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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 06.20.13

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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
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Heidi May, Discovery Education
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DISCOVERY EDUCATION WELCOMES STEPHEN WAKEFIELD AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Silver Spring, Md. (June 17, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, has named Stephen Wakefield vice president of public affairs. With more than 15 years of experience, including eight years in the education industry, Wakefield will develop meaningful, ongoing relationships and collaborations with like-minded associations, foundations, think tanks and other organizations aligned to providing students the authentic learning environments they need for college, career and citizenship readiness.

“Stephen is an exceptional leader and communicator with an incredible record of developing deep partnerships and innovative programs delivering meaningful results,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education, to whom Wakefield will report. “His expertise and strategic vision will be tremendous assets to Discovery Education and our partners as we work together to transform teaching and learning worldwide.”

Wakefield joins Discovery Education from ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), where he served as director of communications. In this position, he developed and directed the organization’s strategic communications and public relations functions, including cultivating and managing external relationships and partnerships to advance the association’s goals.

Previously, Wakefield served as director of communications and program manager for Discovery Education. His career also has spanned work in government relations, marketing and member services for a variety of associations, including the Association of Marina Industries and the American Public Power Association, among others.

Wakefield holds a bachelor’s degree from Alvernia University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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