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Why choose a Discovery Education Common Core Academy?

There are many professional development options to support your understanding of the CCSS. However, most options provide a cursory review of the standards or a focus only on instructional practices. A Discovery Education Common Core Academy offers a unique combination of strong instructional practices with the effective use of digital media and technology. Each Academy has the goal to support best practices that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. We give educators time to practice and use what they have been taught with the ability to fine tune and dive deeper with two follow-up virtual sessions.

We are proud to partner with educators to offer our Academies at no cost to support the digital transition and provide the skills and resources necessary to effectively implement the CCSS.

Who should attend a Discovery Education Common Core Academy?

We offer an Academy to support the various stakeholders in ensuring the CCSS are implemented effectively in each classroom, across each district. Academies are developed for the ELA, Math and content area teachers as well as for district and school leaders.

What are some examples of integrating digital media and technology into classroom instruction that will be highlighted during an Academy?

Not only will participants receive a free trial to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a multimedia offering that engages students while providing educators with practical instructional support to effectively implement the CCSS, the Academies will also help participants identify numerous web 2.0 tools and apps that support the effective implementation of the CCSS. While there are many free digitial tools and resources, the Discovery Education Common Core Academies will support participants in finding the best resources to fit both their needs and the needs of their students.

Who is the leader/developer of the Discovery Education Common Core Academies?

Karen Beerer, Ed.D. has 28 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, principal, and supervisor of curriculum and professional development. She has spent the last eight years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Boyertown, PA. She received her Ed.D. from Lehigh University where she studied Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctorate entitled, "The Effects of Study Groups on Teachers' Transfer of Inquiry Instruction Training to Elementary School Science Achievement" resulted in several publications. Dr. Beerer has a passion for professional development, specifically, helping educators utilize research-based practices in instruction to help all students achieve.

What does a Discovery Education Common Core Academy cost?

Discovery Education is committed to ensuring that every educator has the opportunity to receive the tools, resources, and training necessary to effectively implement the CCSS. Therefore, we are offering all three of our Academies at no cost to educators and administrators through the end of the school year.

These Academies include:
> Breakfast and lunch during the Academy
> Certificate of attendance (10 total hours of professional development including two virtual follow-up sessions)
> 2 two-hour virtual follow-up sessions
> 60-day free trial to Discovery Education Streaming Plus

How can I register?

Click on "locations," select the Academy of your choice and click the corresponding "register" button.

What about travel and lodging?

Participants are responsible for their own transportation, meals, and lodging. Discovery Education provides coffee, pastries, and tea in the morning as well as a catered lunch. Participants are responsible for their own dinners.

What research is used to develop the instructional models used in this professional development?

Discovery Education Common Core Academies use key industry research on effective professional development to develop the instructional models used.

Over the last decade, a large body of research has accumulated that examines the effectiveness of professional development experiences. Work done for the National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching (NPEAT) identified general principles from these studies.

Effective professional development:
> Focuses on what students are to learn and on how to address the different problems students may have in learning the material.
> Involves teachers in the identification of what they need to learn and in the development of the learning experiences in which they will be involved.
> Is organized around collaborative problem solving.
> Is continuous and ongoing, involving follow-up and support for further learning.
> Provides opportunities to gain an understanding of the theory underlying the knowledge and skills being learned. [Cooper, 2004]

Similarly, effective professional development provides teachers with many opportunities to interact with ideas and procedures or practice new skills (NSDC, 2009a). Every Discovery Education Common Core Academy is highly interactive and requires every attendee to apply what he/she have learned by working on plans for his/herown District.
Moreover, effective professional development is coherent because it is connected to clear goals such as a school improvement plan or state learning standards (King and Newmann, 2004). Our Academies use the CCSS as the backbone of the professional development experience, preparing teachers with specific and clear strategies to implement the CCSS in their Districts.

In addition, there are four critical components to help teachers learn new strategies and skills: (1) presentation of theory, (2) demonstration of the strategy or skill, (3) initial practice in the workshop, and (4) prompt feedback about their teaching. [Cooper, 2004]

The Discovery Education Common Core Academies incorporate these four components in the design and execution of our sessions, with an emphasis on digital media and technology integration.

What are others that have attended saying about Discovery Education Common Core Academies?

"I highly recommend the Discovery Education Common Core Academy! Our presenter was engaging, knowledgeable, and so informative. I left the Academy today with a greater understanding of the Common Core State Standards and a toolbox of resources I feel confident in using in order to implement the expectations of the CCSS."
Mary Lipic
Brentwood Public Schools
St Louis, MO

"Best seminar I've ever attended! Johnna was an excellent, knowledgeable presenter and really helped me understand what I need to do to implement."
Valerie Minder
Miramonte School
American Canyon, CA

"The Discovery Education Common Core Academy is a great resource and training opportunity for any educator. It provides a wealth of resources and a forum for discussing and breaking down the standards. It is also a great place to bounce ideas off of other educators from other districts/schools."
Benjamin Sung
Natick Public Schools
Natick, MA

"Anyone who has questions about the CCSS will get them answered at this Academy. I love the resources provided to use in my classroom."
Philomena Burke
Rockwood School District
St Louis, MO

"The materials, the content covered, and the instructor were all first class! This is among the most informational professional development I have ever been a part of."
Kelly Bradbury
Randolph Township Schools
Center Valley, PA

"This was the best, most relevant, and effective PD for Common Core I have experienced – and I've been to many."
Cindy Neu
Brentwood Public Schools
St Louis, MO

"This is a 'no brainer'! Every professional educator needs this training!"
Bill Smith
Tennessee Department of Children's Services Provider School
Greenville, TN

What do I need to bring to an Academy?

Please bring a fully-charged laptop or other device. Many of the materials will be accessed online during the Academy.

Is there any pre-Academy work that must be done to attend?

No prior work must be completed to attend.

Can I earn CEUs from attending a Discovery Education Common Core Academy?

Currently, our Academies do not offer CEUs. However, we provide you with a certificate of completion that you can share with your district for professional development hours.

Who can I contact with questions?

name: Dr. Karen Beerer
email: Karen_Beerer@discovery.com
phone: 240-893-5162