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07/08/2009

GreatSchools Recognized for Education Entrepreneurship, Editorial and Site Experience

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GREATSCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR
EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP, EDITORIAL AND SITE EXPERIENCE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 8, 2009 - GreatSchools — the education nonprofit that one in three K-12 households rely on to find the right schools for their children — today announced that it has been recognized for its education impact, strong editorial content and Web site design.

Over the past several weeks, GreatSchools has been recognized in the following areas:

  • Interactive Media Awards: GreatSchools was named best in class in two categories – family and education – by the Interactive Media Awards for 2009. These awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in Web site design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. The GreatSchools site received a score of 488 out of a possible 500. Information about the Interactive Media Awards can be found at http://www.interactivemediaawards.com.
  • Maggie Award: GreatSchools won the Western Publishing Association’s prestigious 2009 Maggie Award for best Web e-newsletter for consumers. GreatSchools’ newsletters provide parents with insights on school performance and tips on staying involved in their children’s education. In its 58th season, the Maggies bring together publishing executives and professionals working in all aspects of the industry. Information about the Maggie Awards can be found at http://www.wpa-online.org.
  • Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards: GreatSchools racked up even more awards for its editorial content. Marian Wilde won first place for general news/new media for her article “826 Valencia: A Great Example of Giving to Schools” and Lisa Rosenthal won second place in the same category for her article “Press On or Give Up: Should You Let Your Child Quit?”. The GreatSchools site as a whole won second place for general excellence/new media. The awards are presented annually by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

GreatSchools was also recently recognized by the Center for American Progress as one of 14 education entrepreneurs that are making a difference.

Bill Jackson, founder and CEO of GreatSchools, says, “This recognition is proof positive that parents are increasingly turning to GreatSchools for help in guiding their children’s educational success.”

About GreatSchools
GreatSchools is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves education by inspiring parents to be involved.

Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other – to find the right schools, share stories and advice, and get their parenting questions answered. Over the past 10 years, GreatSchools has empowered and inspired millions of parents to support their children’s education. In the past year alone, more than 35 million people – approximately one in three K-12 households in the United States – visited GreatSchools (www.greatschools.net). With hundreds of thousands of ratings and parent reviews of schools nationwide, GreatSchools is the paramount parent-to-parent education community.

A Webby Award–winning site, GreatSchools is now expanding its reach and impact with College Bound, a new program that will provide structured online and offline training, mentoring and community resources to unlock the power of parents in guiding their children’s success in school and beyond. GreatSchools is supported by many foundations and corporations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

CONTACT
Karissa Sparks - 415.983-3806
[email protected]

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