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People to People Ambassador Programs Forms Education Advisory Board to Further Establish Leadership in Educational Travel

2013-01-29 18:50 ET - News Release

Nationally recognized education leaders and experts to provide strategic direction to further enhance educational value of student travel programs

SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, is reaffirming its position as a thought leader in the industry with the formation of an Education Advisory Board comprised of accomplished experts from the academic world and educationally oriented organizations dedicated to providing a well-rounded education.   

People to People Ambassador Programs Education Advisory Board Members include:

  • Dan Domenech, PhD, Executive Director of American Association of School Administrators
  • Edward L. Davis, Ed.D, Executive Director of DECA
  • Dr. Darla Strouse, Executive Director Partnerships, Development and Recognition for Office of the State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Eric R. Hargis, Executive Director of National PTA
  • Anne L. Bryant, Ed.D, Executive Director, Emeritus, National School Boards Association
  • Kathy Hurley, Executive Vice President of Educational Alliances Pearson Foundation
  • Diane Barrett, Vice President, Education Sales and Services for USA Today
  • Gail Connelly, Executive Director of National Association of Elementary School Principals

The education advisory board's goal is clear: to advise People to People Ambassador Programs on how to further enrich its program itineraries and enhance experiential learning opportunities.

"We are incredibly excited to have this caliber of education experts on our education advisory board. These individuals place a high importance on experiential education and will help us continue to improve our programs to make them even more valuable as learning outside the classroom becomes even more important," said Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs.

People to People Ambassador Programs' intention is to tap the education advisory boards' wide knowledge and global connections, integrate their expertise into perfecting best in class programs that prepare students to be competitive in the global education and career marketplace and help prepare students across the country to be competitive in a global society through unique educational travel opportunities. 

"National PTA's mission is to make every child's potential a reality," said Eric R. Hargis, Executive Director of National PTA.  "We see opportunities like the People to People Ambassador Program as a great way for young people to develop leadership skills that can last a lifetime."

The education advisory board held its first meeting on November 7, 2012 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the role that experiential learning plays in preparing students to be globally ready.  The education advisory board and the People to People Ambassador Programs management team will meet at least three times a year to analyze and innovate programming to keep People to People Ambassador Programs' curriculum in step with changes in the educational and economic landscape, and maintain a leadership position in educational experiences through student travel.

For more information about the People to People Ambassador Programs' Education Advisory Board visit http://peopletopeople.com/about-us/advisory-board.

About People to People Ambassador Programs
Ambassador Programs, Inc., d/b/a People to People Ambassador Programs, is the world's most recognized educational travel provider. Since the 1960s, more than 500,000 people from around the world have traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs to help further global understanding through cross-cultural exchange. Offering unmatched safety measures and unparalleled access to foreign cultures and countries, People to People Ambassador Programs promotes personal success in a globalized world and fosters international friendships for both students and professional adults.

People to People Ambassador Programs is the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through understanding worldwide. Together, PTPI and People to People Ambassador Programs are united in a mission to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange. For more information, please visit www.peopletopeople.com.  

About Ambassadors Group
Ambassadors Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPAX) is a socially conscious education company located in Spokane, Washington. Ambassadors Group, Inc. is the parent company of Ambassador Programs, Inc., World Adventures Unlimited, Inc., and BookRags, Inc., an educational research website. The Company also oversees the Washington School of World Studies, an accredited travel study and distance learning school. Additional information about Ambassadors Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries is available at www.ambassadorsgroup.com. In this press release, "Company", "we", "us", and "our" refer to Ambassadors Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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