Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Globe Fearon President Beth Wray Takes over Computer Curriculum Corp

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Globe Fearon President Beth Wray Takes over Computer Curriculum Corp

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Al Branch The latest technology news from business, schools and government, and how it affects administrators, schools and students.

Looking to capitalize on education's move to the Internet with someone who has had some success there, Pearson Education has appointed Beth Wray, president of its supplementary materials imprint Globe Fearon, as chief executive officer of its Computer Curriculum Corp. educational software division.

Wray, a longtime industry veteran who worked at Pearson Ed.'s Silver Burdett Ginn and Scholastic over the years, said that among her chief responsibilities will be to look for more opportunities to share content and resources between CCC and its other divisions. Pearson Education is the nation's largest educational publisher with a full range of K-12 and higher education imprints. Wray is replacing Ron Fortune as CEO, who left the company last year, and she will report to William Oldsey, president of Pearson Education's Elementary Group.

"The climate within Pearson has evolved over the years to where it has become easier to look for opportunities with its other divisions," Wray told CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR in an exclusive interview. "CCC is now part of the company's Elementary Group, which will help that, but more importantly this has become the era of partnerships and alliances within the educational publishing industry. So while we continue to look outside the company for opportunities, it only makes sense that we look within the company, too."

But beyond looking at strategies for sharing content and resources, CCC is also planning a major foray onto the Internet for the K-12 market with its SuccessMaker instructional courseware, which the company is relaunching onto the Web as SuccessMaker Internet, or SMi.

Wray had some success at Globe Fearon launching the division's Internet-based custom publishing initiative, and she plans to put that experience to good use with SMi. "We're piloting SMi at less than a dozen schools this summer and plan to begin selling it in the fall," Wray says. …

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