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[December 10, 2012]

Industry Leader Sheena Hervey Joins Combined Organization Formed by Editure and JBHM as Chief Academic Officer

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Editure Professional Development, an organization focused on helping build strong K-12 schools by providing consulting services in the most critical areas including Common Core State Standards instruction, utilization of technology in the classroom, whole school improvement, and teacher effectiveness, announced today that it has hired Sheena Hervey as Chief Academic Officer.

Editure PD was combined with JBHM Education Group in September following the acquisition of both companies by Weld North. Weld North Holdings LLC is an investment company founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

With more than 25 years of experience in the education industry, Hervey will be the standard-bearer for the academic quality of work throughout the Editure/JBHM organization and a key external thought leader on the instructional shifts surrounding Common Core, measurement of teacher effectiveness, and the unique services provided by Editure PD and JBHM. She will report to CEO Justin Serrano.

"I am extremely excited to have Sheena as part of our team," said Justin Serrano, chief executive officer. "Sheena brings a wealth of industry experience and an invaluable perspective on the challenges and opportunities currently facing the education industry. She is a passionate educator with an impressive background, particularly with respect to the implementation of Common Core literacy standards, and understands the challenges facing educators and leaders alike."

"A key ingredient for the success of the combined entity will be our ability to stay current with - and indeed drive - the educational conversation on student achievement and teacher effectiveness in our ever-changing industry. Sheena is the ideal leader to help us to accomplish this goal," Serrano continued.

"In learning about this opportunity, I have been consistently impressed with the vision for this combined company and its commitment to helping school succeed in raising student standards and achievement," said Sheena Hervey, chief academic officer. "As new standards are implemented, we are asking teachers and students to work and learn in a way that is very new to them. Throughout this exciting and challenging time, our company will be well-positioned to help make that change a bit easier and I look forward to being part of an organization that will make a measurable impact in schools across the country."


Hervey brings a deep expertise in the field of reading and literacy. Prior to joining Editure, Hervey was a consultant at AUSSIE (acquired by Editure PD in 2009) where she provided research-based professional development for teachers and workshops for principals. She was also integral to acquiring and delivering Editure's Common Core State Standards work with New York City. Hervey is currently working as the senior Literacy Adviser for the New York Department of Education's Middle School Quality Initiative. Prior to joining AUSSIE, Hervey served as Director of Primary programs at Dunedin College of Education. Hervey is also a highly sought-after speaker and publisher of such works as "Tools for Examining Text Complexity" with Karen Hess of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA, 2010) "To Test Or Not To Test," (1998) "Dancing with the Pen" (1992), "The Reader as Learner" (1996), "Exploring Language" (1996) as well as international conference papers such as "Who said New Zealand Teachers Don't Teach Phonics " which was presented at the 2000 International Reading Association World Congress in Auckland, NZ.

About Editure Professional Development

Editure PD, best known for its Aussie PD division, offers a full suite of professional development solutions for teachers and administrators in schools and education authorities. Located in New York City, with which it has had a long-standing relationship, Editure PD provides online and onsite academic and technology professional development and consulting services to more than 5,000 schools in 25 states. Editure PD tailors its offerings to enable districts and schools to integrate professional development and technology in the classroom. The Company's suite of services, which includes its industry-leading professional development system, content and courses, enables an environment of continuous development that enhances student outcomes and drives school-wide improvement.

About JBHM

JBHM is recognized as a leader in transformative education services. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, JBHM seeks to assist schools in developing their professional capacities and culture in order to sustain continuous improvement in student learning. The Company's School Improvement Process reaches from state education agencies through school district personnel school boards, superintendents, district administrators, principals and teachers. JBHM was recently cited in a state of Arkansas study of school improvement providers as the only company achieving statistically significant results in both ELA and Math. More information about the State of Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research 2012 Review of School Improvement Consulting Expenditures and Results can be found here: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/Meeting%20Attachments/410/I10184/020712%20Revised%20Public%20School%20Improvement%20Consulting%20Svs.pdf


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