Pearson Launches Year-Long Professional Development Webinar Series for College and University Educators


Online professional development sessions provide innovative pedagogical approaches across multiple disciplines, and opportunities to earn badges and continuing education credits


NEW YORK – February 19, 2016 – Pearson today announced its “Learning Makes Us” Professional Development Webinar Series.The “Learning Makes Us” webinar series offers professional development experiences that introduce educators to the latest educational trends, learning designs, pedagogical approaches and research in higher education and the professional world.


Speakers include authors and faculty advocates who inspire and support educators in their professional development and the digital transformation of their courses.Spanning the entire year and multiple disciplines, topics in the series include life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, engineering, business, mathematics, statistics, humanities, social sciences, languages, English and employability. As they complete the professional development webinars series, educators will have the opportunity to earn Acclaim professional development badges. The badgesdemonstrate the knowledge learned from attending the webinars and can be easily shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, email and other online destinations. Additionally, for select webinars, educators will be able to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Participants who satisfactorily complete the CEU project will earn an Acclaim badge and a CEU certificate.


“At Pearson, our mission is to help people make more of their lives through learning. The ‘Learning Makes Us’ webinar series supports educators on their journey of discovery and learning, providing them with insights that will shape the learning opportunities that they provide for their students,” said John Wannemacher, vice president of higher education strategic marketing, Pearson.


The year-long webinar series will include thePhysical Sciences and Engineeringwebinar series, which will held from Feb. 29 through March 4. Many of the webinars will discuss learning through use of Pearson’s Mastering digital technologies. With input from more than 12 million student users annually, Mastering creates learning experiences that are personalized and continuously adaptive.


Examples of Physical Sciences and Engineering webinars include:


-Discouraging Memorization in Organic Chemistry: Tools and Techniques

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET

Dr. Paula Bruice, University of California, Santa Barbara

Bruice has experimented in how to best organize the organic chemistry course in order to foster understanding rather than memorization, as well as develop problem-solving skills, while still finding the time to teach the material students are expected to know for the new MCAT.Learn more and register.


-Measure Success: Why, What, and How of Data Collection

Friday, March 4, 2016, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET

Dr. Robert Pribush, Butler University

This workshop provides a working knowledge of the many Mastering/Modified Mastering diagnostic tools that can be used to assess and document student learning and progress. A brief overview of student data measurement and strategies for using the data for course design and assessment will be covered.Learn more and register.


For complete information and registration details on all “Learning Makes Us” webinars, visit


About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit



Learning First Alliance Names Richard M. Long as Executive Director
Alexandria, Va. – February 18, 2016 – Veteran education advocate Richard M. Long will be the Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance (LFA), the coalition of 15 national education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, its Board of Directors announced today.
Long has spent the past four decades working in education policy, most recently as an independent consultant. He was the Government Relations Director for the International Reading Association for 37 years, while concurrently serving as Executive Director/Government Relations Director for the National Title I Association from 1995 to 2014.
“We are thrilled that Richard will bring his expertise as a nationally known advocate, writer and commentator to the Learning First Alliance, particularly as the federal government begins its regulatory process for the Every Student Succeeds Act,” said Stephanie Hirsh, LFA Board Chair and Executive Director of Learning Forward.
Under Long’s leadership, LFA will focus on the implementation of ESSA, while continuing work on college- and career-ready standards through its “Get It Right” campaign.
“I look forward to working as a part of Learning First Alliance’s continued advocacy for public education and higher-level learning,” Long said. “The members of LFA want to ensure that the Every Student Succeeds Act will work for all students, and they are committed to the consultative process that will bring local and state educators’ expertise into the ESSA implementation.”
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association and chair of LFA’s executive search committee, noted that LFA has been a facilitator of leading education organizations for two decades. “Richard Long’s extensive experience in Washington and education policy will ensure the Learning First Alliance continues to cultivate relationships that advance best practices in public education.”
About The Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; AASA: The School Superintendents Association; American Federation of Teachers; American School Counselor Association; ASCD; Consortium for School Networking; International Society for Technology in Education; Learning Forward; National Association of Elementary School Principals; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Education Association; National PTA; National School Boards Association; National School Public Relations Association; and Phi Delta Kappa International. To learn more about LFA,


Mimio Expands Classroom Multi-Touch Surfaces to Nine Feet and More with New Laser Touch Projectors


Projectors reduce maintenance worries while combining enormous images and 10-touch interactivity for large-scale collaboration


Boston, MA – Feb. 17, 2016 – Multi-touch surfaces have been hailed as one of the technologies shaping the classroom of the future. But schools and districts have to consider several factors, such as budgets and spatial logistics, when applying multi-touch technology. To enable educators to create interactive learning environments despite budget and resource limitations, Mimio has created two new laser touch projectors: the MimioProjector™ 320LT touch projector and the MimioProjector™ 3200LT ultra-wide projector.


Both laser touch projectors combine 10-touch interactivity with large clear images, facilitating collaboration. The MimioProjector 320LT touch projector displays interactive images as large as 115 inches, while theMimioProjector 3200LT ultra-wide touch projector displays images as wide as 11 feet. “These new laser projectors bring large-scale collaboration to classrooms that previously wouldn’t be able to experience this due to limited budget or resources,” said Stevan Vigneaux, Director of Marketing and Product Management at Mimio.


The projectors’ laser illumination saves time and resources – there’s no lamp to fail, and no lamp to change. And the projectors’ 20-year laser life span reduces maintenance worries.


Both projectors are full-featured hardware and software solutions that include award-winning MimioStudio™ classroom software. When the projectors are used with the MimioMobile™ app, you can perform collaboration and assessment either at the front of the room or on almost any student device. Additionally, the projectors’ analog and digital audio/video connections ensure compatibility with virtually any PC, and users can employ them with Mac, Windows or Linux OS.


“Touch is the way the world works now. It’s standard for everyday devices like smartphones, tablets, and kiosks,” said Vigneaux. “We’ve created touch technology that works with our classroom software and collaborative and assessment app to make it easy for educators to gauge and personalize student learning.”


About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. For more than 18 years, Mimio has created award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at