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Blackboard and My Learning Plan Partner to Provide Comprehensive K-12 Professional Development

WASHINGTON – April 1, 2008 – Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) has announced a partnership with My Learning Plan Inc., a leading K-12 professional development management and assessment service. The partnership enables Blackboard to offer a new comprehensive solution that integrates the professional development management capabilities of MyLearningPlan®. Blackboard Educator Central™ is 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 is pleased to partner with My Learning Plan in order to enhance the professional development capabilities of K-12 districts,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president of Blackboard K-12. “MyLearningPlan is a vital component of our newly released professional development offering, Blackboard Educator Central. Now, with this comprehensive solution, districts can offer ongoing, flexible, and job-embedded professional learning opportunities and with MyLearningPlan technology, they can manage these initiatives and evaluate their impact.”

“The importance of professional development cannot be underestimated,” said Tom Murphy, CEO of My Learning Plan Inc. “Blackboard is a recognized leader in the education industry and we're thrilled they can now offer MyLearningPlan's comprehensive management capabilities to educators across the country.”

My Learning Plan's customers include rural school districts, large urban school systems, regional and national educational organizations, State Education Departments, and educational foundations.

Blackboard Educator Central is now available for purchase. To learn more, please visit

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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MyLearningPlan® 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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