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For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2008

Contact:
Alexander Krughoff (703) 276-2772 ext. 13
Robin Scullin, (202) 222-2345


Forty-Four Education Leaders from Across the Country Selected as Finalists for Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards

Classroom Teachers, School Administrators, College Faculty, Volunteers and Community Leaders Honored by Cable Industry for Innovation in Education


Washington, D.C. - Through the Web, students in Florida have been able to connect, converse and share a love for music with orphans in South Africa. By previewing an intricate Algebra graphing instruction video online, a teacher in California has been able to help his peers become better teachers. By connecting more than 100 students from seven classrooms in five countries, a teacher has inspired students to write collaborative reports using a wiki, create digital stories and learn about information technology trends shaping today's world.

These are among the examples of visionary education approaches employed by finalists competing for the prestigious 2008 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards from Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry's national education foundation. Forty-four finalists have been selected from applications submitted from across the country, including from educators, school administrators, college faculty, volunteers and community leaders. About a dozen of the finalists will be honored by CIC with Leaders in Learning Awards in June.

Since 1989, the cable industry through CIC has maintained an unprecedented commitment to supporting education in communities nationwide, providing to tens of thousands of schools complimentary cable television and broadband service; commercial-free, copyright-cleared cable programming; and other services. Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards, now in its fourth year, is a cable industry program designed to honor outstanding leaders who demonstrate vision, innovation, action and transformation in education in and out of the classroom. With an emphasis on the role of effective uses of technology for learning, this awards program is designed to recognize educators, administrators, policymakers and other community leaders who have demonstrated leadership in education.

Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards winners, selected from among these finalists, will receive $3,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., where they will be honored on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at an awards gala at the Library of Congress.

"The outstanding leaders represented by the group of finalists are working to improve education and the use of technology for learning in the classroom and across communities throughout the country," said Doug Levin, senior education policy director for Cable in the Classroom. "Each one of these finalists is an inspiration to their peers, families and communities, and the impact of their work will resonate for years to come."

Up to a dozen finalists will be chosen to receive a 2008 Cable's Leaders in Learning Award, with each award falling in one of the following categories:
  • General Excellence - for leaders who have demonstrated excellence in expanding and enhancing learning opportunities by employing a diversity of traditional and non-traditional approaches to produce measurable improvements in education outcomes in formal or informal settings;
  • Media Literacy Education - awarded in partnership with the National PTA to a leader who has advanced the teaching and learning of media literacy concepts and skills to children and youth. Media literacy is defined as the ability to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and create media messages on television, the Internet and other outlets;
  • Cable Partnerships for Learning - for leaders who are working in partnership with the cable industry to expand and enhance learning opportunities for children and youth in or out of the classroom; and
  • Pushing the Envelope - for leaders who push the envelope and/or redefine the education frontier through the use of cable technology and/or cable content.
For more information on the awards and the 2008 finalists, please visit: www.leadersinlearningawards.org

The 44 finalists for the 2008 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards are:
General Excellence

Jonathan Bergmann & Aaron Sams - Woodland Park - CO
US Cable

George Campbell - Lubbock - TX
Suddenlink Communications

Lisa M. Chambers - Columbus - OH
Time Warner Cable

Lester P. Claravall - Oklahoma City - OK
Cox Communications

Vicki Davis - Camilla - GA
Mediacom Communications

Geneva Dorsey - Minneapolis - MN
Comcast

Diane Downs - Louisville - KY
Insight Communications

Chuck Estep - Monroe - MI
Charter Communications

Bridget Federspiel - Dayton - OH
Time Warner Cable

Andrew Givens - Floyd - VA
Citizens Telephone Coop

Wendy Marie Hauver - New Port Richey - FL
Bright House Networks

Kyle Hughes - Clarkston - MI
Comcast

Jeff Lantos - Pacific Palisades - CA
Time Warner Cable

Michele Miller - Philadelphia - PA
Comcast

Sheena Nelson - Eveleth - MN
Mediacom Communications

Jason Ohler - Juneau - AK
GCI

Liz Pape - Maynard - MA
Comcast

Judith Russ - Landover - MD
Comcast

Dr. Cheryl R. Seals - Fort Walton Beach - FL
Cox Communications

Mary Tinucci - St. Paul - MN
Comcast

Bethany Wielicki - Clovis - CA
Comcast

RaSheda K. Workman - Newbern - AL
Charter Communications

Randy Wormald - Belmont - NH
Metrocast Communications
Cable Partnerships for Learning

George S. Anthony - Staten Island - NY
Time Warner Cable

Ronald J. Blanchard - Lake Charles - LA
Suddenlink Communications

Donna M. Bownds - Fort Hood - TX
Time Warner Cable

Don Cerrone - New York - NY
Cablevision

Raedell Coogler & Jessica Fredricks - Haines City - FL
Bright House Networks

Thomas DeFilipi - Enfield - CT
Cox Communications

Marycay Densmore - San Diego - CA
Time Warner Cable

Dennis Graham - Cambridge - WI
Charter Communications

Eddie Pierson - Signal Hill - CA
Charter Communications

Jenann Wakefield - Grand Junction - CO
Bresnan Communications

Janet Watkins - Ellisville - MO
Charter Communications

Media Literacy Education

David Considine - Boone - NC
Charter Communications

Kathryn Housepian - Perrysburg - OH
Buckeye CableSystem

Elana Yonah Rosen - San Francisco - CA
Comcast

Art Silverblatt - St. Louis - MO
Charter Communications

Pushing the Envelope

Jim Heston - Waco - TX
Time Warner Cable

Laurel Lyda - Fair Oaks - CA
Comcast

Donna Thompson-Harris - Las Vegas - NV
Cox Communications

Dan Meyer - Mount Hermon - CA
Comcast

Deborah Stinson - Mattapoisett - MA
Comcast

Dr. Frank Watson - Pembroke Pines - FL
Comcast
Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's education foundation, works to expand and enhance learning for children and youth. Created in 1989 to help schools take advantage of educational cable programming and technology, CIC has become a leading national advocate for media literacy education and for the use of technology and media for learning, as well as a valuable resource of educational cable content and services for policymakers, educators and industry leaders.