Industry Leader Sheena Hervey Joins Combined Organization Formed by Editure and JBHM as Chief Academic Officer

  Industry Leader Sheena Hervey Joins Combined Organization Formed by Editure
  and JBHM as Chief Academic Officer

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 10, 2012

Editure Professional Development, an organization focused on helping build
strong K-12 schools by providing consulting services in the most critical
areas including Common Core State Standards instruction, utilization of
technology in the classroom, whole school improvement, and teacher
effectiveness, announced today that it has hired Sheena Hervey as Chief
Academic Officer.

Editure PD was combined with JBHM Education Group in September following the
acquisition of both companies by Weld North. Weld North Holdings LLC is an
investment company founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in
partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

With more than 25 years of experience in the education industry, Hervey will
be the standard-bearer for the academic quality of work throughout the
Editure/JBHM organization and a key external thought leader on the
instructional shifts surrounding Common Core, measurement of teacher
effectiveness, and the unique services provided by Editure PD and JBHM. She
will report to CEO Justin Serrano.

“I am extremely excited to have Sheena as part of our team,” said Justin
Serrano, chief executive officer. “Sheena brings a wealth of industry
experience and an invaluable perspective on the challenges and opportunities
currently facing the education industry. She is a passionate educator with an
impressive background, particularly with respect to the implementation of
Common Core literacy standards, and understands the challenges facing
educators and leaders alike.”

“A key ingredient for the success of the combined entity will be our ability
to stay current with – and indeed drive – the educational conversation on
student achievement and teacher effectiveness in our ever-changing industry.
Sheena is the ideal leader to help us to accomplish this goal,” Serrano
continued.

“In learning about this opportunity, I have been consistently impressed with
the vision for this combined company and its commitment to helping schools
succeed in raising student standards and achievement,” said Sheena Hervey,
chief academic officer. “As new standards are implemented, we are asking
teachers and students to work and learn in a way that is very new to them.
Throughout this exciting and challenging time, our company will be
well-positioned to help make that change a bit easier and I look forward to
being part of an organization that will make a measurable impact in schools
across the country.”

Hervey brings a deep expertise in the field of reading and literacy. Prior to
joining Editure, Hervey was a consultant at AUSSIE (acquired by Editure PD in
2009) where she provided research-based professional development for teachers
and workshops for principals. She was also integral to acquiring and
delivering Editure's Common Core State Standards work with New York City.
Hervey is currently working as the senior Literacy Adviser for the New York
Department of Education’s Middle School Quality Initiative. Prior to joining
AUSSIE, Hervey served as Director of Primary programs at Dunedin College of
Education. Hervey is also a highly sought-after speaker and publisher of such
works as “Tools for Examining Text Complexity” with Karen Hess of the National
Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA, 2010) “To Test Or
Not To Test,” (1998) “Dancing with the Pen” (1992), “The Reader as Learner”
(1996), “Exploring Language” (1996) as well as international conference papers
such as “Who said New Zealand Teachers Don’t Teach Phonics?” which was
presented at the 2000 International Reading Association World Congress in
Auckland, NZ.

About Editure Professional Development

Editure PD, best known for its Aussie PD division, offers a full suite of
professional development solutions for teachers and administrators in schools
and education authorities. Located in New York City, with which it has had a
long-standing relationship, Editure PD provides online and onsite academic and
technology professional development and consulting services to more than 5,000
schools in 25 states. Editure PD tailors its offerings to enable districts and
schools to integrate professional development and technology in the classroom.
The Company’s suite of services, which includes its industry-leading
professional development system, content and courses, enables an environment
of continuous development that enhances student outcomes and drives
school-wide improvement.

About JBHM

JBHM is recognized as a leader in transformative education services. Located
in Jackson, Mississippi, JBHM seeks to assist schools in developing their
professional capacities and culture in order to sustain continuous improvement
in student learning. The Company’s School Improvement Process reaches from
state education agencies through school district personnel school boards,
superintendents, district administrators, principals and teachers. JBHM was
recently cited in a state of Arkansas study of school improvement providers as
the only company achieving statistically significant results in both ELA and
Math. More information about the State of Arkansas Bureau of Legislative
Research 2012 Review of School Improvement Consulting Expenditures and Results
can be found here:
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/Meeting%20Attachments/410/I10184/020712%20Revised%20Public%20School%20Improvement%20Consulting%20Svs.pdf

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