NEW YORK, NY–December 6, 2006 – Defined Mind, Inc., a producer of multi-media literacy and test prep tools, announced today that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Pearson Prentice Hall to publish the third edition of the company’s award-winning book, Vocabulary Accerator01, for the U.S. School market.
Playing to students’ love of music, Vocabulary Accerator01’s songs fuse hip-hop, rock and other genres, working in conjunction with a 15-chapter workbook that builds and reinforces knowledge of more than 300 key vocabulary words found in the songs’ lyrics. As each song’s chapter progresses, students encounter the same words in different contexts, offering multiple opportunities to build their test-taking confidence and literacy skills.
Created by education professionals and musicians, Vocabulary Accerator01 has established itself as an effective and academically certified literacy and ESL/EFL tool. It is included in the Educational Testing Service’s selection of Reading & Writing Resources, and is used by The Department of Education’s Federal TRiO Programs, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, The Police Athletic League, Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, and many other schools and community organizations around the country.
Winner of the Association of Educational Publisher’s coveted 2006 Golden Lamp Award, VA01 is also Winner of USABookNews’ “Best Books” in the Education/Academic category, and it has placed among the top finishers in the 2006 Writer’s Notes Awards and 2006 The Independent Publisher’s Awards.
“Defined Mind is dedicated to creating teaching tools that resonate with students and encourage their success,” said Keith London, author and Executive Producer, Defined Mind, Inc. “We strive to ensure that young adults are given the single most important key to their futuresliteracy. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the industry’s leader, Pearson Prentice Hall, and I anticipate that we will accomplish a great deal together.”
“Vocabulary Accerator01 is an effective, fun program that makes a valuable contribution to education,” said Rick Culp, President, Pearson Prentice Hall. “Combining music with literacy is an innovative way to help students improve their vocabulary skills.”
About Defined Mind
Defined Mind, Inc. (www.defmind.com) encourages students of all abilities to succeed. Leveraging their passion for music, Defined Mind creates literacy tools that are relevant to their interests and harness the ability of music to strengthen their minds. VA01 is recommended by The New York Times, MTV, The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Edutopia/The George Lucas Foundation, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, The Association of Educational Publishers, The International Reading Association, The Partnership for After-School Education, Writers’ Notes Magazine, Metro New York, NextStep Magazine, and USA Weekend.
About Pearson Prentice Hall
Pearson Prentice Hall is the world’s largest publisher of academic and reference textbooks and is committed to providing the most innovative, flexible, and powerful educational materials available today.
About Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (www.pearsoned.com) is the global leader in educational publishing, providing research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Virtually all students in America learn from a Pearson program at some point in their educational career. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Learning Group, Pearson Digital Learning, Pearson Educational Measurement, Pearson Achievement Solutions, Pearson School Systems, and others. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson’s primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.