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Ruth Blankenbaker, CEO; 317-231-6527

Record number of not-for-profit organizations win CILC award
for interactive videoconferencing content

Twenty-five cultural organizations across the United States and beyond earned the coveted Pinnacle Award for the 2009-2010 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The award is presented annually to providers who post top-ranking K-12 standards-based interactive videoconferencing programs to CILC also grants Pinnacle Awards to professional development providers and will announce these winners in September.

CILC Pinnacle Award-winning recipients received a 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations submitted by teachers and other end-users. The evaluation assesses seven areas: two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the educational content of the program. All content posted to by Pinnacle Award winners is marked with the CILC flame to convey Pinnacle status.

“This year we had a record number of recipients, which clearly demonstrates that the quality of videoconferencing programs for K-12 students is stronger than ever,” said Ruth E. Blankenbaker, CILC CEO. CILC helps schools by advancing learning through videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies. The award began in 2007-2008.

Cultural organizations receiving the 2009-2010 CILC Pinnacle Award are:

ACT Out Ensemble - Indianapolis, IN
Adventures In Medicine & Science (AIMS) Program of Saint Louis University - St. Louis, MO
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum - Ann-Arbor, MI
AT&T Park, Home of the San Francisco Giants - San Francisco, CA
Bronx Zoo/ Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx, NY
Calvert Marine Museum - Solomons, MD
Center for Puppetry Arts - Atlanta, GA
Clarian Health Partners (Methodist Hospital) - Indianapolis, IN
Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland, OH
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum - The Dalles, OR
Distance Learning Solutions LLC - Israel
International Wolf Center - Ely, MN
Kigluait Educational Adventures - Talkeetna, AK
Louisville Science Center - Louisville, KY
Lower East Side Tenement Museum - New York, NY
Mote Marine Laboratory - Sarasota, FL
NASA's Digital Learning Network (Kennedy Space Center) - Kennedy Space Center, FL
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
Reef HQ Aquarium - Townsville, Queensland - Australia
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - Cleveland, OH
Roper Mountain Science Center - Greenville, SC
Royal Botanical Gardens - Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Stark Parks - Canton, OH
Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, TN
The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life - Sheffield, Ontario - Canada

An additional 22 content providers received Honorable Mention, which requires an average score of 2.8-2.84 out of a possible 3 on their program evaluations. Recipients of the award are:

Alaska SeaLife Center - Seward, AK
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Dayton, OH
Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Cleveland, OH
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Powell, OH
EarlyWorks Museum - Huntsville, AL
East Central Ohio Educational Service Center - New Philadelphia, OH
Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One - Indianapolis, IN
HealthSpace (now part of Cleveland Museum of Natural History) - Cleveland, OH
International Studies In Schools - Bloomington, IN
Milwaukee Public Museum - Milwaukee, WI
NASA’s Digital Learning Network (Ames Research Center) - Moffett Field, CA
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame - Fort Worth, TX
New York State Historical Association and The Farmers' Museum - Cooperstown, NY
Ohio Historical Society - Columbus, OH
Pro Football Hall of Fame - Canton, OH
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology - Drumheller, Alberta - Canada
Seacoast Science Center - Rye, NH
The Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory - Rochester, NY
The National WWII Museum - New Orleans, LA
The Paley Center for Media - New York, NY
Valerie Marsh - Carmel, IN
Vicki Cobb - White Plains, NY

“Because the Pinnacle and other quality designations are based on direct input from teachers who have experienced the programs first hand, they are highly credible,” said John Ittlelson, CILC board member and Director of Instructional Technology for California Virtual School. “When teachers are selecting content to use in their own classrooms, they appreciate the guidance provided by these important distinctions.”

About CILC

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), a not-for-profit, provides services, including consulting and workshops, to help develop, support and evaluate video distance learning programs and community projects to maximize learning. CILC’s website,, provides access to engaging interactive videoconferencing content and professional development programs, collaboration opportunities, and site directories. CILC partners include Education Network of America (ENA), Elluminate, My eCoach, Wainhouse Research and TANDBERG, part of Cisco.

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