Saturday, December 31, 2011

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

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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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Digital Learning Day

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We're pleased to announce our participation in the first-ever Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students, exploring how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve—to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life. Through this work and by hosting a Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012, we're hoping to help build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of these promising instructional practices.

Learn more here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meet Another of the Pearson Prize National Fellows

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Meet the Pearson Prize National Fellows
The Pearson Prize is a student leadership award that recognizes and provides support to exemplary students who are distinguishing themselves by leading public service efforts in their local communities. This post is part of a series of blog entries highlighting Pearson Prize National Fellows. Recently, we asked Maria Vertkin, a Pearson Prize National Fellow for 2010, what issues or initiatives she is passionate about, how she’s acted on her passion, and the most rewarding experience she’s had in her work.