AEP 2012 Winner

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Things To Know Before You Say “Go” Named Winner in 2012 AEP Awards Honoring Excellence in Learning Resources

(Berkeley, CA)—June 6, 2012—The Dibble Institute and Courage To Bloom are pleased to announce that their collaboration, Things To Know Before You Say “Go” Activity Book, has been named the winner of the 2012 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Award for Supplemental Resources in Life Skills and Character Education. Distinguished Achievement Awards honor the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents, and students. Runners up in this category were Girl Scouts of the USA and Youth Communications.

Honoring excellence and innovation in the education community, the Awards are the longest-­‐running and most highly regarded recognition program in the industry. For 2012 the AEP Awards were updated to ensure that they remain relevant, recognizing the challenges and needs of education in the 21st century. Three key principles — quality content, age appropriateness, and innovation — drove the judging criteria and evaluation process for selecting finalists and winners.
“’Things to Know Before You Say “Go”’ represents the highest level of achievement in product development for the education industry,” said Eric Hamilton, Assistant Director at the American Museum of Natural History and AEP Awards Committee Chair.
“In an era where almost anyone can publish and sell their materials, the AEP Awards show the value of professionally developed and vetted learning resources that offer real opportunities for educators to improve student achievement.”

For a complete list of AEP Awards finalists, click here.

Products were judged in a three-tier process (educator review, professional review, and certification) with only the best materials advancing to the higher rounds. Having products judged first and foremost by educators is critically important because they know best which products will succeed or fail directly in the classroom and ensures that the winners are truly leaders in the field.

About The Dibble Institute:
The Dibble Institute, a nonprofit organization, helps young people learn how to create healthy romantic relationships now and in the future. The institute offers tools for teaching the practical skills essential for enhancing friendships, dating and love. Just as important, it assists teens in creating the personal vision that keeps them on a positive path. Dibble’s research-­‐based, best practices programs are widely used across the country in classrooms, social agencies, after-­‐school programs and other youth settings. Dibble also actively advocates for including relationship education in school curricula. The Institute is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. Funding for its activities comes from sales of educational materials, training and consulting services. It enjoys support from government grants and gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals.

About Courage to Bloom:
Courage to Bloom is dedicated to creating tools for awareness and empowerment of the inner world. It is a resource for psycho-­‐educational tools and products, and a place where practiced ideas for healing, growth, and wholeness are examined and discussed. Courage to Bloom embraces the notion that living a meaningful and courageous life is possible when right intentions and effective strategies are paired with a willingness to experiment.

About the AEP Awards:
For more than four decades, the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning in all media and for any educational setting. Award winners meet the highest standards for quality, professional content for education and represent the most innovative learning solutions currently on the market.
One of the largest and longest-­‐running programs of its kind, the AEP Awards and its seal of excellence are widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value.
Find out more at www.aepweb.org/aepweb/index.php/awards/awards.