A contest giving students an opportunity to share their views on improving education has been announced by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. The Student Voices contest is open to all Connecticut students in grades 6-12. Students may enter in the Middle School Video Division, High School Video Division or the Middle and High School Essay Division.

Along with the Connecticut Association of Schools, the state superintendents' organization is asking students across Connecticut to share their ideas whether it's integrating more technology into learning or enhancing hands-on career development opportunities.

"What's often missing is the perspective of the student who spends five days a week, nearly 10 months out of the year in the classroom," said Joseph J. Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. "Our goal is to shift that dynamic and incorporate the learner's perspective into our efforts to transform education in Connecticut."

Students are encouraged to work independently or in a small group (no more than three students) to create a 1- to 4- minute video submission. Essay entries may be submitted by individual students only. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each division.

Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 13. A panel of judges will review video and essay entries in January 2014 and the finalists' videos will be opened to public voting in February 2014. Results for both the video and essay contests will be announced in March 2014.

To learn more about the video and essay divisions of the Student Voices contest and to enter, visit: www.ctstudentvoices.com