Dr. Charlotte Frank, Don Johnston and Paul McFall receive educational publishing’s highest individual honor for their industry contributions

WILMINGTON, DE, June 7, 2011 – Honoring those individuals who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of the educational resource industry, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has named Dr. Charlotte Frank, Don Johnston, and Paul McFall as inductees into its Hall of Fame. This special career distinction recognizes individuals for their lifetime dedication to improving learning resources for students and educators and for their impact on the industry.

“The accomplishments of these individuals have helped advance and shape the educational landscape as we know it,” said Charlene Gaynor, CEO of AEP. “The inductees’ collective commitment to the betterment of the education community as a whole makes them truly deserving of this recognition.”

About the Inductees
Dr. Charlotte Frank, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at McGraw-Hill Education, has demonstrated a life-long commitment to creating high-quality educational resources so that students can successfully prepare for life beyond the classroom. In addition to her work with the company, Dr. Frank has received more than 60 professional awards for her industry contributions and has played an active role with a wide array of organizations, including People to People Ambassador Programs and the America-Israel Friendship League, which further exemplifies her dedication to closing the achievement gap around the world.

Don Johnston, CEO and founder of the special education company Don Johnston, Inc. is a pioneer of assistive technologies and learning interventions to support students with disabilities. Johnston’s early contributions paved the way for numerous publishers and educators to set higher expectations for children with physical, cognitive and learning disabilities. Throughout his 31 years in operating his family business, Don has paved the way for many publishers, educators and researchers to better understand the benefits of accessible instruction materials and technology accommodations to support universal design for learning. He and his wife, Cheryl, are now involved in philanthropic work to provide microloans to educators in Kenya, Africa to stimulate economic development.

Paul McFall, Senior Vice President for Pearson School, has a 40-year record of success, which includes a special commitment to supporting classroom teachers in meeting the challenges they face every day. As president of Pearson Scott Foresman, he spearheaded the company’s intense focus on research-based curriculum. He introduced independent efficacy studies of the company’s programs to validate their success in improving student outcomes and to inform the next generation of product development. Simultaneously, he initiated the first technology-based elementary math and social studies programs to the market. McFall is a key contributor to Pearson’s Instructional Leadership Council and the Hispanic Leadership Council. His commitment to education extends to a legion of volunteer activities, including teaching reading to underprivileged children.

The Educational Publishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Thursday, December 1, 2011, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. Tickets will be available in the fall. To find out more and to sign up to receive ticket information, visit www.AEPweb.org/fame.

About the AEP Hall of Fame
Founded in 1994 by AEP (the Association of Educational Publishers), the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have made remarkable and lasting contributions to education and educational publishing. Previous honorees include Fred Rogers, founder of Family Communications Inc.; Joan Ganz Cooney, Co-Founder of Sesame Workshop; Peter Jovanovich, former Chairman and CEO of Pearson; and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Scholastic.

About AEP
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.

AEP’s thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit www.AEPweb.org.
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