National Cowgirl Museum Receives the CILC Pinnacle Award


National Cowgirl Museum Receives the CILC Pinnacle Award
Education Department Honored With Highest Award in Videoconferencing

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (August 25, 2014) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts – was awarded the CILC Pinnacle Award for the 2013-2014 school year, which is the highest award in educational interactive videoconferencing. The award is given annually by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators. Receiving the award indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.

The Pinnacle Award was first awarded in 2008 and has become a CILC tradition. To qualify for the award, the provider must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3.0 on all of their program evaluations during the school year. The evaluation assessed effectiveness of the presenter and educational content of the program.
The National Cowgirl Museum’s videoconferencing programs (also called distance learning), allow students and teachers to learn more about the American West without ever leaving their classrooms. Programs are 45 minutes long and available for educational institutions, professional development, and senior living communities. The curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects including science, where students categorize organisms on a ranch, to history and discovering the stories of cowgirls during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“We are delighted to have received this award again,” said Dr. Diana Vela, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Associate Executive Director, Exhibits and Education. “We work very hard to integrate the history of those women who shape the West into national educational standards applicable in math, science, reading, writing and art.”
The National Cowgirl Museum’s Education Department previously received the CILC Pinnacle Award in 2011-2012, and an Honorable Mention in 2009-2010.

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About CILC
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), is a nonprofit, specializing in the utilization of video conferencing and collaborative technologies for live interactive content and professional development within K-20 education and lifelong learning. CILC provides consulting expertise in all aspects of collaborative technology utilization as well as design and delivery of educational content. Visit to explore the various providers of content and diversity of programs and trainings available.

About the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is twofold: to preserve the history and impact of western women living from the mid-1800s to present day, and to foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. These women are the legacy of legends — artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. The Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection, and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults.

Located at 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, the Cowgirl is open Monday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens (60+) and $10 for adults (ages 13+). For more information, please visit or call 817-476-FAME (3263).


Tara Trask

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