Pearson eCollege, National Academy Foundation Partner to Provide Online Teacher Professional Development

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National Academy Foundation Taps Pearson's Platform to Bring Training and Support Online for Teachers

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Pearson eCollege today announced a partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to develop online professional development programs for teachers via the Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform.

"We are excited to partner with Pearson eCollege to enhance our professional development offerings for academy directors and teachers," said JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation. "We are always looking for ways to connect our teachers -- wherever they are -- to ongoing training and support. The eCollege platform can help us do just that."

The National Academy Foundation is a national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts. Serving more than 50,000 students each year, NAF supports 500 academies in 40 states with rigorous career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise through the Academy of Finance, the Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, and the Academy of Information Technology.

Due to the scale, diversity and range of NAF academies, there are many challenges to providing consistent and effective professional development to the educators responsible for implementing the NAF model. Using Pearson LearningStudio and its ClassLive Pro service -- a live, online learning environment with real-time, collaborative communications capabilities -- NAF will be enabled to deliver quality professional development to better support all the educators and administrators within its network.

"We are pleased to work with the National Academy Foundation to expand their teacher training efforts with an online program that will allow educators to collaborate with each other and participate in professional development anytime, anyplace," said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege.

About Pearson eCollege
Pearson eCollege is a trusted and innovative leader in powering personalized online learning programs and a part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education, technology and services. Pearson eCollege's flagship product - Pearson LearningStudio - represents the next generation in learning management systems and provides a comprehensive, flexible and fully supported cloud computing environment for online personalized learning in higher education. Pearson eCollege's SaaS-based education solutions advance, improve, and measure the teaching and learning experience in a vast range of educational institutions and programs. For more information on Pearson eCollege, please visit: http://www.pearsonlearningstudio.com

About Pearson
Pearson has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).

About the National Academy Foundation
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed Academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For nearly 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of four career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, and engineering. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local Advisory Boards. During the 2009-10 school year, 500 NAF academies served more than 53,000 students across 41 states and D.C. NAF's national graduation rate of 90% testifies to the effectiveness this effort. Visit http://www.naf.org.

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