AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to growing demand from public school systems nationwide for more efficient instructional solutions that help teachers be more effective with each child, CompassLearning, the leading provider of personalized learning solutions for K-12 schools, announced today that Arthur VanderVeen, the former chief of innovation for the New York City Department of Education, has joined the company as vice president of business strategy and development.
"I've observed first hand that CompassLearning's approach to personalized learning empowers teachers and engages students in ways that dramatically transform teaching and learning in the classroom," said VanderVeen. "Schools and teachers are under tremendous pressure to do more with less, and to prepare every student to succeed. CompassLearning's products combine excellent instructional design with intelligent technology to help teachers personalize learning to the needs, motivations, and strengths of each child. I am excited to join this team of dedicated educators, designers, and researchers who are developing these next-generation learning solutions for schools."
VanderVeen brings extensive experience as a district administrator in New York City, the largest school district in the country. He founded and led the NYC Innovation Zone (iZone), an active community of 165 schools using digital technologies and innovative instructional approaches to personalize learning to the needs of individual students. Under his direction, the iZone launched the largest district-level, online and blended learning program in the country.
"I am personally thrilled to bring Arthur to our team," said CompassLearning Chief Executive Officer Eric Loeffel. "His unique experience in curriculum, assessment, education technology, and online and blended learning models, combined with our proven instructional content and technology will accelerate our innovation and growth. Our customers can expect to see exciting, new developments from CompassLearning in the near future."
CompassLearning's flagship product, Odyssey, is an engaging, media-rich platform that uses a proven, measureable formula of assessment, personalized learning paths and dynamic content to empower students in their own learning and help teachers improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Odyssey has been proven to quantifiably increase the success of Response to Intervention, Credit Recovery, and other student achievement programs.
CompassLearning, the leading provider of personalized education technology solutions, has been helping students excel for more than 40 years. To help students achieve success, CompassLearning products support differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and response to intervention. The company's flagship product, Odyssey, is based on current and confirmed educational research and is developed in a learning studio of highly qualified curriculum experts working alongside talented animators, scriptwriters, and engineers. From the struggling learner to the student needing a challenge, Odyssey is designed to engage, educate, and inspire. For more information about CompassLearning, visit www.compasslearning.com. View the online media kit.