The 2015 Public Service Award for Excellence in Education
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the first-ever Public Service Award for Excellence in Education to Gail Porter Long, who recently retired as senior vice president and chief education officer at Maryland Public Television after four decades of service. The Public Service Award for Excellence in Education recognizes the contributions of an extraordinary leader of public television’s education mission.
In her role as senior vice president and chief education officer at Maryland Public Television (MPT), Gail Porter Long was responsible for all MPT education activities, including the design, development and use of media technology for formal and informal education.
During her nearly four-decade MPT tenure, Ms. Long oversaw numerous digital education content initiatives including Thinkport, an online web service for the K-12 education community, and Lure of the Labyrinth, an online game that builds math and literacy skills. She also spearheaded projects that included collaborations with the Maryland State Department of Education on the U.S. Department of Education-funded Race to the Top initiative.
Ms. Long’s leadership in fundraising efforts has resulted in MPT’s securing more than $40 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Institutes of Health, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation.
Under Ms. Long’s direction, MPT received numerous awards for Thinkport and other interactive digital resources for students, including an international Webby Award for best education website, an Emmy® Award, and the “Best of the Best” honor from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
Ms. Long spent her professional career at MPT. She was vice president for education and interactive media, a role in which she led the development of national prototypes for education programming using new digital TV capabilities as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Star Schools” initiative. She was also director of educational projects, executive producer for national education productions, and a producer for educational productions.
To find out more, read the press release.