CONCORD, Mass. – June 2, 2011 – Lexia Learning President and CEO Nick Gaehde has been voted one of the education industry’s top five “Leaders to Watch” in EdNET’s Best for 2011, a new recognition program developed by MDR, with the support of Educational Systemics, to recognize leaders and innovators in the education marketplace. “Leaders to Watch” is one of three categories in the program, and it recognizes business professionals making a significant impact in the education industry as selected by the EdNET community at large and the EdNET’s Best panelists.

Gaehde was selected from a large pool of education industry business leaders to earn a coveted spot on the EdNET’s Best list.

“As a 2011 ‘Leaders to Watch’ honoree, Nick Gaehde is believed to be making a significant impact in the education industry by the EdNET’s Best panel and your peers in the EdNET community,” said Dr. Nelson Heller, President of EdNET, MDR. “Being named among the EdNET’s Best top five puts you on the shortlist of exemplary business leaders in education, and we congratulate those who made the list.”

“For the past 27 years, the Lexia team has pioneered the use of technology to support foundational reading skills, working tirelessly to help shape the future of reading education,” said Gaehde. “I’m honored to lead a company whose relentless pursuit of ending reading failure has helped millions of students, and I am grateful for the countless educators who have helped us to bring the vision of student-centric technology into the classroom.”

MDR, with support from Educational Systemics, created the EdNET’s Best program to recognize leaders and innovations in today’s education marketplace in three categories: “Shining Stars,” “Leaders to Watch,” and “Teachers Select.” The recipients on the 2011 EdNET’s Best list will be officially honored at a recognition ceremony held at the 2011 EdNET Conference, September 25-27, in Denver, Colorado.

About Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, is one of the most highly regarded reading software companies in the nation. Established in 1984, the company provides a flexible, Web-enabled technology that is scientifically based and proven to increase reading proficiency in students at all levels of ability, pre-K to adult. Today, Lexia’s programs, including its flagship product, Lexia Reading, are used as an essential part of reading instruction in more than 13,000 schools nationwide, and have helped more than one million students learn to read. To learn more about Lexia, please visit or call 1-800-435-3942.

About EdNET
EdNET, the education business network, brings recognized industry experts, education business executives, and school leaders together to share insight, explore trends, find opportunities, and build partnerships. The EdNET offerings include EdNET Insight, the decision support service; the EdNET Conference, the “must-attend” education event for leaders in the education market; and the EdNET News Alert, the free weekly e-newsletter, all owned and operated by MDR.

About MDR
For more than 40 years, MDR has been the market’s first choice for marketing information and services for the K–12, higher education, library, early childhood, and related education markets. Powered by the most complete, current, and accurate education databases available in the industry, MDR provides email contacts and deployment, direct mail lists, sales contact and lead solutions, along with social media marketing services and the EdNET community. For more information, call 800-333-8802 or visit

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