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Ford’s Theatre Society Receives the CILC Pinnacle Award

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Honorable Mention for the highest award in educational interactive videoconferencing has been presented to Ford’s Theatre Society for its Investigation: Detective McDevitt distance-learning program. The CILC Pinnacle 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.

Eric Messner as Detective James McDevitt in the Ford’s Theatre History on Foot walking tour, Investigation: Detective McDevitt. Photo by Gary Erskine.

To qualify for Honorable Mention the provider must receive a 2.80 to 2.84 average score out of a possible 3.0 on all of their program evaluations during the school year. The evaluations assess effectiveness of the presenter and educational content of the program. “It has been a delight to work with our talented actors, Matthew Anderson and William Diggle,” said Ford’s Theatre Education Programs Manager Kate Langsdorf. “They do such spectacular work on our Detective McDevitt program, and it’s wonderful to see them recognized for the skill they have in bringing history to life.”

“I teach at-risk middle school students who tend to lose focus when reading texts and other ‘typical’ learning modes. They are intellectually capable, but don’t respond well to most classroom material. The program you provided was a perfect combination for my students—it incorporated history, acting, forensics and research and my students were enchanted. No small task. The presenters were upbeat and interesting and highly interactive. I was thrilled for my students and look forward to other opportunities to do similar activities. Thank you so much!” — Middle School Teacher, Maine

Teaching Artist Jojo Ruf leads a distance learning session from Ford’s Theatre.

Investigating the Lincoln Assassination with Detective McDevitt On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation using primary source images and interaction with historical characters. This program is available for Grades 5 and up and lasts 60 minutes. $125 per session.

Ford’s Theatre distance-learning participants come from all over the country. See a map of who has engaged with us.

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.