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Andrew Posner
Teachers Support Network
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Teachers Support Network Is Established

Innovative new company formed to address recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers

Princeton, NJ - January 27, 2004.  Teachers Support Network (TSN ) has been formed. The venture, incubated by Warburg Pincus LLC and funded by private investors, provides schools and teachers with tools, techniques, and services expressly focused on recruiting, developing, and ultimately retaining highly qualified teachers.

Teachers Support Network's solutions are based on best practices in recruiting management and professional development, and they are consistent with the mandates of No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal reform of public education that addresses the link between student achievement and highly qualifed teachers.

Teachers Support Network provides solutions to schools and school districts that recruit highly qualified teachers; it also provides a marketplace for aspiring or certified teachers who are seeking employment.

For schools and school districts, Teachers Support Network helps recruiters by automatically sorting and matching available positions to the best teaching candidates available; managing the recruiting process, making it less cumbersome and paperwork-intensive; and guiding the induction and professional development milestones for each teaching employee.

Teachers Support Network applies the most effective, outcomes-based, data-driven recruiting techniques and helps schools maximize their recruiting and professional development budget. Using Teachers Support Network, traditional school-based recruiting expands dramatically to include a broader geographic reach and taps into all elements of effective recruiting strategies--multiple media, traditional job fairs, and Web-based recruiting--to find highly qualified teachers.

For aspiring or certified teachers, Teachers Support Network helps by instantly matching candidates to appropriate teaching opportunities, based on individual qualifications.

Each teaching candidate develops a unique professional portfolio that summarizes credentials, work history, and special interests or needs. The portfolios are available for viewing by Teachers Support Network member schools and districts. Teaching candidates can automatically update their portfolio to reflect changes in their credentials, interest, and needs.

Members have access to a news service that provides current information relating to teachers, teaching, and other topics of interest to educators. A special interest bulletin board and Web events are tailored to the educator.

Beyond recruiting and assessment, TSN also provides capabilities to support application tracking, hiring and finishing, workforce and No Child Left Behind reporting, and a completely outsourced Induction/Pre-service Orientation Academy to ensure that the newly placed highly qualified teachers receive the pedagogical support and the ongoing teaching-community support and mentoring required to ensure their success. In total, it's a comprehensive approach to the teaching candidate continuum, intended to provide dramatic results--more cost-effective recruitment and placement, and improvements to long-term retention of highly qualified teachers.

Ted Sanders, chairman of Teachers Support Network, said, "I am delighted to announce this venture to educators nationwide. We face unprecedented challenges in educating America 's youth and meeting the No Child Left Behind mandates. Teachers Support Network is dedicated to bridging the gap between the number of highly qualified teachers needed and those available. As educators, we know that no one book has all of the answers and no one person can solve all of the problems. By working as a team, we can keep everyone moving ahead together so nobody gets left behind."


Ted Sanders
Currently president of the Education Commission of the States, Ted Sanders has deep experience as an educator, including classroom teacher, chief state school officer in three states, acting U.S. Secretary of Education, and most recently, University President of Southern Illinois University. From 1991 to 1995, Ted was the Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, and prior to that he served as Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education, during which time he also served as acting U.S. Secretary of Education, a post he held from November 1990 to March 1991. Ted also served as Illinois State Superintendent of Education, after holding a similar position in Nevada. He has had significant experience at the state and national level in addressing the need for highly qualified teachers. He also taught in Mountain Home, Idaho, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs School Districts and worked for the New Mexico Department of Education. Dr. Sanders received his Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He holds an M.A. in Teaching Mathematics from Washington State University and a B.S. from Wayland Baptist University in Texas.

Steve Distler
Steve Distler is currently Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, a leader in global equity investing. He also specializes in education and training investments and serves on the boards of numerous educational companies, including APEX Learning, Inc. and 4GL School Solutions, Inc. Steve received his B.A. from Tufts University in Massachusetts, and M.B.A. from New York University and serves on the Board of Oversears of Tufts University.

Tracy MacGregor
Tracy MacGregor has deep entrepreneurial roots, having spent the past decade building technology and professional services companies in support of institutional investors such as Warburg Pincus, Baker Capital, and The Apollo Group. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board, Rare Medium, an Atlanta-based technology and application development company. Prior to his current position, Mr. MacGregor served as CEO of Struthers Martin, an Internet integration company, and as General Managing Partner, Technion Communications, a database marketing, telemarketing, and media-tracking firm. Before his entrepreneurial endeavors, Tracy spent 12 years at AT&T, holding a number of senior management positions in network engineering, sales, marketing, product management, and operations. He earned degrees in English and Computer Science from Lynchburg College/University of Virginia and attended graduate school at Rutgers University in Newark. He has also served on the school boards of his children's schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and Princeton, N.J.

Michele Norris
Michele Norris began her career at McKinsey and Company and has spent the past two decades working on instructional and administrative technology solutions for public education. She also has extensive experience in professional development and assessment that addresses the needs surrounding highly qualified teachers. She   has worked with McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Harcourt Education, Microsoft, and IBM. She holds an A.B. from Vassar College.


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