Connections Education Middle School Arts Wins 2015 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Award

Virtual Education Solution Honored in Best Arts & Creativity Solution Category

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NEW YORK (May 11, 2015) — Connections Education Middle School Art is the winner of a 2015 Software & Information Industry CODiE Award. Honored in the Best Arts & Creativity Solution category, the online course is organized around the three artistic processes of creating, presenting and responding. The CODiE award comes on the heels of other notable awards recently presented to Connections including USDLA and BESSIE award honors.

Part of a comprehensive virtual school curriculum for middle school students, the engaging course—available to full-time virtual and blended schools, as well as school districts supported by Connections Education—emphasizes the ways that art and design can drive innovation in the same ways as science, technology, engineering and math. More than 25,000 middle school students around the world are enrolled in Connections Education Middle School Art this school year.

“Technology has empowered us to provide personalized learning opportunities for students anytime, anywhere and on any subject,” said Steven Guttentag, Ph.D., president, Connections Education. “It is an honor to have the premier ed tech awards recognize the power of our online art course to immerse middle grade students in a creative learning environment.”

SIIA CODiE winners are selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA members-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.

Established in 1986 the SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program, SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.

About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy has delivered individualized learning to students through tuition-free virtual public schools. In the 2014–2015 school year, Connections Academy supports 29 virtual public schools in 25 states—serving more than 60,000 students. Connections Education offers a fully online private school for students worldwide and delivers blended (combination of online and on-site) learning in select states via tuition-free, public, Nexus Academy schools. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions with a full range of digital learning solutions for grades K–12 including: online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and private and public online schools. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a 2014 “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun and a 2013 “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson.