Pearson Introduces Schoolwide Improvement Model at National Summit

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Global Experts Headline Conference with Focus on K-12 Leadership for Systemwide Change

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At a National Summit in Orlando today, Pearson will introduce its “Schoolwide Improvement Model” (SIM), a comprehensive research-based approach for attaining sustainable systemwide change in K-12 schools. Forged in partnership with school districts large and small, urban and rural, the new innovative and flexible Schoolwide Improvement Model represents the culmination of two decades of verifiable third-party research, experience and proven results, including the combined heritage and proven success of America’s Choice and Pearson’s Learning Teams.

Alison Wagner, President of Pearson’s School Achievement Services, said, “Our new Schoolwide Improvement Model is a direct response to all that we’ve learned from our rich experiences working with schools around the country and studying best practices around the world.”

Wagner said Pearson’s Schoolwide Improvement Model is built on five essential components:

1.    Standards-aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment;
2.    High-performance leadership, management and organization;
3.    Data-driven culture;
4.    High achievement for students and engagement of staff, parents and the community; and,
5.    Sustainability for continuous improvement.

Pearson’s School Achievement Services is currently working in 21 states, serving 228 schools and 160,000 students. Experiences from these and hundreds of other schools informed the development of the new School Improvement Model. Case studies of some schools engaged in school improvement work with Pearson reveal students, including English Language Learners, may improve as much as 30 percent in Math and English Language Arts proficiency.

The new School Improvement Model includes a number of enhancements, among them: an increased concentration on college and career readiness and teacher and student preparation for the Common Core State Standards; integration of instructional technology to improve student achievement; and intense focus on building a school culture that reflects high expectations and data-driven decision-making.

“We have learned a tremendous amount from our research and experience with schools that have been successful in sustaining improvement and have organized our new model around those principles that we know lead to success,” noted Wagner.

The keynote address at the National Summit will be delivered by Sir Michael Barber and Michael Fullan, renowned global experts on school leadership, change management and implementing sustainable systemwide change.

Barber, Pearson’s Chief Education Advisor and former Advisor to United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Fullan, Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, Canada, will share the stage in addressing The Importance of Leadership, Collective Capacity, and Delivery Practices for Implementing Sustainable Schoolwide and Systemwide Improvement.

Other experts leading conference discussions include Children’s Rights and Literacy Advocate Pam Allyn, examining Common Core State Standards as a lever and a tool for transforming classroom life; and Carrie Heath Phillips, Program Director, Common Core Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) will lead discussions addressing the new Assessments, including the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

The conference is taking place at the Orlando World Marriott February 9-11, 2012. For more information, click here.                                            

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