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EdisonLearning Names New Leadership Team

Experienced Professionals to Lead Executive, Finance and Education Functions

Knoxville, TN (January 31, 2014) – EdisonLearning, the leading international educational services provider, today announced a new executive team to be led by Thom Jackson, as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Jackson, who has been serving in the role of Chief Operating and Legal Officer, takes over the reins of the company which was one of the pioneers of charter schools in the United States. Today, EdisonLearning assists schools achieve lasting gains in performance, and is currently partnering with more than 50 schools and 11 school districts in 14 states, as well as in the United Kingdom. Through these partnerships, EdisonLearning is helping to educate nearly 100,000 students.

Prior to joining the company as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jackson held various key leadership positions at international and Fortune 100 companies, such as: the GAB Robins Group of Companies, Prudential, and MetLife. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

In his new role, Jackson has named Maureen Ryan to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Ryan has been with EdisonLearning for nearly 15 years, with increasing responsibility in both the operational and financial divisions of the company. She has been serving as the company’s Senior Vice President for Budget and Operations. Ms. Ryan earned her undergraduate degree from California State University-Northridge, and her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.

In addition, Laura Hayes, a longtime teacher and education administrator with over 30 years of experience, will serve as the company’s Chief Academic Officer. Ms. Hayes has over 11 years of service with EdisonLearning, most recently as a Senior Director of Achievement in the West region. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bishop College in Dallas, and her Master of Science from North Texas State University.

“Educational and operational excellence is critical to meeting the needs of our partners and helping students succeed,” Jackson said. “The experience and expertise of our new leadership team will be tremendously helpful in enhancing our education offerings and services throughout our partnership network, and in sharing best practices throughout our organization.”

EdisonLearning’s tradition of innovation and education reform heritage brings a unique perspective to its’ extensive portfolio of proven K-12 solutions, including: school improvement and management of charter and district schools, Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies focused on dropout prevention and recovery, state-wide virtual high schools, and eCourses - a full online curriculum.

“The passion of everyone in our organization to deliver the highest quality level of service to our partners is stronger than ever, and we are all committed to keeping EdisonLearning as a premier educational services provider,” Jackson said.


New Study Will Explore Academic and Social Development Characteristics of Re-engaged High School Dropouts

America’s Promise Alliance to survey Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy Students

Washington DC - March 26, 2013 – To help communities re-engage more students who have dropped out, America’s Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) and EdisonLearning today announced they will partner to conduct new research that examines the social and emotional and academic characteristics of dropouts who have successfully returned to school to complete their studies. Often an overlooked component of dropout prevention and one of the least researched, dropout recovery is essential for the nation to achieve the Grad Nation Campaign goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the class of 2020.  

This research will be led by America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise and will include a longitudinal, quantitative study of re-engaged youth with the network of Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, a partnership between EdisonLearning and Magic Johnson Enterprises. The study will follow up to 2,000 young people in the 17 Academies located in six states. Read More


Magic Johnson Bridgescape Center Opens to Help Macon Students Earn High School Diplomas

ATLANTA (Dec. 13, 2012) - Provost Academy Georgia (PAGA), a statewide charter high school district, has recently announced plans to open its second Magic Johnson Bridgescape center in Macon, Georgia, early next year. Magic Johnson Bridgescape at PAGA is a free program designed to provide high school-age students who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out with the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma.

The center, which is currently under renovations, will open its doors at 3902 Northside Drive (Ashley Park Office Complex Building D) in Macon by mid January 2013. However, registration is now open for all interested students.

PAGA is headquartered at 100 Edgewood Avenue NE in Atlanta. PAGA opened the first Magic Johnson Bridgescape center in Atlanta in September 2012. The Magic Johnson Bridgescape center is free and open to students ages 14 to 20 who have left school or are considering leaving school and want to earn a standard high school diploma. Students can enroll by calling 888-725-9501. Read More


Georgia’s New Virtual High School Will Feature Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Centers Focused on Dropout Prevention and Recovery

Atlanta - April 18, 2012 - Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Centers™, which are designed to help high school-age students, who have already left school or who are at risk of leaving, earn a standard high school diploma, are now a component of Provost Academy Georgia.  The combined solution offers one of the most unique blended learning programs in the country.

“Our goal is to ensure that no student in Georgia falls through the cracks,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who last year formed a strategic alliance with EdisonLearning operating as Magic Johnson-EdisonLearning Assist. “All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”

Nationwide, nearly one in three U.S. high school students fails to graduate with a diploma. In total, approximately 1.2 million students drop out each year – averaging 7,000 every school day or one every 26 seconds. Read More

Capital Area Region of Pennsylvania Sees Dramatic Increase in Students Taking Online High School Courses

Enola, PA – (May 1, 2011) The number of high school students in Pennsylvania’s Capital area region taking online courses has multiplied by nearly ten times in the past year.

The Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA), which provides online learning options to students in 19 school districts included in the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU), has seen the number of students taking online courses jump from 149 to 1,242. The number of students taking all of their courses online also increased from 1 in 2010, to 87 this year.

The reason for the dramatic increase is clear according to Holly Brzycki, supervisor of online learning at CAIU, which established CAOLA to provide flexible online learning options to its member districts. “Providing quality online courses helps our districts better serve their students more efficiently and effectively,” explained Brzycki. “This innovative approach to education is cost-effective, and allows them to offer a broader range of courses without the need to increase costs and resources.” Read More.