06/09/2005

Teaching Tolerance Wins Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program and the Center's design team won three Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers on Wednesday.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is among the highest honors in the field of educational publishing.

In the Whole Publication/Anniversary or Commemorative Editions (Adult) category, Teaching Tolerance won for its Spring 2004 magazine marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

In the Design competition, for single magazine article, the Center's Design team won for the main article in the Brown v. Board of Education magazine package.

And in the How-To Feature (Adult) category for print publications/periodicals, Dana Williams won for her series of parenting columns, "Talking to Kids About ...". The column runs in each issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, as well as monthly on the Tolerance.org website.

"This award is a tribute to all the parents out there who include tolerance as a core value in raising their children," said Williams, a writer and editor with Teaching Tolerance.

Teaching Tolerance also was a finalist in three other categories at this year's awards ceremony.

"These awards represent the hard work of many dedicated people," said Brian Willoughby, interim director of Teaching Tolerance. "They boost our spirits — and remind us that so much work in our field remains."

The Association of Educational Publishers has honored the best in supplemental educational publishing for more than 40 years.

Entries for the Distinguished Achievement Award go through a rigorous screening process. Judges for the competition are chosen from a national pool of educational publishing professionals, including writers, editors, designers, educators, curriculum specialists, product developers and marketing directors.

The Center has earned numerous Distinguished Achievement Awards in past years, including the Golden Lamp, AEP's top honor, which was given to Teaching Tolerance magazine in 1995.