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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 Institute.

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 Reform.

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.

Content Advisors:
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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