Liberty Mutual and Pearson Education
Posted by Online on 7/14/08

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    “Learn Return” Program Offers Discount on Professional
    Development Courses;
    Liberty Mutual to Award $300,000 in Master’s Degree
    Scholarships and School Grants

    BOSTON, June 30, 2008 – As students across the country
    enjoy the beginning of summer vacation, tens of thousands
    of teachers are hitting the books to better their education
    and to increase their base salaries. Ironically, the cost
    of this professional development is most often their own
    burden. To provide support to teachers incurring this
    significant expense, Liberty Mutual Insurance, in
    collaboration with Pearson, the global leader in education
    publishing, today introduced “Learn Return,” a discount and
    scholarship program for continuing education opportunities
    available through

    Nearly 45 percent of all graduate courses from Pearson and
    its accredited university partners are taken during the
    months of June, July and August – the months when teachers
    have time to focus on their educational growth. Through
    Learn Return, these teachers can now receive an immediate
    15 percent discount on more than 100 graduate courses in
    over 15 content fields offered through Pearson, and qualify
    for more than $200,000 in Liberty Mutual scholarships
    toward master’s degree programs. In addition, schools can
    become eligible for an additional $100,000 in grants from
    Liberty Mutual to fund in-school development opportunities.

    “The Learn Return program rewards those who are taking
    personal steps to enhance their professional skills by
    offering exclusive savings on courses they are otherwise
    fully funding,” said Greg Gordon, senior vice president of
    Marketing at Liberty Mutual, which offers additional car
    and home insurance discounts to teachers who are an
    employee or member of one of more than 1,000 educational
    affinity partners. “By relieving some of the financial
    burden, we hope more teachers can satisfy their own passion
    for continued education, which in turn will benefit their
    future students.”

    “As professionals, many teachers make deep annual
    investments in career development so that they can stay
    current on instructional strategies and help their students
    succeed,” said Keith Dunham, senior vice president and
    general manager, Professional Growth group of Pearson. “We
    commend Liberty Mutual for recognizing the importance of
    dedicated teachers with a scholarship and discount program
    designed to support their pursuit of professional growth in
    and out of school.”

    Recognizing Excellence – Scholarship and Grant Programs
    As part of the Learn Return program, Liberty Mutual is
    launching a national search for 15 teachers to earn a
    scholarship for a fully funded master’s degree program from
    one of Pearson’s accredited university partners, with an
    average value of $13,400 each. Scholarship winners will be
    selected based on the following criteria:
    • Demonstrates a commitment to teaching excellence;
    • Strives to maintain a high level of personal
    competency and preparedness;
    • Consistently demonstrates a commitment to students,
    parents, fellow teachers and administrators;
    • Demonstrates a commitment to professional
    development and consistent personal enrichment;
    • Exhibits a commitment to responsibility both in the
    classroom and in the education community; and
    • Works to share and exchange within the broader
    education community.

    Additionally, Liberty Mutual will award $10,000 grants to
    10 schools to fund Pearson teacher development programs
    based on the following criteria:
    • Demonstrates ongoing commitment to professional
    • Demonstrates ongoing improvement in academic
    achievement thanks to professional development investments;

    Scholarship and grant applications can be submitted at through October 2008.
    Applicants will be chosen from an independent selection
    panel and announced in December 2008.

    Liberty Mutual Group
    “Helping people live safer, more secure lives” since 1912,
    Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global
    insurer and sixth-largest property and casualty insurer in
    the U.S. based on 2007 direct written premium. Liberty
    Mutual Group ranks 94th on the Fortune 500 list of largest
    U.S. corporations, based on 2007 revenue. The company has
    over 41,000 employees located in more than 900 offices
    throughout the world.

    The eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S.,
    Liberty Mutual ( sells full lines of
    coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions,
    personal liability, and individual life insurance. The
    company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships,
    offering car and home insurance to employees and members of
    more than 10,000 companies, credit unions, professional
    associations and alumni groups.

    Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing,
    assessment, information and services, helping people of all
    ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For
    students preK-12, Pearson provides effective and innovative
    curriculum products in all available media, educational
    assessment and measurement for students and teachers,
    student information systems, and teacher professional
    development and certification programs. The company’s
    respected brands include NovaNET, SuccessMaker, Waterford,
    KnowledgeBox, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, AGS,
    PowerSchool, TeacherVision and many others. Pearson’s
    comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction
    and intervention so that success is within reach of every
    student. Pearson's other primary businesses include the
    Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

Liberty Mutual's Learn Return program