Pearson launches first-ever teacher education and development group

Pearson offers comprehensive solutions to support teachers, covering the spectrum from undergraduate education to professional development

Pearson, the global leader in educational publishing and technology, has established a new Teacher Education and Development Group, bringing together the company's leading teacher-centered businesses across North America. The new group is a continuation of Pearson's efforts to support teachers at every level, from preparation at the college level through professional development and advanced degrees.

"Our most important mission in Pearson is to provide products and services that help improve student success. Recognizing that effective teaching and teacher quality are critical factors in student learning and achievement, our new Pearson Teacher Education and Development Group will focus on supporting the professional development of educators from preparation through practice," said Will Ethridge, CEO of Pearson's North American education businesses.

Will Ethridge announced that Susan Badger, formerly CEO of Thomson Higher Education, has been appointed CEO of Pearson's Teacher Education and Development Group. Susan will report to Tim Bozik, CEO of Pearson's Professional and Career Group, and she will be a member of Pearson's North America Education Executive Committee.

"Susan Badger comes to this position with a proven track record of executive accomplishments and a rich history and a deep passion for teacher education," Ethridge said. "She has demonstrated throughout her career leadership in progressive change and an unwavering commitment to student achievement."

Pearson's support of teachers covers the continuum with content and services that represent the research and knowledge of America's leading education researchers. Among the company's respected higher education imprints are Allyn & Bacon and Merrill, which offer print, digital and hybrid tools and resources that effectively blend academic research and practical applications for today's K12 educators and for the students who will be tomorrow's teachers.

Pearson's research-based professional development services for teachers include Learning Teams, an evidence-based, collaborative model that brings together teachers to learn from each other, refine their skills to improve student performance and self-assess their progress; and the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), a groundbreaking approach to teaching English language learners that uses "sheltered instruction" to teach subjects such as math, science or social studies in a way that makes the concepts easier to understand, while at the same time strengthening a student's academic English language development.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to


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