Washington, DC, June 05, 2012
Recognizing a lifetime of dedication to improving education, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) today awarded its highest honor for service to the K-12 educational publishing industry to Paul McFall, Senior Vice President of Pearson School.
AAP President Tom Allen presented the “Mary McNulty Award for Lifetime Service to Educational Publishing” to McFall at the “Content in Context” Conference hosted by the AAP School Division and the Association of Educational Publishers in Washington DC.
Allen said, “AAP and its member organizations recognize Paul for his many years of service to educational publishing and to our association. Paul has been a tireless advocate for the US school publishing industry as well as the students and teachers we serve. We thank Paul for his numerous contributions.”
Pearson School CEO Peter Cohen said, “The AAP’s recognition of Paul’s life-long commitment to education is one more validation of the intense sense of purpose and integrity that has marked his career. All of us at Pearson congratulate our valued colleague on receiving this prestigious honor. Paul has had an indelible impact on the education industry.”
The award carries a $2500 charitable donation which McFall will contribute to Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit Pre-K organization working to ensure all children in America enter school prepared to succeed.
The AAP honor is the second national recognition for McFall within the last year. In 2011, he was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers’ Educational Hall of Fame for his dedication to the advancement of education.
McFall’s 45-year record of success embodies a total commitment to supporting classroom teachers in meeting the challenges they face every day. His unparalleled successes as a leader and innovator include spearheading Pearson’s and the industry’s intense focus on research-based curriculum. At the same time, he introduced independent efficacy studies of the company’s curriculum programs to validate their success in improving student outcomes and to inform the next generation of product development. His foresight into the future direction of educational development served as a catalyst to the launch of the first technology-based elementary math and social studies programs into the marketplace.
He recently completed a two-year term as President of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Publishers School Division, and serves on the Central Regional Board for the non-profit group Jumpstart. He is a key contributor to Pearson’s Instructional Leadership Council, and the Hispanic Leadership Council. McFall’s dedication to education extends to a legion of volunteer activities, including helping underprivileged children learn to read.
A native of Pensacola, FL, McFall received a B.A. from Troy State University and an M.A. in elementary education from the University of Georgia. Before entering publishing, he taught fifth and sixth grades in the Escambia County School System in Florida.
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