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Orchard Software’s Language Arts Program Wins ESL/ELL 2008 Association of Educational Publishers’ Award

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 24, 2008 -- St. Louis-based Siboney Learning Group’s Orchard Software’s K-3 Language Arts programs have been named the winner of the Association of Educational Publishers’ 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award in the ESL/ELL curriculum software category.

Bill Edwards, president of Siboney Learning Group, accepted the award at the AEP Awards Banquet on June 6 in Washington, D.C. “The Orchard language arts software was chosen from a field of highly respected competitive products,” said Edwards. “Siboney Learning Group knows that students from non-English speaking households must receive instruction that helps all aspects of English usage including listening, speaking, reading, and writing.”

Orchard’s language arts programs assess the needs of English Language Learners and provide targeted instruction that mirrors ELL teaching principles and addresses challenges that ELL students face. Orchard’s reporting system monitors ELL student progress by tracking their gains and areas in need of attention.

In addition to language arts, Orchard’s comprehensive software solution addresses math, reading, writing, and science and is designed to supplement regular classroom instruction and help schools meet AYP goals. Orchard’s state standards-based formative and benchmark assessments, targeted, motivating instruction, and qualitative data reporting feature make it the choice of educators in more than 8,000 schools serving over 4 million students across the United States.

About the Association of Educational Publishers and the Distinguished Achievement Awards
Founded in 1895, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a non-profit organization devoted to serving and advancing the supplemental educational publishing industry through research and information, market opportunities, government relations, professional development and networking events.

The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational materials within subject categories and by audience. All products submitted undergo a rigorous judging process by highly qualified individuals who are experts in their respective areas. Entries are judged in a school and classroom setting. For more information, visit AEP online at

About Siboney Learning Group
Siboney Learning Group is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Orchard is the flagship of a group of Siboney product lines that includes PracticePlanet, Educational Activities Software, Journey, and Gamco. To learn more about Orchard, go to For additional information about Siboney Learning Group, go to

PracticePlanetTM was developed by Siboney Learning Group, publisher of Orchard Software, in partnership with Edumatics Corporation. PracticePlanetTM is a trademark of Siboney Learning Group.