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Fostering innovation in Jewish day schools in the NYC metro area

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Atid Award

Atid Award

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Calling all K-12 Jewish day school teachers in the NYC metropolitan area!

The Atid Challenge is the first step in a long-term initiative to spread innovation throughout the Jewish day school system. The challenge is designed to highlight and share the work of specific teachers (or small teams of up to 4) who have implemented successful innovations in their classrooms.

Atid is open for submissions from October 19th to November 30th, followed by a month of open online voting (to encourage traffic to these great ideas!) and judging by a panel of experts. Share the challenge with your friends to raise awareness and increase the visibility of your entry! Six incentives of $250 will be randomly distributed to entrants during the submission period, and six incentives of $100 will be randomly distributed to voters during voting. At the conclusion of voting and judging, eight entrants will be honored with the Atid Award, a $1000.00 prize. We will continue the momentum with a Hackathon event open to all teachers in the NYC metropolitan area, slated for Spring 2015.

How to Enter the Atid Challenge:

1. Think of an innovative technique or practice that you have successfully implemented in a day school classroom, or hope to implement in the near future.

What qualifies as a classroom innovation?
Qualifying innovations can take many forms, including lesson plans, group projects, discussion formats, evaluations, and more. Check your idea against the criteria below and use your judgment to put your best foot forward:

• Creativity: How does this technique modify, challenge, or innovate on the status quo? How original is your solution?
• Impact: What unaddressed need does this innovation fill? What was its impact on your students (or what impact do you envision)?
• Replicability: How easily can this innovation be reproduced to magnify the impact in other classrooms?

2. Create a video clip of no more than 30 seconds describing your idea.

Your 30-second clip can be as straightforward or as creative as possible, keeping in mind the following guidelines:

• Explain the crux of your idea as clearly and succinctly as possible
• Remember that while entries will be judged based on the quality of the innovations, rather than the videos themselves, interesting and creative videos are likely to attract more attention from voters
• Ensure your compliance with relevant laws governing the use of images of other people without their consent, and particularly of minors without parental consent

The following video file formats are compatible with Strutta:
Video: MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, M4V, VOB, FLV, AVI, ASF, DIVX, WMV (For best results, 16 x 9 aspect ratio at 720p). We made our test video on an iPhone 5s, and so can you!

3. Submit the video to our online platform for the chance to win!

Take the following steps to enter the challenge:

1. Click “Enter now” in the top right corner of this page.
2. Upload your video by clicking “Browse” and selecting the file from your computer.
3. Complete an entry form. The entry form requires basic details about you and your collaborators (if applicable), which will not be publicly visible. The section of the form titled “playbook” will be displayed beneath your entry. In accordance with our mission of spreading innovation throughout the day school system, the playbook is a how-to guide for teachers who wish to adapt your idea to their classrooms. Write a brief description (max 100 words) and list the actions, resources, and cultural considerations surrounding your idea, as directed. Your school name and subject/grade level will also be displayed on your entry page.

Voting:
Voting on the entries is open from December 1 through 11:59pm on December 31. Voters can vote for as many entries as they want, but may only vote once per entry for the duration of the challenge.

Anyone is eligible to vote by creating an account on the Atid website using these steps:
• Visit www.atidchallenge.strutta.com and click "Entries"
• Choose the entry for which you wish to vote. Note that there are 2 pages of entries, which are arranged randomly, so make sure to check page 2.
• Click "Vote for this Entry." This will take you to another page.
• Click "Register" and enter the required information: Name, E-mail, and Password. Note: Collecting e-mail addresses is a way of preventing fraud. Your e-mail address will not be used for any purpose outside of voting in the challenge.
• Check your e-mail for a verification from Atid, then use your e-mail address and password to log in.
Don't forget to (1) ensure 3rd party cookies are enabled and (2) check your spam folder in case the confirmation email goes there. Happy voting!

Winner Selection:
Winners will be selected by a combination of a public vote (weighted 50%) and a panel of judges (weighted 50%) using the following judging criteria:
o Creativity: How does this technique modify, challenge, or innovate on the status quo? How original is your solution?
o Impact: What unaddressed need does this innovation fill? What was its impact on your students (or what impact do you envision)?
o Replicability: How easily can this innovation be reproduced to magnify the impact in other classrooms?

Judges will not be permitted to enter the contest. Judges will be required to abstain from judging if a conflict of interest is or becomes present.

Potential Winners will be considered official Winners once Sponsors have ascertained a potential Winner’s eligibility and full compliance with these Official Rules.

Contest Requirements

Each individual may submit up to one (1) individual entry and one (1) group entry for the duration of the challenge.

• Individual Entries: An “individual” entry is defined as an entry with no “collaborators” listed on the entry form
• Group Entries: A “group” entry is defined as an entry with one (1) “lead contact,” who provides contact information through the entry form, and one (1) to three (3) “collaborators.” To submit a group entry, list the lead contact’s name in the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields, and enter their e-mail address and home address information. List the full names of collaborators in the “Collaborators” field. Group entries listing more than three (3) collaborators will be disqualified. The lead contact is the point person between the Atid Challenge and the collaborators, and will be responsible for all communication and disbursement of prizes to the group.

All challenge entrants, including all collaborators in a group entry, must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
• Be at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry
• Be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
• Not be a paid employee or immediate family member of any of the Sponsors: PresenTense, The Jewish Education Project, and the UJA Federation of New York
• Serve as a full or part-time K-12 classroom educator in a Jewish day school in the NYC metropolitan area, limited to the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

Winner Selection:
Winners will be selected by a combination of a public vote (weighted 50%) and a panel of judges (weighted 50%) using the following judging criteria:
o Creativity: How does this technique modify, challenge, or innovate on the status quo? How original is your solution?
o Impact: What unaddressed need does this innovation fill? What was its impact on your students (or what impact do you envision)?
o Replicability: How easily can this innovation be reproduced to magnify the impact in other classrooms?

Judges will not be permitted to enter the contest. Judges will be required to abstain from judging if a conflict of interest is or becomes present.

Potential Winners will be considered official Winners once Sponsors have ascertained a potential Winner’s eligibility and full compliance with the Official Rules.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundOctober 2, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)December 2, 2014 @ 11:59 AM (EST)
Voting roundDecember 1, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EST)December 31, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Judging roundJanuary 1, 2015 @ 12:00 AM (EST)January 5, 2015 @ 11:59 PM (EST)

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