Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Personal Note: Thank you from Pearson Foundation President & CEO Mark Nieker

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has had a hand in the Pearson Foundation’s great success this past year—and in so doing thank you too for helping the great educators, students, non-profit organizations we do our best each day to support.

This year began with one of the greatest honors we could ever imagine—news that we had been singled out as the 2011 recipient of the NEA Foundation Award for Philanthropy in Public Education. It was a wonderful moment to be celebrated all at once by many of the nation’s finest education leaders at the NEA Gala in February. In my brief remarks at the time I tried to suggest that I felt the Pearson Foundation was being recognized for something important, and something any organization would do if it were fortunate enough to have the opportunity: for identifying and connecting the best individuals and organizations devoted to learning and in so doing for expanding the scale and impact of their work.

As I look back on the past year, I’m pleased to see that we succeeded in doing just that in many instances, and I’m grateful that in the process we came to know and to work with innovative individuals and organizations making important, often essential, contributions. These connections have made us better as well.

With the new year, I aim to be writing more, to draw attention to some of these inspiring leaders, and—in so doing—to underscore their contributions and the consequences of their commitment.

In the meantime, I thought I might celebrate some of the most significant moments for the Pearson Foundation in 2011.

I’ll get to that tomorrow, but I wanted to start the new year right and to thank you again for being a part of all we do year-round.

Best wishes to you and yours for a great 2012.

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