"Flying Start to Literacy" From Okapi Educational Publishing Wins 2013 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award

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Judges Praise Comprehensive Early Literacy Program as “Exceptionally Well Done”

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Judges from the AEP Awards program praised Flying Start to Literacy as "exceptionally well done.

"Flying Start to Literacy" from Okapi Educational Publishing is the winner of the 2013 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Award in the highly competitive Supplemental Resources, Reading and Language Arts category.

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, and professional development curricula. Judges from the AEP Awards program praised "Flying Start to Literacy" as "exceptionally well done."

Continuing, they said, "This is a reading program that will be very interesting to students and very manageable to teachers. The very specific lesson plans, including strategies, phonics elements, etc. will make it easy to facilitate. The program seems easy to use and stays true to the stated objective. The lesson plans are nicely structured and the modular approach is convenient."

"We are proud to have our early literacy program win this prestigious award from the Association of Educational Publishers and to know that the judges recognize our commitment to providing high quality and engaging programs for students and easy-to-use and targeted instructional resources for teachers," said Pat Eastman, President, Okapi Educational Publishing.

"Flying Start to Literacy" is ideal for early reading and intervention programs as well as for use with English language learners. Research-based, the program pairs fiction and informational texts to help students develop deep comprehension of topics. The paired books explore the same key concept in a narrative and an informational text, enabling students to think about the topic from different perspectives, facilitating a much deeper understanding. In addition, the paired books help young readers develop a more thorough grasp of vocabulary as well as build strong writing skills. These features of "Flying Start to Literacy" match the approach to building literacy skills delineated in the Common Core State Standards.

For more information about "Flying Start to Literacy," visit http://www.flying-start-to-literacy.com/

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, the 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.

About Okapi Educational Publishing

Okapi Educational Publishing was founded in 2003 with the goal of supporting educators as they help children to become active participants in their own learning and to become productive, literate members of society. Because Okapi believes that children construct their own learning, its resources promote creativity and innovation. Engaging materials give children a purpose for their reading and inspire further inquiry. With materials closely correlated to the new Common Core State Standards, Okapi fulfills its mission of creating real-world literacy for real-world kids with real-world results.

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