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Forsyth County Schools Chooses Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Pinpoint Suite to Transform Teaching and Learning for Nearly 40,000 Students

ATLANTA – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced it will be partnering with Forsyth County Schools (FCS) to infuse innovation into the way students learn and teachers teach by implementing the Pinpoint Integrated Education Suite. The Metro Atlanta district, with 35 schools, was one of only 12 public school districts out of the 49 organizations in the nation awarded an Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant.  HMH has committed to serve as the district's private partner which will result in customized development and implementation of a personalized learning system to meet the goals of the grant.

Pinpoint is the only fully integrated, district-wide information tool available to educators. The platform connects all critical education components, from grading and attendance to professional development and analytics, in one easy to use suite of tools. This streamlining of everyday processes allows teachers simultaneous access to information on student learning, individual learning styles, grades, attendance and behavior. Using this information, educators and administrators alike will be able to more effectively customize personal learning plans for each student.

“We are expanding the opportunities for learning far beyond the capacity of the traditional classroom with this partnership,” said Bailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools. “We must move past the long-established delivery model of one-size-fits-all.  This initiative recognizes the need to create an individualized learning environment with learning objects available to students based on learning styles, preferences and interests.  We believe personalized learning will result in the greatest gains for our students.”

FCS is a trailblazing district in the “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) movement. Schools and teachers throughout the district have increased student access to learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom by encouraging students to utilize their personal technology devices.  The inclusion of Pinpoint into the school system is another step in the district’s desire to make personalized learning a reality.

“Our partnership with HMH will produce a transformational data system fueled with standards-based digital content, assessments, and real-time data resulting in game changing teaching and learning,” said Lissa Pijanowski, Associate Superintendent, Forsyth County Schools. “We must innovate to educate the 21st century learner. By providing our teachers with seamless, integrated tools for instruction, our students will be provided learning experiences that are personalized to their learning style and the standards they need to master.” 

Pinpoint is a single sign-on, stay-on platform designed to turn data into ideas, standards into strategies and resources into results. The suite is flexible and customizable to meet current district needs and can also be modified to meet the needs of the future. Each module can be used independently or integrated into the full suite of tools.

“To reach the 21st century learner, school districts around the country are turning to the data-driven, customizable approach provided by Pinpoint,” said Mike Lavelle, President, HMH Education Group. “As a forward-thinking district, Forsyth County Schools is making a continued commitment to streamline the teaching experience and provide students with personalized learning plans. It is our hope that customizable and technologically-driven programs, such as Pinpoint, will give every child an equal chance to reach his or her potential as a learner.”

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About Forsyth County Schools
Forsyth County Schools serves 36,800 students PK-12 and is the ninth largest school system in Georgia.  FCS serves as a lighthouse district for utilizing technology to improve student achievement and is recognized throughout Georgia and the nation.  Through strong collaboration between the Academics and Technology, FCS continues to seek innovative ways to improve the teaching and learning experience while maintaining high expectations for performance.   Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), a systemic Learning Management System, and a strategic transition to digital content have all been recent accomplishments of the district.   The i3 grant and the strategic alliance with HMH will allow FCS to realize their vision for personalizing learning for all students.  Learn more about Forsyth County Schools  

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
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