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Educational Awards Honor Products for Instructional Excellence

Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) gives Golden Lamp, Distinguished Achievement and Beacon awards

WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2011 – Focusing on educational excellence for both teaching and learning, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), a national, nonprofit organization serving the educational resource community, names the winners of the 2011 AEP Awards in the Golden Lamp, Distinguished Achievement (DAA) and Beacon categories. From periodicals to curriculum to technology to professional development, the annual awards program defines the industry standard for quality educational products and excellence in education marketing.

“Helping students succeed and teachers better hone their craft is the hallmark of great educational products,” said Charlene Gaynor, CEO of AEP. “This year we are proud to honor a range of comprehensive, user-friendly educational tools and services that not only exude these qualities, but exemplify instructional soundness, ingenuity and innovation.”

The Golden Lamp award, which is considered the “best of the best” in educational publishing, is given to products in four categories. The winners are:
•Scholastic DynaMath Magazine by Scholastic Inc. in the Periodical category. Judges praised this math resource for engaging and exciting elementary students in a highly innovative manner.
•Being a Writer Grade 1 Classroom Package by Development Studies Center in the Curriculum category. This program provides a comprehensive, user-friendly resource for students while helping to create a positive learning environment for writing.
•Discovery Education STREAMING PLUS by Discovery Education in the Technology category. This standards-based digital media resource provides teachers with more than 150,000 learning objects, which deliver engaging content that addresses multiple learning styles and content areas.
•Success at the Core by Vulcan Productions and Education Development Center in the Professional Development category. From video clips to collaborative teaching groups to presentations to reflection questions, this comprehensive professional development program offers innovative ways for educators to observe and improve teaching practice.

The DAAs, the largest branch of the program, recognize the year’s best products according to subject area and grade level in the categories of Curriculum, Periodicals, Professional Development and Technology. The awards highlight the standard of excellence other developers can measure their products against. The full list of winners can be found at: http://www.AEPweb.org/awards/winners.htm.

The Beacon Awards for education marketing honor marketing resources in wide array of individual categories, including e-commerce website, integrated marketing campaign and annual report. The category also includes the Gold Beacon Award, which recognizes a company that truly stands out as the “best of the best” for their education marketing efforts. This year’s Gold Beacon winner is Winter Group for their GlobalScholar Integrated Marketing Campaign. View the full list of winners at: http://www.aepweb.org/awards/beaconwin.htm.

About the AEP Awards
For more than four decades the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning. One of the largest and longest-running awards programs for educational products, the AEP Awards aim to give credit and recognition to the organizations that are leading the way in the field of educational products and set benchmarks to which the rest of the industry can aspire.

About AEP
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.

AEP’s thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit www.AEPweb.org.
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