Stamford Public Schools (SPS), in partnership with the Stamford Board of Realtors, the Ferguson Library and other community organizations, is launching the 2018 SPS Video Challenge. The contest encourages students, staff members or alumni to create short videos (up to 2 minutes in length) that demonstrate the essence of the SPS vision: “The Stamford Public Schools . . . will challenge, inspire and prepare all students to be productive contributing members of society.”
The district has invited community leaders with industry experience to serve as judges, as well as to engage students in conversations and workshops related to film and video production.
“The video challenge is a great example of how SPS is partnering with our community to enhance the educational experience through active learning,” explained Assistant Superintendent-Secondary Tamu Lucero. “We have amazing advocates, storytellers and leaders among our students. This is a unique opportunity for them to share their story and positively influence our classrooms, schools and student learning.”
The contest is part of the district’s effort to increase public awareness of, understanding of and engagement in the new vision and mission.
"Student stories should be valued,” said Westhill High School English Teacher Kate Tobin. “I think this challenge will give students and staff alike an amazing chance to share their viewpoints, and let us all get a glimpse of education in action."
The SPS Video Challenge is open to any SPS student (and their families), staff members or alumni. Entries will be judged by a panel of local communications professionals and faculty. Videos will be recognized in a number of categories, including Best Overall, Best Content, as well as separate awards for different age ranges of the production team. The most exceptional videos will be showcased at the “Stamford STEMFest Digital Showcase,” being held at the UConn Stamford Concourse on the evening of Friday, May 18, 2018, an extension of the 5th Annual Stamford STEMFest event.
General guidelines can be found on the SPS website. More specific details about how to submit a video for consideration will be posted in the next few weeks. The district will begin accepting submissions on April 1, 2018.