Alliance for Distance Education in California: 2005 AFFY Awards, Honoring creative, effective Distance Education projects in California

March 14, 2005

The Alliance for Distance Education in California is pleased to announce the recipients of the First Annual AFFY Awards. The awards honor distinguished Distance Education projects in California. AFFY is short for Affinity Groups. The Affinity Groups, which make up the membership of ADEC, are the driving force behind its mission. Professional Affinity Groups include Kindergarten-12 (K-12), Community College, 4 Year Colleges & Universities, Lifelong Learning and Business (profit/non-profit).

The First Annual Affy Awards were presented at a reception on March 3, 2005 at 6pm. It was the highlight of ADEC’s SUMMIT XVI held at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel.

The AFFY AWARDS were given to four outstanding Distance Education Projects.

One-to-One is a pilot project that has opened the world of learning to students through pioneering use of wireless technology. Partnerships include The Classroom of the Future Foundation, the Lemon Grove School District, and Cox Communications. Students are issued wireless tablets enabling them to study, learn and communicate at school and at home, 24/7. It is an educational model that challenges traditional classroom methods by freeing students to learn at their own pace and by liberating educators to focus more on teaching. For the first time, these students are part of the connected-community concept premised on anytime, anywhere learning.


TEAMS Teaching Circles is a national project and a component of TEAMS Distance Learning. Partnerships include large urban school districts, State Departments of Education, County Offices of Education and major Universities. TTC Supports teacher induction, retention, and continuous professional growth by delivering online professional development resources for teachers in grades K-8. TTC researches, evaluates and organizes teacher resources aimed at closing the achievement gap to support No Child Left Behind.

The mission of the California Virtual Campus is to bring the best of California higher education to full- and part-time students in California, the United States, and throughout the world. CVC expands access within California to post-secondary education and assist the state in meeting the needs of a significant portion of the nearly 500,000 additional students projected to enter California’s higher education institutions over the next decade. Additionally, CVC seeks to provide to California employers a means by which they can improve the productivity of their workforce through an extensive network of high-quality, distance education programs and services.

English for All is a multimedia learning system created expressly for the high beginning English as a second language (ESL) learner. The system includes an interactive website, print materials and a video series that is available on tape, CD-ROM, and DVD as well as on the website. The video program includes five compelling, real–life stories in twenty, fifteen– minute episodes. Each episode features a multi–ethnic cast and a friendly Wizard, who explains language and skill content throughout each story. The content was based on the California ESL standards and skill areas identified in the Latino Adult Education Services Project and was correlated to CASAS and SCANS competencies. Partnerships include Los Angeles Unified School District, the Adult Literacy Media Alliance, and Aguirre International.

To qualify for an AFFY AWARD, a project must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be intersegmental – Involve creative and/or unusual partnerships,
    • Must have objective outcomes (successes, research, assessments),
    • Must make effective use of technology
    • (i.e. internet, TV, ITFS, cable, videoconferencing, DVD, etc.).
    • Must be a model for effective student – teacher – administrator educational environments, and Must be a model for effective distance and distributed education.
The Alliance for Distance Education in California is an association of over 200 professionals dedicated to the development of distance learning.

ADEC is the only California-based organization which emphasizes cooperation between all segments of education, Kindergarten through university, lifelong learning, and business training, and represents a continuation of ADEC’s goal to promote partnerships and collaborations among all levels of education and training. ADEC was founded in 1989.

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