Pearson to Host Orwellian Conference NEXT WEEK!

Hurry! Next week, Pearson is hosting its annual online learning conference, and there’s still time to register.

If you can get yourself to Amelia Island by Tuesday, you can consider yourself among “the nation’s top educators, administrators, and corporate leaders.” Become a corporate sponsor, and you’ll see your products advertised throughout the conference.

Find out if you will disrupt or be the disrupted. Learn how you can grow results with GRIT. Get strategy tips on out how to gain stakeholder buy-in for your blended learning program. Take a virtual tour with Tom Vander Ark of the shift to digital learning.

On Tuesday, you’ll have a chance to “demystify” competency-based education by launching your own program using Pearson’s very own CBE playbook and assessment system (TM).

Later that day, learn how competency-based education “seamlessly integrates academic, industry sector and workforce readiness competencies into a contextualized curriculum design and assessment strategy involving the teaching of academic skills against the backdrop of specific subject matter to which these skills are applied, aligned and vetted by state industry experts.”

Confused? Disturbed?


Not to worry. Ample time will be provided for question and answers with panelists.

For those interested in data-mining, attend a session with Pearson representatives called “CBE Meets Data-informed Learning Design.”

Or just watch this YouTube video here to find out how Pearson would like to measure how much your pupils dilate to see how well their programs are working.


If you’re a teacher feeling a little shaky about leaving your brick and mortar school behind to become an online teacher, you can attend a session called “Self-Efficacy and Isolation: Guiding Teachers in Making the Transition” for some coping tactics.

Then it all gets really awesome on Wednesday night.

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Beachside bonfire, good eats and Polynesian dancers? Count me in.

Sound too good to be true?

It gets even better.

At the end of the conference, you’ll get a digital badge that you use to showcase what you learned and how you enhanced your professional development.

That’s right. No one will know that you really attended a trade show.

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Hat Tip: Morna McDermott 🙂





















Author: Emily Talmage

My name is Emily Talmage and I teach fourth grade at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to teaching in Lewiston, I have also taught special education and general education in New York City, including one year at a “high-performing” charter school in Brooklyn. I also have two master’s degrees; one in Urban Education from Mercy College, and another in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I have also worked as a research analyst and assistant at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia and Oldham Innovative Research in Portland.

8 thoughts on “Pearson to Host Orwellian Conference NEXT WEEK!”

  1. So I searched that 54 page document. The words “math” and “reading” aren’t mentioned once. History gets mentioned twice: “history of distance learning” and “chat history”. “music” is only mentioned for the conference party.


  2. This puts a pit in my gut – how to remove the human factor from the human being? We are not mere machines. It reminds me of the research done on Rhesus Monkey’s when all their biological needs were met, but they never received physical touch or a chance to bond. It didn’t end well with them and it’s not going to end well with all the little people within their reach now. I shudder to think of the types of people this will produce. The unseen quality they will not be able to measure, the human spirit, will be thoroughly squashed, squelched and stripped.


  3. Opt-out students can easily wipe out cbe and data systems by providing false answers and information deliberately. The data purveyors will have no way of knowing what is true or false and the reliability of their conclusions will hover around zero.


    1. i don’t know how little kids could do that at school if they are evaluated continuously. It’s also a weird message to children. I get the motivation – believe me ……..


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