FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 08.31.11
Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
DISCOVERY EDUCATION TO COMMEMORATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 WITH EXCLUSIVE CLASSROOM RESOURCES THAT SHARE FIRST HAND STORIES OF REBUILDING
-- Special Guests Paula Zahn and Danny Forster to Moderate Panel Discussions at Local Screenings that will be Streamed Live to Classrooms Nationwide --
-- Supplemental Curriculum Provides Thought-Provoking, Engaging Content --
Silver Spring, Md.(August 31, 2011) – Discovery Education announced today its plan to engage educators and students beyond the walls of their classroom with immersive learning experiences covering the events of 9/11 and exploring the innovations and challenges associated with rebuilding a sacred site. Honoring the victims, survivors and all those affected by 9/11, Discovery Education, in collaboration with the September 11th Families’ Association and Tribute WTC Visitor Center, will provide free educator resources, host previews of Discovery Channel’s documentary RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO with panel discussions and update its flagship service, Discovery Education streaming, with 9/11-focused resources.
Celebrating the communities, the stories and the resiliency represented by Americans most impacted by the tragic events of that day, Discovery Education will host four events in cities closely affected by 9/11 featuring previews of RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO, a series showcasing the men and women determined to rebuild and restore a sacred site by constructing the new, 104-story One World Trade Center. Streamed live to students nationwide at no cost, each event will be followed by live panel discussions with members of the community who will share how they were personally affected by 9/11.
Discovery Education is proud to announce special guests to moderate the panel discussions at two of the events. Paula Zahn, host of Investigation Discovery’s ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, will attend the NYC iSchool on September 9 and Danny Forster, executive producer of RISING, will attend American History High School in Newark, N.J., on September 13. Other locations and dates include: Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., on September 12 and Shanksville-Stonycreek High School in Shanksville, Pa., on September 7.
In addition to the events, Discovery Education is providing educators free online resources related to 9/11 available at www.discoveryeducation.com/911. Discovery Education streaming subscribers will have the exclusive opportunity to view episodes of RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO along with K-12 curricular content, discussion guides and lesson plans.
Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
About the Tribute WTC Visitor Center
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is located at 120 Liberty Street along the south side of the World Trade Center site. The center was created by the September 11th Families’ Association to share the personal stories of victims, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and residents of Lower Manhattan. By engaging visitors in the authentic experiences of those most affected by the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, the center’s five galleries and its walking tour program convey the efforts of those who responded to the tragedy and the steps taken towards working for a more peaceful world by many of those impacted by the events.
To learn more www.tributewtc.org