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Teacher receives cable T.V. award

Jay Hoffman, a teacher at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, will be honored with a prestigious Cable's Leaders in Learning Award for creating and implementing innovative ways to educate students and for making a substantial contribution to learning in South Burlington.

As one of 10 winners nationwide, Hoffman is being recognized in the General Excellence category for his work with a student-led news network composed of 12 students who deliver the news on a weekly basis. They work extensively with other students in the school as well as community members to produce, edit and broadcast their stories. Hoffman was selected from a pool of 47 finalist entries from across the country.

"I celebrate this award with my students," said Hoffman, "Together we have created a competitive program where they take responsibility for their own learning and develop the 21st Century learning skills necessary to succeed in life. My students' success confirms that my work behind the scenes has paid off."

Comcast and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry's education foundation, present the awards annually to honor educators, school administrators, college faculty, volunteers and community leaders at the forefront of innovation in education.

Hoffman and the other national Cable's Leaders in Learning Award honorees, will receive a $3,000 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will be honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon in June hosted by Food Network Chef Alton Brown.

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