MEDIA ADVISORY: New Instructional Materials for Texas Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms Premiering at State Capitol Tuesday

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Sneak Preview: Pearson Scott Foresman's Opening the World of Learning Pre-K program to be featured

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Schools across Texas are right now choosing instructional programs for next school year, and the public can get a sneak preview of the new, more rigorous pre-K materials on Tuesday. The state's youngest students will head back to school with brand new materials in the fall, and Pearson's Opening the World of Learning (OWL) program, approved for use across the state, will be on display at the capitol.

The OWL program consists of new, more rigorous digital and print instructional materials, as teachers and school districts across the state recognize that early learning is more important than ever to prepare students for college and the workforce.

Pearson's pre-K program will be available for parents, public officials, educators and media to preview at the state capitol in Austin on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pearson's Pre-K program, heavily integrated with math, was developed by early childhood education experts as compelling new research* shows early exposure to math affects students' chances of going to college.

Texas schools have been using their current Pre-K materials since 2003. OWL, a comprehensive Pre-K curriculum designed for Texas classrooms, will help teachers effectively introduce math concepts and set children on a path to college readiness.

Dr. Juanita Copley is the authority on using math in the classroom to prepare pre-Kindergarten students for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Dr. Copley was instrumental in the development of OWL, which integrates math and science along with language development and other critical skills for students throughout its lessons.

"What children learn in their early years can set them on a path for lifelong success," said Dr. Copley, a veteran teacher of nearly 40 years and professor emeritus of education at the University of Houston. "Children's brains are growing at a rapid rate in the pre-school years, and immersing them in math, science, reading, and more -- inviting them to become explorers of their world -- helps them to not only learn facts and figures, but to recognize their own ability to learn and discover throughout their school years."

Aligned to the state's Pre-K curriculum guidelines, OWL provides an exhaustive list of resources to help children, whether English-speakers or not, develop English vocabulary at an amazing rate of 3,000-4,000 words, which research shows is critical to best prepare children for Kindergarten and long-term school success. Math and science are embedded into OWL's vocabulary, reading and other instruction.    

From its rigorous curriculum in both English and Spanish to engaging digital animations and close monitoring of student progress, Pearson's pre-Kindergarten instructional materials are scientifically researched and shown to be effective in the classroom by providing the following.

  • Rigorous content in critical subjects like math and English language development to help better prepare Texas school children for success in Kindergarten on their path to college;
  • Equitable resources for English language learners, including materials with tips and step-by-step instructions for teachers to help with special accommodations for the hundreds of thousands of ELL students in Texas classrooms;
  • Comprehensive assessment tools that determine what level each student is performing at to help teachers quickly identify academic strengths and weaknesses and differentiate instruction and intervene, as needed;
  • Programs developed specifically to teach Texas' Pre-K curriculum guidelines, commonly known as Pre-K Outcomes;
  • Great selection of literature from classics like Corduroy by Don Freeman to popular storybooks like Trucktown Helpers by Jon Scieszka.
  • A rich blend of print, CD/DVD, online resources, and manipulatives like musical instruments for teachers to choose from and easily customize their instruction for students' individual learning needs.

More information about Pearson's OWL program can be found at http://www.texasowl.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXANO8tl7B4.

About Pearson and Texas
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) is Texas' leading provider of technology in the classroom and has been supplying education materials to Texas schools as far back as the 1800s. You may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNet, PowerSchool, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, SuccessNet, Learning Teams, and so many more -- names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the State and the globe. In fact, most teachers in Texas have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs. We provide education and testing materials from birth through professional learning as well as the school systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. Our business offices are located in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, but our 2,000 Pearson people are living and working in every school district across the State. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com .

*Duncan, G., Claessens, A., Huston, Al., Pagani, L., Engel, M., Sexton, H., Dowsett, C., Magnuson, K., Klebanov, P., Feinstein, L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Duckworth, K., Japel, C., School Readiness and Later Achievement. Developmental Psychology, 2007, Vol 43, No. 6., 1428-1446. National Research Council. (2009). Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity. Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics, Christopher T. Cross, Taniesha A.Woods, and Heidi Schweingruber, Editors, Center for Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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kate(dot)miller(at)pearson(dot)com

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