Connections Academy Awards and Announcements

Since our first online schools opened in 2002, Connections Academy has nurtured and challenged students to help them reach their highest potential. Today, Connections Academy is a recognized national leader in virtual education. The curriculum, technology, and methods are proven, are accredited, and have received numerous awards. Take a look at some of the outstanding achievements we’ve made in the field of online education:

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EDDIE Awards

The EDDIE Awards honor innovative programs that improve both classroom curriculum and teacher productivity. Some selection criteria include academic content, technical merit, and management system. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world.

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Bessie Awards

The BESSIE Awards recognize innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with technology to foster educational excellence.

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The CODiE Awards

The CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement across the software, digital information, and education technology industries. This year, nominated ed-tech products underwent an intensive review by educator judges from around the world. From online and project-centered learning to student information systems and professional development for educators, the finalists illustrate the company’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that support personalized learning.

  • Connections Education recognized as CODiE Award finalist in two categories in 2014
    • Best K–12 Course or Learning Management Solution
    • Best Education Cloud-Based Solution

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EdTech Digest Awards

The EdTech Digest Awards Program recognizes people and products that are transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners. Featuring the best and brightest in education technology, the annual recognition program seeks to highlight the most effective products and the most innovative people.

  • Connections Education recognized with three 2014 EdTech Digest Awards in 2014
    • Mickey Revenaugh, Connections Education executive vice president, honored with EdTech Digest’s Visionary Award
    • Connections Education’s Connexus® education management system recognized as EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award finalist

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Staff and Teacher Awards

  • Daniel Wakefield, Ohio Connections Academy Teacher, Recognized as National Runner Up for 2013 National American Pioneer of Teaching Award, 2013
  • Allison Reaves, South Carolina Connections Academy Executive Director, Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Distance Learning, 2013
  • Emily Wallace, Ohio Connections Academy Teacher, Named Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Council of Community Schools, 2012
  • Justin Siddall, Colorado Connections Academy Teacher, Receives Outstanding Online Teacher Recognition from Colorado State Department of Education, 2012
  • Barbara Dreyer, Connections Education Founder and CEO, Wins AdvancED’s Excellence in Education Award, 2011
  • Kelly McNally, South Carolina Connections Academy Teacher, Named Teacher of the Year by South Carolina Public Charter School District, 2011
  • Ray Lambert, Ohio Connections Academy Superintendent, Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Distance Learning by the USDLA, 2011
  • Barbara Dreyer, Connections Education Founder and CEO, Wins International Distance Learning Award from the USDLA, 2010
  • Ray Lambert, Ohio Connections Academy Superintendent, Named School Leader of the Year by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2010
  • Peggy Barnholt, Colorado Connections Academy Teacher, Named Online Teacher of the Year by Colorado State Department of Education, 2010
  • Janae Cardel, Commonwealth Connections Academy Teacher, Honored for Creativity and Innovation in Teaching by the USDLA, 2010
  • Kim McConnell, Commonwealth Connections Academy Teacher, Wins Great Books Great Teacher Award, 2010
  • Chaille Cummings, Colorado Connections Academy Teacher, Named Online Teacher of the Year by Colorado State Department of Education, 2008
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Company Awards and Announcements

  • Connections Education Named "Top Workplace" by The Baltimore Sun for second consecutive year, 2014
  • Connections Education Named "Top Workplace" by The Baltimore Sun, 2013
  • Connections Education Wins Four BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2013
  • Connections Education Wins Four EDDIE Awards for Curriculum Excellence, 2013
  • Connections Education Named Among Top 25 'Best Places to Work' by Baltimore Magazine, 2013
  • Connections Education Wins Four BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2013
  • Connections Education Wins Two 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, 2012
  • Connections Education Wins Three EDDIE Awards, AEP Award, for Curriculum Excellence, 2012
  • Connections Education Wins Three BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2012
  • Connections Education Wins EDDIE Award—Honored for Best High School Chemistry Site, 2011
  • Connections Education Wins One of the USDLA’s Top Awards: the “21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, 2011
  • Connections Education's Earth Science Course Wins the USDLA’s “Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming” in the PreK–12 Category, 2011
  • Connections Academy's Algebra 1 Course Wins BESSIE Award—Honored as Best Math Website, 2011
  • Connections Academy's Earth Science Course Wins EDDIE Award—Named Best High School Science Site, 2010
  • Connections Academy Awarded Renewed AdvancED Accreditation, 2010
  • K to the 8th Power (Connections Academy) Wins BESSIE Award for Language Arts Lesson Planning Website, 2010
  • Connections Academy, Leading Virtual School Provider, Graduates Record Number of Virtual High School Seniors, 2010

School Awards and Announcements

Connections Academy schools have also achieved recognition from a variety of educational organizations dedicated to quality instruction, student success, and high levels of accountability:

  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Team Wins Second Place at National Real World Design Challenge 2013
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Students Win "Aspirations in Computing" Award for Women 2013
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Team Becomes First Cyber School Finalist at the National Real World Design Challenge Competition 2012
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Students Win First Place in Pennsylvania Real World Design Competition 2013, 2012
  • South Carolina Connections Academy Receives Palmetto Silver Performance Award 2013, 2011
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Wins Educator of the Year Award—Honored for Innovative Use of the Mobile Classroom 2011 
  • Ohio Connections Academy designated “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education 2010
  • Nevada Connections Academy achieves across-the-board success in making adequate yearly progress (AYP) as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act 2010

National Honor Society

  • Arizona Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2009
  • Capistrano Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • California Connections Academy @ Ripon*
    Member Since 2013
  • Central California Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • Colorado Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy
    Member Since 2010
  • Florida Virtual School Full Time
    Member Since 2013
  • Great Lakes Cyber Academy
    Member Since 2014
  • Georgia Connections Academy
    Member Since 2014
  • INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • Indiana Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2012
  • Iowa Connections Academy
    Member Since 2013
  • Kansas Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2011
  • Louisiana Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2012
  • Michigan Connections Academy
    Member Since 2011
  • MTS Minnesota Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • Nevada Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • New Mexico Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2014
  • Ohio Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2010
  • Oklahoma Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2012
  • Oregon Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2006
  • South Carolina Connections Academy* Member Since 2010
  • Texas Connections Academy @ Houston*
    Member Since 2010
  • Utah Connections Academy*
    Member Since 2012
  • Wisconsin Connections Academy
    Member Since 2012





* Also a member of the National Junior Honor Society