The original learning resource competition, which was introduced by the Association of Educational Publishers in 1967, endures as the most prestigious honor in the program. Within each category, products compete against each other, regardless of subject, grade level, or media. One product is selected as the winner from each category.
The Golden Lamp competition is open to anyone. Winners are selected based on a combination of factors including a) overall scores across all sections of the evaluation rubric, b) judges’ written comments, and c) discussions among the judges during the in-person Golden Lamp evaluation session. Judges are looking for products that can stand alone as exemplars within their category, transcending media, audience, and subject matter.
Whole Curriculum Programs: Materials used as the main instructional tool in a subject area that include clear learning objectives and/or standards alignment, guides for teachers, leaners, and assessments, and resource materials.
Supplemental Resources: Materials that support the main curriculum in a particular subject. Include learner content, some form of teacher guide or instructions, and clear learning objectives. May also include, if available, standards alignment, assessment materials, and other applicable resources.
Periodicals: All educational magazines, whether print-, web-, or tablet-based, are encouraged to enter. This includes magazines used at home and other informal learning environments as well as in the classroom. Educational publications geared toward teachers, administrators, and parents are also welcome, as are publications that cover education as a whole.
Professional Development: This category includes all resources used to train and support educators and administrators in their careers.
Read profiles of the 2012 Golden Lamp Winners for examples of the highest quality educational resources.