Eastern's Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) was recognized with a prestigious Telly Award in June for the production of "The Importance of Play," an e-clip¬ educational video featuring Education Professor Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. The Telly Awards honor outstanding television, video and film production programs. This year, the awards program received more than 11,000 entries from five continents.
The e-clips series was created by Communication Professor Denise Matthews and has involved a number of other Eastern faculty, staff and students. This is the center's second Telly Award for an e-clips video. "Our original goal was to use the expertise of our early childhood faculty to develop powerful videos for training current and future early childhood teachers -- and we've received very positive feedback about the video content from professionals across the United States," said Julia DeLapp, CECE's program coordinator.
The video series has also provided an important opportunity for involving Eastern's communication students in developing professional-level videos under the direction of Matthews. "This award, which recognizes the technical quality of the video, demonstrates that Eastern students can gain really meaningful professional experiences at Eastern when paired with committed faculty. We're thrilled to have their collaborative efforts acknowledged by such a prestigious award," said DeLapp.
In addition to Matthews, individuals responsible for developing "The Importance of Play" include Ken Measimer, production coordinator; Trawick-Smith as content expert; student Kerin Jaros-Dressler, editor; student Jessica Barbieri, production assistant; and DeLapp as executive producer. To view the winning video, visit http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_main.html.