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What High School Is Like in 2023: A Multimedia Challenge for Teachers and Teen

Contest from The New York Times

What can you show or tell us to help explain what it’s like to be an educator or student in secondary school right now? Submit in words, images, audio or video, from Aug. 16-Oct. 4.

For the first time ever, we’re inviting educators as well as young people to participate in a call-out, and we’re hoping that you can help us create a vivid portrait of secondary school today, told by those living through it.

Here are the basics:

  • Anyone who works in any capacity in a secondary school, or is a student over 13 who is attending one, is invited to contribute.

  • As with our original Coming of Age contest — the blueprint for this effort — you can submit almost anything you can upload digitally, whether writing, images, audio or video.

  • We hope you’ll reflect on and document an aspect of your experience, big or small, that is especially meaningful to you, for any reason. (That might be your soccer team; that one class you love — or hate; the place in school you hang out; a new program or policy that troubles you; or a relationship that gets you through difficult days. As long as it has to do with your experience in a secondary or high school, it’s fair game.)

  • You may send in artifacts, such as photographs from your camera roll, or you can create something new.

  • You may work alone, with a partner or in a group. If you work with others, you can work with your peers or across ages, roles and even schools. (You may only submit once, however.)

  • Each submission must be accompanied by a short artist’s statement that gives the work a bit of context.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make. Click below for many more resources and details.

Questions? Post a comment here or write to us directly at You might also consider hanging this one-page announcement on your class bulletin board.

Here’s what you need to know:

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