USDLA Awards the Center for Puppetry Arts

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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards to Center for Puppetry Arts in conjunction with the 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.  

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practices, Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming, Best Practices for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and the Eagle for an elected official.

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Center for Puppetry Artsas a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA and Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University.” Center for Puppetry Arts has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by Center for Puppetry Arts’ contributions within all distance learning constituencies.
The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

“This year’s USDLA Awards recipient Center for Puppetry Arts represents the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field.  The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, and government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning.  We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence,” said Ms. Jenny Jopling, President of USDLA.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor,” says Patty Petrey Dees, Distance Learning Program Director. “To be recognized among such an outstanding group in the field of Distance Learning is humbling for our organization. The 21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning award affirms that we are truly meeting our mission to touch lives through the art of puppetry.” Since the Center for Puppetry Arts Distance Learning program’s creation in 1997, it has received 17 additional international and national awards for its educational videoconferences, interactive webinars and live performances– all of which enable the Center to reach global audiences.

For the 2014 International Awards program, USDLA focused upon several major areas that exemplify the dynamic nature of distance learning. Please join us in honoring the 2014 USDLA Award Winners, which include the following:

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMMING

PLATINUM

Boston University School of Social Work

CP 771: Clinical Practice with Groups

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

GOLD

New England College of Business

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

SILVER

Excelsior College School of Nursing

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

BRONZE

Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

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BEST PRACTICES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DISTANCE LEARNING TEACHING

PLATINUM

James Ure, Williamsburg Academy

Videoconferencing ~ K-12 Education

 

GOLD

Dr. Steven Foulke, Associate Professor of History, Ottawa University and

Dr. Rumena Buzarovska, Assistant Professor of Philology and American Cultural Studies, University of Sts. Cyril & Methodius

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

SILVER

Ashley Webb, Mountain Heights Academy

Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

 

BRONZE

Annie Swinton, Mountain Heights Academy

Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

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OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE FIELD OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Bryan Klochack, Michigan Connections Academy

Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

 

Dr. Margaret O’Hara, University of North Carolina

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

Dr. James Hurrell, Veterinary Academy at Penn Foster

Online Technology ~ Higher Education

 

Lea Ann Lockard, Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

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21ST CENTURY AWARDS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN DISTANCE LEARNING

Western Governors University

Online Technology~ Higher Education

 

Sheridan Technical Center and High School

Broward County Public Schools

Online Technology ~ K-12 Education

 

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Distance Learning Program

Other Distance Learning Design ~ K-12 & Adult Education

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

Other Distance Learning Design ~ Government

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USDLA 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Dr. Mary Jane Clerkin

Berkeley College

Dr. John F. Ebersole

Excelsior College

John C. Ittelson, Ph.D.

Cal State Monterey Ba

Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA

USDLA

Felicia Ryerson

Florida Virtual School

Dr. Robert M. Starr

NASA Digital Learning Network

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USDLA 2014 EAGLE AWARDEES

The Honorable Kristi Noem

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SOUTH DAKOTA (R)

The Honorable Jared Polis

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – COLORADO (D)

Dr. Rob Robinson, Chair of USDLA Board of Directors noted that, “This year’s award winners represent many of the most innovative leaders in the field of distance learning.” He continued, “I also look forward to seeing these leaders again during National Distance Learning Week, November 10-14, 2014.”