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USDLA Honors ADL For Excellence In Distance Learning Programming

New York, NY, April 23, 2008 … The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) yesterday presented its 2008 International Distance Learning Award to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), during its 2008 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  ADL's Making Diversity Count program, a new online professional development course, received a Platinum Best Practice Award for Distance Learning Programming.

Since 1987, USDLA has been the world's premier distance learning association.  The USDLA International Awards program honors outstanding individuals and organizations for excellence in the fields of distance learning, education and training.

These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.  Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practice, Best Practice for Distance Learning Programming, Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and Eagle Awards.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring ADL as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA.  "Making Diversity Count has raised the bar of excellence and we are truly honored by ADL's contributions to the distance learning industry."

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.  In addition, winners will be recognized in an edition of USDLA's Distance Learning Today quarterly supplement.  Distance Learning Today appears in USA Today's top-tier markets for distance learning - major commuter hubs, convention centers and hotels.  It is read by 3.5 million goal-oriented, affluent professionals who recognize the value of distance learning, education and training.  The section will also be featured on the USDLA website, which averages 2.6 million hits per month.

"Making Diversity Count is an instrumental online tool that helps teachers explore issues of bias and prejudice," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "The course helps educators promote fairness, respect and equality – critical lessons that will benefit students not only in the classroom, but throughout their lives.  Making Diversity Count is a microcosm of ADL's larger goal of promoting tolerance and understanding, and we are extremely proud to be recognized by the USDLA."

Mr. Reggie Smith III, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, noted that, "We look forward to seeing how ADL will inspire the 2009 award entries as they are recognized in Distance Learning Today to 3.5 million readers and via their participation in National Distance Learning Week (http://www.ndlw.org), November 10-14, 2008."

About United States Distance Learning Association

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org.

About A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute

Making Diversity Count is offered through ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Sylvia and Leon P. Nagin Family Foundation.  Founded in 1985, the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute is a market leader in the development and delivery of diversity education resources and anti-bias training. Customized to meet the changing needs of a wide range of audiences, programs are available to schools, universities, corporations, community-based organizations and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and abroad.  To learn more about Making Diversity Count, visit: http://www.adl.org/education/mdc.


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