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School as center of community model receives Telly Award

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04.13.2006

KnowledgeWorks Foundation announced today The Schools as Centers of Community: John A. Johnson Video, a project in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation, won a Silver Telly Award.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation announced today The Schools as Centers of Community: John A. Johnson Video, a project in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation, won a Silver Telly Award.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Winners and Finalists represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. With a 26 year history of recognizing creative excellence, the Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected international competition.

“We are honored to be a part of showcasing one of the best schools that are centers of their community. John A. Johnson is a superior example of how a school can become the most important part of the community,” said Chad P. Wick, president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

This video showcases the transformative story of John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School – a struggling St. Paul, Minn. public school that is reborn as a beacon of academic excellence, design innovation, and community involvement. In keeping with the latest thinking in school design and planning, John A. Johnson opens its doors to the community so that it may both benefit from local resources and offer social, fitness, and educational services in return. John A. Johnson is a recent winner of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence for Schools as Centers of Community (www.nationalschoolsearch.org).

The “Schools as Centers of Community” model of school planning and design is growing increasingly popular in the United States. Schools are becoming a gathering place – a place of lifelong learning, shared health and fitness facilities, and a host of other services to enhance community and student success. At its core, this is also a question of design. In order to create “schools as centers of community,” architects, educators, designers, local officials, and residents must think differently about our schools and create spaces that reflect a new understanding of the school building.

A prestigious judging panel of over 25 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly, the top honor, upholds the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work - entries do not compete against each other - rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation is Ohio's largest public education philanthropy. KnowledgeWorks Foundation provides funding and leadership for education initiatives throughout the state and is focused on creating and improving educational opportunities. The Foundation is committed to sharing knowledge gained and lessons learned with others in Ohio and across the nation to help inform public policy. Learn more about KnowledgeWorks Foundation at www.kwfdn.org.

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