AEP Announces Finalists for Awards Honoring Excellence in Learning Resources

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The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) announces the finalists for the 2012 AEP Awards which recognize quality and excellence in learning resources across all media. Award winners will be honored during AEP's Content in Context meeting in Washington, DC.

In an era where almost anyone can publish and sell their materials, the AEP Awards show the value of professionally developed and vetted learning resources that offer real opportunities for educators to improve student achievement. -Eric Hamilton

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the nonprofit organization for the educational resource community, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 AEP Awards. Honoring excellence and innovation in the education community, the Awards are the longest-running and most highly regarded recognition program in the industry.

For 2012 the AEP Awards were updated to ensure that they remain relevant, recognizing the challenges and needs of education in the 21st century. Three key principles--quality content, age appropriateness, and innovation--drove the judging criteria and evaluation process for selecting finalists and winners.

“Each of the finalists represent the highest level of achievement in product development for the education industry,” said Eric Hamilton, Assistant Director at the American Museum of Natural History and AEP Awards Committee Chair. “In an era where almost anyone can publish and sell their materials, the AEP Awards show the value of professionally developed and vetted learning resources that offer real opportunities for educators to improve student achievement.”

Awards are given in four categories:

1. The Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAAs), honoring the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents, and students

2. Innovation Awards--new in 2012--recognizing forward-thinking products that are pioneering changes in the education landscape

3. Beacon Awards, recognizing outstanding marketing of educational products

4. Golden Lamp Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in the education industry, highlighting the "best of the best" products for teaching and learning each year in four categories: Periodicals, Professional Development, Supplemental Resources, and Whole Curriculum Programs.

The 2012 Golden Lamp Finalists are:


  • Highlights High Five (Highlights For Children, Inc.)
  • Teaching Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Independent School (NAIS)
  • Scholastic ART (Scholastic Inc.)


  • PD Online (ASCD)
  • Siemens STEM Academy (Discovery Education)
  • Classroom Discussions: Seeing Math Discourse in Action (Math Solutions)
  • Teachscape Reflect Live (Teachscape)


  • Surrealism for Kids (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Children’s Art Center)
  • Footsteps2Brilliance's Academic Language Program for Students, ELL Edition (Footsteps2Brilliance)
  • The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting (Girl Scouts of the USA)
  • Promoting Health Among Teens - Comprehensive DVD Set (Select Media, Inc.)


  • Words in Action Gr. 1 (Developmental Studies Center)
  • Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States & United States History and Geography (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)
  • Literacy, Language, & Learning: Early Childhood Themes series (Teacher Created Materials)
  • Leveled Texts for Differentiated Content-Area Literacy series (Teacher Created Materials)

For a complete list of AEP Awards finalists, go to

Products were judged in a three-tier process (educator review, professional review, and certification) with only the best materials advancing to the higher rounds. Having products judged first and foremost by educators is critically important because they know best which products will succeed or fail directly in the classroom and ensures that the winners are truly leaders in the field. All entrants will receive judges’ feedback to help them improve their materials.

AEP Awards Finalists and Winners earn the right to display the AEP Award Seal, nationally recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding quality and achievement. Winners will be announced June 5 at AEP's Content in Context Conference in Washington, DC. For more information and to register, visit

About the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. The membership of AEP represents the wide range of individuals, institutions, and businesses dedicated to delivering progressive learning resources in all media and for any educational setting. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st century.

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, leading initiatives that help drive the future of content development and delivery. It has taken a leading role in many efforts supporting the industry, including the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications, and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field.

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