SunGard K-12 Education Appoints New CEO and
Names Chief Commercial Officer

New Leadership Will Advance the Organization in its
Rededication to Holistic Anytime, Anywhere Learning

BETHLEHEM, PA – July 7, 2015 – Today, SunGard K-12 Education announced changes in key leadership positions. This transition is aimed at focusing the organization on student outcomes with an achievement-oriented approach and rededicating it to holistic anytime, anywhere learning.

Effective June 29, Frank Lavelle has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of SunGard
K-12 Education, reporting to Mike Borman, CEO of SunGard Public Sector and Education. Mr. Lavelle, who previously led SunGard K-12, brings industry knowledge, a passion for education, and more than 30 years’ experience in leadership roles to his new position. “Frank’s optimistic, can-do leadership style has been one of the hallmarks of his success,” says Russ Fradin, president and CEO of SunGard. “His experience in education, healthcare, and technology will be invaluable to the SunGard K-12 team. It’s great to welcome him back to SunGard.”

Additionally, Adam Eberle has joined SunGard K-12 Education as chief commercial officer. Mr. Eberle, who reports to Mr. Lavelle, is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts at SunGard K-12. A strategic thinker, entrepreneur, and thought leader, Mr. Eberle has extensive experience in K-12 education and sales leadership and a proven track record of success in sales leadership and growth. “Adam brings the industry knowledge and the competitive drive to our organization that will help fuel growth,” says Mr. Lavelle. “He leads from the front and is a great addition to the SunGard K-12 executive team.”

According to Mr. Borman, these new members of SunGard K-12’s Leadership Team will help the thriving organization advance to the next level as it leverages modern technology and its more than four decades of experience in supporting student achievement. “Education is rapidly evolving. Schools across the nation are using technology to innovate education—whether it is mobility, cloud, administrative and learning management systems, or social media integration. We must stand alongside our educators and deliver elegant, insightful solutions built on modern technology and proven approaches,” says Mr. Borman. “This must be supported by a dynamic, best-of-breed sales and marketing organization that understands our customers’ needs and supports student achievement in schools.” 

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The company serves more than 8 million students at almost 1,400 districts across the nation. PLUS 360 is a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve over 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

© SunGard K-12 Education 2015. All rights reserved.


Gryphon House Releases Time for a Story

Early literacy book helps teachers set foundation for reading comprehension

Lewisville, N.C. – Reading to young children can prepare them for later reading success

and early literacy development, according to a new resource book by Amy Brooks Read

and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting. Read and Ghoting’s book, “Time for a Story: Sharing Books

with Infants and Toddlers,” offers practical techniques for teachers and educators to get

the most out of early reading experiences.

“Time for a Story” provides tools to use throughout the day, including engaging ways to

talk, sing, read, write, and play with young children to begin developing important pre-

literacy skills. Learning areas include phonological awareness, print awareness, letter

knowledge, and background knowledge. The book includes easy-to-use templates for

planning story-time activities, and sample book guides that make selecting an

appropriate book easy.

The book, published by Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational

resources for teachers, will be released in November 2015.

Time for a Story” (ISBN: 978-0-87659-657-9, 160 pp., $19.95) is available for preorder

now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, please contact

Learn more at the Gryphon House website, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About the Authors

Amy Brooks Read is an early literacy program manager for a public library system. She

has a master of science in child development and family relations and more than twenty

years’ experience in working with child- and family-related programs. She is a sought-

after presenter and educator on a wide array of child, family, and education issues.

Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting is an early childhood literacy consultant and national trainer on

early literacy with more than thirty-five years’ experience as a children’s librarian. She

has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the American Library

Association on an early literacy initiative for the Association for Library Service to

Children. For more information, visit her website:

About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and

teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy

to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to

bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire

collection, visit




Brown Amendment Bad Precedent for Federal Policy and Bad for Kids
Ohio Senator Pushes Amendment in Every Child Achieves Act to Regulate Charter Schools

WASHINGTON, DC – Under the guise of accountability, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced an amendment to force states to comply with new and onerous regulations that micro-manage charter school operations and finance, as well as dictate under what terms states may and may not hold schools accountable. Brown’s amendment, backed by the national teachers’ unions, is a veiled attempt at destroying charter schools.

“Because most states’ charter laws permit exemptions from onerous bureaucratic rules, charter schools have long been a thorn in the side of entrenched interest groups who have power in the status quo,” said The Center for Education Reform (CER) senior fellow & president emeritus Jeanne Allen. “Despite more than 20,000 students on waiting lists in cities like Columbus and Cincinnati, the good Senator from Ohio has never demonstrated support for charter schooling.”

According to a review by The Center for Education Reform, the Brown amendment would have the effect of putting the federal education department in charge of charter school oversight, requiring states adopt new and onerous rules which conflict with current state authorizing preferences and differ state by state. A state university, for example, that authorizes and monitors charter schools would have to do more federal compliance reporting for its charter school work than it currently does for its core higher education business, despite proven results.

In fact, charter schools are more successful at reaching and helping students – particularly minority and low-income students – than traditional public schools, according to dozens of studies, such as pathbreaking researchconducted by Stanford University economist Caroline Hoxby.

Senator Brown’s amendment would have the effect of dampening those results and discouraging new and innovative models of schooling.

“It’s just bad policy, period,” said CER president Kara Kerwin, who recently visited with policymakers and charter schools in Ohio and found a vibrant and highly energetic charter sector working on accelerating school improvement. “We urge the U.S. Senate to reject any further attempts at making charter schools operate like the failed public school bureaucracy they were created to change.”

The text of Senator Brown’s amendment can be found here.

Proposed charter school language in Every Child Achieves Act is already infused with substantial oversight and can be found here.###Founded in 1993, to bridge the gap between policy and practice, The Center for Education Reform is the pioneer and leading voice for substantive change that transforms learning opportunities and outcomes for America’s children. Additional information about CER and its activities can be found at