Non-Profit New Leaders Organization Partners With Pearson for School Leadership Professional Learning

Non-Profit New Leaders Organization Partners With Pearson for School
Leadership Professional Learning

Public/Private Alliance Targets Increasing Student Achievement With
Research-Based Training for Principals and School Leaders

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - New Leaders, the
non-profit organization whose mission is to develop school leaders and promote
system-wide conditions for student success, is partnering with the education
services and technology company Pearson to accelerate access to best-in-class,
research-based training opportunities for the nation's principals and school
leaders.

New Leaders CEO Jean Desravines said, "Research shows that effective school
leaders have a tremendous impact on student achievement by attracting,
retaining, and developing our greatest teachers and ensuring strong
instruction and learning for all of their students. Unfortunately, world-class
products and services are not readily available to help school systems
identify and develop excellent school leaders."

Desravines added, "In today's technology-driven world, we all need on-going
professional development to stay competitive – and that's especially true for
school leaders who are charged with ensuring our students are competitive with
their global peers. By combining the capabilities of New Leaders with Pearson,
we can rapidly scale the critical work of transforming school performance by
helping states and districts identify and develop highly effective leaders."

New Leaders and Pearson are coming together to meet this need by creating
tools and professional learning opportunities designed to support school and
district leadership development efforts and build leaders' strengths in
instructional leadership, managing teacher effectiveness, and continuous
improvement practices. The tools and learning opportunities will include a
framework for principal excellence, evaluation rubrics to assess principals'
performance, training for principal evaluators, and web-based professional
development modules.

Will Ethridge, Pearson's CEO of North American Education, said, "This
partnership is a unique opportunity for us to combine programs and
technologies from Pearson's School Achievement Services, which is dedicated to
providing high quality professional learning to educators, with the
ground-breaking work that New Leaders has been doing for the past 12 years.
One of the key components to our partnership with New Leaders is their
substantial research in high-poverty schools and work with successful
principals that has led to new models that transform those schools serving our
poorest and most underserved children. Our Pearson teams will scale and share
these solutions across the U.S."

Alison Wagner, Pearson's School Achievement Services President, noted, "To
succeed in meeting the expectations of the Common Core, we will need leaders
who are prepared to provide their faculties with the regular planning,
coaching, and evidence-based feedback teachers need as they make these
instructional changes. The solutions we will create with New Leaders will help
states and districts develop school leaders who are ready to play this crucial
role."

ABOUT NEW LEADERS

New Leaders is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school
leaders and promotes the system-level conditions that allow strong leaders to
succeed. Founded in 2000, New Leaders has trained more than 900 school leaders
who are raising student achievement and graduation rates in high-need schools
across the country. Beyond its signature principal training program, New
Leaders conducts leadership development with existing school and district
administrators, and designs effective leadership policies and practices for
school systems nationwide. For more information, visit
http://www.newleaders.org.

ABOUT PEARSON

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and learning technology,
aims to help people make progress in life through learning. Pearson's
leadership spans pre-K12, higher education, and corporate learning globally.
Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the
Penguin Group. For more on Pearson School, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com.

Contact Information:
Terrence Kneisel, tkneisel(at)newleaders(dot)org, 401.440.3556
Kate Miller, kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com, 800.745.8489

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