School Improvement Network Named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010

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The Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award was given to CEO Chet Linton, VP of Marketing Cory Linton, and VP of Development Curtis Linton. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.

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“We have the largest group of experts offering the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples to over 600,000 verified educators. I hope to be able to report exponential improvement next year.”

School Improvement Network Named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Award Winner in the Utah Region.

Critical Mass: Almost 20% of all elementary and secondary U.S. school teachers now have access to and can collaborate with each other via PD 360

Salt Lake City, UT – June 24, 2010 – School Improvement Network announced today the award of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year to CEO Chet Linton, VP of Marketing Cory Linton, and VP of Development Curtis Linton. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. These individuals were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Salt Palace Convention Center on June 2, 2010.

“It’s unusual for an educator to get an entrepreneurship award,” said CEO Chet Linton. “But the real measure of our success is the success of students in our client schools. Schools using our PD 360 platform experience 8.3 times the improvement in reading than those schools that do not. And every day one of our experts spends at a school doing training translates into a 1% achievement improvement.”

“I attribute three keys to our success,” said Marketing VP Cory Linton. “Quite simply, our technology is practical, measurable, and scalable. Nobody else can do this. Everybody else is trying.”

“While our technology is unsurpassed,” observes Development VP and best-selling author Curtis Linton, “I’m most proud of our leadership in delivering educational equity to all students. What really keeps me awake at night is applying our technology to deliver the best possible education to all students, no matter their ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status.”

“We’ve now achieved critical mass,” concludes Chet Linton. “We have the largest group of experts offering the broadest range of topics and the most classroom examples to over 600,000 verified educators. I hope to be able to report exponential improvement next year.”

About PD 360 • Practical, Measurable, and Scalable
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Over 600,000 verified educators subscribe to PD 360. Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools. PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes nearly 1000 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at http://www.pd360.com [http://www.pd360.com.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Leadership and Learning Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

School Improvement Network, PD 360 and their respective logos are trademarks of the School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contact:
Duane Sprague
School Improvement Network
801-937-9233
duane(dot)sprague(at)schoolimprovement(dot)com

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