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For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2009

Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards
Contact:
Tiffany Reedy (703) 276-2772 ext. 14
Pam Ford (202) 222-2356

Education Leaders from Across the Country
Selected as Finalists for Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards

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

Food Network Chef Alton Brown Will Host June Awards Ceremony for Winners

Washington, D.C. – In a small town in the Midwest, students create movies for a film festival that brings industry executives from Los Angeles and Chicago and draws 1,600 attendees. Through webcasts and other video-conferencing technology, deployed soldiers from Texas have been able to see their loved ones graduate high school in real time. Through local cable broadcasting, students become reality stars as the trials and tribulations of planting and harvesting their own organic garden are played out on reality show.

These are among the examples of visionary education approaches employed by finalists competing for the prestigious 2009 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards from Cable in the Classroom (CIC), the cable industry’s national education foundation. Forty-seven finalists have been selected from applications submitted from across the country, including from educators, school administrators, college faculty, volunteers and community leaders.

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 fifth 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.

Each of the 47 finalist applications are eligible for a national Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award, which includes a $3,000 prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a June awards ceremony and luncheon in honor of the winners. The winners will be announced in May.

The ceremony will be hosted by the award-winning Food Network Chef, Alton Brown. Brown’s commitment to education shows in each episode he hosts and produces of Good Eats, a smart and entertaining food show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense. Good Eats was recognized with a Peabody Award, a distinguished prize presented for excellence in broadcast news, education and entertainment.

“In an era in which 21st century learning skills are crucial to young people becoming highly productive and responsible citizens, we are pleased to recognize individuals who have innovatively and creatively figured out ways to move closer to this goal,” said Frank Gallagher, director of education and media literacy at Cable in the Classroom. “These efforts are a prime example of the sorts of educational leadership and vision the cable industry is proud to honor.”

Winners will be chosen to receive a Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award 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 producing 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.
For more information on the awards and the 2009 finalists, please visit: www.leadersinlearningawards.org

The finalists for the 2009 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards are:

Cable Partnerships for Learning

Joel Aquino - Oakwood - GA
Charter

Eva Belliston - Sandy - UT
Comcast

Shirley Boyd - Temple - TX
Time Warner Cable

Leslie Flores - Midway City - CA
Time Warner Cable

Rachael Foster - Fort Smith - AR
Cox Communications

Debra Porter and Karen Horsting - Lakeland - FL
Bright House Networks

Paul LaRue - Washington Court House - OH
Time Warner Cable

Jacalyn Leavitt - Draper - UT
Comcast

Ray Lund - Saco - ME
Time Warner Cable

Gary Olsen - Dubuque - IA
Mediacom

Erin Porter - Newport News - VA
Cox Communications

Isaac Thompson - Nashville - TN
Comcast

Eliot Waxman - Vienna - VA
Cox Communications


Media Literacy Education

Dr. Lynda Bergsma - Tucson - AZ
Cox Communications

Rick Hengsterman - Ballston Spa - NY
Time Warner Cable

Karen Kliegman - Albertson - NY
Cablevision

George Mayo - Silver Spring - MD
Comcast

Alan Michel - Jamaica Plain - MA
Comcast

Mary Morrison - Garden City - MI
Comcast

Elana Rosen - San Francisco - CA
Comcast

General Excellence

Tony Alteparmakian - Bakersfield - CA
Bright House Networks

Jamie Aquino - Leesburg - FL
Comcast

Michael Bechtel - La Crosse - WI
Charter

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

Ronald Blanchard - Lake Charles - LA
Sudden Link

David Brock - Baltimore - MD
Comcast

James Brooks - Millers Creek - NC
Charter

Lester Claravall - Oklahoma City - OK
Cox Communications

Christopher Craft - Columbia - SC
Time Warner Cable

Mary Jean Erschen - Lodi - WI
Charter

Joe Hall - Bronx - NY
Cablevision

Richard Hernandez - Niceville - FL
Cox Communications

Jim Heston - Waco - TX
Time Warner Cable

Jay Hoffman - South Burlington - VT
Comcast

Kyle Hughes - Clarkston - MI
Comcast

Roy Lander - Atlanta - GA
Comcast

Brian Lee and Jill Smith - Cincinnati - OH
Time Warner Cable

Craig Lindvahl and Joe Fatheree - Effingham - IL
Mediacom

Cheryl Lykowski - Lambertville - MI
Buckeye CableSystem

Charlotte Groty and Lynn Kollar - Moreno Valley - CA
Time Warner Cable

Havena Marks and Amanda Nobles - San Diego - CA
Time Warner Cable

Sonia Noyola, Danny Noyola, Sr. and Daniel Noyola, Jr. - Corpus Christi - TX
Time Warner Cable

Kristy Philippi - Jefferson - LA
Cox Communications

Dr. Franklin Watson - Pembroke Pines - FL
Comcast

Mary Widen and Jacqueline Pollman - Milwaukee - WI
Time Warner Cable

Dr. Kathleen Williams - Des Plaines - IL
Comcast

Brandi Wright - Philadelphia - PA
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.