EDU is a two day workshop that brings together 50 forward-thinking K12 educators from across Colorado. Participants work together to create ‘personalized learning’ plans for students and discuss ways to put their ideas into immediate action in the classroom, school or beyond.
Watch the video to see how these educators use “design thinking” to create new K12 innovations.
Who is eligible? All K-12 Colorado educators are encouraged to apply. If you are a teacher, other school leader, district leader, BOCES, community-based organization, service provider, or some other team of innovators working to personalize learning for students within your context, this could be you!
When is the entry due? Entries can be uploaded from January 15, 2013- February 15, 2013, but all entries must be received by the Colorado Legacy Foundation by 12 p.m. on February 15, 2013 to be eligible.
How do I win the award money? First, recall your most innovative strategy where you have “dramatically personalized learning” for students you work with. Then be sure to submit your entry by 12 p.m. on February 15, 2013. If your entry is selected as a finalist, encourage community members to vote daily for your entry from Feb. 25 – Mar. 25, 2013. The Top 8 entries that receive the most votes continue on to the private judging round where education stakeholders will review the Top 8 Finalists and determine the prize level each of the Top 8 entries will receive. The award announcement will be publicized on April 17, 2013.
What can the award money be used for? The award will go directly to the educator who wins the contest. You may use the award dollars for whatever you choose.
What criteria do the judges use to select the finalists? The Ignite Innovation Challenge has been established specifically to encourage innovative educators to share their successes. Entries will be judged on creativity, connection to the ELO Vision, level of impact on student learning, and overall innovative approach to teaching and learning.
Who can vote? Anyone with a valid e-mail address can vote once per email address per day, so spread the word!
How many votes do I get? Every e-mail address can vote once per day.
What if I have any other questions or comments? Feel free to ask additional questions or send us a comment to firstname.lastname@example.org.