Pearson's National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference Offers Online Workshops on 21st Century Skills and Wisely Investing Education Stimulus Funds

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Free Online Conference Offering Previews of Next-Generation Digital Curriculum Solutions Extended Through July 17

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These education leaders are connecting online with top experts in school improvement and our Pearson product specialists, as well as learning the best strategies for using the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus funds to make a difference in students' learning and success.

Over the last two months, hundreds of educators from around the country have been logging on and taking advantage of free online professional development seminars that are part of Pearson' s 2009 National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference. This first-of-its kind conference is a prime opportunity for superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members to learn from top education experts and preview the next generation of research-based digital curriculum solutions, with no travel required or substitutes to schedule - just a computer and an Internet connection are needed. The 2009 National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference is one component of Pearson's integrated set of resources for educators featured on the http://www.fundingforschools.com Web site.

Educators' response has been so positive that the virtual conference has been extended until July 17 to provide additional access to online resources and webinar sessions. One key event is the June 18 session, "21st Century Learning: A Discussion on Technology Integration in Education," featuring a panel of leaders in education technology from around the country. Panel members will discuss using technology to ensure that today's students build the skills necessary for 21st century success and will tackle questions submitted by virtual conference attendees.

The hot-button issue of providing students with long-term learning gains with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will be the subject of a June 9 webinar, "Reinvest and Reinvent with Pearson: Leveraging a short-term budget to deliver long-term impact." With a focus on integrating technology to create measurable student achievement and a discussion of which ARRA funding categories can be used to fund hardware and software purchases, the online workshop offers educators a chance to interact with Pearson's grant manager and curriculum experts and clarify any continued confusion associated with the stimulus funding.

In addition, other sessions on key topics including Response to Intervention (RtI) and dropout prevention are now available on demand at the conference site, as well as numerous workshops featuring Pearson's digital curriculum solutions.

"Over the past two months, educators from around the country have been logging on and spending countless hours learning about great new ways that technology can help them improve teaching and learning for their students," said Pearson Digital President Bob Roliardi. "These education leaders are connecting online with top experts in school improvement and our Pearson product specialists, as well as learning the best strategies for using the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus funds to make a difference in students' learning and success."

Pearson's digital education solutions featured in the National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference Exhibit Hall include SuccessMaker, SuccessMaker Enterprise, Waterford Early Learning, ELLIS, NovaNET and WriteToLearn. Viewing the products is an interactive experience, where attendees can submit questions to Pearson product specialists, participate in live product demos and download materials. They can learn more about each product and also which types of education stimulus funding - IDEA, Title I, Title II-D and Head Start - can be used for those solutions.

Attendees can also have the valuable conference experience of networking with their colleagues. A message board enables them to converse asynchronously with other National Education Reinvention Conference attendees, and an online virtual Q&A allows participants to submit questions to a team of education experts, including Pearson product specialists.

To register for and attend the National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com/vcon2009.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.

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Kate Miller, Pearson, 800-745-8489, kate.miller(at)pearson.com

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