Pearson 2009 National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference Offers Expert Seminars, Resources, Networking With No Travel, No Registration Fees

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Online Conference Provides Guidance for Wisely Investing Education Stimulus Funds, Previews Next Generation of Digital Curriculum Solutions

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This free virtual conference is one way that we are reaching out to educators to help them create the best schools in the world.

With today's launch of the free 2009 National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference from Pearson, superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members can participate in an engaging, online conference, learn from top education experts and preview the next generation of research-based digital curriculum solutions - with no travel required, no substitutes to schedule and no registration fees. All they need is a computer and an Internet connection. The 2009 National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference is one part of an integrated set of resources for educators from Pearson that are featured on the http://www.fundingforschools.com Web site.

"Pearson wants to work closely with school leaders to ensure that they have the information and guidance they need to make decisions that will truly improve teaching and learning for their students," said Pearson Digital president Bob Roliardi. "This free virtual conference is one way that we are reaching out to educators to help them create the best schools in the world."

The online conference experience simulates the real-life experience of attending a national or state convention. Attendees will enter the virtual conference center lobby, where they will be greeted by a student who introduces them to the overall experience and directs them to the exhibit hall, conference auditorium or chat lounge.

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 will learn more about each product and also which types of education stimulus funding - IDEA, Title I, Title II-D, Title II, Title III and Head Start - can be used for those solutions.

Pearson's digital education solutions featured in the National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference Exhibit Hall include:

  • SuccessMaker or SuccessMaker Enterprise. With these digital, supplemental, curriculum solutions, schools can invest their Title I funds in a proven solution for improving education for disadvantaged students with a wide range of learning needs. The courseware even allows teachers to forecast student performance on high-stakes tests.
  • ELLIS. Title III funds are available for districts with a critical need to close the achievement gap for limited English proficient and immigrant children, and ELLIS from Pearson is a premier computer-based solution for achieving that goal. ELLIS Essentials is designed for elementary students, and ELLIS Academic targets secondary students.
  • NovaNET. Schools focused on improving graduation rates can invest their Title I funds in NovaNET, an online courseware system that prepares middle school students for high school and helps high school students recover credits, build basic skills and prep for the GED or SAT with the online system - keeping everyone on track for graduation.
  • WriteToLearn. At the core of a firm educational foundation are reading and writing skills, and WriteToLearn from Pearson, a Web-based learning tool, offers schools a proven tool for allocating their Title I or Title III funds to improve student literacy.

Like any great education conference, the National Education Reinvention Virtual Conference features a growing list of sessions presented by education experts - available to attendees both live and on-demand. For secondary educators, Jay Smink, executive director of the National Dropout Prevention Program, will discuss how to help students stay on track for graduation with his presentation, "Make Staying in School the Only Way Out: Dropout Prevention Strategies That Work." Sessions will address other topics, such as Response to Intervention with expert Cara Shores leading a roundtable discussion on effective use of technology in an outcomes-based classroom, and another roundtable session will focus on integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Attendees won't miss out on the valuable conference experience of networking with their colleagues either. A message board will allow 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.

The conference opens today and continues through June 30, 2009. 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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