School Specialty Partners with Curriculum Concepts International on Early Reading Program

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB: SCHSQ), a leading K-12 education company with the broadest array of products in the education market, announces a partnership between its Premier brand and Curriculum Concepts International, LLC (CCI). Through the relationship, Premier will work with CCI to bring early reading intervention and prevention programs to market. The exclusive distribution partnership could develop into a more comprehensive relationship that would include content collaboration for new products.

“Curriculum Concepts International’s passion for education and expertise in developing quality instructional programs make them a natural fit for Premier and School Specialty,” said Andreas Kaufmann, vice president of marketing at Premier, a division of School Specialty. “Our organizations will explore mutually beneficial opportunities to build innovative, vetted solutions that educators can successfully implement to improve student outcomes.”

The first product to be offered jointly by Premier and CCI is a reading intervention and prevention solution designed specifically for grades preK-2. The program, which launched last month, helps students develop critical reading skills, which have been shown to be predictive of a student’s success across subject areas, throughout grade levels and beyond academics.

“There were myriad potential partners to work with, but we chose Premier and School Specialty because of the companies’ commitment to providing inventive instructional programs and connecting educators with solutions that work,” said Reggie Powe, co-founder and CEO of CCI. “We anticipate a fruitful working relationship that highlights our organizations’ strengths and produces revolutionary products.”

“This partnership is emblematic of our ever-expanding effort to vet, procure and bring the highest-quality education products and solutions to market,” said School Specialty President and CEO Michael P. Lavelle. “We’re highly selective when choosing partners, focusing on relationships that bring the most innovative education solutions to educators and students.” 

About Curriculum Concepts International
Curriculum Concepts International (CCI) is a nimble company of educators who conceptualize, plan and produce instructional and training programs.  With more than 20 years of experience, CCI retains a deep interest in how people learn.  From concept to prototype and from prototype to bestseller, CCI creates award-winning educational solutions in all media formats, subjects and levels. For more information, visit www.cciny.net.

About Premier
Premier creates solutions for prevention, intervention and real-world readiness.  Utilizing systematic, connected instructional pathways, Premier helps the prevention of future learning difficulties.  The company closes individual learning gaps by using scaffolded intervention that is age and interest appropriate for intermediate and secondary students.  As the leading provider of customized school planners for nearly 30 years, Premier provides real-world resources that help position students for a successful future through college and career preparedness.  For more information, visit www.premier.us.

About School Specialty, Inc. 
School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn.  The company designs, develops, and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies.  Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.  For more information, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.