Virginia’s Henrico County Public Schools to Purchase Beyond Books Online Educational Content

July 25, 2001

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) has selected Beyond Books to provide the educational content the district will deliver to its laptop-equipped high school students beginning this fall.

The school district, located just outside Richmond, Va., recently announced an agreement to purchase laptop computers for every middle and high school student and teacher. This is the largest laptop computer purchase in secondary education to date. Online curriculum content — like that provided by Beyond Books — is an essential part of Henrico County’s breakthrough technology initiative.

The agreement with Beyond Books was secured by HCPS director of technology, Dr. Charles Stallard, an expert and author on educational technology. In a book due out in October, Stallard writes, “The advantages that digital content brings to the udents — and so is the new technology. Beyond Books programs were created specifically for the new technology that farsighted school districts like Henrico County are embracing,” said James S. Cassano, CEO and founder of Beyond Books’ parent company, New Forum Publishers. “Written by teachers for teachers, Beyond Books programs are an ideal choice for educators. We know their classroom needs, and we designed our curriculum content and teacher resources to exceed them. For us, education is also about empowering teachers.”

Beyond Books launched its first program, “American History: From British Arrival to British Departure,” in the fall of 1998. Today students in 48 states and 10 countries representing more than 2,500 schools have accessed Beyond Books programs. These programs parallel state and national curriculum standards and feature original and award-winning text, cutting-edge multimedia presentations and interactive activities, links to thousands of reviewed Web sites, and a full complement of teacher resources.