04/22/2005

SPLC Publications Nominated for Prestigious Awards

The Association of Education Publishers today announced nominations for its prestigious EdPress Distinguished Achievement Awards, and Center publications garnered five.

EdPress recognition is one of the highest honors in the field of educational publishing.

The Center's acclaimed semi-annual magazine, Teaching Tolerance, was nominated twice. An American Legacy, the main story in the Spring 2004 special Brown v. Board issue, was nominated in the Editorial/Feature Article/Adults category. The entire special commemorative issue was nominated for a design award.

A collection of parenting columns written by Teaching Tolerance writer/editor Dana Williams was nominated in the Editorial/How-to Feature/Adults category.

And the Center's Mix It Up youth activism initiative earned two nominations, one for its special Newspapers In Education tabloid and the other for its brochure.

"It's very rewarding to see our work honored along with some of the best in the field," said Brian Willoughby, Teaching Tolerance interim director. "These nominations are a recognition of the high quality and impact of our free educational materials."

Since 1895, EdPress, a national nonprofit organization for educational publishers, has fostered excellence through professional development and recognition programs. Its annual awards ceremony, set for June 8 in Washington, D.C., has honored the best in supplemental educational publishing for more than 40 years.

Those honored for the EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award set the industry standard to which others aspire. All entries, received from companies and organizations nationwide, first go through a demanding screening process. From these entries, a final judging panel may pick up to four finalists per category. Judging panels are drawn from a national pool of experts.

Teaching Tolerance has won many Distinguished Achievement Awards in the past. In 1995, the publication received a Golden Lamp, the highest honor that EdPress bestows.