Pearson CEO Will Ethridge Participates in Obama Administration Working Group on Digital Textbooks

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Using Technology to Improve Access and Achievement


Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan convened leaders from across the digital education space, including CEOs of education and technology companies, for a working group meeting on transitioning America’s K-12 schools to digital textbooks.

Following his participation in the meeting, Pearson North America CEO Will Ethridge commented:

“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Obama Administration’s working group on digital textbooks. This was a productive discussion about the innovations driving education today and how technology can be harnessed to improve access and student achievement.

“At Pearson, we’re committed to accelerating the transformation of our schools to create more personalized and connected learning experiences that will ensure our students are able to compete globally. We’re working closely with educators and innovators to develop digital tools and applications that provide parents and teachers with real-time insight into student performance and progress. We’re also working closely with state leaders, school districts and organizations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association to help schools gauge their technology readiness and successfully navigate the transition to next generation assessments.

“I look forward to a continued dialogue with Chairman Genachowski, Secretary Duncan and my colleagues at today’s meeting. Transforming our schools to fully realize the potential of each and every student requires our collective will across the education community—among policymakers, practitioners, parents and education and technology providers.”

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