Connections Education Middle School Arts by Pearson Wins 2015 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Award

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Virtual Education Solution Honored in Best Arts & Creativity Solution Category

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May 11, 2015 – Connections Education Middle School Arts by Pearson is the winner of a 2015 Software & Information Industry CODiE Award. Honored in the Best Arts & Creativity Solution category, the online course is organized around the three artistic processes of creating, presenting and responding. The CODiE honor comes on the heels of other 2015 awards for Connections including recognition from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and the Best Educational Software (BESSIE) awards.

Part of a comprehensive virtual school curriculum for middle school students, the engaging course, available to full-time virtual and blended schools supported by Connections Education, emphasizes the ways that art and design can drive innovation in the same ways as science, technology, engineering and math. More than 25,000 middle school students around the world are enrolled in Connections Education Middle School Art this school year.

“Technology has empowered us to provide personalized learning opportunities for students anytime, anywhere and on any subject,” said Steven Guttentag, Ph.D., president, Connections Education. “It is an honor to have the premier ed tech awards recognize the power of our online art course to immerse middle grade students in a creative learning environment.”

SIIA CODiE winners are selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA members-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.

Established in 1986 the SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program, SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.

About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K–12. Since 2001, the company’s Connections Academy has delivered individualized learning to students through tuition-free virtual public schools. In the 2014–2015 school year, Connections Academy supports 29 virtual public schools in 25 states—serving more than 60,000 students. Connections Education offers a fully online private school for students worldwide and delivers blended (combination of online and on-site) learning in select states via tuition-free, public, Nexus Academy schools. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions with a full range of digital learning solutions for grades K–12 including: online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and private and public online schools. Connections Education is based in Baltimore, Maryland and was named a 2014 “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun and a 2013 “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

Stacy Skelly, stacy.skelly(at)pearson(dot)com

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