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eSpok Launches Its Learning Management System & Training Marketplace For Companies

Since 2007, eSpok’s learning management system and virtual classroom have been used by training companies to deliver training to their clients through the Internet. Many companies have already enjoyed efficient and cost-effective training developed and delivered through eSpok’s platform. Now eSpok wishes to bring those advantages to companies for their internal training.

Optimizing the training cost with one platform fully equipped for “blended learning”

As “blended learning” is becoming the norm in the training industry because it optimizes training costs, companies are looking more and more for complete “blended learning” solutions for their internal training.

eSpok’s platform combines all the tools necessary for “blended learning”. The virtual classroom is perfectly integrated into the Learning management system, taking full advantage of technology for your training.

Using easy content creation tools, it is possible in a few clicks for anybody without any formal Internet skills to create interactive content and to distribute it. Those online documents and exercises can then be completed easily with a live one-on-one or one-on-many session in our virtual classroom.

Finally, agendas and reporting tools allow the training managers or HR department to easily track and organize the training.

Marketplace of selected training companies for external training

For training that cannot be developed f r o m inside, eSpok has created a network of training companies which use its platform and recognize the benefits of online training and blended learning.

In a few steps and for a wide range of types of training, going f r o m language courses to leadership and management training, it is possible for the company to request external training and receive discounted offers.

The training takes place on the same platform, with the same tools. Sessions are recorded, and documents available for further review.

About eSpok
eSpok has developed a complete and customizable Learning Management System combined with a virtual classroom for online training. eSpok is present in four countries: the United States, France, Germany and China, and its platform is used in a range of companies going f r o m small in size to multinational. The company has a wealth of experience accompanying clients to optimize their internal training. Our platform can be used both for internal needs or to simplify and optimize the purchasing of external training.

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Promethean And National Geographic Unleash The Power Of Nature In Classrooms

Promethean, a global leader in education technology solutions, has introduced National Geographic Young Explorer ActivLessons; a series of interactive whiteboard lessons designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. The ActivLessons interactive whiteboard resources can be used on any brand of interactive whiteboard using a free download of Promethean’s Software: ActivInspire Personal Edition available for download.

Engineered to expand and enhance the reach of the popular National Geographic Young Explorer magazine, the ActivLessons provide a whole-class digital supplement to the series. The range of exciting activities for interactive whiteboards is guaranteed to spark the interest of inquisitive young minds.

Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Young Explorer ActivLessons educational resources are based on the stories and instruction in Young Explorer and feature stunning photography supported by group activities, narrated stories, printable worksheets and a full teacher guide. The National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and ActivLessons work together to improve literacy skills and introduce learners to science and social studies.

While the Young Explorer ActivLessons teaching resources stand alone, they can also be used with the magazine, offering teachers multiple options to create engaging lessons that provide practice with reading strategies, build academic vocabulary and meet NCLB goals.

Brent Taggart, Head of Promethean Planet and Strategy said, “Promethean is thrilled to partner with National Geographic to produce the Young Explorer ActivLessons. Intended to be teacher led; the design and functionality of the ActivLessons facilitate versatility in the classroom by offering multiple options for student engagement and educator adaptability. All the activities contained are flexible, collaborative and extendable; key requirements of any content created for Promethean’s ActivClassroom.”

Fran Downey, Vice-President and Publisher of National Geographic added, “National Geographic Young Explorer is known for teaching important literacy skills through high-interest science and social studies content. The magazine connects to existing curriculum while inspiring students to care about our planet. The partnership with Promethean, a leader in developing interactive classroom solutions for the education market, allows teachers to present truly interactive lessons that will engage students and deepen understanding. This takes the printed magazine to a whole new level.”

Young Explorer ActivLessons can be purchased and downloaded through the Promethean Planet online shop where educators can also browse a wide variety of digital content.

Promethean Planet will be introducing a range of new functionality over the coming months to further address the modern-day educator’s needs.

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Tutorgiant.com Offers Online Video Lessons to Students

Tutorgiant.com Offers Online Video Lessons to Students 24/7. For the First Time, Students Can Learn Math and English Classroom Lessons On Demand With Internet Access.

Tutorgiant.com presents a new format for online tutoring, The Ackerman Tutoring Method. Unlike traditional tutors, Tutorgiant.com enables students to watch classroom lessons in math and English before they receive the instruction in the classroom. Lessons can also be watched at home on the same days that the lessons are being taught in school. Also, students can watch and participate in the online lessons after the concepts have been taught and before tests.

Tutorgiant.com provides about 400 videos, 500 worksheets, and over 150 tips for learning. All worksheets are taken up in the videos so students will be able to immediately correct their work, see their mistakes, and improve their skills. Whether it is fractions, geometry, algebra, reading comprehension, writing, or grammar, students will be better prepared for classroom lessons using the Ackerman Tutoring Method.

According to Sympatico MSN technology expert, Marc Saltzman,

“Whether you’re pulling your hair out over algebra or struggling with science, a unique, refreshing, and accessible new website, Tutorgiant.com, is trying to help students with on-demand instructional videos and accompanying printable worksheets. A site like Tutorgiant can really get a student up to speed…get some extra homework to help complement what kids have already received from their teacher. If you want your kids to excel in school, definitely have them check out Tutorgiant.com”.

Tutorgiant.com also offers free online math and reading assessments, and free advice and tips so that parents can get an idea of their child’s weaker areas before it’s too late into the term. Launched by education expert, Stuart Ackerman MSc.Ed, Tutorgiant.com video lessons are all curriculum based. Mr. Ackerman has compiled curricula from North America and Europe to create all the math and English lessons that students receive in school. Members have unlimited access to all videos in every grade twenty four hours a day. The Ackerman Tutoring Method also caters to homeschoolers, students with learning disabilities, and students with different learning styles.

About Tutorgiant.com:
Stuart Ackerman gives educational tips on the radio, television, and in the newspapers on a regular basis. He is certified in both the United States and Canada. Stuart Ackerman has his Masters Degree in Education and has over 14 years experience teaching and tutoring all grades.

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Debut Of ePath Knowledge Suite of Online Tools

Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEDH), a leading provider of print and online supplemental educational materials for the K–12 school market, is pleased to announce the launch of their new ePath Knowledge™series of online tools for educators to address specific needs in schools. The initial launch of the ePath Knowledge™ series consists of three distinct offerings: ePath Assess™—the online formative assessment, progress monitoring, and reporting platform, ePath Discovery™—a targeted, state-specific online remediation and reporting system, and Practice Path™—the ongoing skill building and standards and test practice system. The tools share a common design featuring intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces, visually based reporting, and customized, state-specific content.

Debut Of ePath Knowledge Suite of Online Tools

“We are extremely excited about our new ePath Knowledge™ offerings and the potential of these tools to make a significant impact in K–12 schools,” said Brian Beckwith, President and CEO. “The tools in the ePath Knowledge™ series work together to deliver an integrated solution or as standalone offerings to fill in the ‘missing piece’ of any existing solution. This flexibility, combined with our high-quality content, user-friendly design, renowned service and support, and affordable pricing will make ePath Knowledge™ a ‘go to’ solution for schools.”

“We had the opportunity to pilot Practice Path™ for our summer Jump Start program,” said Stephanie Shaffer, Basic Skills Instructor from Franklin Township School District, NJ. “I honestly have to say the program has a lot to offer for both the teachers and students. I found the program offered a wide array of usable information and the students loved it. Because of our summer experience, we are going to use the program this school year.”

The ePath Knowledge™ offerings allow local and state level education agencies to provide powerful, state-specific tools accessible via any computer with an available connection to the Internet. Each ePath Knowledge™ tool addresses distinct educational needs while straightforward, visually based reports promote informed classroom instruction, so educators can readily identify the needs of each student or groups of students. The ePath Knowledge™ tools are available in the following geographic areas: The ePath Assess™ solution is available in all 11 of Peoples Education’s current states (AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, and VA), while ePath Discovery™ is currently available in California and Texas only and Practice Path™ is currently available in California, Texas, and New Jersey with more states to come. For additional information about Peoples Education ePath Knowledge™ tools, go to www.PeoplesEducation.com.

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New Quick and Easy Test Preparation Now Available for Reading, Math, and Science

Peoples Education, a leading provider of supplemental educational material for the K-12 school market, today announced the addition of Reading, Grades 3-8 materials to the successful Measuring Up Express for the TAKS program. This new program, which first launched late last year, now offers a complete line of Reading, Math, and Science materials for Texas elementary and middle school tested grade levels. The Reading, Grades 3-8 program, includes student worktexts, Diagnostic Practice Tests, and Formative Assessments.

“Teachers told us that they are beginning to instructionally move to the new reading TEKS, but these TEKS are not yet tested. They still need materials to help students succeed on the pre-existing TEKS, which will be tested in 2010 and beyond,” commented Brian T. Beckwith, the company’s President and CEO. “Peoples Education has a history of responding to Texas educators’ needs promptly and with high-quality TEKS and TAKS-customized content. This new reading TAKS preparation and review program is no exception.”

The Measuring Up Express worktexts are a companion to the successful Measuring Up to the TEKS program. The new books address the TEKS that will be tested in 2010 with new content and reading passages. In areas where students need extra instructional support, Measuring Up lessons can be selected for in-depth standards coverage. For quick and easy test review 3-6 weeks prior to the TAKS, Measuring Up Express lessons are the perfect tool. The short lessons provide a brief review of the standards and relevant vocabulary, as well as test practice in the format of the current TAKS. The Measuring Up Express books also include a correlation to the new reading TEKS to help teachers and students as they transition to the new standards.

“Peoples Education has worked tirelessly to align the TEKS with the Measuring Up Express Reading worktexts,” remarked Elizabeth Firmin Birdwell, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Duncanville ISD. “I think teachers will enjoy the product and they will find that it is cognitively aligned.”

The Measuring Up Express program includes free Formative Assessments as blackline masters so teachers can monitor student progress at the end of every chapter. Two free Diagnostic Practice Tests for each student allow teachers to diagnose student weaknesses and prescribe review lessons in the Measuring Up Express OR Measuring Up worktexts. This diagnose-prescribe-instruct model in the Measuring Up program has helped over 3 million Texas students improve test scores.

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TuitionFlex Payment Program Implemented at Northwest Technical Institute

Education Loan Source, Inc., (ELS) in partnership with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that Northwest Technical Institution implemented the TuitionFlexSM payment program. TuitionFlex offers two types of payment plans, TuitionEase(tm) which is a short-term 4 to 12 month program and TuitionExtendTM which is a long-term 13 to 120 month extended repayment plan. “In today’s market, schools have to become creative with their financing options and the TuitionFlex program met the needs of our institution,” stated Keith Fossen, President/CEO at Northwest Technical Institute. “At Northwest Technical Institute, we are helping students and families finance a higher education, without a higher price tag.”

Both TuitionFlex payment options offer a 100% online application process, e-signature capabilities, and a school portal for a school administrator to manage certifications and real-time application status managed by ELS. “ELS’s dynamic system allows schools to manage their tuition payment plans completely online while meeting all of the regulatory requirements,” stated Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer at ELS. “We are excited that Northwest Technical Institute is now providing the TuitionFlex program to their student and families.”

Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance, and the relationship manager for Northwest Technical Institute stated, “This program is the perfect solution to fill educational funding gaps that can remain when other sources of aid are not available for the student and their families.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President, at (651) 707-7291 or Pat Cook, President and Chief Sales Officer, at (828) 335-1092.

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Brilliance Academy Bloggers Shed New Light on Daycare in Dallas

Brilliance Preschool & Academy provides an opportunity for local parents to get information on local news.

There’s nothing more important than a child’s education. For over a decade Brilliance Preschool & Academy has been reaching out to the students in their community, helping pave their way to a better future through a blend of customized learning techniques. Now they’re sharing their knowledge and experience with the parents in the Dallas community with the launch of the Brilliance Blog.

The Brilliance Blog being launched will give parents the latest headlines in Dallas daycare and education, along with a healthy collection of parent resources, including information on early childhood education and helpful tips for helping their children thrive both in and out of the classroom.

The Brilliance Blog is the next step in reaching out and connecting parents and their children with the Dallas community. “Brilliance Academy is a change leader in the new millennium, providing an opportunity for…active parents to develop intellectual skills in children that will help them succeed in a competitive and global society,” says Kelly Mayberry, Director at Brilliance Academy. When Brilliance Academy first launched in January of 1996 the institution set-out not to be another Dallas day care. Over the years their commitment to excellence and their dedication to building a positive learning environment for their students have made them the premier early childhood education center for preschoolers and elementary students through grade 4.

“Brilliance Preschool & Academy was founded in January of 1996 to fill a need for preschool education,” Ms Kelly Mayberry exclaims. In the following years, the institution added 1st – 4th grades based on the success of their original programs.

This growth is directly attributed to the positive development that parents have witnessed during their children’s preschool attendance at Brilliance. She adds, “We inspire, in our students, creativity, exploration and social skills that will be valuable in the years to come, as well as fully preparing them for the integration of new technologies and world cultures.”

Check out the Brilliance Blog at http://www.BrillianceAcademy.com/blog.htm and visit Brilliance Academy on the web to find more about their early childhood education experience at http://www.BrillianceAcademy.com.

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Delaware Credit Union League & Education Loan Source, Inc. Team Up

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS) a leading provider of education financial solutions is proud to announce its partnership with the Delaware Credit Union League to provide education loan programs to their member credit unions.

“The Delaware Credit Union League is excited to recommend Education Loan Source programs to our member credit unions for student loan services,” says Jane Bailey, Executive Vice President of the Delaware Credit Union League. “Credit Unions are taking a larger role in helping students and their families obtain the financing they need to attend college. The Delaware Credit Union League is looking forward to offering our member credit unions student loan solutions that can be customized while meeting each individual credit union’s goals.”

Education Loan Source® is committed to offering private education loan options and other financing alternatives uniquely designed for its clients. The Custom Loan SourceSM Program allows credit unions to develop their own customized student loan offering without the need for additional staff or resources and is completely supported by ELS and its affiliates. “This program offers credit unions a great way to provide a student loan product to their existing members, while attracting new members at the same time,” said Tracy Sniscak, Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Credit unions are stepping in to help finance education at a time when traditional lenders are backing away due to the current financial markets. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the Delaware Credit Union League and their member credit unions to help them better understand the student loan industry and provide student loan solutions to their members.”

“We are extremely pleased that Delaware Credit Union League has recognized ELS as a business partner and recommends our services to their credit union members,” stated Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of Education Loan Source, Inc. “ELS currently serves many clients in multiple states providing education financial solutions and is looking forward to working with the Delaware Credit Union League.”

For more information on the Custom Loan SourceSM Program, go to (www.educationloansource.com) or call Tracy Sniscak at (717) 385-3483.

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Health Profession Loan from Custom Loan Source Now Offered at Rocky Vista University

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), in partnership with Sterling Education Finance, LLC (Sterling) has announced its launch of the Health Profession Loan (HPL) through ELS’ Custom Loan Source(sm) Program for Rocky Vista University, located in Parker, Colorado.

Rocky Vista University, with students trained in osteopathic medicine, has disbursed approximately $7MM in loan volume since its August launch with pending disbursements of an additional $7MM. “Our students are facing significant challenges in paying for college since traditional financing options are becoming more difficult to access,” said Kathy Leary, Director of Financial Aid at Rocky Vista University. “The HPL Custom Loan Source Program provides our institution with the opportunity to offer an alternative private loan program which specifically meets some of the unique needs of our students.”

The Custom Loan Source Program is highly flexible and customizable private education loan that can be implemented quickly and easily. “Our Program provides the ability for the school to choose the best private loan product features for its students and their families while meeting the school’s needs and financial objectives,” said Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of ELS. “At ELS, it is our mission to help schools find additional low-cost funding options for their students and the Rocky Vista University program is another example of that goal.”

ELS manages the entire HPL Program for Rocky Vista University from product development and vendor relationships to loan portfolio administration services. Servicing is performed by AES/PHEAA.

Nancy Chalker, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance, is the relationship manager for Rocky Vista and identified the HPL Program as a product that could meet the school’s short timeline without sacrificing a competitive product for students. “Offering the HPL Custom Loan Source Program creates a win/win situation for Rocky Vista University and their students.”

For more information on the Custom Loan Source Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

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New Website for Students and Educators By Fascinating Learning Factory

Fascinating Learning Factory (FLF), a non-profit organization and a leader in innovative, engaging educational programming for classrooms, television and the World Wide Web, has launched an entirely new website offering new on-line tools, information and links for students and educators, and better reflects the breadth and quality of its programs and initiatives.

“The new site is brighter, bolder and lots more fun,” says FLF’s Executive Director Bunnie Strassner. “For teachers and students, the site now features hundreds of educational stories and cartoons f r o m the popular “Our Fascinating Earth” books by Drs. Phil and Nancy Seff, as well as current programs and new projects in development. Plus, we have opportunities for visitors to offer their own ideas for programs. Teachers and students are invited to join the Fascinating Learning factory for free and we will offer new and unique items for sale in the on-line store.”

Another recent addition is 30 one-minute animated features called Facts of Congress, a fun way to teach civics and government.

“I’m very excited“, comments Heather Boyle-Noland, Development Director at the ‘Learning Factory, “It’s a great new step we have taken to bring educational information to the web in a user friendly and engaging. We are also hoping it will drive new donors to visit us and get out our message of the critical need for higher quality and a broader reach of programming.

The site was designed by, and is being maintained by Flashback Media Productions of Lafayette, Colorado.

The Fascinating Learning Factory, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is dedicated to improving the quality of educational programming for ages 10 through adult. Some of their award winning, broadcast programs include “Guerrilla Guide to Politics, “Our Fascinating Earth”, and “Shoshone Voices, Native Choices”, a documentary about the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and their participation in the artifact identification program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. For more information, please visit their website, www.fascinatinglearningfactory.org, or call 303-545-9955.

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Over 2.5 Million Inspiring Audio CDs Distributed Worldwide Since 2005 By Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media, NFP announces that they have achieved the milestone of having distributed over 2.5 million inspiring audio CDs distributed worldwide since their inception in late 2005.

Over 2.5 Million Inspiring Audio CDs Distributed Worldwide Since 2005 By Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media’s CDs are distributed two ways: through their FAITHRAISER Kiosk Program displayed in over 2,000 parishes, Catholic schools and missions, and via their popular CD of the Month Club. The CD of the Month Club is a subscription-based service to individuals and parishioners at an amazingly low rate.

What’s more, when the parish sponsors the CD of the Month Club for their parishioners, the parish receives a percentage back for the purpose of funding religious education, or whatever purposes the parish sees fit to utilize the funds. There is no cost or investment for the program, nor is there any administration by the parish; the program, which is both a faith-raiser and true fund-raiser, has grown substantially in the last year.

Recently, Lighthouse Catholic Media received an endorsement by the archbishop for the US Military Services, Archbishop Broglio, recommending Lighthouse Catholic Media’s inspiring Catholic audio CDs to soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in over 450 military bases around the world.

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National Lending Associates, And Sterling Education Finance Launch TuitionFlex SM Payment Program for California Northstate College of Pharmacy

National Lending Associates, Inc. (NLA) in cooperation with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that California Northstate College of Pharmacy, LLC will expand their financial aid options by offering the TuitionFlex(sm) payment program. TuitionFlex is designed to help students and their families manage tuition expenses not covered by student loans and other financial aid resources. These alternative financing options are designed to help ease the current financial burden by extending tuition payments over a pre-set repayment period. The TuitionFlex Program offers two customizable tuition payment products which include TuitionEase™ (up to 12 months) and TuitionExtend™ (13 to 120 months). Both payment options offer a 100% online application process, e-signature capabilities, and a school portal for a school administrator to manage certifications and application status. “At California Northstate College of Pharmacy, we are always looking for financial aid options which will assist our students and their families in paying for the cost of education,” saidNorman Fong, Vice President of California Northstate College of Pharmacy . “TuitionFlex offered the flexibility and program terms our institution needed. Sterling Education Finance staff has gone above and beyond to provide us with a customized solution for our students.”

National Lending Associates, And Sterling Education Finance Launch TuitionFlex SM Payment Program for California Northstate College of Pharmacy

“NLA’s partnership with Sterling Education Finance has been successful in providing TuitionFlex Program to schools across the nation,” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA . “With institutions like California Northstate College of Pharmacy they are willing to go the extra mile for students and their families during these difficult economic times.”

“TuitionFlex provides California Northstate College of Pharmacy with a valuable alternative to existing products they have available to their students,” states Nancy Chalker, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance . “We are excited to continue to partner with them, to also develop a customized private loan product for their needs and the students they serve, to roll out next year. “

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

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Escuela Del Sol Has Hired A Design Firm To Help Communicate Its Unique Brand Of Creative Education To Its Constituents

Albuquerque’s Escuela del Sol had a problem. Even after 40 years of continuous operation, there was growing confusion among parents as to what the Montessori system offered their children, how it differed f r o m other educational methods, and what results they should expect. The lack of communication was making it difficult to maintain, much less grow, enrollment, and had caused some dissatisfaction with currently enrolled families.

Now if Montessori schools know how to do anything, it is how to prepare kids to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. So the school’s board decided to practice what they teach. They put on their thinking caps, thought like a business and came up with a business solution-applying the very same traits they strive to nurture in their students.

This creative bit of problem solving led them to Ripe Inc., an Albuquerque-based design firm that specializes in building brands and identities for businesses. Normally. But the chance to work with such a forward thinking school was too good an opportunity to pass up. Ripe had to be equally creative in taking on a branding assignment f r o m a school. But they did their homework well.

Working closely with the school they developed an engaging, informative, visual and verbal communication system to clarify and deliver the brand message. The message was developed through intensive workshops in which consensus about the key attributes of the school’s brand were uncovered and documented. The analysis and evaluation became an internal brand reference guide book provided to all faculty and staff members-so there’s common understanding and consistent language when communicating the Escuela del Sol brand.

It also became the conceptual platform for developing the graphics libraries, website, messaging system, and electronic template that facilitates the school’s unique educational approach. And for developing its award-winning print collateral as well. The school’s new logo & stationery design has been s e l e c t e d to appear in PRINT’s 2009 Regional Design Annual. Planned advertising campaigns will focus on specific challenges-like boosting enrollment, and increasing parent engagement in the school’s educational process.

Escuela del Sol has made it their business to enhance their communications and their profile within the community. And they expect business to be good.

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Peoples Education Debuts Measuring Up for Level A/Grade 1

Peoples Education, a leading provider of supplemental educational material for the K-12 school market, announced today the addition of first grade materials to the successful Measuring Up to the California Content Standards program. This exclusive approach to first grade standards preparation includes two levels in one book to give teachers flexibility to differentiate instruction for a wide range of student needs.. The Level A program includes instructional worktexts, Diagnostic Practice Tests, and Building Stamina booklets for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

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“We took our time to research what would be the best option for first grade teachers and their students,” commented Diane M. Miller, the company’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “Having two sets of lessons on the same standards allows teachers to scaffold instruction for their first-grade students and for second-grade students who need specialized instruction to bridge the gap from first grade to second. We believe this program meets the needs of California educators in a more realistic way than traditional materials.”

The worktexts include Early Level lessons to be used at the beginning of first grade and Bridging Level lessons for the second half of first grade and second graders needing intervention. The program helps students transition to second grade and prepare early for the second grade assessment.

Lisa Anderson, a key advisor on the project and K-6 Reading Specialist from National City, said, “I am thrilled Peoples Education is coming out with a Grade One version of Measuring Up. I love how these workbooks present the essential California standards in an easy-to-learn, student-friendly format.”

A variety of assessment tools are available to help teachers diagnose student needs and monitor progress. Two short Diagnostic Practice Tests, one for Early Level and one for Bridging Level, can be used as a pretest and posttest for the program. These diagnostic assessments cover the key grade 1 standards with 30 questions each. Separate Building Stamina booklets are designed as formative assessments to be used at the end of each chapter in the Early and Bridging levels. All the assessment results can be used to prescribe specific Early and Bridging lessons in the Level A Measuring Up worktext for a truly customized approach for every classroom.

About Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc.

Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. is a publisher and marketer of print and electronic educational materials for the K-12 school market. The Company focuses its efforts in two market areas:

Test Preparation, Assessment, and Instruction

Test Preparation and Assessment: The Company creates and sells state customized, print and electronic, test preparation and assessment materials that help teachers prepare students for success in school and for required state proficiency tests, grades 2-12.

Instruction: The Company produces and sells proprietary state customized print worktexts and print and web-based delivered assessments, for Grades 2-8. These products provide students with in-depth instruction and practice in reading, language arts, and mathematics. In addition, the Company’s backlist remedial and multicultural products are included in this group.


The Company distributes K-8 supplemental literacy materials for three publishers, on an exclusive basis in the United States. These materials include an extensive selection of leveled reading materials; high interest engaging resources for striving readers; series that integrate reading, science and social studies; and selections and strategies for English Language Learners.

College Preparation

The Company distributes instructional materials that meet the academic standards high schools require for honors, college preparation, and Advanced Placement courses. The Company is the exclusive high school distributor for two major college publishers, and also creates proprietary supplemental materials for this market.

The Company’s proprietary products are supplemental in nature. They are predominately soft-cover, high gross profit margin titles that can be sold efficiently through the Company’s direct sales force, as well as through catalogs, direct mail, telemarketing, and independent commission sales representatives. Distributed products are both basal and supplemental in nature.

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Borenson And Associates, Inc., With Headquarters In Allentown, PA Will Be Training Additional Instructors To Conduct The Making Algebra Child’s Play Workshops Nationwide

Since 1990 Borenson and Associates has conducted more than 2500 Making Algebra Child’s Play workshops showing teachers how the visual and kinesthetic approach of Hands-On Equations enables even 4th and 5th graders to succeed with algebraic equations not normally presented until the 8th or 9th grade.


The instructor candidates, coming from five different states, will be receiving their training at the Holiday Inn in downtown Allentown. The training will take place each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is expected that a student demonstration will take place each day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

All of the candidates have used Hands-On Equations in their classrooms for several years and are now coming to learn how to present the program to teachers.

Leading the training program will be Dr. Henry Borenson, who received a U.S. Patent for Hands-On Equations. With this group, the company will have about three dozen certified instructors. Borenson anticipates the need for 100 instructors within the next two years to meet the growing interest in his approaching to simplifying the abstract nature of algebra.

Recently, the company received their first order from Educational Opportunities, Inc. who have set a goal of introducing the program to 1,000 classroom in Africa, Asia and India.

“There is no reason for young students to be intimated by algebra,” says Borenson. “Through this visual and kinesthetic approach algebraic concepts become intuitive and are much easier to understand than division of fractions or long division– and much more fun!”

Borenson believes that when young students are successful with algebra their sense of self-esteem is enhanced. “There is no doubt about the effectiveness of this program,” he says. We have almost ten research studies posted at www.borenson.com to prove it.

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National Lending Associates, Inc. Launches TuitionFlex SM Payment Program for Lesley University

National Lending Associates, Inc. (NLA) in cooperation with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that Lesley University will expand their financial aid options by offering the TuitionFlex SM payment program. The TuitionFlex Program offers two customizable tuition payment products which include TuitionEase™ (less than 12 months) and TuitionExtend™ (contracts greater than 12 to 120 months). These alternative financing options are designed to help ease the current financial burden on students and their families by extending their tuition payments over a pre-set period. “With limited private loan funding available, the TuitionFlex program is a great financial alternative for our students and their families,” said Scott Jewell, Director of Student Financial Services at Lesley University. “Along with partnering with Sterling Education Finance, the turnkey program has made implementation for our institution very easy.”


“NLA has once again partnered with Sterling Education Finance in order to provide Lesley University the TuitionFlex Program,” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA. “This allows both organizations the opportunity to assist the school in providing a financing option for paying for education during difficult economic times.”

“With private loans being increasingly difficult to secure, the TuitionFlex program offers a great alternative means of financing for families,” states Jennifer Wallace, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance. “With institutions like Lesley University willing to go the extra mile for students, a win-win situation is created for all parties.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

About National Lending Associates, Inc.
Based in San Diego, California, with offices in Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York, National Lending Associates, Inc., is a nationwide specialty service company focused on providing financing solutions, loan and portfolio administration services, and technology options for the education financing marketplace (www.nationallendingassociates.com).

About Sterling Education Finance, LLC
Sterling Education Finance, LLC is an innovative education financing company dedicated to the larger mission of ensuring access to education. Our product suite is designed to offer financing solutions for every private K-12 school, college or university based on the institution’s unique needs as well as the needs of the students and families they serve. We have a select group of origination, funding and servicing partners and all of our products are fully supported by our team of industry veterans.

About Lesley University
Lesley University www.lesley.edu is an 8,000-student, multi-site university for women and men, and is one of the nation’s largest providers of graduate professional education opportunities to K-12 educators. Anchored by a strong liberal arts curriculum, Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts, human services and the environment at its Cambridge and Boston campuses, online, and in 150 locations in 23 states. Lesley’s four schools include the School of Education, the Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesThe Art Institute of Boston, and Lesley College, an undergraduate residential college. Lesley University prepares individuals for lives and careers that make a difference, and serves the evolving needs of students and a diverse society through innovative programs and pedagogy, high quality instruction, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach.

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PerfectNotes(r) Promises To Enhance Students’ Career Prospects By Increasing The Learning Obtained From Every Class Or Lecture Attended

A breakthrough learning tool offers competitive benefits to students chasing improved qualifications to gain an edge in the ever tightening job market. The tool, PerfectNotes®, promises to enhance career prospects by increasing the learning obtained from every class or lecture attended.

Developed by Utah based PerfectNotes® Corporation, PerfectNotes® software is designed for laptop use in classrooms and lecture halls. The first-to-market application offers a 3-view record of any talk or lecture. It provides benefits both in and after class, as well as later in studying for finals.

PerfectNotes® cross links a real-time sound recording of each class with a visual timeline the student can bookmark at key moments and written notes he or she types as they go. The application ensures students leave every class with a dynamic record of what they have heard, thought and, most importantly, missed.

“With so few openings in the job market, students need the best qualifications they can acquire,” says Rachel Rehm, Vice-President at PerfectNotes® Corp.

”How well they do in exams depends on how much they understand from their classes and lectures. PerfectNotes® gives students their own, re-liveable multimedia record of every word spoken in every class… along with every point, idea and question they noted at the time.”

The application, available as a downloadable free demo from www.perfectnotes.com, prices licenses at $29.95 to ensure availability to the widest possible range of students.

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National Lending Associates, Inc. Launches TuitionFlexSM Payment Program for Technology Learning Center, Inc.

National Lending Associates, Inc. (NLA) in cooperation with Sterling Education Finance announced today Technology Learning Center will expand its financing options by offering the TuitionFlex payment program. TuitionFlex is a customizable tuition payment program which allows students and their families to extend their tuition payments over a pre-set period, easing the economic impact of tuition payments. “These are very difficult times for many of our students,” said Tony Chamoun, President of Technology Learning Center. “Every day, we speak to families who are not in the same financial position they were last year, yet they remain dedicated to achieving their goals of a higher education. We wanted to find an effective solution to ease the strain of tuition costs for our families—and partnering with Sterling Education Finance helped us do that”.

“NLA is excited about our partnership with Sterling Education Finance.  Pat Cook, its CEO, and her team bring extensive industry experience which our senior management team has worked with in the past,” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA.   “Putting the TuitionFlex Program in place with the  Technology Learning Center provides both Sterling Education Finance and ourselves a greater opportunity to assist the school in providing a financing option for the education of their students and families during these difficult economic times.”

TuitionFlex is a turn-key program which enables the school to create an extended payment plan for students and parents—with terms as short as 4 months or as long as 120 months. TuitionFlex is designed to be compliant with Truth in Lending disclosure requirements in all 50 states. Once students enroll, NLA works with them to ensure that payments are made at a minimum, deferred or graduated payment schedule, assisting them and their families every step of the way. “The TuitionFlex program was designed to help schools create opportunities for families to continue to afford college,” explained Jennifer Wallace, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance. “With institutions like Technology Learning Center willing to go the extra mile for students, we have put a program in place that offers a low cost option to pay tuition bills not covered by financial aid. It’s truly a win-win situation”.

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to www.sterlingeducationfinance.org or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

About National Lending Associates, Inc.

Based in San Diego, California, National Lending Associates, Inc., is a nationwide specialty service company focused on providing financing solutions, loan administration services and technology options for the consumer and commercial markets (www.nationallendingassociates.com ).

About Sterling Education Finance, LLC

Sterling Education Finance, LLC is an innovative education financing company dedicated to the larger mission of ensuring access to education. Our product suite is designed to offer financing solutions for every private K-12 school, college or university based on the institution’s unique needs as well as the needs of the students and families they serve. We have a select group of origination, funding and servicing partners and all of our products are fully supported by our team of industry veterans.

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National Lending Associates, Inc. Launches Its Tuition Payment Program – TuitionFlex

National Lending Associates, Inc. (“NLA”) is formally announcing today the launch of its TuitionFlex SM tuition payment program. The TuitionFlex Program is a highly flexible and customizable tuition payment program for schools and colleges which currently do or do not offer this low cost financing option to their students and families. TuitionFlex is designed to be compliant with all federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosure requirements. This turn-key program features a branded on-line application process, electronic signature, customizable reporting, automated payment processing and flexible servicing repayment terms.

“NLA is excited to launch this additional financing option for schools and colleges while leveraging the experience and expertise of our management team.  Our TuitionFlex Program was created as an alternative higher education financing option, which enables institutions throughout the country to provide effective financing solutions for their students during a time of economic uncertainly and limited private financing choices ” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA.

The TuitionFlex Program offers payment products aimed at providing tuition financing solutions for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. With its TuitionEase™ (less than 12 months), TuitionExtend™ (contracts greater than 12 up to 120 months), and soon to be launched TuitionExtend Plus ™ (contract purchase option) products, the TuitionFlex Program provides alternatives to meet the current demands of all educational institutions.

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to www.tuitionflex.com or contact Tim Kulesha at tim.kulesha@NLALoans.com (602) 579-6555.

About National Lending Associates, Inc.
Based in San Diego, California, with offices in Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York, National Lending Associates, Inc., is a nationwide specialty service company focused on providing financing solutions, loan and portfolio administration services, and technology options for the education financing marketplace (www.nationallendingassociates.com ).

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Debatepedia Documents All Pros And Cons Of Merit Pay For Teachers

Debatepedia has developed the world’s most extensive article on the pros and cons of merit pay for teachers. The article draws over 30 pro and con arguments and quotations from over 20 of the most outstanding editorials, opinion pieces, essays, and political statements on the issue. And, it structures these arguments and quotations in Debatepedia’s unique pro/con “logic tree” structure. The structure helps separate the primary sub-debates (and arguments and counter-arguments) in this debate, which are represented by some of the following questions: Does merit-based pay improve education? Does it improve the quality of teaching by incentivizing hard work? Does it help attract and retain quality teachers? Does it help weed out bad teachers? Does merit pay distract teachers? Does it create undesirable competition between teachers? Does it discourage teachers from going to needy schools? Can teacher merit be successfully measured? Or does varying student performance get in the way? Is merit pay fairer to teachers? Does it fall pray to principal cronyism? Does it encourage teachers to cheat? Does the market demonstrate the importance of pay for performance? If teachers should be paid more in general, is merit pay the best way to do it? What do past examples of merit pay around the world demonstrate? Debatepedia’s community has outlined the pros and con arguments and quotations that fit within and respond to the above sub-debate questions, making it truly the most comprehensive breakdown of the debate available.

President Obama has repeatedly stated his support for merit pay for teachers. Yet, with many priorities on his plate, it would appear that the debate will continue for some time, and even after any policy decisions are made, the debate is likely to continue for years to come, in the United States and abroad. For this reason, Debatepedia’s pro/con structure is particularly valuable in helping walk citizens and decision-makers through the many arguments and quotations so that they can effectively deliberate, make decisions, and make the policy that will guide education in the 21st century.

Debatepedia is a wiki encyclopedia of pros and con arguments and quotations. It is essentially “the Wikipedia of pros and cons”. Started in 2006 by Brooks Lindsay and William Wnekowicz out of Georgetown University, Debatepedia subsequently merged with the International Debate Education Association in 2007. IDEA is a 501c3 non-profit piloted initially by the Open Society Institute in 1999. While IDEA promotes debate in all of its forms around the world, Debatepedia fits within its mission to expand a new industry in journalism – what it calls the “in-depth journalism of public debates”.

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