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  • Pearson Partners with the University of North Texas to Increase Career Success for Students

    Program offers students career development, job search skills and job-winning online profiles, leveraging Pearson’s digital learning content within the Foliotek portfolio platform

    WASHINGTON, DC – Pearson announced a digital learning partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) to offer 38,000 students the opportunity to showcase effective career development and job search skills from their classroom and co-curricular activities.

    Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, UNT students can access UNT’s Career Connect Pathway, which features a collection of digital learning materials associated with Pearson’s Career Success Program. Students will be able to develop an online profile using the Foliotek portfolio platform, GRIT Gauge™, and other instructional assets and tools as part of a milestones-based career pathway.

    Pearson's Career Success Program includes digital assessments, instructional modules and career-related resources for conducting a focused and successful job search.

    “UNT Career Connect is based on the idea that every UNT student already has a wide range of real-life, high-impact experiences that can be from the classroom and co-curricular,” said Mike Simmons, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNT charged with overseeing UNT Career Connect. “Career Connect is a way to integrate all of the activities to really showcase student skills like communication, teamwork, and critical thinking. The ability to demonstrate these in-demand professional skills sets our students up for success and ensures their marketable skills are front and center for potential employers and graduate schools.”

    Pearson’s digital materials also offer a fun component for students, giving them the opportunity to earn digital badges and credentials that represent the marketable skills gained at UNT, and then showcase those skills on their eportfolios.

    “Through our partnership with UNT and Foliotek, students have increased access to instruction, information, and strategies for choosing and pursuing their desired career path. Leveraging high-quality digital learning content and technology, the program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their chosen career and it presents potential employers with the most impressive and effective professional profiles,” said Leah Jewell, Managing Director of Career Development and Employability at Pearson.

    The GRIT Gauge™, an assessment that measures quality and quantity of Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity, was developed and created by, Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D. The GRIT Gauge is a helpful predictor of a broad range of student success factors, including goal magnitude, goal completion, wellness, persistence, and improving one's status in life.

    Foliotek offers a powerful, digital portfolio service that allows students to aggregate and showcase their skills, academic and professional accomplishments, evidence of competencies, and work samples to potential employers in a flexible, comprehensive, and appealing digital format.

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    About the University of North Texas

    Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation's largest public research universities with nearly 38,000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity, fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. UNT graduated 8,900 students last year from its 13 colleges and schools and offers 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. World-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day, and UNT students and alumni are changing the world around them. For more, visit www.unt.edu

    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.pearson.com.

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    Scott Overland, (202) 909-4520, Scott.Overland@pearson.com

     

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  • Pearson, Duolingo Partner to Enhance Mobile Learning in College and University Language Courses

    Integration of Duolingo app with Pearson course materials aims to increase student engagement and achievement

    WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – August 16, 2017Pearson and Duolingo announced a partnership to provide college and university students with a fun, simple, and effective way to learn foreign languages. Beginning this fall, institutions and educators can offer their students a personalized language learning experience featuring high-quality content developed by Pearson, and delivered to students using Duolingo’s award-winning platform. Duolingo is the most downloaded education app worldwide, with more than 200 million users.

    “Through our partnership with Duolingo, we will combine complementary expertise to increase access to highly personalized and mobile language learning experiences. Our shared goal is to help improve students’ academic performance while preparing them for today’s global workforce and opportunities that require multilingual skills,” said Paul Corey, managing director, higher education courseware, Pearson.

    Pearson and Duolingo will produce courses in Duolingo that are aligned with the content in Pearson’s popular e-Textbooks and print materials. Spanish, French, Italian, and German courses will be supported this fall. Students will be able to access these specialized courses in Duolingo on iOS, Android, and the web after purchasing their course materials.

    “Our users love the way Duolingo makes it easy to fit language learning into everyday life in a way that is effective and fun,” said Bob Meese, vice president of business at Duolingo. “Duolingo is already used in over 300,000 classrooms worldwide. We’ll greatly increase this usage by aligning courses in Duolingo with popular course materials from Pearson. With the curriculum expertise of Pearson and Duolingo’s gamified teaching methods, we hope this partnership sets a new standard for the future of higher education.”

    “Duolingo is a fantastic out of class supplement to any foreign language curriculum. It engages students in a variety of language practice modalities and supports their language learning progress,” said Anna Szawara, lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.pearson.com.

    About Duolingo

    Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world, with more than 200 million users. The company’s mission is to make education free, fun and accessible to all. Duolingo is designed to feel like a game and scientifically proven to be effective. In addition to its core platform, the company created the Duolingo English Test (DET), an affordable and convenient language certification option that is accepted by over 60 universities. In 2016, Duolingo expanded beyond language learning with Tinycards, a reinvention of flashcards designed to make studying fun. The company has raised more than $83.3 million in venture capital from investors including Google Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Ashton Kutcher and Tim Ferriss.

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  • Pearson, Barnes & Noble Education Partner to Bring Students Affordable, High-Quality Textbook Rentals

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Pearson announced the latest in series of partnerships to expand its textbook rental program. Today’s announcement brings Pearson’s textbook rental program to Barnes & Noble Education’s (NYSE:BNED) 1,490 physical and virtual bookstores, serving more than 6 million students. Beginning this fall, the program will be piloted at Barnes & Noble College stores, enhancing their current industry leading rental program with these 49 popular Pearson titles. The titles will be available in print and digital versions via a “rental-only” model, which will provide students with affordable access to the selected titles. All titles under this program can be rented for under $100, with electronic versions of these titles being the lowest cost option. Pearson anticipates expanding the titles included in this program over time.

    In January, Pearson announced a two-step plan to take on the issue of college affordability. The plan immediately reduced the prices of 2000 e-book titles by up to 50 percent when it was announced earlier this year. The second phase of the effort ensures that students can rent popular print titles online and in-store through trusted retailers. This rental-only model allows Pearson to reduce prices by up to 60 percent and ensure that all students have access to affordable textbooks. The Barnes & Noble College agreement represents the third-and largest-partnership in that program.

    “Barnes & Noble College joining Pearson as a rental program partner marks the most significant step yet in fulfilling a promise to provide students with more choices and better prices on their course materials,” said Tim Bozik, president of global product at Pearson. “We are excited to work with one of the largest contract operators of college bookstores to bring these high-quality Pearson materials to the Barnes & Noble College stores and websites that so many students already turn to for their course materials.”

    This program is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students. In addition to the eBook price reduction and the print rental program, Pearson has introduced Revel--digital courseware that blends authors’ narrative, interactive media, and assessment, enabling students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience--for less than the cost of a traditional textbook. Students can access Revel with their computer, tablet or mobile phone for as little as $65.

    Pearson has also launched programs such as Digital Direct Access, which delivers digital course materials directly to students on the first day of class. Pearson is actively working with BNED to expand this program at its 1,490 campus and virtual bookstores. Digital Direct Access can save students up to 60 percent compared to the price of traditional print materials.

    And, Pearson recently announced a partnership with IBM Watson to create virtual college tutors, making digital learning easier and more engaging.

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    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world's learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more information, visit Pearson.com.

    About Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

    Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,490 physical and virtual bookstores and serves more than 6 million students enrolled in higher education institutions, delivering essential educational content and tools within a dynamic retail environment. Through its Digital Education subsidiary, Barnes & Noble Education offers a suite of digital software, content and services that include a sophisticated digital learning management platform that has competency-based features, analytics capabilities, courseware offerings and a digital eTextbook reading product. Barnes & Noble Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success; provide value and support to students and faculty; and create loyalty and improve retention, all while supporting the financial goals of college and university partners.

    General information on Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.BNED.com.

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  • Pearson Announces Expansion of Mentorship Program for Students and Young Professionals with Disabilities

    Second cohort of mentees will receive additional networking advice from legal and business experts, career planning workshops, and informational interviews in a variety of career fields

    HOBOKEN, N.J. – Pearson, in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, today announced that it is expanding a mentorship program to help college students and young professionals with disabilities explore career opportunities in a variety of fields. This expansion follows a successful pilot program, with eighteen mentees being paired up with mentors in Pearson’s legal department. In addition to discussions and advice from their mentor, mentees were given access to Pearson’s MyCareerPlanning Lab, offered informational interviews with leaders in their desired career field, and given resume and interview advice from human resources professionals.

    The second cohort of mentees will be able to participate in a special webinar with networking expert and author of A Lawyer's Guide to Networking, Susan Sneider. Mentees will also receive a complimentary copy of her book, published by the American Bar Association, and produced for the first time ever in an accessible format.

    “It has been an honor to participate in the pilot of Pearson's mentoring program. It couldn't have come at a better time in my life,” said Sylvia Modesitt, a twenty-four year old graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. “My mentor’s knowledge and insight really gave me a leg up as I entered the professional world myself, and she has always been more than willing to advise me on topics big or small. This program is an incredible resource for individuals with disabilities--especially those who are interested in learning from successful role models”

    “I am so excited to see how this unique mentoring program has given young, aspiring professionals with disabilities the guidance and encouragement they need to launch new careers and imagine new horizons,” said Bjarne Tellmann, general counsel and chief legal officer at Pearson. “The program has also enlightened our Pearson Legal mentors, providing them with a newfound sense of optimism about the incredible resources that professionals who are blind or disabled bring to the workplace. As we kick off our second round, we are looking forward to expanding the program include to an ever more diverse group of participants with disabilities.”

    “For over seventy-five years, the National Federation of the Blind has fostered mentoring relationships in order to raise the expectations of the blind and help them live the lives they want, so this partnership with Pearson is a natural fit for us. We are delighted with the success of the pilot program and commend Pearson for its continued commitment to this important work," said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "We look forward to our continued work together to get more blind people on the road to leadership positions in the world's major corporations.” 

    The mentorship program emphasizes a belief in capabilities, not disabilities. Mentors support mentees in identifying and removing barriers that are often self-set in order to allow them to pursue a career that will be rewarding and reflect their interest and skills – not their disability. Applications for the second round of the mentorship program are now being accepted. Please e-mail Elizabeth Delfs at elizabeth.delfs@pearsoned.com for more information. The program is available to college students and young aspiring professionals with a range of disabilities.

    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit our website.

    About the National Federation of the Blind

    The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. Visit the organization website.

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  • Pearson to Demo Realize Learning Management System at Google Booth at ISTE 2017 Conference

    New version of Realize now integrates with Google Classroom, saving teachers time and improving learning experience

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Pearson unveiled the latest version of its Realize™ learning management system (LMS), featuring an integration with the free education tool, Google Classroom. The Classroom integration can save teachers time and help them to improve instruction and learning, as they can easily access and choose premium digital content from the LMS, assign the materials, communicate, and collaborate with their students via Google Classroom.

    Pearson will demonstrate the latest version of Realize featuring the Classroom integration at the Google booth (#1718) at the ISTE 2017 Conference on June 27 from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The conference will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

    Realize is the online destination for standards-aligned content, flexible class management tools, and embedded assessments that deliver data to teachers instantly. The platform’s high-quality content helps teachers enhance their instructional materials. To access the materials, teachers can search by keyword, browse by a table of contents, or browse by state and Common Core standards. Using the LMS also encourages teachers to customize content reports and student usage data, giving them the ability to target their teaching to improve student outcomes.

    "By integrating Pearson Realize with Google Classroom, we’re empowering educators in districts across the country to harness the full potential of digital content and technology to improve the learning experience for their students, said Bethlam Forsa, managing director, Learning Services.

    The Classroom integration with Realize enables teachers to improve their communication with students. Teachers can:

    • Embed documents and files directly from Google Drive
    • Collaborate with students using Google docs, Sheets, and Slides
    • Easily add high-quality content as part of lesson materials students can access via Google Classroom

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    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.pearson.com.

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  • Pearson, Chemeketa Community College Expand Digital Course Material Partnership

    More than 2,000 students across 33 courses will now have access to high-quality, affordable digital learning content on the first day of class

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Pearson announced an expanded partnership with Chemeketa Community College, the second largest community college in Oregon, to provide students increased access to high-quality, digital course materials at significant cost savings. Chemeketa piloted its Course Materials Fee Program in Fall 2016. The pilot included more than 330 students enrolled in the Introduction to Business course, which leveraged Pearson’s MyBusinessLab™ digital learning technology.

    Based on positive feedback from students and educators, Chemeketa has extended and expanded the program to include more than 2,000 students across 33 courses, utilizing additional MyLab™ and Revel™ digital learning technologies focused on mathematics, political science, management, marketing, and finance, as well as content from other providers.

    Since 2016, more than 190 colleges and universities have partnered with Pearson to implement the Digital Direct Access model. Pearson’s DDA model enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including eBooks, MyLab™ and Mastering™, and REVEL™, to students on or before the first day of class at a savings of up to 60 percent. Educators also gain valuable insights into students’ learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students’ progress.

    “Lack of access to affordable course materials often resulted in students dropping their courses. Partnering with Pearson helps us to address this challenge by providing our students with affordable access to essential course materials they need to successfully complete their higher education goals,” said Meredith Schreiber, director, Bookstore and Auxiliary Services. Join Schreiber as one of the discussion leaders in a panel presentation on education content strategy at the 2017 WCET Leadership Summit on June 15 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

    “Twenty-five percent of first year students and 33% of seniors report forgoing the purchase of required academic course materials,” Tom Malek, senior vice president of partnerships for Pearson. “Through our innovative Digital Direct Access model, we are empowering institutions and educators to improve access, affordability and achievement for more students in higher education.”

    The Digital Direct Access model is part of Pearson’s ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, through the use of effective immersive digital learning content and technologies that are designed to help educators increase engagement and produce measurable outcomes for learners.

    In addition, Pearson recently announced a partnership with IBM Watson to create virtual college tutors, making digital learning easier and more engaging.

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    About Pearson

    Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.pearson.com.

    About Chemeketa Community College

    For more than 40 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to offering opportunities for students to explore, learn, and succeed through quality educational experiences and workforce training. As the second largest multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves nearly 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as community locations at Brooks, Eola, Winema, Polk County, Woodburn, and the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI). Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.
     

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