DULUTH, Ga. (May 9, 2007)–Curriculum Advantage, Inc., a leader in computer-based student instruction in K-12 for English/Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics, announced today that is has acquired educational training company Training Resource Associates (TRA).
TRA is an education solution organization and professional development provider based in Mississippi. In a move that will considerably expand its reach and effectiveness in the Southern United States, Curriculum Advantage acquired TRA´s assets, customers and employees for an undisclosed amount. The agreement was finalized on May 1, 2007. Additionally, Jo Ann Walton, who founded TRA in 1998, was named Curriculum Advantage´s vice president of sales for the South region.
"Both companies are extremely pleased with this arrangement. TRA´s state-approved professional development and continuing education courses significantly strengthen Curriculum Advantage´s award winning education solutions," said Lindsey Cook, president and CEO of Curriculum Advantage. "Additionally, the personnel from TRA are a highly trained and well respected group of leaders in their field who will be a great addition to the Curriculum Advantage team."
Professional development in the education field involves introducing educators to best practices in teaching. TRA has a slate of training programs that run the gamut from helping to advance teacher-student learning, motivation and team-building, to instruction on the most effective ways to manage classrooms, schools and districts.
"We are excited to be adding the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the TRA consulting team and their broad array of professional development courses," said Curriculum Advantage Vice President for Customer Services Debbie Nicholas. "Curriculum Advantage´s team is known for how well it treats its customers, and TRA´s commitment to education and courses complement a team that puts customers first."
The acquisition of TRA expands Curriculum Advantage´s ability to meet all customers´ needs.
"TRA was our first partner and we welcome Curriculum Advantage to take their place," said Dale Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents. "This union of the two companies only makes a good thing better. As our first partner, TRA assisted us in finding and evaluating instructional software to meet our state´s needs. MASS looked at many systems and gave its endorsement to Curriculum Advantage´s Classworks. We believe Classworks is the only system that adequately addresses the instructional and accountability problems that exist in our state and across the nation."
Classworks (www.classworks.com), Curriculum Advantage´s flagship solution, was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only a handful of computer-assisted instruction programs to demonstrate that it improves student achievement, and has earned several software industry honors.
About Training Resource Associates
TRA, founded in 1998, has been providing professional development throughout the Southeast U.S., and enjoys in particular a partnership with the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS). All of its products and services are fully endorsed by MASS for accountability in regard to the No Child Left Behind Act. TRA also represents clients in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
About Curriculum Advantage
Curriculum Advantage, Inc. (www.curriculumadvantage.com) is based in Duluth, Ga. Curriculum Advantage´s flagship product is Classworks, a network-based system of K-12 reading and mathematics curriculum and learning tools that currently comprise over 5,000 hours of curriculum. Classworks activities are correlated to national and state learning standards and state tests, and include prescriptive and summative assessment, remediation and reporting tools. Classworks is installed in more than 3,000 schools in the United States and worldwide.