President of Pearson Digital Learning Lends Leadership Strength to Foundation's Mission of Providing Fun, Engaging and Transforming Educational Content for School Children
Scottsdale, AZ. - Pearson Digital Learning (PDL), the leader in proven, comprehensive technologies for preK-12 education, today announced that its president, Bob Roliardi, has been named to the board of directors of the Professor Garfield Foundation, a non-profit organization created to provide children, parents, and teachers an opportunity to enhance and support classroom learning in new and innovative ways.
Established in 2004 by Paws Inc., the creative, licensing, marketing, and brand management business for "Garfield the Cat," the Professor Garfield Foundation helps children to safely explore new ways of learning and creatively express themselves through a free interactive learning portal (www.professorgarfield.org) that contains educationally sound games and activities, including a selection of standards-based lessons and material from PDL's KnowledgeBox® digital learning system.
The educational content - which ranges from traditional subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic, to career goal exploration, to activities for children with learning disabilities - is presented by Professor Garfield, based on Garfield the Cat and other popular characters created by cartoonist Jim Davis. The educational content is reviewed by educational experts, upgraded continuously, and tested in classroom settings. The Professor Garfield portal receives an average of 4,000 visitors per day.
"I have been extremely fortunate to have my career parallel such a dramatic period in the development of technology and its application for helping to change how students learn," said Roliardi. "Leading Pearson Digital Learning, the largest instructional school software business in the United States, has given me unique insights and expertise that, I hope, will be of benefit to the board in pursuing their mission. The opportunities to affect learning through technology are great and, at PDL, we are always focused on helping with that effort."
Roliardi spent the early years of his career in K-12 classroom and counseling positions. For the past 30 years he has worked in the school publishing business. It was a position in the education technology business during its pioneering days of the late 1970s that greatly shaped his personal feelings about how students learn. Roliardi has headed up Pearson's digital curriculum division since 1999, starting with Electronic Education, developer of the KnowledgeBox system and distributor of the Waterford early learning products.
About the Professor Garfield Foundation
The Professor Garfield Foundation was formed in 2003 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization to provide children, parents, and teachers an opportunity to enhance and support classroom learning in new and innovative ways. In 2005 the Foundation launched the Professor Garfield learning portal, a fun, interactive online environment where children from grades K-8 can safely explore, learn and creatively express themselves. The Professor Garfield learning portal is a partnership between Paws Inc. http://pressroom.garfield.com/paws/index.html, the world headquarters of Garfield the Cat, Ball State University, a world-renowned educator of classroom teachers, the Charles and Helen Schwab Learning Foundation, Scholarship America and The National Institutes of Health.
At Pearson Digital Learning our mission is to provide innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that elevate the art and science of teaching, and inspire children to reach their greatest potential. Reaching more than 20 million students annually, our products include: the SuccessMaker® Enterprise and NovaNET® educational courseware; and the KnowledgeBox® digital learning system. Pearson Digital Learning is also the exclusive distributor for the Waterford Early Reading ProgramTM and Waterford Early Math & ScienceTM, adaptive computer-based instruction developed by the Waterford Institute.
Pearson Digital Learning is part of Pearson Education, the world's leading integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO) the international media company. More information can be found at: http://www.PearsonDigital.com.