Annenberg Learner (formerly Annenberg Media/CPB, now part of the Annenberg Foundation) advances excellent teaching by funding and distributing multimedia educational resources (video, print, and Web based) to improve teaching methods and subject-matter expertise. Resources are distributed to schools and non-commercial community agencies, as well as colleges and universities, for workshops, institutes and course use. Annenberg Media delivers its video collection free via broadband through its website. The site, which also houses interactive activities, downloadable guides, and resources coordinated with each video series, receives more than 10 million visits per month from teachers and learners worldwide.
Other Annenberg Organizations and Programs
The following educational organizations and programs were established with funding from the Annenberg Foundation:
The Annenberg Center for Communication, created in 1993, supports active research that addresses practical problems in the convergence of content and digital technology. It is a cross-disciplinary organization that stimulates work involving the Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Cinema-Television and the School of Engineering as well as other schools of the University of Southern California. The Annenberg Center supports numerous projects and initiatives, including: the Critical Pathways project, an initiative begun in 1998 to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration among USC scholars and researchers in communications, the life sciences, the arts and the urban paradigm, and the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, which exposes students and faculty at USC and beyond to the time-based, interactive language of sound, image and text.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences was founded in 1981 as a distinguished forum for the examination of health care issues and the advancement of science and medicine. The Center creates and delivers health education programs and, over the years, it has reached hundreds of thousands of health care professionals around the world through its unique conference and telecommunication facilities.
Ambassador Annenberg announced a “Challenge to the Nation” in December 1993 with a $500 million grant to improve public schools. As the largest single gift ever made to public education, the Annenberg Challenge was designed to unite the resources and ideas of those committed to increasing the effectiveness of public schooling. Recognizing that no single gift could improve all schools, the Challenge served as a catalyst to energize and support educational reform efforts across the country.
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands was established in 2001 by the Annenberg Foundation to improve public understanding of the United States Constitution and the democratic process, and to address serious issues facing the country and the world. In its first six years, the Sunnylands Trust has developed curricular and other materials for new high school civic initiatives; generated resources to improve media reporting on Constitutional issues; piloted programs to build support for the justice system and help citizens to understand the nation's important public policy debates; held retreats to improve the functioning of our democratic institutions; published and disseminated information on the treatment of prevalent adolescent mental disorders; and provided opportunities to increase collaboration among the Annenberg Schools and Centers.
Founded as the National Institute for School Reform at Brown University, the Institute received a $50 million naming grant in 1994 to expand its scope and mission. The grant was one of the first to be announced as part of the $500 million Annenberg Challenge, a major initiative designed to revive and inspire K-12 public education efforts throughout the nation. The Institute works to develop, share and act on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools with underserved children. The Institute is currently focusing on four key program areas: redesigning school districts, developing and supporting educational leadership, rethinking accountability, and fostering community-centered approaches to education reform. The Annenberg Institute worked with the Annenberg Foundation to support the coordination and evaluation of the Annenberg Challenge.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1994. Through offices in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., it conducts and disseminates research, hosts lectures and conferences, and convenes discussions on the critical intersection of media, communication, and public policy. Research focuses on questions and issues in political communication, information and society, media and the developing child, health communication, and adolescent risk.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has developed such initiatives as FactCheck.org, which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding by monitoring the factual accuracy of political dialogue, and the National Annenberg Election Survey, the nation's largest academic election poll.
Founded in 1958, The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania offers students a firm grounding in various approaches to the study of communication and its methods, drawn from both the humanities and the social sciences. It is an intellectual common market built on more than forty years of interdisciplinary dialogue. The School houses communication theorists and researchers, including social scientists, historians and critics. The M.A.C. and Ph.D. degree programs prepare students to make professional contributions to communication scholarship, research, and policy. The School also houses the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which conducts and disseminates research, hosts lectures and conferences, and convenes roundtable discussions that highlight important questions about the intersection of media, communication, and public policy.
The Annenberg School for Communication, founded in 1971 as a small graduate institution, was reorganized in 1994 to include the USC School of Journalism and the Department of Communication Arts, thus becoming a large center of study for both graduates and undergraduates. The School for Communication prepares students to study, understand and manage important communication in education, politics, management, marketing, government and non-governmental institutions. Located in Los Angeles, it provides a unique opportunity for hands-on study and contact with people working in the forefront of the field. The School places an emphasis on communication theory and research methods along with new technologies, policy implications, and practical applications. The School has launched numerous programs and initiatives, including the Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, an inter-disciplinary program designed to enhance the quality of journalism in the United States, and the Norman Lear Center, whose faculty study aspects of entertainment, media, and culture.