RSU 13 Adult and Community Education received a second place award of $3,000 as a recipient of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Learning for the 21st Century Video Challenge Awards.

In total, seven districts, schools and educational organizations from across New England received one-time grants as a result of the awards. The winning videos can all be seen on the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s YouTube page at youtube.com/nelliemaeedfdn.

“This award is a wonderful way to acknowledge the participation of high school students in designing after-school programming and content. Rose Hohfeld’s winning video is an inspirational glimpse into how one student perceives and influences the educational system,” said Shannon M. Parker, director of RSU 13 Adult and Community Education, the organization responsible for RSU 13 after-school programs at Rockland District High School.

The grant will be used to sustain enriching educational experiences for RSU 13 students after school.

“At the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, we are very interested in hearing how youth feel about their educational experiences and we want to make sure that young people have a voice in remodeling the education system,” said Nellie Mae Education Foundation President and CEO Nicholas Donohue. “We asked ourselves, ‘What is a creative project that will give young people the chance to let us know directly how they like to learn?’ The result was our first Video Challenge for Teens. What better way to gain the youth perspective on education and learning than through videos created by young people?”

In late spring 2010, the foundation invited public schools, districts and educational organizations throughout New England to submit original three-minute videos that share the youth perspective on education and the learning process. Under the supervision of an adult representative from the participating organization, the foundation asked students to create a video that showcased how, when and where students learn.

The foundation posed several questions to those submitting videos. What do you imagine as the perfect learning experience? Besides teachers, who is involved in the perfect learning experience? What people need to come together in order to make it a reality? How would this learning experience help prepare you and your peers for the challenges of the 21st century?

In March 2010, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation launched a new strategic focus. The foundation now promotes the integration of student-centered approaches to learning that are often characterized by innovative uses of time, inclusion of a wider variety of adults in all aspects of learning, a priority on determining competency, an acknowledgment that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, and a persistent focus on the needs and interests of learners.

The first place prize of $5,000 each (tie) went to King Middle School in Portland and the Nashua School District in New Hampshire.

RSU 13 serves the towns of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston. RSU 13 Adult and Community Education serves students across the community in programs such as literacy, GED, high school diploma completion, arts programming, after-school programming and community enrichment courses. For more information call Parker at 594-9764 or visit http://rsu13.maineadulted.org.