Chris Dragon Appointed President of Pearson Digital Learning

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Personalizing Learning through Technology Innovation

The global learning company Pearson announced Chris Dragon as President of Pearson Digital Learning, a business of Pearson School. The enterprise represents several of Pearson’s technology-based preK-12 education programs focused on personalizing learning, including: Waterford Early Learning, SuccessMaker, NovaNET Courseware, and Pearson Virtual Learning.

Dragon most recently served as Pearson Digital Learning’s Senior Vice President of Product Development.

Pearson School CEO Peter Cohen said, “With years of experience in the education industry plus his diverse business background, Chris has the vision, leadership skills and expertise to continue our efforts to extend learning beyond the classroom and provide engaging educational solutions that positively impact student achievement.”

Dragon said, “Our digital solutions help school districts and educators break the barriers of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. We look to serve all learners of all levels, including non-traditional students, in hopes of making education accessible to everyone anytime, anywhere.”

Cohen said that under Dragon’s leadership, the company launched Pearson’s iDEA Innovation Center, a digital laboratory focused on user-centered design, software usability testing, and efficacy research for evaluating and improving Pearson’s emerging offerings. He also helped to expand the accessibility and availability of the company’s fully digital programs to bring individualized learning to more students.

Prior to Dragon’s time with Pearson, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Thomson NETg where he was part of the team that was instrumental in inventing live, web-delivered and expert-led virtual classrooms. He also served as Vice President of Product Development and Operations and founding member of KnowledgeNet. Prior to KnowledgeNet, Dragon held various executive level positions including Vice President of Development and Delivery – Education for Platinum Technology, Inc.

Dragon succeeds Robert Roliardi, who recently retired.

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About Pearson Digital Learning
Pearson Digital Learning is a leader in digital and online learning through its Waterford Early Learning programs that now have more than one million pre-Kindergarten through second-grade students logging on; its SuccessMaker program for Kindergarten through grade 8, with more than two million users globally; and the NovaNET and Pearson Virtual Learning program, providing comprehensive personalized online curriculum for middle school through adult learners to help meet the need for credit recovery, dropout prevention, virtual learning and blended learning and response to intervention needs, serving more than three million students in the past 10 years. Learn more at http://www.pearsonschool.com/digital.

About Pearson
Pearson has as its mission to work side-by-side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO). http://www.pearsoned.com.

Contact: kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com – 1.800.745.8489

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