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Waking Minds, Writing Wins as Rookie of the Year Software Solution

CDIA and KMS&T are proud to announce that EdNET has recognized Waking Minds, Writing as the newest, most innovative educational solution with significant potential to impact education.

Solana Beach, CA, September 21, 2009 --( CDI America (CDIA) has won the EdNET 2009 Rookie of the Year Award. MDR, the leading provider of marketing information and services for the U.S. education market, announced the winners of this year’s EdNET Industry Awards at the 21st Annual EdNET Conference on September 14 in Chicago. The annual awards program commends businesses and non-profit organizations that have made important contributions to the education industry through their products and services.

CDIA is proud that its mission to impact global education and learning has been recognized by EdNET. Jean Teillon, CEO of CDIA, spoke earlier today about CDIA’s commitment with CDIA’s parent company, Chungdahm Learning, to promote lifelong learning and to help learners of all ages unlock their potential. “We will take an additional leap toward this goal as we launch a tutoring center business in Boston and expand our college networking solution to connect student leaders with prestigious English teaching jobs in Asia.” CDIA’s premier writing program Waking Minds, Writing (WMW) contributed to MDR’s selection of CDIA for the Rookie of the Year Award, which recognizes the newest, most innovative educational solution with significant potential to impact education. WMW, an online writing program, engages students in academic writing and self-expression, using an interactive writing pad with over 600 prompts; Lexiled readings; student videos; templates and checklists for every genre and type of writing; student writing samples; metacognitive models for reading and writing strategies; grammar instruction; and criterion-referenced Challenge tests. Team members of KMS&T, a digital education and training corporation, designed and developed the research-based solution and now sell and support WMW in North America, South America, and Europe in conjunction with CDI America and Chungdahm Learning. KMS&T’s President Margy Hillman commented: “Waking Minds, Writing integrates the power of the web with the power of the mind and imagination. Facility with text, both in reading and writing, is the foundation of 21st century success at school, home, and work. We’re thrilled that WMW was honored by EdNET and excited to get the solution into every classroom.”

A panel of leading education industry experts selected the winners for the EdNET 2009 Industry Awards, which are coordinated by EdNET sponsor Educational Systemics® and MDR.

The EdNET Rookie of the Year Award honors the most promising start-up venture that is less than two years old and has the greatest potential to be a significant player in the education industry in the coming years. CDI America was selected as the award recipient based on several criteria:

Holds the promise to be seen in five to ten years as a significant player in the education industry by providing the foundation for a continuing and successful enterprise
Developed a significantly new product, service, or business strategy within the education industry that is deemed to have exemplary potential to grow the nominated business or non-profit organization to substantially greater revenues and/or impact on education

“The EdNET Industry Award winners are organizations that are moving the business of education forward. They’re developing products and services that address the challenges faced by schools today as well as prepare students for a 21st century global workplace. MDR is proud to recognize these innovators,” said EdNET Founder and President, Dr. Nelson B. Heller.

About EdNET and the EdNET Industry Awards
The EdNET Conference, which is produced by MDR and is now in its 21st year, is the education market’s premier annual networking conference. It brings together education executives, school administrators, and policy makers to network and build strategic business partnerships. The EdNET Industry Awards program was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The EdNET 2010 Conference will be in Boston, September 26-28. For more information about the EdNET Conference and Industry Awards program, visit or phone 800.333.8802, Ext. 4693.

About CDIA
CDI America is a subsidiary of Chungdahm Learning, a public education company based in Seoul, South Korea. Established in Fall 2007, CDI America develops and distributes learning and teaching solutions for the global market including a full-cycle recruiting service for English teachers in Asia. For more information, call Jean Teillon, 202-384-7308.

About KMS&T
KMS&T provides digital education and training solutions that are effective, research-based, creative, and unique. Our team integrates the talents of educators, developers, instructional designers, game designers, media creators, and business strategists in every step of the analysis, design, development, sales, and support process. For more information, call 888-832-3339 or go to: or email at or

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