Grammar’s Value in the Classroom Underscored by Nomination of Voyages in English for AEP's 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards

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Voyages in English, the grammar and writing curriculum from Loyola Press, has been named a finalist in the 2011 AEP Awards.

Grammar and writing took center stage recently with the nomination of Voyages in English for the 2011 AEP Awards, which recognize excellence in educational text books. “The nomination underscores the idea that basic grammar and writing skills lay the groundwork for successful language arts education,” said Joellyn Cicciarelli, director of curriculum development for Loyola Press, the publisher of Voyages in English.

Voyages in English, now in its 69th consecutive year in publication, will compete in the Distinguished Achievement Awards for Curriculum—Reading and Language Arts category. The winners will be announced at the AEP Awards Banquet & Gala, June 8, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

The 2011 edition of Voyages in English is based on decades of research and real-world, in-classroom experience in language arts education. Its bright colors, engaging graphics, and online games and homework aids appeal to students. Teachers appreciate the Voyages … series for its volume of support materials and lesson-planning aids.

“We designed Voyages in English to help students exceed the standard level of mastery,” said Cicciarelli. “It’s a challenging program that provides many opportunities for students to practice and review the fundamental skills of language to ensure mastery and improved performance on standardized tests. We’ve seen how the successful mastery of language arts skills in the primary grades leads students to excel throughout their education and beyond.”

The Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAAs) are judged according to category (Curriculum, Periodicals, Professional Development, and Technology), subject area, and grade level.

Entries are evaluated on traits such as efficacy, usability, and overall educational value.

About Loyola Press Language Arts Curricula
Loyola Press, a longtime leader in language arts education, has always emphasized the importance of fundamental language skills in elementary education as the building block for success in higher education. Generations of students and teachers have used Loyola Press language arts curricula in private, parochial, and charter-school environments. Home-school parents and associations have also adopted this program, citing its solid approach to language skills. Voyages in English is now in its 69th consecutive year in publication. Other language arts programs from Loyola Press include Exercises in English and Vocabulary in Action. For more information about the program, visit VoyagesinEnglish.com

About the AEP Awards
For more than four decades, the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning in all media and for any educational setting. Award winners meet the highest standards for quality and professional content for education, and they represent the most innovative learning solutions currently on the market.

One of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards and its seal of excellence are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.

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