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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 06.24.13

Contacts:

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

240-662-6502

christina_scripps@discovery.com

Heidi May, Discovery Education

240-662-2661

heidi_may@discovery.com


DISCOVERY EDUCATION SUPPORTS COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION WITH AN ENHANCED MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM FOR K-12 CLASSROOMS

-- Discovery Education Streaming Plus features Common Core model lessons plus new student center and content-creation tools --

Silver Spring, Md. (June 24, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today significant enhancements to its popular Discovery Education Streaming Plus service.  Featuring hundreds of model lessons, performance tasks and custom assessments, the enhanced Discovery Education Streaming Plus engages students with unique interactive features and supports educators at all levels as they integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into classroom instruction. 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus’ model lessons and instructional exemplars demonstrate for educators what the new Common Core State Standards look like in action, while the addition of customized assessments to the service save teachers valuable time by putting curriculum, instruction and assessment resources all in one place.  In addition to supporting educators, these new enhancements promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving and higher order thinking skills for students.

Among the school systems implementing the enhanced version of Discovery Education Streaming Plus is Wake County Public Schools, the largest school district in North Carolina.  Wake County will begin deploying Discovery Education Streaming Plus in conjunction with a new sustained professional development initiative district-wide in the 2013-2014 school year. 

Marlo Gaddis, director of instructional technology and library media services for Wake County Public Schools said, “We are excited to bring this enhanced service to our teachers and students. It not only gives them a high quality resource for digital content, but also a partner in modeling appropriate use of technology and information skills.  The model lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards and new student tools will help us empower our teachers to change their classroom pedagogy and culture to better meet the needs of all learners.”

Discovery Education Streaming Plus also features more than 155,000 dynamic digital learning objects supporting all subject areas and learning styles, including videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles.  It will be available to current school district partners at no additional cost. 

In addition, new interactive student features like My DE and Board Builder have been added to transform classrooms by creating an environment that encourages engagement, inquiry and creativity.  My DE is a new destination providing students individualized learning and exploration resources via different pathways through content.  Students are encouraged to become content creators through the Board Builder tool by gathering evidence, creating arguments and supporting their claims, all while practicing and developing higher-order thinking skills.

“We’ve heard from educators across the country the need for dynamic, engaging, student-centric digital learning environments that support Common Core implementation,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education.  “Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides teachers with the resources they need to meet today’s wired students where they learn and support academic rigor.”

For more information about Discovery Education Streaming Plus and other services and resources from Discovery Education, visitwww.discoveryeducation.com.

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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