Friday, April 30, 2010

Rock Bottom Remainders Tour Concludes

Along with the Rock Bottom Remainders, we announced today the successful conclusion of last week's four-city 2010 Wordstock Concert Tour, which raised money for Haitian relief in conjunction with humanitarian organization World Vision. The rock and roll caravan, which included performances in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, also helped to introduce our new We Give Books literacy initiative.

We Give Books enables anyone with access to the internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. The free website gives parents, care-givers, and educators immediate access to a growing digital collection of Penguin's classic children's literature. For every book read online, the Pearson Foundation donates a hard-cover or paperback book to a child in need, in partnership with an exemplary literacy organization.

Learn more about We Give Books by visiting:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Video Features Recipient of the Nation’s First Green Prize in Public Education


On Monday, the NEA Foundation awarded Redmond (WA) High School’s Mike Town the inaugural, $25,000 Green Prize in Public Education.  In a Pearson Foundation video created for the announcement, Town, an environmental science teacher of 25 years, describes the work of his Cool School Challenge, a classroom project and aligned curriculum that has been adopted by more than 150 schools nationwide, resulting in the reduction of more than 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The NEA Foundation created the Green Prize in Public Education to recognize and showcase an outstanding public school educator or program that best advances social and environmental responsibility, improves student learning, and can be replicated. Town was the unanimous choice of a prestigious panel of national leaders from the environmental, education, business, and philanthropic sectors.

Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of The NEA Foundation, was joined by Philippe Cousteau, Spokesperson for Discovery Education, Correspondent for Planet Green, and CEO of EarthEcho International, in presenting the Green Prize to Town to a cheering assembly of about 300 students, parents, teachers, community and education leaders in the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rock Bottom Remainders Tour Opens Tonight!

If you haven't already, now's your chance to learn more about the Rock Bottom Remainders - an all star band of authors - and their 2010 Wordstock tour, which opens tonight in Washington, DC.  Learn more by visiting:

Friday, April 16, 2010

Declaration of Independence Tour Featured on WGN

The Declaration of Independence tour continues to garner some wonderful press coverage as evidenced by numerous articles and broadcast features during the past few months, including this recent piece on WGN-TV in Chicago:,0,662463.story

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Declaration of Independence Heads to Chicago

As a city that is renowned for playing a pivotal role in this country's history, Chicago is being honored with a rare chance to view one of the few remaining copies of the original Declaration of Independence. Starting with a kick-off preview at Curie Metro High School, the document will be in town for two days this week with a full day of free public viewing for the community on Saturday, April 17 at North Grand High School as part of our viewing tour.  If you're in town, don't miss your chance to check it out in person.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Room to Read Founder Featured in Chronicle

Our friend, John Wood, founder of Room to Read, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing his organization's 10th anniversary. Astonishingly, by year's end, Room to Read will have reached nearly 5 million children worldwide through its efforts!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rock Bottom Remainders Tour Gearing Up

Our friends from "Supergroup" the Rock Bottom Remainders have been rehearsing heavily in anticipation of their upcoming tour, and will be working with us to support World Vision's relief efforts Haiti, as well as local organizations such as the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Pearson Foundation is donating five new children's books to public schools for each ticket sold in each tour city.

The band features Dave Barry on lead guitar, Amy Tan on vocals, Mitch Albom on keyboards, Scott Turow on vocals, Greg Iles on lead guitar, Kathi Kamen Goldmark on vocals, James McBride on saxophone, Ridley Pearson on bass, and Roy Blount Jr. Roger McGuinn of the Byrds will make a guest appearance in Washington, where the band has events April 20 at Sidney Harman Hall and April 21 at the 9:30 Club.

Check out more about the upcoming tour in today's Baltimore Sun: