CPBN Learning Lab and Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School Production Wins Awards from the NATAS Boston/New England Chapter

Release Date: 05/07/2014

The historic partnership between the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Education Department and Hartford Public Schools’ Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School (JMA) has produced work that received two awards of excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter in the 2014 High School division. The awards were given for AttendanceMatters, a work created in 2013. It earned one award in the public service announcement category and one honorable mention in the director category.

The award-winning video was produced and edited by JMA students Greidy Montalvo-Fulcar and David Buie as part of a public service campaign designed to increase community awareness about the importance of daily school attendance. Starring classmate Daniel Livent, the story is told using a classroom chair, animated with stop-motion photography, graphics, music and sound effects. Attendance facts showcase the importance of remaining seated and engaged in the classroom to encourage learning. The school campaign initiative was sponsored by the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading, AttendanceWorks and Hartford Public Schools, and the video was chosen by the school district to promote the campaign on the main Hartford Public Schools website.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be one of the recipients of this award,” said Greidy Montalvo-Fulcar. “It has encouraged me to further my abilities in video production. It has inspired me to create more videos in ways that increase awareness of some social issues. The Learning Lab at CPBN has been and still is a key factor for all of us who attend there because all the skills that we are being taught are going to be very important in a world that feeds off of media and technology. Through media we can impact the world, and that's what we are instructed to do.”

“Being honored in the inaugural year of our partnership with Hartford Public Schools is both amazing and expected,” said Paul Pfeffer, CPBN Manager of Education. “Amazing because gaining technical proficiency and learning how to tell an engaging story are difficult skills to learn; expected because that is the bar we have set for ourselves and our students.”

In 2013, CPBN created a state-of-the-art teaching facility, the Learning Lab – 20,000 square feet of classroom and studio space housed on two floors of CPBN’s Asylum Hill offices. The Learning Lab serves as the satellite campus of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School, a partnership with Hartford Public Schools, and as the location of the Institute for Advanced Media (IAM), providing digital arts and media skills instruction to adult learners.

“CPBN has established a groundbreaking educational model in our unique partnership with Hartford Public Schools,” said Donna Sodipo, Vice President of Education. “I am humbled each day in having the ability to educate high school students in media arts, while continuing to strengthen CPBN’s mission to inspire through the power of public media. What a labor of love; I am thrilled to be able to provide access and opportunities to students to transform lives.”

The complete list of awards and nominations are as follows:

2014 NATAS HIGH SCHOOL HONOREES

WINNER – PUBLIC SERVICE (PSAs)
AttendanceMatters
CPBN Learning Lab and JMA
Greidy Montalvo-Fulcar, Director, Producer
David Buie, Director, Editor
Daniel Livent, Actor
Joshua Gaestel, Senior Learning Lab Fellow
Frank Wallace, Learning Lab Fellow
Jim Moffett, Teacher
Rory Perry, Dean of Students
Paul Pfeffer, Manager of Education
Donna Sodipo, Vice President of Education
Leonard Epps, Principal
Kellie Wagner, Magnet Theme Coach

HONORABLE MENTION – DIRECTOR
AttendanceMatters
CPBN Learning Lab and JMA
Greidy Montalvo-Fulcar, Director, Producer
David Buie, Director, Editor
Daniel Livent, Actor
Joshua Gaestel, Senior Learning Lab Fellow
Frank Wallace, Learning Lab Fellow
Jim Moffett, Teacher
Rory Perry, Dean of Students
Paul Pfeffer, Manager of Education
Donna Sodipo, Vice President of Education
Leonard Epps, Principal
Kellie Wagner, Magnet Theme Coach

About JMA
The Journalism and Media Academy, which opened in temporary space in August 2009, began the 2013-2014 school year as a magnet school in a new, state-of-the art facility at 150 Tower Avenue in Hartford with an on-site television studio, a working radio station, extensive technology for broadcast, film making, graphic and web design and social media development. The school incorporates mass media literacy and technology, including graphic arts, photography, web design and radio and television production, into all aspects of the curriculum to facilitate learning. In partnership with the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, the academy’s senior class is in residency at the new CPBN Learning Lab at CPBN’s headquarters on Asylum Avenue. This 20,000-square-foot facility features television and radio studios, a theater-style screening room, a teleconferencing center and an iMac computer lab, all interconnected to the CPBN broadcast plant, enabling the distribution of live and recorded productions to Connecticut, the nation and the world. The students are mentored by Learning Lab Fellows in their creation of professional-level media projects, utilizing the Adobe Master Collection and Avid Pro Tools. Gathered as a portfolio, their work provides an invaluable record of achievement to present to colleges and potential employers.

About the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) has been Connecticut’s largest classroom for 50 years, bringing high-quality programs to thousands of people every day. In 2013, CPBN created the Learning Lab, a state-of-the-art teaching facility that serves as the satellite campus of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School (a partnership with Hartford Public Schools) and as the location of the Institute for Advanced Media (IAM), providing digital arts and media skills instruction to adult learners.

IAM is also the home of the Veterans Vocational Training Program, a unique program that offers free training in digital media skills to U.S. veterans and their families and caregivers. CPBN also hosts the Media Lab, an educational production unit for college students that creates 21st-century journalists and trains instructors to pass that gift forward.

CBPN also includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. In addition, CBPN includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cpbn.org.

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