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July 20, 2007

CW and Scott Foresman receive Distinguished Achievement Award from Education Publishers

The Association of Education Publishers (AEP) has honored Scott Foresman’s innovative “California History-Social Science” series with a Distinguished Achievement Award for best elementary curriculum. The series was created in partnership with Colonial Williamsburg’s productions, publications and learning ventures division. The award was given in the “Curriculum Packages, Social Studies Instruction” category for grades K–5.

In November 2005, the California State School Board of Education unanimously adopted “Scott Foresman History-Social Science for California.” William E. White, director of educational program development for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, is the author of this revolutionary program.

California teachers worked closely with Colonial Williamsburg historians to write hands-on, minds-on activities for every lesson in the standards-driven, interactive program, written specifically for California. Three instructional paths – text, digital and activities – bring history alive for the 50 percent of all K–5 students in California who are using it to learn history and social science.

"Authoring this program has been a great opportunity for Colonial Williamsburg to showcase the kind of living history teaching methods for which we are famous. It is a great partnership that allows us to reach millions of California students with our education for citizenship mission,” said White.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational materials – such as books, periodicals, educational toys and software – within subject categories and by audience. The awards are evaluated on traits such as efficacy, usability and overall educational value and judged by a panel of educators, editors, designers and technology specialists.

Scott Foresman is the world’s leading elementary educational publisher of scientifically research-based instructional materials, assessment tools, digital media and professional development guides. Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services, helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For student’s pre K – 12, Pearson provides effective and innovative curriculum products in all available media, educational assessment and measurement for students and teachers, student information systems and teacher professional development and certification programs. Pearson brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, AGS, Powerschool, SuccessMaker, TeacherVision and many others. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation uses the Internet and interactive television technology to bring the 18th century to life for more than one million students throughout the United States each year.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7121