Sunday, June 27, 2010

Please Visit My New

Please Visit My New

My new, improved blog (link above) has replaced this older blog.

The new blog has been up and running for almost 3 weeks now, and it's working well.

See you at

Thanks for following.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

My New Improved Blog

After a ton of help from my good friend Marco Ryan, I'm happy to announce the arrival of my new and improved Wordpress blog!

I'll be leaving this existing blog in place for a while, but from now on, all new postings will be at

Here's what it looks like
I sincerely appreciate all of you for taking the time to follow my blog. Your comments, participation and encouragement provide me with the desire and motivation to continue posting.

There will likely be a few bumps in the road as I learn to work with my new blog, but I'm confident that it's going to provide you with a better visual experience and easier navigation. So, please hang in there,  these next few weeks may involve a bit of a learning curve for all of us.

Thanks again and I'll see you over at my new blog. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

EDC Update Magazine Wins Beacon Award

Congratulations to Daphne Northrop and here communications team!

EDC Update, the quarterly print magazine of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence in Education Marketing. This top prize is bestowed annually by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), a national association whose members include publishers, schools, universities, researchers, and both for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations.
The Fall 2009 issue of EDC Update entitled “What a Catch” was selected in the Magazine/Newsletter category. The cover story, “Building Opportunity Around the World” describes EDC’s work to develop job skills and employment opportunities for youth in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, and the West Bank.
The award was announced and presented to EDC Director of Communications Daphne Northrop at a luncheon ceremony June 8 at AEP’s Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.

According to the AEP website, awards honor outstanding resources for teaching and learning “and aim to identify products that exemplify the highest standards of professional, quality educational content, and set benchmarks to which the rest of the industry can aspire.”
The Beacon Awards recognize marketing products in 13 categories, including annual reports, brochures, catalogs, and e-mail marketing. Beacon winners, which have included The Wall Street Journal, Scholastic Inc., and Pearson Education, are judged on design and editorial quality, efficacy in reaching intended audience, and overall cohesiveness.

In addition to its international cover story, EDC’s winning entry also featured examples of domestic work, including programs focused on elementary science teaching and suicide prevention.
For more than four decades the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning. The EDC annual reports “Tangible Results” (2007) and “Portraits of Learning in Action” (2004) were previous Beacon Award winners.

Personally, I'm delighted to have shot the images for the cover story for EDC, it's nice to know that one's photos are making an impact.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Returned from the Philippines.

I have just arrived home from the Philippines scouting trip, it was a great success. There are so many great photo opportunities there, I'm really excited get down to the "nitty gritty" and pull it all together. Over the next few weeks I will be putting the final touches on an itinerary together and contacting the folks I met with while there, to hammer out the logistics and pricing for a 2011 tour!

It's sometimes funny how little coincidences seem to pop up. Like last night while going through some mail that had accumulated during my absence. Here I was, just returning from the Philippines, and on my desk I see Education Development Center's 2009 Annual Report. On the cover was an image I shot for them in Mindanao and on other pages, shots I took in Afghanistan and Guinea.
 Education Development Center (EDC), one of my NGO clients, is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Working with public-sector and private partners, EDC harnesses the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement. They have 350 projects in 35 countries around the world with programs and services which include research, training, educational materials and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.
So often in the news we only read about tragedy and conflict, so please, have a look at EDC's Annual Report and perhaps explore their website for a few moments. It's refreshing to see the wonderful and amazing things being done around the world by a committed group of individuals like those at EDC.