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Fort Walton Beach Administrator Named
One of Nations Most Innovative Education Leaders
Dr. Cheryl R. Seals Receives 2008 Cables Leaders in Learning Award
Washington, D.C. - Dr. Cheryl R. Seals, a district administrator for the
Okaloosa County School District, will be honored with a prestigious Cables
Leaders in Learning Award for creating and implementing innovative ways to
educate students and for making a substantial contribution to learning in the
As one of four winners nationwide in the General Excellence category, Seals is
being recognized for her work with the Academic Excellence Society (AES), a
collaborative effort between local schools, parents and community members to
strengthen the academic portion of a students school experience.
Seals was chosen as one of the 14 national winners selected from a pool of 44
finalist applications. My passion for our youth is personified in the work of
AES. I often cite the proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. The
groups working together in AES have formed our own village in Okaloosa County,
said Seals. Winning this award means to me that our village is making great
strides in achieving our mission of helping students strive for educational
excellence. It also honors the hard work and dedication of all the members of
Cox Communications and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industrys education
foundation, present the awards annually in order to recognize outstanding
educators, administrators and other community leaders at the forefront of
innovation in education.
This years winners have exhibited an impressive ability to expand the
classroom and educational opportunities for students around the country and the
world, said Doug Levin, senior education policy director for Cable in the
Classroom. Cable in the Classroom and the entire cable industry are inspired
and honored to be supporting these educators and community leaders as they work
to provide a first-class education.
Seals and the other Cables Leaders in Learning Award honorees will be in
Washington, D.C., June 16-19, to attend a gala awards ceremony, learn from
fellow awardees and meet with members of Congress and cable and education
leaders. Honorees receive $3,000 from Cable in the Classroom, in addition to
the four-day trip to Washington, D.C.
We congratulate Dr. Seals for being named as a Cables Leaders in Learning
Award honoree and for her extraordinary contribution to education in our
community, said Sheila Nichols, vice president of Public Affairs for Cox
Communications. We are strong believers in supporting the communities we live
and work in. Along with Cable in Classroom, Cox Communications is honored to
recognize those who are working to help students better understand our world
through new and innovative programs.
Seals also wanted to thank the following for their contribution to the project:
Okaloosa County School District Superintendent, Dr. Alexis Tibbetts; Ms. Elaine
Anderson, No Child Left Behind Curriculum Specialist for Okaloosa County
Schools and AES Secretary; and Rev. Larry Boldin, Minister of Striving for
Perfection Ministries and AES Vice-President.
Cables Leaders in Learning Awards honorees are chosen in four categories:
General Excellence for leaders who have demonstrated excellence in
expanding and enhancing learning opportunities by employing a diversity of
traditional and non-traditional approaches to producing measurable improvements
in education outcomes in formal or informal settings.
Media Literacy Education awarded in partnership with the National PTA to a
leader who has advanced the teaching and learning of media literacy concepts
and skills to children and youth. Media literacy is defined as the ability to
access, understand, analyze, evaluate and create media messages on television,
the Internet and other outlets.
Cable Partnerships for Learning for leaders who are working in partnership
with the cable industry to expand and enhance learning opportunities for
children and youth in or out of the classroom.
Pushing the Envelope for leaders who push the envelope and/or redefine the
education frontier through the use of cable technology and/or cable content.
During the evening of Wednesday, June 18, members of Congress, education and
cable industry leaders will attend a gala event at the Library of Congress,
including a formal awards ceremony honoring the winners.
For more information about Cables Leaders in Learning Awards, please visit
www.ciconline.org or www.leadersinlearningawards.org
Cable in the Classroom, the cable industrys education foundation, works to
expand and enhance learning for children and youth. Created in 1989 to help
schools take advantage of educational cable programming and technology, CIC has
become a leading national advocate for media literacy education and for the use
of technology and media for learning, as well as a valuable resource of
educational cable content and services for policymakers, educators and industry