Zoo Receives National Award for Outstanding Educational Programming

Students learn about a blue-tongued skink
Peggy Brown, Education Programs Manager Kelly Miller and Hino, a great horned owl

The Palm Beach Zoo has received the national Pinnacle Award for outstanding educational programming through videoconferencing from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). Out of hundreds of participating cultural organizations from across the country, the Zoo was one of only 39 organizations that received the coveted national award for the 2012-2013 school year.

“The Palm Beach Zoo is greatly honored to have received the CILC Pinnacle Award in recognition of the quality of our Distance Learning programs,” said Kristen Cytacki, Director of Education and Sustainability for the Zoo. “This award is especially meaningful because it is based on positive evaluations from teachers across the nation whose students participated in our interactive videoconference programs.”

The CILC helps schools by advancing learning through videoconferencing and other collaborative techniques. Pinnacle Awards are presented annually to providers who post top-ranking programs to www.cilc.org for K-12 students or professional development for educators. The awards are based exclusively on feedback from teachers who have used the content in their classrooms, or for their own professional advancement.

“This work has been made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Peggy Brown of Palm Beach,” said Cytacki. “Mrs. Brown funded the Alvin I. Brown Distance Learning Center in memory of her late husband.”

CILC’s Board President, Dr. Pam Lloyd said, “CILC is honored to present this year’s pinnacle awards to the providers that support the CILC mission in assisting schools with advanced learning using collaborative technology like video conferencing.”

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) was established in 1994 as a not-for-profit, specializing in the access to applications and the utilization of video conferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-12 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration, problem-based learning projects, school-community partnerships and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs.

For more information on the partnership between the Palm Beach Zoo and CILC, visit this link:


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