Connections Learning and Pearson Sign Agreement to Enhance NovaNET Courseware Program with Certified Virtual Teachers

New Digital Academy Pairs Classroom and Online Educators to Personalize Learning

Chandler, AZ, January 25, 2011 — Pearson, the global leader in online learning, and the virtual education provider Connections Learning, announced today an agreement that will expand the delivery of web-based learning opportunities for schools across the nation. The new initiative, Pearson Digital Learning Academy, will enable schools for the first time to select NovaNET Courseware, a digital learning platform that offers proven, rigorous, standards-based instruction for high school and adult learners, together with certified teachers for each course.

Bob Roliardi, President of Pearson Digital Learning, said, “Today’s students are seeking opportunities for education in a fully digital environment that can personalize learning. Our new agreement brings together two established education companies to help schools expand these kinds of opportunities. Now, our classroom-tested, research-based content that has already made a difference for many will be fully supported by the addition of valuable, virtual teachers.”

Connections Learning is a newly created division of Connections Education, LLC, which also runs Connections Academy, an operator of fully accredited full time public schools. Connection Learning’s President, Steven Guttentag, Ph.D., said, “Connections Academy, and now Connections Learning, is known for its experienced, skilled and caring virtual teaching staff, which we’ll now offer in conjunction with NovaNET Courseware’s extensive curriculum. Our teachers are certified, full-time professionals who are specially trained in the nuances of working effectively in a virtual classroom setting. They focus on communicating with students to individualize student performance and instruction.”

Through the Pearson Digital Learning Academy, Connections Learning teachers will deliver a highly personalized learning experience. Pearson Digital Learning Academy enables school districts to provide students additional courses options that may have been previously unavailable for a number of reasons, including budgetary constraints or other physical limitations.

As a web-based program, NovaNET Courseware can be utilized for many education applications including credit accrual, dropout prevention, summer school, credit recovery, virtual schools, and virtual learning. With the program, students receive individualized instruction, a complete learning management system and core curriculum aligned to state standards and the Common Core State Standards, effectively preparing them with the necessary skills and competencies for successful college and career experiences.

The digital learning program is eligible for many education funding options, including Title I, EETT, IDEA, 21st Century Learning, Title III, and school improvement funds.

About Connections Academy and Connections Learning

Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable full-time virtual public schooling for students in grades K through 12; Connections Learning brings the same high quality program to institutions and individuals through a range of turnkey online education solutions and a full and part-time private school. Both Connections Academy and Connections Learning deliver superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience the online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for students who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit: http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

About Pearson and Pearson Digital Learning

Pearson has a vision of effective education: a virtuous circle of learning where powerful technologies enable teachers to assess students unobtrusively, diagnose their learning needs swiftly, prescribe personalized learning, monitor student progress, and provide ongoing feedback to students, teachers, and parents. It begins by optimizing assessment data and putting it to work for continuous improvement in student progress and teaching effectiveness. For more, visit: http://www.pearsonschool.com or: http://www.pearsonschool.com/digital.

Press Contact

Pearson – Stacy Skelly, stacy.skelly@pearson.com; 800-745-8489; @StacySkel


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