At its annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) honored two Pearson products as the year's "most outstanding" materials in the field of teaching and learning. Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH and Longman English Interactive Online Level 2 were honored with 2008 Distinguished Achievement Awards.
"Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH and Longman English Interactive Online Level 2 from Pearson are both prime examples of the creative ways that companies are using today's innovative technology to help all students excel in the classroom," said Charlene Gaynor, CEO, AEP. "Whether it is building a firm foundation in mathematics for elementary students or helping high school English Language Learners build literacy skills, it is exciting to see Pearson and the other Distinguished Achievement Award winners developing products that meet the unique needs of today's students."
Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH, the first-of-its-kind elementary math curriculum combining visual animation and next-generation technologies with a comprehensive foundation in math skills, was named the winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award for "Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Books, Textbooks, Grades K-5." Four years in the making, enVisionMATH is a research-based program that blends visual animations and compelling graphic text centered on conceptual understanding and helping students develop their reasoning ability for problem-solving -- the critical foundation for higher level math.
Pearson's senior vice president for mathematics Mike Evans said, "We are honored that the AEP has recognized the ground-breaking components of enVisionMATH. Hundreds of districts across the country have adopted this new program since its launch earlier this year, citing its focus on conceptual understanding and problem-solving -- with the goal of helping our children master the math skills they will need to be successful in their 21st century careers."
Longman English Interactive was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for "Curriculum, ESL/ELL Instruction, Technology, Websites, Grades 9-12." Longman English Interactive is an online, four-level, video-based integrated-skills program that includes more than 100 hours of instruction per level. The program provides presentation and practice in grammar, speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading and writing. Students can use the online program to learn English anytime, anywhere, receiving automated feedback as they develop their language skills. Contemporary video with engaging characters presents language in context, and cultural notes help learners understand cultural differences and learn a new language in a broad social context.
"Longman English Interactive offers high school students and young adults whose first language is not English a powerful tool for building language skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening," said Joanne Dresner, president of Pearson Longman. "As the world's leading provider of instructional materials for English learners, we are honored that AEP recognizes the importance of reaching this unique student population with high-quality online instructional tools.
This award is a great honor and further validates the long-standing reputation of the Longman brand and its commitment to producing the very best products for English learners everywhere."
The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational resources within the categories of Curriculum, Periodicals and Professional Development. An expert panel of educators, editors, designers and technology specialists evaluates products based on efficacy, usability and overall educational value.