Pearson Acquires A+Rise To Expand Professional Development Services For Teachers

Pearson, the international education and information company, today announces the acquisition of A+RISE, expanding its range of services to support the professional development of teachers.

A+RISE delivers practical and hands-on teaching strategies, training and consulting services for teachers who have English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. It provides online and face-to-face training and workshops alongside a searchable database of teaching materials. Founded in 2007, A+RISE had gross assets of less than $1m at the end of 2008.

This acquisition builds on Pearson's commitment to support the teaching and learning of English learners in the United States — a student population that has doubled in the past decade alone, and is expected to increase rapidly over the next ten years.

A+RISE will become part of Pearson's Teacher Education & Development Group, established in 2008 to support the professional development of teachers. Pearson's comprehensive range of services for teachers includes respected imprints and digital learning programs, such as Allyn & Bacon/Merrill and MyEducationLab; professional development programs in mathematics, literacy and English language learning; and teacher certification assessments for more than 20 states and the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards. Six out of ten teachers in the United States used Pearson content and services in their teacher preparation programs.

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