Pearson's New Professional Development Programs Offer Teachers Research-Based Approach to Improve Student Achievement

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Programs for Math, Literacy and English Learners Focus on Response to Intervention (RTI)

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It's back to school for millions of students, and teachers everywhere are working to help their students achieve success in the classroom and perform well on state and federal benchmarks. Indeed, President Obama's education agenda has focused a critical lens on teaching effectiveness, recruitment and retention, with $100 billion in stimulus funding for education.

To support teachers in their work, Pearson, the world's leading education and technology company, is offering three new professional development programs focused on Response to Intervention (RTI) for math, literacy and English learners. The new programs focus on RTI techniques and strategies to identify struggling students early and develop research-based solutions in response. All of the programs are available within a school district setting or as standalone institutes.

"Today's teachers have more challenges to address than ever before," said Susan Badger, CEO of Pearson's Teacher Education & Development Group. "Our new professional development offerings recognize this and were specifically designed to support teachers, especially those with diverse student populations, in their efforts to improve student outcomes. We also help districts build long-term capacity and put these new programs into practice."

The Mathematics Intervention Program offers K-8 educators a personalized approach to improve their students' learning, including solutions for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Teachers will learn new techniques to make mathematical tasks worthwhile and engaging for all students, including how to adapt instruction to meet student needs and use flexible grouping and diagnostic assessments in their lessons. Teachers also will learn how to identify common misconceptions in mathematics as opportunities for learning and how they can effectively support mathematics learning for English learners. The math program is based on Pearson's market-leading math resource, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, 7/e, and was developed in collaboration with coauthors Karen Karp and Jennifer Bay-Williams of the University of Louisville.

The Response to Intervention in Literacy Program helps K-12 educators and administrators transform their instruction for struggling readers with an effective, three-tiered model of literacy instruction and intervention. Participants will gain an understanding of research-based intervention, necessary assessment and progress monitoring methods, along with strategies for working in productive RTI teams. Participants also will learn how to separate learning differences from learning disabilities, outline steps and decision points involved in the RTI process and use data to make decisions about student placement and progress.

The Response to Intervention for English Learners Institute offers proven techniques to enhance interventions for English learners and improve achievement. The institute is based on Pearson's groundbreaking Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model, developed by nationally-recognized Pearson authors Jana Echevarria, Mary Ellen Vogt and Deborah Short. The SIOP® Model is the industry's only research-driven approach to teaching English learners that uses certified SIOP® trainers, taught by the author team. These certified trainers coach teachers and administrators on "sheltered instruction" techniques for teaching subjects such as math, science or social studies in a way that makes the concepts easier to understand, while at the same time strengthening a student's academic English language development.

The English Learners Institute focuses on factors that affect English learners' achievement and language proficiency, and how to use the SIOP® Model to provide effective research-based instruction for English learners in mainstream classrooms. Participants will learn about the multi-tiered model of instruction and intervention, and learn to identify specific considerations for English learners in the RTI process, along with critical success factors and barriers to effective implementation. Participants also will identify specific Tier 2 interventions that are appropriate for English learners and Tier 3 interventions and instruction for English learners with specific, diagnosed learning challenges. Sessions also discuss universal screening and effective progress monitoring during instruction and interventions. Participants will review specific case studies and have opportunities to develop and refine their own intervention plans for English learners. The institute was developed in collaboration with SIOP® co-authors Jana Echevarria and MaryEllen Vogt of California State University, Long Beach.

About Pearson's Teacher Education & Development Group
Pearson's Teacher Education & Development Group is uniquely positioned to improve teaching effectiveness with content and services that shape teachers from their earliest undergraduate experiences up to and throughout their teaching careers. Our respected imprints and programs, including Allyn & Bacon/Merrill and MyEducationLab, provide today's students who will be tomorrow's teachers with powerful insight and applications into how real-world classrooms work. Practicing teachers benefit from evidence-based professional development programs in mathematics, literacy, RTI and for English learners that help improve the academic achievement of diverse student populations. Our Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) Model is a groundbreaking framework for teaching English language learners in a way that makes the concepts easier to understand, while at the same time strengthening a student's English skills. Our other research-based professional development includes Pearson Learning Teams, which helps teachers focus the 21st Century skills of collaboration and problem solving on improving student achievement.

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 eCollege, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, Allyn & Bacon/Merrill, Longman 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

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