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Council Designation Seal Competition

RIDE is launching a contest for Rhode Island high school students to design the seals for each Council Designation.

Council Designations are a brand new feature to the Rhode Island Diploma System! They are a mechanism for students to personalize their diploma credentials, externally validate achievement and allow for public recognition of specific skills. We invite students across Rhode Island to design the emblems for the newly adopted Council Designations. Beginning with the graduating class of 2021, student-designed Council Designation emblems will be applied to students’ diplomas and transcripts across Rhode Island.

Individually, or through classes and clubs, students of all ages in Rhode Island are welcome to submit their designs for each of the Council Designations within the contest guidelines described below.

The Prize

RIDE will use the winner’s design as the emblem for the Council Designation that will appear on students’ diplomas once they have met the criteria to earn the Council Designation(s). The winning student and/or school will be credited on the new RIDE website as a Council Designation designer in perpetuity.

Council Designations

The following three Council Designations have been adopted by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education and will be made available to students who meet the defined criteria for each, beginning with the graduating class of 2021:

  • The Commissioner’s Seal Council Designation certifies that a student is proficient in standards aligned to high school expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics, as confirmed by external evidence.
  • The Seal of Biliteracy Council Designation certifies that a student has demonstrated skill in the use of the English language and one or more other world languages.
  • The Pathway Endorsement Council Designation certifies that a student has accomplished deep learning in a chosen area of interest and is prepared for employment or further education in a career path. Pathway Endorsements may be earned in six discipline areas:
    • The Arts Pathway Endorsement
    • Business and Industry Pathway Endorsement
    • Humanities and World Languages Pathway Endorsement
    • Public Service Pathway Endorsement
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway Endorsement
    • Teaching Pathway Endorsement

Timeline

Below please find the general timeline for this contest.

  • September 7, 2018: Contest Announced (along with Council Seal Designation Design Competition).
  • October 31, 2018: Deadline for intent to participate letters submitted to RIDE.
  • January 14, 2019: Deadline for entries submitted to RIDE.
  • February 2019: RIDE notifies finalists of selection.
  • March 2019: Public poll to vote on finalists’ sites.
  • April 2019: RIDE announces winner(s) of the public poll on RIDE’s current website, through social media, via press release, and possibly at State of Education event (school gets a table).
  • Summer 2019: RIDE will use the winner’s design as the base from which to create our new website, and the winning school will be credited in the footer of the new website as its designer. If any elements from other finalists’ sites are incorporated into the site, they will be likewise credited. Students from the winning team may be eligible for an internship at RIDE to participate in this work.
  • September 2019: RIDE’s new student-designed, public-approved website launches.

Eligibility and Submission

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Students should use the description of the Commissioner’s Seal, the Seal of Biliteracy (Gold and Silver), and the six Pathway Endorsements to inform their design of an emblem that highlights what one of the eight Council Designations is meant to honor. The emblem should include symbols or characters that represent the experiences students may have had in order to earn the designation.
  • Students of all ages can work individually or in groups to submit one design per Council Designation. Submissions may be made for each Council Designation. Please note: the Seal of Biliteracy has two levels (Gold and Silver) which need to be differentiated, and therefore an entry for that would submit two designs even though it is considered a single designation.
  • Each of the nine emblems should include the name of the Council Designation it represents (e.g., Arts Pathway Endorsement) and an image that conveys the focus of each designation.
  • Design submissions should not include any additional text beyond the name of the Council Designation.
  • Each emblem must be able to fit within a 4x4 box (1200x1200 pixels, resolution of 100 pixels/inch).
  • Please include no more than three colors, as well as a duplicate version in grayscale (the emblem will be printed in color and also in black and white).
  • All submitted designs must be original content. Any borrowed materials must give acknowledgement to the source.

Submission Process

  • The deadline for design submission is November 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Please name the file using this convention: your first initial and last name and the name of the emblem type (e.g., Jane Smith designed the Gold and Silver levels for the Biliteracy Seal, and also is submitting a seal for the STEM Pathway, so she would name her files: JSmith-BiliteracyGold.jpg, JSmith-BiliteracySilver.jpg, JSmith-STEM.jpg).
  • You must have a Google account to upload (color and grayscale versions) a picture of your drawing or a graphic design file as a .jpg, .png, .ai, or .psd to this Google Drive folder. Graphic design files must have transparent backgrounds.
  • After uploading, please email webmaster@ride.ri.gov with your name, school, email, and file name(s) when you submit your design.

Site Documents

Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:

DOC - Microsoft Word

PDF - Acrobat Reader

PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint

XLS - Microsoft Excel