National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Toolkit Wins AGAIN!

August 5, 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 another award for the Afterschool Training Toolkit. WGBH received a certificate of merit in the 43rd International Communications Video & Interactive Media Competition—known as INTERCOM.

INTERCOM is sponsored by the Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. Its mission is to recognize the technical and creative energy behind sponsored production and to highlight the importance of the media arts in communications. The primary categories are Corporate and Industrial Productions, Special Achievement, and Interactive Productions.

WGBH previously received the CINE Award for the Toolkit and the Toolkit was recently a finalist in the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement competition.

SEDL program manager Catherine Jordan, who leads the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, said, “We’re delighted the Toolkit has been recognized again for WGBH’s outstanding production work. The INTERCOM award is exciting because works are entered from around the world and all technical aspects of the entry are considered in judging—even resourceful use of limited funds.”

Jordan added, “The Toolkit has proven to be a winner all the way around. Not only thousands of practitioners used the Toolkit to improve their afterschool programs, but we've received great recognition beyond the field of afterschool for its merits.”

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 The Partnership helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that promote academic achievement and youth development activities in a safe, engaging environment.

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