| About This Workshop: Contributors
State of the Art, Inc.
State of the Art, Inc. is an Academy Award winning multimedia communications
company that specializes in topics related to education and health. Their
programs have been nationally broadcast on network, public, and cable
television. Some of their education programs include: Educating Peter
(HBO) which followed a boy with Down Syndrome through his first year in
a regular public school class; Graduating Peter, which continued
to follow Peter through high school and into the community; and Learn
and Live (PBS) hosted by Robin Williams, which profiled innovative
public schools across the country. In addition, State of the Art has produced
numerous professional development series for the Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Gerardine Wurzburg, Producer, Director
Gerardine Wurzburg has been producing documentaries for over 20 years.
Much of her work focuses on issues and trends in the educational system.
She has produced numerous series for teacher professional development
and many programs advocating for students with disabilities. In 1992,
her film, Educating Peter, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary,
Short Subject and was used throughout the country to advocate for inclusion
of students with disabilities. In 2003, HBO aired her sequel, Graduating
Peter, which followed the same young man through high school and
into the community.
Ali DeGerome, Project Producer
Ali DeGerome has been producing documentaries at State of the Art for
over seven years. Her State of the Art programs include Learn &
Live, a public television special funded by the George Lucas Educational
Foundational; To Last a Lifetime, an ABC special on making marriage
work; and Now is Our Time: Healthy Living for Women 40-55 hosted
by Debbie Allen. Her public television special, Positively: The Changing
Face of AIDS in America, was nominated for an Emmy in 2001.
Grady Watts, Executive Producer
For the past 20 years, Mr. Watts has developed education materials with
the leading professional educational associations, including ASCD (Association.
for Supervision and Curriculum Development), NSTA (National Science Teachers
Assn.), and Annenberg Media. In video, print and now Internet form, the
materials emphasize best thinking in curriculum reform, school management,
and teaching methodology.
Conor Linberg, Web Developer
Conor Linberg has created numerous Web sites for State of the Art that
provide visitors with a range of information as well as a visually appealing
experience. He has developed sites for State of the Art projects including
Now is Our Time: Healthy Living for Women 40-55; Self-Management
of Chronic Illness focusing on prostate cancer; and Positively:
The Changing Face of AIDS in America.
Elissa Ewalt, Associate Producer, Project Coordinator
Elissa Ewalt earned a Bachelors in Broadcasting & Cinema from the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an Masters in Film &
Video Production from American University. Elissa has worked as both a
production assistant and production coordinator on numerous feature films
and television programs. In addition to managing operations for State
of the Art, Elissa served as project manager on Double Helix to Human
Sequence and Beyond, a project for the National Human Genome Research
Toby H. Levine, Writer and Web Content Developer
Toby Levine has a 25 year career in educational publishing, software development,
and broadcasting. As president of TLCI, Toby Levine brings extensive experience
with a wide variety of projects in video, audio, print, and interactive
media. She produced the online resource, The Guide to Math and Science
Rick Theisen, Lead Content Advisor
Rick Theisen is a social studies education consultant and member of the
National Council for the Social Studies’ (NCSS) Civic Education
Task Force. Rick is a former high school civics teacher and past president
of NCSS. He was a content advisor for the Annenberg Media program, Social
Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library, produced by WGBH.
Charles Bahmueller, Director, Special Projects
Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, California
Susan Griffin, Executive Director
National Council for the Social Studies
Silvia Isaac, Civics Teacher
School Without Walls, Washington, DC
Phyllis Kannis, National Director, Student Voices Project
Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
Tim Rockey, Civics Teacher
Sunny Slope High School, Phoenix, AZ
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