The Edmond Sun

February 15, 2013

Local school takes creative measures to improve education

The Edmond Sun

Deer Creek — While schools across the country grapple with changes in funding, implementing new curriculum standards, and how to use technology in classrooms, Deer Creek Public Schools decided to take a creative approach to tell its success story. The school made a case for why it has the most innovative education program in the world and is now hoping it will be enough for a shot at thousands of dollars worth of products and services from a leading education company.

Deer Creek Schools applied to the Follett Challenge, a program to recognize and reward schools for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking. Six winning schools will be awarded with the cash-equivalent of a total of $200,000 worth of products and services.

As part of the competition, Deer Creek High School and Grove Valley Elementary School created a short video about their program. The video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website for the public to vote for their favorite school. Thirty percent of the school’s total entry is determined by the number of votes its video receives.

Follett created the Follett Challenge to reward innovation in schools. “There’s a lot of change happening in education and many challenges with the economy,” said Tom Schenck, president of Follett School & Library Group. “We want to reward educators with innovative ideas, who rise to the occasion through all the chaos using technology and new teaching techniques.”

The public will vote until March 15 for the school with the best video overview about their library program. Deer Creek’s submission is available on the Follett Challenge website under the “View Entries” tab at the following link: Deer Creek’s video highlights a super hero-themed technology integration program that was created by Mari Pace and Wendy Frailey, two media directors in the Deer Creek school district. This program united technology directors, principals and teachers across the district and provided help and support for teachers to implement 21st century technology-based lessons into their curriculum virtually changing the way their students learned.

After registering, users can cast one vote per day.

The Follett Challenge winners will be notified by April 5. To cast your vote or learn more about the Follett Challenge, visit The company also may be contacted at