New Century, New Ideas, New Options: Content, Pedagogy and the Future of Teaching -- Virtual Conference on October 29-30

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Pearson convenes California State University education deans, chairs and faculty from across 23 campuses

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Improving teaching effectiveness is a core tenet of Pearson's mission to improve lives through education

Current education policy debates in the US about teaching effectiveness have focused increased attention on teacher preparation programs. Some experts believe the nation's schools of education must do more to adapt to the realities of today's globally competitive environment, such as training tomorrow's teachers to effectively integrate technology into their classrooms and teach the skills their students will need to succeed.

With these challenges in mind, Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services, is bringing together education leaders from across California State University's 23 campuses for New Century, New Ideas, New Options: Content, Pedagogy and the Future of Teaching, a two-day virtual conference to discuss the shape, scope and future of teaching, as technology becomes an increasingly important component in the classroom. The virtual meeting is co-sponsored by e-Luminate, the leader in web, audio, video and social networking solutions that support technology-enhanced teaching, learning and collaboration.

The virtual conference will be live October 29-30 and archived for future reference at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/tedvirtualconference.

"Improving teaching effectiveness is a core tenet of Pearson's mission to improve lives through education," said Nancy Forsyth, president of Pearson Teacher Education and Student Success. "We continue to partner with education leaders and faculty to develop research- and technology-based content and learning solutions that prepare tomorrow's educators. Our virtual conference is designed to continue this dialogue about the future of teaching and learning and how we can help faculty to achieve their goal of developing effective teachers."

Highlights of the two-day virtual colloquium include a panel discussion about preparing educators for the 21st Century, moderated by Dr. Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, Dean of the School of Education at Sonoma State University in California. Panelists will include Valerie Greenhill of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills; Dr. Rosalinda Barrera, Dean of the College of Education at Texas State University San Marcos; and Dr. Alison Hilsabeck, Dean of the National College of Education at National-Louis University in Chicago.

In addition, Pearson author Dr. Jana Echevarría, Professor Emerita of Education at California State University Long Beach, will demonstrate Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies across the content areas in teacher education, to identify struggling students early and respond with research-based solutions. Dr. Echevarria, along with her colleagues Drs. MaryEllen Vogt and Deborah Short, developed Pearson's Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol Model (SIOP®), the industry's only research-validated approach to teaching English learners.

The virtual conference will also include a presentation by Kathleen Fulton of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF), who will discuss solutions to improve teacher retention and offer ideas for the future. Pearson and NCTAF earlier this year launched a new online learning community designed to support teacher candidates and novice teachers with a broad network of mentors and experienced talent, and to connect colleges of education with their K-12 district partners. The partnership builds upon NCTAF's successful Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC) program.

Dr. Kathleen King, Professor of Education at Fordham University, also will share strategies for teaching online courses, and Pearson representatives will offer participants suggestions for providing students with more value while saving them money on course materials.

Pearson's Teacher Education & Development Group is the only business in the education industry that is completely dedicated to supporting the education and professional development of teachers from preparation through practice, with content and services that represent the research and knowledge of America's leading education researchers. Respected imprints and programs, including Allyn & Bacon, Merrill and MyEducationLab, provide today's students who will be tomorrow's teachers with powerful insights and applications into how real-world classrooms work. In fact, six out of ten teachers in the United States used Pearson content and services in their teacher preparation programs, including customized solutions for alternative certification along with graduate degree program offerings.

Practicing teachers also 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, including the recently acquired A+RISE business. In addition, Pearson's SIOP® Model offers a specific, proven pedagogical approach to teaching both content knowledge and language skills, and has helped instruct millions of students in the United States. Pearson's other research-based offering for educators and school improvement includes Learning Teams, which helps teachers focus the 21st Century skills of collaboration and problem solving on improving student achievement.

In addition, Pearson offers research and evaluation services in order to help school districts measure the impact of their professional development initiatives and provide critical insights to guide decisions about follow-up training and support. Pearson's Evaluation Systems offers customized and off-the-shelf teacher certification assessments for more than 20 states, and partners with the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards to support their nationally recognized program.

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, including the recently acquired A+RISE business. 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.

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Susan Aspey
Susan (dot) aspey (at) pearson (dot) com
(800) 745-8489

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