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Date: July 20th, 2010   -   Web Site: www.geneseeisd.org

Beverly Knox-Pipes Wins DL Award

Beverly Knox-Pipes, GISD Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Media Services, recently received the 2010 Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Mrs. Knox-Pipes was recognized for her impact on distance learning, beyond just meeting the needs of her immediate service area, by helping shape the educational technology policies for the State of Michigan and nationally.

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. These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs.

In the last 14 years, Beverly Knox-Pipes has led the development of the Genesee Network for Educational Telecommunications (GenNET) in Genesee County. GenNET is owned by the GenNET consortium which is comprised of GISD and all 21 public school districts in Genesee County. GISD serves as the operating and fiscal agent for the consortium and, under Knox-Pipes’ leadership, GenNET has been held up as the state-of-the-art model for Michigan and the nation. Under Beverly’s direction, GenNET is the largest, most successful and sustained K-12 distance learning system in Michigan serving students statewide.

Beverly Knox-Pipes was also recognized earlier this year by Two Way Interactive Connections in Education (TWICE) with its President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the distance learning community in the State of Michigan and throughout the United States. TWICE is Michigan's organization for videoconferencing in K-12 education that promotes and supports collaborative connections for the benefit of all students.

“USDLA takes great pride and responsibility in recognizing excellence and quality that benefit the entire industry. Through distance learning, education, and training we can provide access to the world's best award winning opportunities for school children, connect higher education students globally and transform the lives and careers of working adults. We are truly on the edge of something great and the efforts of Beverly Knox-Pipes clearly demonstrate the transformative powers of distance learning globally," said Reggie Smith III, President of USDLA.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards to GISD in conjunction with the 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The associationreaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. For more information about the USDLA Awards and to access streaming video of the awards ceremony, go to http://www.usdla.org/?cid=184.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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. For more information about USDLA, go to www.usdla.org.

About GenNET
The Genesee Network for Education Telecommunications (GenNET) is a fiber optic network providing integrated voice, video and data communications technologies to all 21 public school districts and the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD). GenNET provides Genesee County educators and students with state-of-the-art voice, video and data technologies that offer exciting, dynamic teaching and learning experiences. The 22-member GenNET Governing Board guides the construction, implementation and use of the education network located in Genesee County, Michigan. For more information, go to http://www.geneseeisd.org