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UPenn Podcast Announced as 2020 AVA Digital Award Winner, Kicking Off Consortium’s 35th anniversary

By Bridget Goldhahn 
January 20, 2020

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), has received  a 2020 AVA Design Award for Audio Production/Radio for its education research and policy podcast Research Minutes. The award comes one year after podcast managing editor Keith Heumiller, along with the communications team at CPRE, reinvigorated the format of the podcast in anticipation of CPRE’s 35th anniversary in 2020.

 “We’ve gained tremendous momentum over the last year, and have helped bring important education research into the podcast arena where it didn’t exist before, “said Jonathan Supovitz, Penn GSE professor and Director of CPRE.

The podcast received a 2020 AVA Gold Award for the episode Free Pre-K: How Cities are Growing and Funding High Quality Programs, which features interviews with Shante` Brown (Director of Operations, PHLpreK), Milagros Nores (Research Co-Director, NIEER) and Phil Sirinides (Senior Researcher, ECDataWorks). The episode explores two growing, subsidized early childhood education programs in Seattle and Philadelphia, funded respectively through property taxes and a citywide “soda tax,” which have reported recent success in improving both quality and access for local families.

 “We are extremely proud of this special episode, which reflects our commitment to making important education research and policy information available, accessible, and actionable for those who need it most, including practitioners, policymakers, school leaders, and parents,” said Heumiller, managing editor of Research Minutes and the CPRE Knowledge Hub.

 The AVA Digital Awards, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP), is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for planning, conceptualizing, directing, designing and producing digital communication. AVA recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals in the digital sphere.


About the Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Celebrating 35 years of research excellence in 2020, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) is a community of researchers from renowned research institutions and organizations. At CPRE, pushing the boundaries of knowledge to inform, shape, and lead the education community forward is our passion. Our experts are committed to advancing educational policy and practice through crafting evidence-based research and creating resources that move research into practice.

 With more than 40,000 yearly downloads of research products worldwide, CPRE continues to be the go-to organization for openly-available rigorous research products. For more information on CPRE, please visit: or follow us on Twitter at @CPREresearch.


About Penn GSE

Penn GSE is one of the nation’s premier research education schools, most recently ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. No other education school enjoys a university environment as supportive of practical knowledge-building as the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. The School is notably entrepreneurial, launching innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and unique partnerships with local educators, and the first-ever business plan competition devoted exclusively to educational products and programs. For further information about Penn GSE, please visit


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