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Blackboard Launches New K-12 Professional Development Solution

Blackboard Educator Central(TM) enables districts to manage, deliver and evaluate professional development and build collaborative communities of practice

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2008--Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) has announced the launch of Blackboard Educator Central(TM), a comprehensive and fully-hosted professional development solution designed to help districts to affordably manage, deliver and evaluate professional development and build powerful educator communities of practice.

Blackboard Educator Central provides a sustainable, configurable system for school districts to easily manage ongoing online and face-to-face professional development initiatives and evaluate their impact. A new partnership with Web-based professional development service MyLearningPlan(R) integrates comprehensive management capabilities to Blackboard's inclusive solution. This unique offering empowers school districts to focus on improving teacher quality and ultimately, student achievement.

Blackboard Educator Central equips districts with a complete, fully-hosted offering that allows educators to create and manage sustainable professional development initiatives. Blackboard's newest K-12 release enables district personnel to quickly and easily track teacher professional development activities and evaluate the educational impact. Further, with the online professional development capabilities of Blackboard Educator Central, educators can access their learning materials and participate in multiple courses at their convenience and at their own pace, without pulling teachers out of the classroom. The solution gives teachers, principals, and administrators increased flexibility and the convenience to take courses anytime, anywhere.

The highly flexible online professional development enabled by Blackboard Educator Central supplements face-to-face professional development activities and streamlines resources, empowering instructors to reach more teachers and increase overall participation in high quality professional development activities. Educators can connect and collaborate with their peers through a variety of methods, including discussion boards, self and peer assessment, and interactive features such as quizzes and surveys.

"Blackboard Educator Central empowers districts to deliver, manage and evaluate effective and affordable professional development," said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president of Blackboard K-12. "At Blackboard, we recognize the importance of learning at all levels, and create intuitive, easy to use solutions to help teachers enhance their skills, build their motivation, and impact learning at the point of instruction. Blackboard Educator Central offers districts complete, integrated professional development opportunities and provides essential connections between educators to share best practices, deliver top-notch instruction, and measure the impact of their efforts."

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About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise software applications and related services to the education industry. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


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About MyLearningPlan

MyLearningPlan(R) is a leading, web-based service used by educational organizations to plan, manage, and evaluate their Professional Development programs. The company is based in Great River, NY, and has customers throughout the US and Canada. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.