Awards

CommunicationWorks has won the highest honors (Platinum Awards and/or Awards of Excellence) in international communications and marketing communications competitions. Our awards have covered a broad range of CW's strengths, including writing, design, publicity, e-newsletter dissemination, Web support, and strategic planning.

Communicator Awards, 2014
•    Award of Distinction, Communication Plan, National Charter School Study
•    Award of Distinction, Advertorial, TIME Magazine/Carnegie Corporation

PR Daily Media Relations Awards, 2013
•   Best PR Campaign finalist, National Charter School Study, 2013

MarCom Awards, 2013
•    Platinum award, MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, Media Relations
•    Platinum award, Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll, Media Relations
•    Platinum award, Jobs For the Future, Market Research
•    Gold award, Confidential, Public Relations Plan

Communicator Awards, 2013
•    Silver Award of Distinction, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Communications Plan
•    Silver Award of Distinction, MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, Communications Plan

Communicator Awards, 2012
•    Award of Distinction, MetLife Survey of the American Teacher
•    Award of Distinction, Announcement of Say Yes Buffalo

PR Daily Media Relations Awards, 2012
•   Best PR Campaign finalist, Generation on a Tightrope, Book release

International Davey Awards, 2012
•    Silver award, Lumina Foundation, Cartoon Animation

MarCom Awards, 2011
•    Gold Award, online placement, Phi Delta Kappa.
•    Gold Award, research/study, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
•    Gold Award, video for an educational institution, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Honorable Mention, newspaper placement, Delta Cost Project.
•    Honorable Mention, television placement, Meritas Family of Schools.

Davey Awards, 2011
•    Silver Award, website for charitable organization, Making Waves Foundation.

PR News Platinum Awards, 2011
•    Honorable Mention, crisis management.

Hermes Awards, 2011
•    Platinum Award, communication plan, Say Yes to Education.
•    Platinum Award, Web video, NEA Foundation.
•    Honorable Mention, website overall, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Honorable Mention, website homepage, Making Waves Foundation.

Communicator Awards, 2011
•    Award of Excellence, website homepage, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Award of Excellence, website design in education, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Award of Excellence, website design for schools, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Award of Excellence, website design for nonprofits, Making Waves Foundation.
•    Award of Distinction, visual appeal of website design, Making Waves Foundation.

MarCom Awards, 2009
•    Platinum Award, newspaper placement, The Nation’s Report Card.
•    Platinum Award, newspaper placement, Education Week.
•    Gold Award, communications plan, Lumina Foundation.
•    Gold Award, magazine placement, Delta Cost Project.

PR News NonProfit PR Awards, 2009
•    Honorable Mention, digital PR and marketing, The Wallace Foundation.

MarCom Awards, 2008
•    Platinum Award, publicity, The Nation’s Report Card.
•    Platinum Award, communications planning, Advance Illinois.
•    Gold Award, corporate promotional advertising, for CommunicationWorks, LLC.
•    Gold Award, marketing research, Mathematica Policy Research.
•    Gold Award, recruitment campaign, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

MarCom Awards, 2007
•    Platinum Award, media relations campaign, National Assessment Governing Board.
•    Gold Award, media relations campaign, Center on Education Policy.
•    Gold Award, writing, National Conference of State Legislators.
•    Gold award, design, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

MarCom Awards, 2006
•    Platinum Award, website content development, Achieve, Inc.
•    Gold Awards, communications plan, Noyce Foundation.
•    Gold Award, communications plan, Philadelphia Youth Network.
•    Gold Award, rapid response plan, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Communicator Awards, 2005
•    Award of Excellence, publicity/newspaper placement, 2005 National Education Summit.
•    Award of Excellence, publicity/television placement, 2005 National Education Summit.
•    Award of Distinction, video/multi-media, 2005 National Education Summit.

The firm's staff have won other top awards as well:

  • Dakarai I. Aarons, education and policy manager, received first place for education reporting in 2008 and second place for best spot news story in 2007 (University of Tennesee-Tennessee Press Association).
  • Aarons won the National Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting in 2003; He also won a Green Eyeshade Award, third place for deadline reporting, in 2006 (Society of Professional Journalists).
  • In 2003, a report written by CommunicationWorks for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Raising the Standard: A 15th Anniversary Celebration, was honored by Ed Press as one of four national finalists in its publications category.
  • CW President Sheppard Ranbom won a national award from the Education Writers Association for his book-length series of articles about Japanese education.