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Video: New 21st Century Digital Learning Environment Personalizes Math and Reading Instruction for Young Learners Pearson's SuccessMaker Combines Research-Based Lessons With Engaging Animations to Meet All Students' Needs SAN ANTONIO, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today's digital kids learn, think and play differently. Now with today's launch of the innovative, new SuccessMaker(R), a digital, supplementary, curriculum solution from Pearson, schools can offer young students a learning environment that puts them all on the road to academic success. A highly engaging, animated, research-based program, SuccessMaker is designed to support classroom instruction in reading and mathematics. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/pearsoned/33723/ Premiering this week at the 2008 National Educational Computing Conference, the nation's largest ed-tech conference, SuccessMaker was developed by leading experts in literacy and mathematics education. Used in conjunction with a school's core reading or math program, it provides schools with a 21st century approach toward learning that accommodates learners with a wide range of needs, including students with learning disabilities, gifted students, at-risk students and English language learners. SuccessMaker's unique instructional design takes individualized learning to the next level, putting students on the learning track that best meets their individual needs -- rather than a "one size fits all" approach. "Today's young learners were born into a world where digital resources have always been at their fingertips, and it has changed the way they think, learn, play and socialize," said Karl Gustafson, Pearson senior vice president. "We developed this ground-breaking new digital curriculum solution so schools can offer students an instructional environment that accommodates their 21st century learning styles and helps every child be a successful learner." While many educators are familiar with SuccessMaker Enterprise, the new SuccessMaker is the next generation of standards-based, digital supplemental instruction. All SuccessMaker instructional content is aligned with state standards, allowing teachers to assign lessons based on learning objectives in the core curriculum. SuccessMaker offers a Lexile(R)-leveled reading curriculum that reflects the five strands for reading instruction -- phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension -- outlined by the National Reading Panel. Lexiles provide a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty and are the most widely adopted reading measure in use today. The mathematics lessons in SuccessMaker incorporate practice tutorials and assessments based on the best practices for math instruction outlined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Building on its more than 80 years of experience in assessment, Pearson developed assessments for SuccessMaker that are based on the most current, proven instructional strategies that provide support for all learners. At Arizona's Sun Canyon Elementary School, teachers, administrators and students are all focused on success. Participation in a pilot of the new SuccessMaker provided them with an important tool for ensuring that all students achieve. "One group of lower level readers moved up an entire level after just one semester with SuccessMaker," said Alyce Layden, first grade teacher. "And one girl even jumped five or six months in reading ability." Best of all for young learners, SuccessMaker is filled with digital characters who engage and motivate them to learn. As one young learner from Sun Canyon put it, "It was like watching cartoons and learning at the same time." SuccessMaker's engaging, digital environment is carried over to the reports and progress-monitoring tools for teachers and administrators. The Learning Management System allows teachers to make individualized assignments and combines up-to-the-minute classroom information with on-demand reports that allow teachers and administrators to track progress by student, class, school or district. The visual dashboard is color-coded, making it easier and faster for educators to make informed instructional decisions. "SuccessMaker aligns with our Arizona state standards," said Colleen Grove Rodgers, principal, Sun Canyon Elementary. "Teachers can look at reports and target concepts and performance objectives. They can really track how students are doing on the Arizona state standards with the SuccessMaker reports." For more information about SuccessMaker, visit www.pearsondigital.com/sm21century/. About Pearson Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is the global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services, helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For students preK-12, Pearson provides effective and innovative curriculum products in all available media, educational assessment and measurement for students and teachers, student information systems, and teacher professional development and certification programs. The company's respected brands include SuccessMaker, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, AGS, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, TeacherVision and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. SOURCE Pearson Education Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, +1-773-227-1049, email@example.com, for Pearson Education
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