Chandler, Ariz., August 25, 2009 — With more than $11 billion in phase two stimulus funding for Title I and IDEA making its way to school districts across the country in the coming weeks, educators are seeking to wisely invest these funds to achieve long-term learning gains for students. To further those efforts, the education and technology company Pearson today announced its plan to extend special pricing on its Waterford Early Learning™ and SuccessMaker® products through the end of calendar year 2009.
Pearson first introduced special pricing in February 2009 to help schools throughout the United States more readily afford the acquisition and implementation of technology-based instructional programs. Many of schools have already taken advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) pricing structure, which offers discounts on a variety of implementations. New customers of Waterford Early Learning, a preK-2 foundational program, can save between $50 and $450 per concurrent user license. The savings per license on SuccessMaker, a K-8 digital math and reading curriculum, range from $250-$550.
“The stimulus funding represents an unprecedented opportunity to set all students, especially those most at-risk, on a path for success in school and in life,” said Pearson’s President of Digital, Bob Roliardi. He added, “By providing special pricing opportunities for Waterford and SuccessMaker, Pearson hopes that our educational partners can multiply the impact of their federal stimulus dollars by using technology to personalize learning and improve student achievement.”
The digital curriculum of the Waterford Early Learning program builds early foundations in reading, math, and science with explicit, individualized instruction that is aligned to current state and national standards. Through a digital interface, SuccessMaker lends a 21st approach to K-8 reading and mathematics instruction that goes beyond one-size-fits-all teaching to engage every learner in the classroom with scaffolded support. In helping educators intervene effectively to close the achievement gap, Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker meet the requirements of ARRA stimulus funds including, Title I, IDEA, and Enhancing Education Through Technology.
“Districts must make difficult choices with the sudden influx of stimulus funds, yet these one-time funds offer districts an incredible chance to modernize classrooms with 21st Century technology that will continue impacting student achievement long after the money is gone. To make the ARRA process as easy as possible, Pearson is offering districts assistance with grant writing, ongoing webinars that provide insight into the stimulus, and an email hotline where educators can ask funding or product questions,” said Grace Stopani, Pearson’s Grants and Funding Manager.
Districts looking for additional information about ARRA funds can visit www.FundingForSchools.com, a website hosted by Pearson’s grant experts that provides organized data about the stimulus funds, how schools can use those funds, and guidance for securing funding.
To learn more about Waterford and SuccessMaker, contact your Pearson representative or visit www.PearsonSchool.com/digital.
Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through professional learning, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, the Stanford Achievement Test, the Wechsler family of assessments, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global charitable giving initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.