Tara Welty Named Editor-In-Chief of "Instructor" Magazine

For Immediate Release
Alex Wladich, Scholastic Inc., 212-965-7353 or awladich@scholastic.com

New York, NY — July 12, 2012 — Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today that Tara Welty has been named Editor-In-Chief of Scholastic Instructor® Magazine. In her role, Tara will oversee editorial content and the print and digital production of the award-winning magazine for teachers, as well as manage all content on Instructor’s website, newsletters, blogs and social media channels.

Since 1891, Instructor has been a trusted resource for teachers. Instructor is the go-to guide for practical and innovative teaching ideas, education news, professional development advice, and teacher-tested lesson plans, classroom management strategies, and timesaving tools. In addition, Instructor engages with teachers via social media on the Scholastic Teachers Facebook page, which has more than 90,000 fans.

Prior to being named the Editor-In-Chief for Instructor, Tara served as Editor of Scholastic Art® Magazine, where she oversaw the re-launch of both the magazine and its interactive website. Scholastic Art is the only periodical for art in America’s K-12 schools. It brings art history alive with engaging stories and inventive hands-on studio art projects. Under her leadership, Scholastic Art won two 2012 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Awards as well as the 2011 award for Periodical of the Year. The AEP’s annual awards program is widely recognized by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding educational value. Tara will continue to oversee Scholastic Art in her new role.

"Instructor is already an indispensable source of information for educators, and I look forward to bringing new ideas to the table to help make it even more useful in the digital and mobile age," said Tara Welty.

"Tara has extraordinary gifts as an editor and educator. She made a profound contribution to arts education in re-launching Scholastic Art," said Hugh Roome, President of Scholastic Consumer and Professional Publishing. "She brings to this important new assignment both the vision and skills which will sustain Instructor’s unique role in advising and inspiring K-12 teachers."

Tara is the author of a number of books for middle grade readers, including Jane Goodall: Conservation Hero and Handling Teamwork and Respect for Others. She has served as Acting Editor of Scholastic Action® Magazine, Scholastic’s reading intervention classroom magazine, and as Lead Project Editor for K-5 social studies at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. Prior to Macmillan, she was Assistant Editor for social studies at Harcourt School Publishers.

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