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INDAILY | Vol. 8, No. 16, April 24, 2008
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News: Local Educator Wins National Award

by Duwayne Escobedo


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 or

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