ASCD Wins 2010 CODiE Award for Best Professional Development
PD In Focus Named Best Education Technology Product for Professional Development
Alexandria, VA (05/26/10)—PD In Focus™, ASCD’s interactive, web-based professional learning application, has been named a winner in the Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) annual CODiE Awards™ in the Best Professional Development Solution category.
PD In Focus provides searchable, streaming video content of research-based teaching practices in action. The video content is organized into themed channels—such as Enhancing Professional Practice, Differentiated Instruction, English Language Learners, and Literacy Strategies—and draws from the best of ASCD’s rich professional development library and authoritative sources, including Robert Marzano, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Virginia Rojas, and Charlotte Danielson.
"Online delivery is the next frontier for quality professional development,” said ASCD Executive Director Gene R. Carter. “Allowing educators to personalize and customize their on-site professional development experience, which they can do with PD In Focus, will allow for more sustained, meaningful professional learning over the long term."
SIIA named 27 winners in the education technology industry from over 320 nominations. The Best Professional Development Solution award category aims to highlight the best education technology product or service designed to support professional development for preK–12 and postsecondary educators. The contest judges awarded PD In Focus the Best Professional Development Solution for its strong showing across the following criteria:
- Appropriateness for educators in diverse instructional settings.
- Content and instructional design that successfully targets designated educator needs.
- Provision of feedback and support for educators building skills, strategies, and concepts.
- Overall visual/program aesthetics.
- Easy accessibility and a short learning curve.
"The CODiE Awards represent excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries, “ noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “By recognizing the best new technology products and services, SIIA proudly advances the important role participating companies play in the digital economy."
About the CODiE Awards
The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose—to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement. The CODiE Awards hold the distinction of being the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, which provides member companies with a unique opportunity to earn praise from their competitors. Now in its 25th year, the CODiE Awards program has raised the standard for excellence and serves as prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry.
- John Crosby, Software and Information Industry Association, at 1-202-289-7442 or by e-mail.
- Laura Berry, ASCD communications specialist, at 1-703-575-5461 or by e-mail.