AEP Announces Finalists for Its 2013 Awards for Educational Excellence

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The Association of Educational Publishers has announced the finalists for the 2013 AEP Awards. The AEP Awards are given to the publishers, ed tech companies, museums, nonprofit groups, schools, and professional associations that have produced the most effective and well-designed educational solutions.

AEP Awards honor the best educational resources of the year

The Association of Educational Publishers is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 AEP Awards. The AEP Awards program, which has been in existence for over four decades, is the most prestigious and comprehensive recognition program in the learning resource community. Hundreds of entries are submitted each year, which include print materials, digital learning tools, professional development curricula, and a wide range of periodicals, but only the top quarter reach the finalist stage. View the complete lists of all AEP Award finalists.

The entries are subject to a rigorous judging process consisting of three rounds of review by teachers and leading experts throughout the industry. Three key principles--quality content, age appropriateness, and innovation--drive the judging criteria and evaluation process. View the quality benchmarks established by the AEP.

“Having a three-tiered judging process is fabulous because all of the products are fairly reviewed, but only the best of the best make it to the final round for consideration," said Eric Hamilton, Assistant Director at the American Museum of Natural History and chair of the AEP Awards Committee. "The mix of judges from all corners of the education community fosters lengthy debates about the value of the learning materials and their approach to student engagement. Each judge comes to the process from a different perspective, adding to the depth of the discussion.”

Digital learning tools comprise a significant portion of the entries each year. Even with the burgeoning amount of instructional technology available on the market, the AEP Awards have always made quality content the top priority. “The level of content from the online resources has improved over the last three years," said Keith Bergstrom, an Awards judge and General Manager at Prestwick House. "(The entrants) are not just sticking something online, but using the content and medium in educationally valuable ways.”

Awards are given in four main categories: The Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAAs) honor the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents, and students; the Innovation Awards, introduced in 2012, recognize forward-thinking products that are pioneering changes in the education landscape; the Golden Lamp Awards are given to the most exceptional products for teaching and learning each year in four categories: Periodicals, Professional Development, Supplemental Resources, and Whole Curriculum Programs; and the Beacon Awards, which recognize the most successful marketing campaigns promoting education.

The 2013 Golden Lamp Finalists are as follows:

Periodicals category - Ranger Rick (National Wildlife Federation), Scholastic Action (Scholastic Inc.), Scholastic ART (Scholastic Inc.), Teaching Young Children (NAEYC)

Professional Development category - Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership (ASCD), Teachscape Teaching Effectiveness Platform (Teachscape), What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Reading-2nd Edition (Solution Tree), World Class Learners (Corwin)

Supplemental Resources category - AfterSchool KidzScience Forensic Science - Crime Lab Science Kit (Developmental Studies Center), Britannica School (Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.), Independent Reading Assessment: Fiction (Scholastic Inc.), Targeted Phonics series (Teacher Created Materials)

Whole Curriculum Program category - embarK12 (K12 Inc.), McGraw-Hill My Math (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill), McGraw-Hill networks: A Social Studies Learning System (McGraw-Hill Education), McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders (McGraw-Hill School Education)

The winners will be announced during the AEP Award Gala on June 4 in Washington, D.C., during AEP's Content in Context (CIC) conference. Tickets for the Gala are available. Representatives from organizations named as finalists are strongly encouraged to reserve a table at the Gala so that employees can celebrate their achievements together, enjoy VIP seating close to the stage, and receive additional recognition for their company during the event. To reserve a table at the Gala, please contact Jo-Ann McDevitt at jmcdevitt(at)aepweb(dot)org or 302-295-8342.

About the AEP Awards

Since 1967, the AEP Awards have promoted quality learning resources and their impact on a successful educational experience. As the most prestigious and comprehensive recognition program of its kind, the AEP Awards recognize exceptional materials across a wide range of subjects, formats, and media. Categories include learning resources for students as well as professional development materials for teachers. A rigorous review process with instructors and other education professionals serving as judges ensures that the winners meet all of AEP's established benchmarks for quality content. The AEP Awards are internationally recognized for their success in identifying exemplars of excellence that broaden horizons, foster curiosity and critical thinking, and lay the foundation for lifelong learning. View the video 'Honoring Excellence', which highlights the range of award categories.

The AEP's Benchmarks for Quality Educational Content

AEP believes that professional standards of quality and consistency should be the baseline for all instructional resources. The AEP's ten benchmarks for quality include: 1) clearly articulated learning goals and objectives; 2) appropriate grade and reading levels; 3) clearly stated reputable sources; 4) engaging, relevant, and up-to-date content; 5) highly vetted content that is accurate, objective, and reliable; 6) differentiated learning opportunities; 7) standards- and evidence-based lessons/learning aligned with high-quality assessments; 8) well-designed and attractive materials for students, teachers, and other education professionals; 9) adaptable materials for individual learning styles and needs; and 10) comprehensive educator guide or instructional support materials.

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. Read more at

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