Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Leads Florida Schools into Digital Future; Global Education Leader Ahead of State's Recent Push into Virtual Sampling

BOSTON – As the Florida Department of Education’s 2011 textbook adoption process goes digital, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced that its programs, including the new social studies curriculum for middle and high school students, fully address the state’s new virtual sampling requirements. Available for grades 6 through 12, the social studies curriculum features interactive, digital content that was created through HMH’s partnership with HISTORY™, a division of A&E Television Networks.

For the first time, the Florida Department of Education is no longer requiring educational publishers to provide physical copies of textbooks for official review, and is embracing the idea of virtual sampling. The digital alternative to traditional printed samples provides a better experience for teachers and administrators, while providing a much more eco-friendly solution. The ability to access product information from anywhere, at any time, allows educators to make informed decisions that benefit classrooms and individual students in the short and long term. Virtual sampling also vastly cuts down on paper and other materials, making it a much more environmentally-friendly choice.

“As schools seek a more efficient way to find the best solutions for their students, HMH’s innovative programs, combined with virtual sampling, have proven to be a winning combination,” said Mike Lavelle, President, Education Group, HMH. “HMH, and schools throughout Florida, recognize that this is the most efficient, sustainable way that we can accomplish our educational goals.”

HMH has already been presenting its curriculum offerings via virtual sampling for years and is more than prepared to accommodate Florida’s new ruling. Thousands of HMH titles are digitally available for review, which include the new social studies curriculum. Of course, all titles are also available for purchase in print.

To further enable Florida’s educators and students to benefit from a growing digital learning environment, this curriculum is supplemented by easy-to-access multimedia created by HISTORY. Students are given the opportunity to strengthen the classroom experience by viewing hours of video, interactive maps and other digital content created to engage the 21st century learner. All additional subject matter serves as an effective, engrossing form of classroom instruction.

For more information on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Florida social studies program, please visit: http://www.hmheducation.com/fl/hmd-social-studies.php.

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With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world's largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.