Take the Challenge

This year, the ICATS are issuing teachers, administrators and staff in the EVSC a special challenge to help us capture what is great about our schools, our students, our profession, and our district. Everyday amazing moments of teaching and learning happen without ever being celebrated or shared. We want to change that. We invite you to check back here each week for a new photo theme, capture photos during the week that speak to that theme, and share them with us through social media. We’ll archive the photos and share them with you through an online photo album that tells our story together.

What We’re Looking For

IMG_6488Our main goal is that you will have fun telling your stories through pictures! We hope that the themes we select will inspire you to share your unique perspective and passion for the work that we do together. If you are new to photography and would like some starter tips, you can check out this link. Feel free, though, to get creative and let your personality shine through. Photos that capture the best moments and experiences in your school or classrooms will easily speak for themselves, but if you have an artistic flair, there is no reason to feel limited to traditional posed photos, or photos in which the subjects are people. We would be happy to see photos that highlight the places and objects that tell your story as well. Of course, we also love to see pictures of smiling kids and colleagues.

In the meantime, keep in mind that we want to keep kids safe and honor their wishes. Some students in your building may have documentation indicating that their parents have opted out of allowing their children to be photographed or video recorded. It is also a good practice not to share the names of students in your photos. Additionally, if you capture photos of colleagues, be courteous and ask their permission before you share them.

How to Share Your Photos

There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:

  1. You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #FirstWeek), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page :)
  4. You can share via email- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through email. Just attach your photos to an email and send them to [email protected]

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!

Final Thoughts

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We hope you will have fun participating in this project throughout the year, and as this project grows, we hope you will feel free to share it with your colleagues, school community, and friends. We know that we have an inspiring story to tell, and we can’t wait to see what you add to it!

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