NZ digital publisher in line for top American award

Wellington-based publisher South Pacific Press has been named as a finalist in the American Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Acheivement Awards.

The company’s founder, Neale Pitches, established the company three years ago with a view to developing digital products that could improve literacy and could be sold internationally. Neale inspired quite a few local publishers when he presented his company’s story at the recent seminar series run by the Digital Publishing Forum.

South Pacific describes its product, CSI – Comprehension Strategies Instruction, as a literacy resource for teaching comprehension strategies and improving vocabulary, fluency, and oral language in elementary school classrooms. It incorporates English language arts, math, science, and social studies literacy.

The AEP awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony at the National Press Club, Washington DC, on 12 June 2009.

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