By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

1. ELIGIBILITY:THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-OFF CONTEST (the “Contest”) is open to  teachers and individuals in teacher coaching roles who are employed in schools in the United States during the 2017-2018 academic year and who teach math as one of their subjects. Entrants must participate in a team of two. Entrants should prioritize people with whom they work well; team members are not required to work at the same school. Employees of Chalkbeat, Inc. (“Chalkbeat”), their immediate families, and others living in their households are ineligible to participate in the Contest.

2. HOW TO ENTER: The Contest entry period ended at 11:59 PM PT on January 21, 2018.

3. WHAT TO ENTER: Entrants should submit a video no longer than three minutes in length, and no children may appear in the video. Only one teacher from the team should appear in the video (which may be recorded by that teacher, a teammate or another colleague). That teacher should reflect on a recent lesson and answer the following questions:

  • What was the most surprising moment of the lesson? What were you thinking about during that surprising moment?
  • What decision did you have to make during the lesson? What did you ask yourself as you evaluated your options?
  • How else have you taught this lesson in the past? What made you change your approach?

Videos must not contain material that is inappropriate in any way (e.g., material that is indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, or promotes racism or discrimination), as determined by Chalkbeat in its sole discretion. Videos that do not comply with these criteria will be ineligible and will not be considered.

Videos can be posted on any service an entrant chooses, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or a personal site. If an entrant chooses YouTube, it is up to the entrant to decide whether to keep it “unlisted” or public.

4. SELECTION OF SEMI-FINALISTS AND FINALISTS:Eligible entries will be evaluated based on the thoughtfulness of responses and ability to reflect on teaching practice and decision-making. The week of January 22, 2018, the entries that have been chosen as semifinalists will be posted on for a public online vote. Prior to the posting date, semifinalists will be notified and will be required to sign and return to Chalkbeat a document that includes a liability release, a publicity release, permission for use of the entry, and any other terms required by Chalkbeat. Failure to return any required document by the deadline specified may result in the semifinalist team’s disqualification.

Visitors to will be allowed to vote for the video of their choice once during the voting period, which will begin the week of January 22, 2018 and close on January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. The two teams that submit the videos receiving the most votes will be Contest finalists and will win the prize described below. Finalists will be officially notified by January 30, 2018, and posted on by February 5, 2018.

5. PRIZE: The finalist teams will be invited to participate in The Great American Teach-Off to be held at SXSW EDU® on March 7, 2018. The prize includes round-trip, coach airfare to Austin, Texas (plus ground transportation costs), hotel accommodations for up to three nights, and a daily allowance of up to $60 for meals and incidentals; prize costs and expenses will be approved by Chalkbeat pursuant to guidelines that will be provided to finalists. Registration fees for the SXSW EDU® 2018 conference, which takes place from March 5-8, 2018, will be covered for the finalist teams.

Finalists will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes on the value of the prize and will provide Chalkbeat with any information required by Chalkbeat to comply with all applicable laws in connection with the award of the prize.

6. VIDEO AND PUBLICITY PERMISSIONS: All entries will remain the intellectual property of the entrants who developed them. No entrant will receive any compensation for the uses specified below. By entering the Contest, each entrant grants (a) to Chalkbeat an irrevocable royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, modify, create derivative works of, or otherwise use the entrant’s entry in any media and for any purpose; and (b) to Sponsors the right to use entrant’s name, photographs, likeness, professional and personal biographical information, digital images, statements and voice, on or in any media, including any Sponsor’s website, social media accounts, and promotional and fundraising materials, as well as on or in news outlets.

7. REPRESENTATIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) the entry is the original work of the entrant’s team and does not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party; (c) no person under the age of 18 years appears in the entry; and (d) entrant has obtained the written consent or other legally binding authorization of every contributor to, or person appearing in, the entry.

8. USE OF DATA: Chalkbeat will be collecting the personal data of entrants when entrants enter the Contest or are selected as semifinalists or finalists. Consistent with the publicity permissions granted above, the first and last name, representative school, subject(s) taught, photo, and city and state of residence of finalists may be posted on Chalkbeat’s or SXSW EDU®’s websites, social media accounts, and promotional and fundraising materials for the Contest. Entrants consent to being contacted by phone, email, or regular mail by representatives of Chalkbeat or the other Sponsors. Chalkbeat is entitled to share personal data collected with the other Sponsors and use this data in accordance with these terms and conditions and Chalkbeat’s privacy policy.


a. Each entrant releases, discharges and holds harmless Chalkbeat, the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from any liability, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or related to the entrant’s participation in the Contest or acceptance or use of any prize. Each entrant agrees to indemnify the Released Parties from any claims arising out of or related to the entrants’ participation in the Contest or acceptance or use of any prize including, without limitation, claims brought or asserted by any third party.

b. Chalkbeat reserves the right to cancel, suspend, or modify the Contest or disqualify any entry, in each case, at its sole discretion and for any reason without liability to any entrant. Grounds for disqualification include, but are not limited to, (i) tampering with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Contest, Chalkbeat’s website or affiliated websites; (ii) acting in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; or (iii) violating these terms and conditions or any applicable laws.

c. The Contest is subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations. These terms and conditions are governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. If the entrant disagrees with any of these terms and conditions or any decision made by Chalkbeat, the entrant should not participate in the Contest or will have the right to withdraw from the Contest, as applicable. The entrant hereby consents to mandatory arbitration as the sole means of handling any disputes arising from and relating to the Contest and these terms and conditions.

d. Chalkbeat may, in its sole discretion, amend these terms and conditions at any time. The amended terms and conditions will be effective immediately upon posting on Chalkbeat’s website. Entrant’s continued participation in the Contest will constitute entrant’s consent to these amended terms and conditions and agreement to be bound by them. Entrants may determine at any time whether these terms and conditions have been amended by checking the last revised date included below.


a. The Contest’s sponsoring organizations are Army Educational Outreach Program, Widmeyer Communications, Yoobi, Teacher Advisor With Watson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Last revised February 13, 2018