NEWTON, MA | April 19, 2011
Success at the Core, a free online professional development resource for school-based leadership teams and teachers, has won a 2011 Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award for “Best Professional Development Website.” Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and Vulcan Productions created Success at the Core to help leadership teams and teachers prepare all students for success.
Success at the Core (www.successatthecore.com) provides video, print, and online resources, including teacher development strategies and leadership development modules, that may be customized to meet school needs. The materials are meant to complement existing school improvement initiatives.
The BESSIE Awards are presented by the online ComputED Gazette, whose judges stated, “Success at the Core is easy to use, relevant to educators, provides very high quality video and production values, and because it’s free of charge, offers immense value for instructional development.” In addition, judges called the resource “an intuitive website which requires minimal hardware, while the multimedia presentation acts as co-facilitator, managing handouts, videos, and questions users will need to answer as they progress to best practice.”
“We are thrilled to be recognized with this award,” said EDC Managing Project Director Barbara Miller. “Few materials are designed for leaders charged with improving instruction, implementing school improvement plans, and making decisions on professional development. Success at the Core speaks to the issues they face and builds their capacity to advocate for effective instruction.”
In addition to the BESSIE, Success at the Core recently received a Remi Award at the 44th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in the “Television, Cable and Web-based Productions’ Education” category. Judges recognized the toolkit’s outstanding video, which showcases best practices in quality teacher instruction. It also earned the Accolade Competition’s Award for Excellence in the category “Educational/Instructional/How-To,” an award given to filmmakers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries.
Lastly, Success at the Core is a finalist for the 25th Annual CODiE™ Awards, which recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries.
Success at the Core is funded by Vulcan Productions, the Seattle-based, independent production company of Paul G. Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and by the Stuart Foundation.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Visit www.edc.org.