Winners Announced for the 2013 AEP Awards in Education Excellence

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The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) announced the winners of the annual AEP Awards which recognize the leading educational products for both children and adults. The award categories cover the full range of learning resource options and include digital solutions, periodicals, whole curricula programs, devices, assessment programs, and professional development resources for teachers.

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is pleased to announce the 34 winners of 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. The Awards were distributed to the winners during the AEP Awards Gala which took place June 4 in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton. The event was hosted by Deb Devries from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Michael Ross from Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Products were judged in a three-tier process (educator review, professional review, and certification) with only the best materials advancing to the higher rounds. Each year, the evaluation process begins with a panel of teachers who judge the entries based on how well they will succeed in the classroom. This step ensures that the winning products are truly effective in the field of educational publishing. All entrants receive judges' feedback at the conclusion of the process to help them improve their materials.

AEP believes that professional standards of quality and consistency should be the baseline for all instructional resources and these standards serve as the foundation for judging entries. 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.

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. "Learning materials are a key part of education. But the overwhelming amount of options can make it difficult to find the most effective resources," said Eric Hamilton, Assistant Director at the American Museum of Natural History and chair of the AEP Awards Committee. "The AEP Awards have been consistently focused on quality content, regardless of the medium. The AEP award seals, which are given to all finalists and winners, make it easier for educators and decision-makers to find the quality products they are looking for to use in the classroom and other learning environments."

The AEP Awards program not only showcases the best learning resources, but also emphasizes the critical role of teachers in education. Therefore, several award categories focus exclusively on professional development materials.

AEP Awards Winners:

The Golden Lamp Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in the education industry, highlight the "best of the best" products for teaching and learning each year. The 2013 winners are:

Scholastic Action - Scholastic Inc. (Periodicals); Teachscape Teaching Effectiveness Platform - Teachscape (Professional Development); Britannica School - Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. (Supplemental Resources); and McGraw-Hill Networks: A Social Studies Learning System - McGraw-Hill School Education (Whole Curriculum Programs).

The Innovation Awards recognize forward-thinking products that are pioneering changes in the education landscape. This year’s Innovation Awards were given to Capstone (Networked Learning Tools), ChineseCUBES (Digital Games and Simulation Tools), eInstruction (Student Response/Assessment), Focus Education (Pedagogy/Methodology), National Wildlife Federation (Mobile/Wireless Learning Tools), and StudySync (Emerging Technology).

The Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAAs) honor the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents, and students. DAA categories include Periodicals, Professional Development, Supplemental Resources, and Whole Curriculum Programs.

The Distinguished Achievement Award winners in Adult Periodicals: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Penn State Alumni Association, Scholastic Inc., and Teaching Tolerance.

The Distinguished Achievement Award winners in PreK-12 Periodicals: National Wildlife Federation, Scholastic Inc., and Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition.

The Distinguished Achievement Award winners in Professional Development: Corwin, Developmental Studies Center (USA), Math Solutions, and Responsive Classroom.

The Distinguished Achievement Award winners in Supplemental Resources: Benchmark Education Co., Developmental Studies Center (USA), Girl Scouts of the USA, ORIGO Education, Okapi Educational Publishing, Inc., Rubicon Publishing, Inc., Scholastic Inc., Shmoop, Teacher Created Materials, and Queensland Art Gallery.

The Distinguished Achievement Award winners in Whole Curriculum Programs include: K12 Inc., McGraw-Hill School Education, ORIGO Education, and School Specialty.

AEP also recognizes marketing excellence through its Beacon Awards program. At a luncheon on June 4, Beacon Awards were given to six leading companies and organizations for their exceptional marketing campaigns and advertisements that promote various educational products. The 2013 Gold Beacon winner was the Big Apple Multimedia Campaign from Math Solutions. The 2013 Beacon Award winners include CDW-G, Girl Scouts of the USA, Learning A-Z, Math Solutions, WestEd, and Winter Group.

About the AEP Awards

Since 1967, the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning in all media and for any educational setting. The most prestigious and comprehensive recognition program of its kind, the AEP Awards recognize exceptional 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 widely recognized for their success in identifying exemplars of excellence that broaden horizons, foster curiosity and critical thinking, and lay the foundation for lifelong learning.

See the video 'Honoring Excellence' which shows the full range of eligible entries.

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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