Partner in National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Wins CINE AWARD

February 8, 2008
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

WGBH Educational Foundation, one of the seven partners in the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning that is supported by the US Department of Education 21st Century Learning Centers program, has won a highly acclaimed CINE Golden Eagle Award for video production on the Toolkit for Afterschool Learning.

The Golden Eagle Awards recognize excellence in documentary and informational film and video production. Recipients of CINE Golden Eagles include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Lasseter, Barbara Kopple, Charles Guggenheim, Ken Burns, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, George Lucas, Spike Lee, Mel Brooks and many others distinguished for their work with film and video.

The three winning videos were "Rehearsing The Tempest," "Integrating Science Across the Curriculum," and "Investigating Science Through Inquiry." Cynthia McKeown, video producer at WGBH, worked with associate producer Jayne Sportelli, editors Karen Silverstein and Mary-Kate Shea, and executive producer Amy Tonkonogy worked to create all the videos for the site.

McKeown says, "It is an honor to be recognized by CINE with a Golden Eagle Award, and it is also very gratifying to know that the Partnership's important work in promoting promising practices in afterschool is being honored as well."

CINE’s Golden Eagle Film and Video Awards event has been held annually since 1957. Originally founded to present a realistic view of the U.S. by showcasing the best American documentary films to overseas audiences, CINE’s mission has broadened to include recognizing and fostering overall excellence in film and video production, especially among new and emerging talent.

The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning is a partnership of seven organizations that helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced afterschool programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. The partners include
• U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) 21st Century Community Learning Centers
• WGBH Educational Foundation (WGBH)
• National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
• Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL)
• Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL)
• SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (SERVE)

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