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August 19, 2013

Organizations Receive CILC Pinnacle Awards for Content

Thirty-nine providers across the United States and beyond earned a coveted Pinnacle Award for the 2012-2013 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), which helps schools by advancing learning through videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies.

The awards are presented annually to providers who post top-ranking programs to www.cilc.org for K-12 students or professional development for educators. These awards are based exclusively on feedback from teachers who have used the content in their classrooms or for their own professional advancement.

CILC's Board President, Dr. Pam Lloyd said, "The CILC Pinnacle Award recognizes outstanding quality in programs delivered via two-way interactive videoconferencing to K-12 students and educators. This prestigious award for providers is based exclusively on teacher and student participation and ranking of their programs. CILC is honored to present this year's Pinnacle Awards to the providers that support the CILC mission in assisting schools with advanced learning using collaborative technology like videoconferencing."

K-12 STUDENT CONTENT PINNACLE AWARDS
Recipients received a 2.85 average score out of a possible 3.0 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 www.cilc.org by Pinnacle Award winners is marked with the CILC flame to convey Pinnacle status.

"The Pinnacle Award is highly coveted in the Content Provider world as it is an objective measure of their ability to meet the needs of students and teachers. CILC is gratified to see the growing ranks of Pinnacle awardees year after year," said Jan Zanetis, CILC CEO.

The Pinnacle Award was first awarded in 2008 and has become a CILC tradition.

CILC Pinnacle Award

Cultural organizations receiving a 2012-2013 CILC Pinnacle Award are:

  • Adventures In Medicine & Science (AIMS) Program of Saint Louis University
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Brad Tassell
  • Burritt on the Mountain: A Living Museum
  • Challenger Learning Center (Brownsburg, IN)
  • Challenger Learning Center (Rochester, New York)
  • Challenger Learning Center-CET (West Virginia)
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
  • Frazier History Museum
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
  • Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One
  • Hartley Outdoor Education Center
  • History Live (formerly Minnesota Historical Society)
  • Houston Audubon
  • International Wolf Center
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Kings County Office of Education
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Oiada International
  • Palm Beach Zoo
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Reef HQ Aquarium (Australia)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Canada)
  • Stark Parks
  • The Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory
  • The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
  • University Circle Interactive Cleveland
  • Valerie Marsh
  • Whirlidurb

CILC Pinnacle Award - Honorable Mention

An additional 39 content providers received Honorable Mention, which requires an average score of 2.8 out of a possible 3.0 on their program evaluations.

Recipients of the award are:

  • Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Buffalo Zoo
  • Calvert Marine Museum
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • CESA 7 Educational Technology Services
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Cooperating School Districts New Links
  • COSI Columbus
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Greenville Zoo
  • HistoryConnects from the Virginia Historical Society
  • Homestead National Monument of America
  • Houston Zoo
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • InterLingo Spanish
  • International Spy Museum
  • Lee Richardson Zoo
  • Liberty Science Center
  • Louisville Science Center
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • National Capital Parks-East
  • National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • Ohio Historical Society
  • Roper Mountain Science Center
  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • SOITA Learning Technologies
  • South Central Kansas Education Service Center-The Service Center at Clearwater
  • The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
  • The Mariners' Museum
  • The National WWII Museum
  • The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life (Canada)
  • The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PINNACLE AWARDS
Eight providers of professional development programs for educators have earned the coveted Pinnacle Award for the 2012-2013 school year from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). The award is presented annually to providers who post top-ranking professional development content to www.cilc.org.

CILC Pinnacle Award-winning recipients received a 2.8 average score out of a possible 3.0 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 scope and effectiveness of the professional development program.

CILC Pinnacle Award

"We congratulate these professional development providers who obviously give so much of their skills and talents to educators," said Jan Zanetis, CILC CEO. "Educators and school systems appreciate being able to access high-quality professional development programs through videoconferencing. The cost and time-savings are very real."

The award of professional development providers began in 2008-2009.
Professional Development providers receiving a 2012-2013 CILC Pinnacle Award are:

  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Digital Journey – Howie DiBlasi
  • Eaton International Consulting, Inc.
  • NORT2H-Northern Ohio Research & Training Technology Hub
  • SOITA Learning Technologies
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Wesley Fryer

CILC Pinnacle Award - Honorable Mention

An additional three professional development providers received Honorable Mention, which requires a score of 2.6-2.79 out of a possible 3.0 on the program evaluations.
Recipients of the award are:

  • Amon Carter Museum
  • Library of Congress
  • Mote Marine Laboratory

Comments from Providers
Here are a few comments from past Pinnacle Award recipients:

  • "We are extremely excited. It's a great honor for one of our most successful Educational Programs. Thanks for the recognition." - David Franklin, Cleveland Museum of Art
  • "…the local politicians are recognizing us for getting the award. Good news." - Sherrod Sturrick, Calvert Marine Museum
  • "Wow! An honorable mention in my first year with CILC. I'm floored – delighted – and astounded." - Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton for professional development
  • "This is an honor and inspiring. It is good to know there is someone out there recognizing our work." - Eric, Ideastream
  • "Thank you so much. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is thrilled by the recognition and appreciates everything that CILC does to make it happen!" – Sharron Conrad, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

About CILC
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), established in 1994 as a not-for-profit, specializing in the access to applications and the utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web based collaborative learning environments for K-20 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem based learning projects, school-community partnerships and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs. Visit www.cilc.org to explore the various providers of content and diversity of programs and trainings available.

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