Middle and high school students in southern and eastern Kentucky now have an opportunity to tell their success stories about what makes them proud of their education. A new website, VoicesinEducation.org, is providing a forum for student-made videos to highlight curriculum, strategies and people that are making a difference in education.
Forward in the Fifth, a regional nonprofit organization that supports increasing educational attainment, is working with the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and the University of Pikeville to coordinate and promote the video project to draw attention to the progress of education in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Students from the University of Pikeville designed the website.
Individual students or student groups may submit videos up to 90 seconds in length to highlight innovative programs in school or out-of-school time, volunteer programs that are making a difference or powerful personal stories. They may also focus on strong curriculum, robust instructional strategies or best practices by educators, schools or districts. However, since school sports are already well-covered in local communities, videos on that topic generally will not be accepted unless they are unique in promoting education for a person or group.
Forward in the Fifth will accept videos in two divisions: middle school (grades 6-8) and high school. Videos submitted by Feb. 28, 2013 will be entered into a competition for special recognition in their community and regionally.
A review and selection committee will screen all submissions and those that are accepted will be featured on the New Voices in Education website. Judging will center on content, use of theme, originality, creativity, editing and technical quality. To add excitement to the competition, movie screen writer Jeffrey Reddick will serve as one of the judges this year. Reddick is a graduate of Breathitt County High School and has served as writer and producer for several films.
The website also features several tools for making short films, including free editing programs. Rules for participation and release forms are also available on the site.
For more information or to submit a video, visit the website a twww.voicesineducation.org or contact Forward in the Fifth at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 606-677-6000.