Inspire a Better Future


Inspire a Better Future

Recently the USC Shoah Foundation announced its 2016 IWitness Video Challenge open to secondary school students in the United States and Canada who attend public, private or home schools.  This year, partnerships with Ford Motor Company, which will provide more than $10,000 in prizing to be awarded to teachers and schools who submit winning video essays, and Discovery Education, which will administer the challenge and help maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide, will help ensure that students across both countries benefit from the IWitness program.

Motivate your Students

The IWitness Video Challenge is an easy, step-by-step process that will take a recommended two hours of instructional time and 6 hours of independent study time.   By reading the guidelines and regulations, educators will better understand the IWitness Video Challenge and appreciate the importance of encouraging their students to develop not only insight into the opportunities for positive change in their community but also how to bring about that change and share it with other students.

Posted on the behalf of Karen Wells


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the IWitness Video Challenge

Karen Wells

Karen Wells is a National Board Certified library media specialist and journalism/English teacher from the Midland Public School District in Arkansas. As a Discovery Educator Network(DEN) STAR and member of the Discovery Education Leadership Council, she has attended Discovery regional and national events and DEN Summer Institutes.  In 2015 she was selected to participate in the Auschwitz: The Past is Present initiative with twenty-five educators from around the globe.  Last May she represented these educators in the Auschwitz:  Past is Present Virtual Experience “which enabled students to explore the rich history of Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust, to visit authentic memorial sites, and to discuss the consequences of hatred and intolerance.”  Most recently she was named a Discovery Education Program Champion whose focus is to inform educators worldwide about Discovery Education and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present initiative that provides resources to support the observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  As a library media specialist, she has received the Media Specialist of the Year award, the Herb Lawrence Leadership Service award, and the Outstanding Media Program of the Year award.