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Pearson Canada and Destination Imagination Launch 21st Century Learning Alliance



   Pearson Canada and Destination Imagination Launch 21st Century Learning
                                   Alliance

PR Newswire

CHERRY HILL, N.J. and TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013

CHERRY HILL, N.J. and TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Destination
Imagination and Pearson Canada announce a 21^st Century Learning alliance to
develop Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition for Canadian schools.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120510/DC05048LOGO )

Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition is designed to engage students in
grades 3 to 9 in a positive learning environment through Challenges. These are
rich cross-curricular problem-solving opportunities that foster the
development of social and emotional skills and the 4 Cs -- collaboration,
critical thinking, creativity, and communication -- arguably the core of 21^st
century learning.

Destination Imagination: Classroom Edition Challenges are adapted from
Destination Imagination's library of Challenges created for its
extra-curricular program. The Challenges are enhanced by Pearson's world-class
expertise in assessment for learning, and professional development. They are
correlated to the subject area curricula of each province in Canada.

Internationally, educational leaders have recognized that facility with the 4
Cs is essential for students to thrive in the global knowledge economy. The
alliance between Destination Imagination and Pearson Canada was formed to
address the growing need for in-school resources and teacher professional
development designed to advance these 21^st century skills and competencies.

For students to succeed in a 4Cs learning environment, teachers will need
appropriate tools and new expertise. Many teachers across Canada are already
shifting focus to become facilitators of learning rather than sources of
knowledge. This alliance will benefit that effort. Destination Imagination:
Classroom Edition will feature extensive professional learning resources and
services for teachers, school administrators, and district leaders, to ensure
the successful implementation of the program and 21^st century learning.

Fourteen proof-of-concept classroom pilots of Destination Imagination:
Classroom Edition were successfully completed in six provinces in the spring
of 2012, and a robust, scalable program is now being developed to be
accessible on Pearson's Canadian Learning Exchange (CLE) system.

"Destination Imagination is delighted to be joining forces with Pearson…their
experience in Canada's classrooms, knowledge of working with teachers,
curricula and assessment expertise and track record of success all make for a
winning combination," said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc.

"We are honored to form an alliance with an organization that is a leader in
providing proven 4 Cs programming to students. Based on the success of the
early pilots, we have every confidence that this new program will become a
must-have standard in classrooms across Canada", explained Marty Keast,
President, School Division, Pearson Canada.

About Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada, Inc. is part of Pearson, the world's leading learning company.
Pearson has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business
information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). Pearson has one defining
goal: to help people progress in their lives through learning. Pearson
champions innovation and it invests in models for education that deliver on
the promise for effective, accessible, and personal learning from early
literacy, college and career readiness to professional education, through data
informed instruction and inventive applications for mobile and digital
learning.

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc., is a non-profit organization operating in more
than 20 countries around the world, including 47 US states, all 10 Canadian
provinces and two territories. Through the efforts of more than 30 000
volunteers—educators, industry experts, and parents-—Destination Imagination
supports thousands of student teams, who compete in developing and presenting
solutions to annual Challenges, culminating each May in the Destination
Imagination Global Finals hosted by the University of Tennessee in Knoxville,
TN. During its 30 year history, Destination Imagination has mastered the art
of engaging students' desire to learn, and has helped millions of students
around the world develop key 21^st century skills that last a lifetime.

SOURCE Destination Imagination

Website: http://www.destinationimagination.org
Contact: Destination Imagination: Andrew Bowen, APR, President, Clearview
Communications + PR Inc., +1-813-374-3735, ab@clearviewcom.com,
www.destinationimagination.org; or Pearson Canada: Anne-Marie Scullion, Vice
President, Marketing Field Services, School Division, +1-416-386-3465,
anne-marie.scullion@pearsoned.com, www.pearsoncanada.ca
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