Pearson Wins Teachers' Choice Award

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Nation's Educators Vote Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries Classroom Winner

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Pearson's Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries was judged a top classroom pick in the 16th Annual Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Awards.

The awards "honor products of exceptional quality and outstanding performance in the classroom and at home." Teacher teams from across the U.S. judged the entries.

The Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries offer students in grades K-5 a variety of fiction and non-fiction books at a wide range of reading levels. They are conveniently organized by grade, DRA stages - Emergent, Early, Transitional, Extending - and DRA levels A through 60. Teachers can choose the library that best suits their classroom. The Teacher Resource Guide makes suggestions on how students can find the "just right" book for them.

The Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries and other award winners will be featured in Learning Magazine's January 2010 issue, and on their website for a year, beginning in January.

"This is a tremendous honor for Pearson, particularly as the awards are judged by teachers from throughout the country who actually use the materials," said Terry Fabrizi, Vice President, Literacy Product Management, Pearson. "Research shows that independent reading significantly affects reading growth and achievement, and the Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries provide a wide range of books to meet each student's interest and reading needs."

"Teachers value Pearson for their useful and innovative products," said Anne Sumpter, publisher, Learning Magazine. "Our teacher-evaluators enjoyed reviewing Book Expert Independent Reading Libraries and rated it highly based on its effectiveness in their classrooms."

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, PEM Solutions, 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, visit http://www.pearson.com.

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Rod Granger
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800-745-8489
rod.granger (at) pearson.com

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