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Brenda Raker, Vice President of Marketing
RM Education Announces Inaugural Members of Advisory Board
Hyannis, MA – April 15, 2010 – RM Education, the U.S. division of RM, a worldwide supplier of technology-based curriculum products for K-12 schools, today announced the induction of a distinguished group of education experts to
constitute a newly formed Board of Advisors. The Advisory Board’s primary objective is to keep RM at the forefront of educational leadership and innovation to solve real needs in K-12 education in the United States. Composed of some of the leading educators and industry experts in the United States, the board will advise RM Education and influence policy and direction in the many areas where an in-depth understanding of the U.S. education market and educational technology are key to RM success in designing and implementing solutions that more effectively benefit students.
Kevin Pawsey, CEO, said “This council represents leaders from many education disciplines who will bring a diversity of experience and views to RM Education. We are excited to be working with some of the best minds in this industry and look forward to their advice and input which will allow RM to continue to provide innovative and meaningful products
and solutions to schools.”
Inaugural members of the Advisory include:
Dr. Kenneth S. Burnley is currently a Senior Resident Fellow and Director of The Educational Leadership Center at the University of Michigan working between the School of Education and the School of Business to conceptualize, and develop an Executive Leadership Center.
• Dr. Burnley also serves as the practitioner on a scholarly research team studying the impact of poverty on student achievement from the school and societal viewpoint. He has had a distinguished career in public
education during which time he was recognized as the 1993 National Superintendent of the Year, a joint public/private sector award given by the American Association of School Administrators and the Service Master Corporation (Aramark). He has held positions of Superintendent of Schools in Fairbanks, Alaska, Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as CEO of the Detroit Public Schools. Improvements in student achievement have been a hallmark of his career; his systemic leadership of the literacy program in the Detroit
Public Schools narrowed the achievement gap over a three-year period at the fourth grade level and is recognized as some of his best work.
Thomas W. Greaves, Chairman of The Greaves Group, has 41 years experience in the computer industry and is recognized as a visionary in the conceptualization, design, engineering, and marketing of educational technologies for schools. He has participated in the product marketing and development of over 200 award-winning educational software and hardware products and holds multiple patents and disclosures for student computing technologies.
• Mr. Greaves has been CEO of two education related companies and serves on advisory boards for RM Education, Hotmath, Global Schoolhouse Network, Time to Know and Project Inkwell. He serves as the SIIA Mobility TrendsWatch Editor and is co-author of the America’s Digital Schools reports, and also Project RED, a large-scale study focused on the hypothesis that properly implemented educational technology can contribute to dramatic improvements in student achievement as well as being revenue positive at the state level.
Anthony Salcito is vice president of education for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Public Sector organization a role that allows him to work with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize
learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Partners for Technology Access, and Public and Private Alliances programs.
• Mr. Salcito helped launch the U.S. Partners in Learning program in 2003, which was recognized in 2009 with the Public-Private Partnership Award from the U.S. National Governors Association. He was the catalyst for Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – Microsoft’s participation with School District of Philadelphia to build an innovative high school in the city of Philadelphia, which has served as a blueprint for Microsoft’s worldwide Innovative Schools program.
Dr. David Thornburg is an award-winning futurist, author and consultant whose clients range across the public and private sector, both in the United States and in Brazil. His razor-sharp focus on the fast-paced world of modern computing and communication media, project-based learning, 21st century skills, and open source software has placed him in constant demand as a keynote speaker and workshop leader for schools, foundations, and
• As the founder and Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center, Dr. Thornburg conducts research and provides staff development in several areas. He also helps educators to think intelligently about the future and is active in exploring ways that educational technology will change the face of learning, both at home and in the classroom.
Dr. Valerie Truesdale is Superintendent of Beaufort County School District and 2009 South Carolina superintendent of the year. She has dedicated herself to education for over 30 years. She has served as superintendent of Oconee
County School District, and as a senior executive assistant for the SC Department of Education, supervising areas of policy, teacher licensure, technology, and student assessment. In addition, Dr. Truesdale is a former instructional services officer, high school principal, assistant principal, personnel administrator and teacher.
• Dr. Truesdale, a long time member of South Carolina Association of School Administrators, has served on the Executive Committee of the Superintendents’ Division, President of the Allied Division and Chair of the Instructional Leaders’ Division. She has held offices for various professional organizations including President and board member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) worldwide, SCASCD, SC Charter School District’s Board and Clemson University’s College of Education External Advisory
About RM: Founded in 1973 in Oxford, England, RM is a worldwide leader in development of outstanding educational tools, technologies and services that engage students and inspire learning. RM is one of Europe’s largest and
most respected suppliers of technology-based curriculum products for education, supplying thousands of schools in six different countries including the United States. RM Education is the United States division of RM and is located in Hyannis, Massachusetts. RM Education can be contacted at 866-728-6758 or on the web at www.RMeducation.com.