New Flexible, Digital Learning Solution for Creating Future-Ready Learners to Preview at iNACOL 2016

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Six Pearson presentations explore the power of online and blended learning to transform lives at national symposium

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At the 2016 iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium, Oct. 25-28 in San Antonio, Pearson will preview Pearson Connexus, a new digital learning solution with a suite of tailored offerings that allows schools and districts to build K-12 online and blended learning programs to best fit their unique needs. With Pearson Connexus, schools and districts can choose from a wide range of courses and services to develop, fine-tune and scale digital learning programs on a platform designed specifically for grades K-12. Pearson Connexus supports personalized learning; creating future-ready, lifelong learners who are prepared for success in school, college and careers.

Available in 2017, Pearson Connexus offers more than 700 proven, standards-aligned K–12 courses at a variety of course levels including academic courses, student-driven as well as teacher-supported; foundation courses; honors and Advanced Placement; and credit recovery. The platform provides multiple instructional pathways such as prescriptive, flex and sequential in addition to a range of instructional settings including summer school; flipped learning; online and blended; and project-based. In addition, Pearson Connexus will provide schools and districts with instructional services; program management and support; and professional development and coaching.

In addition, through six Pearson presentations at the national symposium, educational experts from around the country will explore the power of online and blended learning to transform lives:

Charting Your Journey to Transformative Learning, Oct. 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Presenters: Nathan S. Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, MSD of Decatur Township, Indiana; Katherine Hadley, K-12 principal, Washoe County School District, Nevada; Dr. Donna Hutchison, senior vice president, Connections Education; Dr. Bernadette Ortiz-Brewster, College Park Academy Board of Directors & Executive Director of College Park Academy, Maryland; Dr. Megan Slocum, associate superintendent, Springdale School District, Arizona; and Dr. Marcia Smith, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning grades 6-12, Springdale Public Schools.

Exploring the 3 Cs of Building a Virtual School Community: Collaboration, Commitment, Connectedness, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Presenters: Melissa Brown, school leader, Indiana Connections Academy; Jodie Dean, school leader, New Mexico Connections Academy; Amanda Ebel, school leader, South Carolina Connections Academy; and David Potts, director of teaching services, Connections Learning.

Removing the “Risk” for At-Risk Students With Online and Blended Learning, Oct. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Darren Calvert, principal, Irene L. Chavez Excel Academy, Texas; and Kevin Hogan, editorial director, Tech & Learning magazine.

Protecting Transgender Students' Rights in Traditional and Virtual Classrooms, Oct. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Khoa Nguyen, board member, Human Rights Campaign, and marketing manager, International Connections Academy. Presenters: Elizabeth Krebs, middle school/high school advisor and special education, School District of Lancaster Cyber School Program; Tisha Green Rinker director of counseling, Connections Education; and Victoria Sulerzyski, director of school legal affairs, Connections Education.

A Global Dynamic: The New International Movement Toward Problem- and Competency-Based Learning, Oct. 27, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Presenters: Laurie Forcier, manager, thought leadership, office of the chief education advisor, Pearson; Charles Leadbetter, independent author; and Mickey Revenaugh, director, new school models, Pearson.

Five Ways Digital Learning Will Accelerate College and Career Readiness, Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m.
Moderator: Mickey Revenaugh, director, new school models, Pearson.
Presenters: Robyn Bagley, director, Career Path High School, Utah; Michael Butler, principal, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, School District #428; and Robert Eichorn, principal, New Directions Alternative Education Center, Virginia.

Visit the Pearson iNACOL Booth #147 and follow @PearsonNorthAm on Twitter, and use #iNACOL2016 and #LearningMakesUs to join the conversation.

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