November 7, 2008
EdisonLearning Selects Fast ForWord Family of Products to Improve At-Risk Students’ Reading Skills
Scientific Learning(R) (NASDAQ:SCIL) today announces that EdisonLearning(TM), the nation's largest partner to public school districts and communities, has chosen the Fast ForWord(R) family of products to provide a research-based reading intervention program for Furman L. Templeton Elementary in Baltimore. Fast ForWord is a family of educational software products that accelerate learning by developing the student brain to process more efficiently.
Furman L. Templeton Elementary, a preK-5 public school in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), is an EdisonLearning and BCPSS Partnership school. This fall, the school plans to implement the Fast ForWord reading intervention software to strengthen the brain processing and literacy skills of at-risk students in grades three, four and five. In addition, students who require additional assistance are expected to use the Fast ForWord products after school.
"EdisonLearning's goal in all of our partnership schools is to advance achievement and help students reach the highest levels of reading proficiency," said Dr. Marlaina Palmeri, senior vice president and regional education officer for EdisonLearning. "The Fast ForWord program enhances our ability to achieve this mission by incorporating proven methodologies that help students develop their cognitive and reading skills while also building their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, the Fast ForWord program fits easily into our academic day without compromising critical time for core instruction, and is adaptable for our after school program at Furman L. Templeton."
The Fast ForWord family of products consists of scientifically proven intervention programs that apply neuroscience principles to build the fundamental cognitive skills required to read and learn. The products work by improving the brain's processing efficiency -- how the brain functions to support learning and intellectual activity, including memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing -- with intensive exercises that adapt to each student's level.
Dr. Joseph Wise, chief education officer for EdisonLearning noted, "Too many students are being taught in classes very much like the ones their parents and even grandparents attended, not benefiting fully from new research, technology and advances in education. As public educators, we can accelerate the learning curve for all children and connect them in new and engaging ways with their teachers."
EdisonLearning is the nation's largest partner to public school districts and communities, and during the 2008/09 school year, has a network of more than 100 schools serving 350,000 students in 23 states. EdisonLearning works with school leaders and communities to provide solutions that inspire students to think, learn, and succeed. The organization partners with public educators to create or support improvement in schools that help students achieve lasting gains in performance and prepare them to meet their full potential and the expectations of the 21st century workplace. For more information, visit www.edisonlearning.com.
About Scientific Learning Corp.
Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord(R) family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant(TM) combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, life-long readers. The efficacy of the products has been established by more than 550 research studies and publications. For more information, visit www.scientificlearning.com or call toll-free 888-452-7323.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor created by the federal securities laws. Such statements include, among others, statements relating to expected activities on the part of EdisonLearning. Such statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of many factors, including but not limited to: economic, budget, academic and other factors impacting EdisonLearning and schools generally, availability of resources, and other risks detailed in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to the Report on Form 10Q (Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors), filed August 6, 2008.