Little Planet Learning Approved as a Professional Development Provider for Race to the Top

Jun 16, 2010, 15:43 ET from Little Planet Learning

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Little Planet Learning has been approved as an official provider by the State of Tennessee Department of Education for Race to the Top federal educational funding.

"Little Planet Learning has a long, successful history of providing highly effective services and technology-based solutions to create professional development programs in the United States and abroad," says Bill Nelson, CEO of Little Planet.  "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our contributions to building strong schools and talented educators."

Little Planet's Compass online portal, a Web-based professional development tool, leverages today's technology to connect teachers and administrators across school districts, creating professional learning groups where peer-to-peer sharing and development becomes an organic process.  Now in a pilot program with the Principals' Leadership Academy (PLAN) in Nashville, Little Planet has been receiving a high level of interest from school districts across the state that want to fulfill their Race to the Top commitments for breakthrough professional development programs.

Tom Ward, director of PLAN, is enthusiastic about its benefits to education.  "Compass has the potential to foster collaboration among educators from across our state to help one another leverage best practices," he explains.   "Although it utilizes cutting-edge technology, this isn't technology for technology's sake.  Compass solves a big problem for us: communication in a timely manner about important instructional issues. "

Little Planet Learning has a successful track record of developing technology-based courses and programs for professional development worldwide.  Its 21st Century School Leaders initiative, with funding provided by Microsoft® Partners in Learning, has been distributed in 84 countries. Together with Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education, Little Planet developed coursework for the "Institute for School Leaders," a series of professional development programs for Tennessee's educators.  

In conjunction with San Francisco-based WestEd, Little Planet also designed and manages the U.S. Department of Education's "Doing What Works" website, an online repository of best practices for educators (

Little Planet Learning is an award-winning applied learning sciences company based in Nashville, Tenn.  It specializes in custom learning solutions that solve organizational development challenges surrounding training and education for Fortune 500 and government clients around the world.

For more information, contact Little Planet Learning at (615) 259-3733 or, or visit the website at


John Dunavan

Little Planet Learning

2963 Foster Creighton

Nashville, TN, 37204

SOURCE Little Planet Learning