DALLAS, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambium Learning® Group, the nation's leading educational provider focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations, announced an exclusive partnership with The Vallas Group, Inc. to bring nationally known education reform leader Paul Vallas' unique school improvement model to struggling schools across the nation. Vallas currently serves as the interim superintendent of the Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut and is the former superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools, The School District of Philadelphia and the New Orleans Recovery School District (Post-Katrina).
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"The Vallas Turnaround System is positioned to be the nation's leading resource for comprehensive and affordable school reform that offers superior educational resources at the state, district, or school level," says Vernon Johnson, Ed.D., former superintendent and president of Cambium Learning's intervention division Voyager Learning. "No matter how small or large, any district will now have access to proven, results-driven school reform and improvement thanks to our partnership to bring the Vallas vision to school administrators."
The Vallas Group's turnaround model offers a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to reach substantive school improvement by addressing three critical, highly integrated and interdependent areas: academics, finance and operations. By focusing expertise in five core areas - Financial Health and Stability; Student-Focused Administration and Operation; Superior Instructional Improvement Models; World Class Human Resources; and Building Local Capacity, the Vallas Turnaround System imparts change while effectively working with educators, labor, parents and communities.
"The Vallas Group selected Cambium Learning Group for this groundbreaking partnership because we identify with its mission to enable educators to unlock every child's potential through learning, no matter where their journey begins," said Paul Vallas. "Through Cambium we have the platform to more widely offer the Vallas Turnaround System to bring about lasting school improvement that is both approachable and accessible by districts or schools that might not otherwise have the resources - either financial or in terms of human expertise - to create dramatic improvements. The Vallas Group is committed to affordable change, so that cost is no longer the deciding factor for schools when it comes to impacting student achievement through the system. This partnership makes this vision possible for schools, districts and states across the nation."
Cambium Learning Group will hold a press conference today at 11:00 a.m. Central Time at its corporate offices located at 17855 Dallas Parkway, Suite 400, Dallas, Texas. All media are invited to attend. For additional information about The Vallas Turnaround System, visit www.vallasturnaround.com.
About Cambium Learning Group
Cambium Learning® Group (Nasdaq: ABCD) is the leading educational company focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations. The company is comprised of three business units: Voyager Learning provides comprehensive print and online intervention solutions, professional development, and school turnaround offerings and includes Lincoln National Academy, Class.com, and Voyager Education Services; Sopris Learning is known for supplemental solutions including assessment, supplemental intervention, positive behavior supports, and professional development; and Cambium Learning Technologies develops instructional and assistive technology and represents IntelliTools®, Kurzweil Educational Systems®, Learning A–Z, and ExploreLearning. Believing that all students can achieve, Cambium Learning Group is committed to providing evidence-based support and expert professional services to empower educators and increase student achievement. Learn more at www.cambiumlearning.com.
About Voyager Learning
Dedicated to the success of every student, Voyager Learning is the nation's most comprehensive provider of research-based intervention and online learning solutions - including curriculum products, personalized professional development, and school improvement/turnaround services. With the ultimate goal of advancing student achievement, Voyager Learning partners with preK–12 schools to build teaching and leadership capacity, expand their reach, and accelerate struggling students to grade-level proficiency. Voyager Learning is a member of Cambium Learning Group (Nasdaq: ABCD). For more information, please visit www.voyagerlearning.com.
About Voyager Education Services
With a steadfast commitment to ongoing student achievement, Voyager Education Services (VES) partners with schools and districts to build critical teaching and leadership capacity. With a focus on accelerating student gains and improving overall school performance, VES has supported preK–12 educators for more than three decades through personalized professional development. Research-based services also center on teacher effectiveness, leadership development, intervention, school improvement, and school turnaround, transformation, and restart. VES is an offering of Voyager Learning. For more information, please visit www.voyagereducationservices.com.
SOURCE Cambium Learning Group