National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Receives Top Award for AfterWords

June 12, 2008
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

 AEP Award Recipient

Shaila Abdullah and Laura Shankland accepted the award for AfterWords at the AEP awards banquet.

AfterWords—the e-newsletter of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, which is funded by the US Department of Education and based at SEDL—won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

Laura Shankland, SEDL communications specialist and AfterWords editor, and Shaila Abdullah, SEDL media design associate, accepted the award Friday, June 6, at the AEP awards banquet.

Catherine Jordan, director of the National Partnership, said, “We’re so excited that AfterWords was recognized by AEP for its informative content and accessible, friendly design. We know the newsletter has been well-received by afterschool programs around the country, so this is the icing on the cake to receive the AEP’s prestigious award.”

For more than 40 years, the AEP Awards have recognized significant and excellent achievement in educational products and education marketing. AEP received about 1,000 entries this year in the Distinguished Achievement Award and Beacon Award competitions. The Wall Street Journal and WestEd were finalists in the E-newsletter, Adult Learning category along with SEDL.

The National Partnership began publishing AfterWords in January 2007 to educate readers on the organization’s research findings on high-quality afterschool programs, share strategies that help create high-quality afterschool programs, to provide a forum for afterschool staff to share success stories. Besides Shankland and Abdullah, SEDL program assistant Wendy Jones and SEDL communications associate Debbie Ritenour contribute regularly to AfterWords.

The Partnership’s Afterschool Training Toolkit was also a finalist in the Adult Learning Instructional Technology category.

About the Association of Educational Publishers

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is the professional association for publishers of supplemental educational materials. Its membership represents the breadth of educational content developers and service providers delivering progressive products in both print and electronic formats to today's schools and colleges. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of publishing in the 21st century through its professional development programming, government relations efforts, and opportunities for collaboration and partnership. For more information, please visit

About the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning
The National Partnership is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education under contract number MRED-03-CO-0048. The National Partnership is based at SEDL and includes the following partners: SEDL; 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; WGBH Educational Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information about the Partnership, visit

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit