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Staff Development for Educators, Stenhouse Publishers to form partnership in Portsmouth, N.H.

Portsmouth, NH • Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Staff Development for Educators, (SDE), of Peterborough, N.H., and Stenhouse Publishers, of Portland, ME, are combining their complementary professional development capabilities under one roof, the companies announced Wednesday.

The two companies, both subsidiaries of Highlights for Children, Inc., will relocate to Portsmouth, N.H. Close to the midpoint between Portland and Peterborough, Portsmouth will provide growth opportunities in the greater Boston area. The two companies will begin combined operations in April, vacating the facilities they now occupy in Peterborough and Portland.

“Stenhouse and SDE have strong recognition among teachers and will continue to do business as their distinct brands,” said Dan Tobin, currently President of Stenhouse. Tobin will oversee editorial and content development of the combined operation as Publisher. “Stenhouse will continue to publish highly regarded professional development titles, as well as continuing its expansion into supplemental curriculum and in-person, author-focused professional development. SDE will continue to provide a range of professional development events and services to teachers.”

This partnership will enable the companies to better leverage their shared resources, including relationships with authors, presenters, and customers, the content development expertise of the Stenhouse team, and the event management experience of SDE.

“Together, we will build a combined marketing and sales capacity that will help us reach more teachers at all stages of their careers,” said Emily Hawkins, SDE General Manager. Hawkins will oversee marketing, sales and operations of the combined organization as General Manager.  “This partnership will allow us to provide customers with full service professional development and will support authors and presenters in providing a comprehensive range of offerings to teachers.”

“Dan Tobin and Emily Hawkins have collaborated extensively over the past two years -- making this partnership official is the next logical step,” said Lesa Scott, President of the Highlights Education Group. “Combining the strengths of each organization into this powerful partnership will enable each business to increase its positive impact on teachers and provide more value to their authors and presenters.”

While some SDE employees will follow the company to Portsmouth, the move entails restructuring to better align the two organizations. As such, the company will eliminate positions in Peterborough and will be looking to fill roles at the new location in Portsmouth.  

About SDE

SDE is one of America's leading providers of professional development for Pre-K through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite Professional Development (PD) and Events, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is research-based, innovative and rigorous, but also practical, motivating and fun. In addition to recognition for its state conferences and in-school professional development, SDE is well known for its national conference in Las Vegas that attracts more than 5,500 educators from across the U.S. every summer. For more information visit

About Stenhouse

Stenhouse publishes professional development books and videos by teachers and for teachers. Its titles cover a range of content areas – from literacy and mathematics to science, social studies, the arts and environmental education – as well as a variety of topics, including classroom management, assessment and differentiation. All of its work is grounded in sound theory and research, and informed by our authors' years of experience in the classroom. The company’s goal is to provide educators with a set of proven strategies from which they can choose and adapt what will work best for their students and their own environment. Visit for more information.

About Highlights for Children

The Highlights for Children company believes children are the world’s most important people™.  With a rich history as a leading global producer of entertaining and educational content for children, families and teachers, Highlights for Children is recognized as an authority in child-development, parenting and education. The company’s subsidiaries include a diverse portfolio of branded products and experiences that extend across the spectrum of media, including print, broadcast, and digital. The flagship Highlights™ brand reaches children 0-12 through their most popular magazines, digital apps, books, and toys/games.  Zaner-Bloser, an educational solutions company, specializes in delivering explicit instruction and academic foundation for PreK–8 students in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and other language arts. Stenhouse Publishers publishes educator professional development books by teachers, for teachers. And Staff Development for Educators (SDE) is one of America's leading providers of PreK through Grade 12 educator professional development. To learn more about Highlights for Children companies visit,,,

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