Online Company Helps Educate People Worldwide

Published June 1, 2009

Not many schools can say they’ve helped educate more than 100 million people around the globe from preschool through postgraduate professional certification, but Pearson Education, a 165-year-old international media company based in England, can.

“Pearson’s mission is to improve lives around the world through education, and this informs everything we do,” said Scott Drossos, president of Pearson K-12 Learning Solutions.

Pearson has a rich history of innovation, dating back to 1844. Initially a construction company, Pearson quickly broadened its scope to include ventures into oil, energy, and hydroelectricity, and it entered the media business in 1921. Pearson acquired banks, newspapers, and publishing conglomerates such as Penguin Books and Prentice Hall, before branching into technology learning solutions in 1999.

Pearson draws on its award-winning programs to help parents and teachers tackle their most challenging issues in improving students’ academic achievement.

Multiple Resources

At, one can find subject-specific K-12 learning tools, plus access to some of Pearson’s other award-winning Web resources. For example, through and, educators can find grade-specific lesson plans, curriculum development ideas, classroom management help, and online assessment and grade-tracking resources.

At, parents can find parenting ideas, expert family advice, arts and craft projects, and much more.

As the global focus on competition and achievement intensifies, rapidly changing technology means schools need a partner that will find solutions to help them meet those demands.

Pearson Vice President Todd Hitchcock, who also serves on the board of directors for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) explained, “Pearson is working closely with iNACOL to advance online learning and blended learning across the United States and around the globe. We are honored to be an iNACOL partner.”

Corrina Jennings ([email protected]) writes from San Jose, California.