The National Education Association Foundation – and the U.S. Department of Education – have asked grade school teachers and administrators for recommendations to solve classroom problems. This crowdsourced initiative asks participants for their ideas on the worst problems in classrooms, and how to solve these problems.
This initiative is called Challenge to Innovate and runs from now until October 19. All solutions must be submitted to the Open Innovation Portal, run by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants who suggest the best solutions will receive monetary rewards.
The program is made up of three components: a social network, a discussion forum, and a crowdsourcing challenge.
The issues suggested must be classroom-based and relevant to today’s classrooms. No archaic issues will be permitted such as whether or not the rod or the switch are better for discipline within the classroom. After the contest closes on October 19, participants will review, vote, and comment on the ideas. The top five will win $1,000 for their school.
The submission phase will be followed by the gathering of solutions for the suggested problems. This part of the contest will run from November 16th through January 14th. All solutions must cost $500 or less, and be able to be implemented in four months or less. Participants will, review, vote, and comment on suggested solutions. After January 14, the top 10 solutions will each win $2,500 for their school.
Winning solutions will appear on the Donors Choose website.