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Elizabeth Hillman
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Eagle Communications, Discovery Education, and Nebraska’s Schuyler Middle School Partnering to Demonstrate the Power of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments, Powered by Broadband

-- Interactive Community Night to Showcase How Dynamic Digital Learning Environments, Powered by Broadband, Improve Student Engagement and Prepare Students for Success Beyond the Classroom --

-- Free, Virtual Professional Development Event for Educators Broadcast Live by Discovery Education from Schuyler Middle School to Celebrate Math Awareness Month--

SCHUYLER, Neb.Eagle Communications, local broadband company, providing Internet, TV and phone for your home and business, Schuyler Middle School, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will jointly present a special community night on April 30, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm CDT at Schuyler Middle School.  This event will demonstrate how Schuyler Middle School educators are creating dynamic digital learning environments that engage area students and prepare them for success in college and careers utilizing the power of broadband.

This special evening will feature a student project showcase, hands-on activities, and interactive exploration stations demonstrating how digital content can support the success of today’s tech-savvy learners. The exploration stations will focus on three areas – Math, Science, Social Studies – and will feature virtual labs, opportunities to create videos, and fun, problem-solving experiments.  

The community night will also include an exhibit featuring the recently launched Intel® Security Digital Safety Program initiative.  Created by Intel and Discovery Education and designed to teach children to “Think Before You Link” and make safer decisions when using the Internet, this exhibit includes important information on cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Eagle Communication’s commitment to the Eagle Connect 2 Compete (C2C) program. Offering Internet at a reduced price to low-income families, Connect2Compete is helping communities across the country benefit from Internet connectivity and close the digital divide.

“Having access to digital content and broadband Internet connections at our school, today’s classrooms are more dynamic and engaging for our students,” said Dan Hoesing, Schuyler Community Schools’ Superintendent. “I’m thankful to Eagle Communications and Discovery Education for helping us share with area residents Schuyler Middle School’s use of these technologies to help students become skilled, knowledgeable and responsible citizens in today’s global society.”  

“Eagle Communications is pleased to collaborate with Discovery Education to support the success of students across Schuyler and America,” said Gary Shorman, CEO of Eagle Communications.  “Programs like Connect2Compete and collaborations with fantastic partners like Schuyler Middle School are critical to helping prepare today’s students for success in tomorrow’s world.”

“Discovery Communications is excited to bring Discovery Education resources to Schuyler and support Eagle Communications’ commitment to leveraging broadband Internet service to accelerate student achievement," said Courtney Menzel, Senior Vice President of Domestic Distribution, Discovery Communications.  “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Eagle Communications and supporting their efforts to prepare students for college, careers and citizenship through robust digital learning initiatives.”

Prior to the community night, on April 29 at 12 PM CDT, Discovery Education will livestream a free virtual professional development event for educators worldwide from Schuyler Middle School.  This event, which honors Math Awareness Month, focuses on the importance of real life applications of mathematics in STEM education.  Participants in this event will learn new instructional strategies for integrating digital math resources into classroom STEM lessons.  More information on this event can be found here: https://2015aprillive.eventbrite.com.

Schuyler Middle School and Discovery Education are currently partnering to empower teachers with digital resources that enhance curriculum, inspire students and improve learning outcomes. Through a school improvement grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Education, Schuyler Middle School is providing its students and educators with Discovery Education’s full range of dynamic, digital services and customized professional development to accelerate student achievement. Students currently use Discovery Education’s Techbook series, a dynamic digital textbook solution for Math, Science and Social Studies, as well as Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital library of more than 100,000 learning assets aligned to state and national curriculum standards.  Additionally, district educators are receiving extensive, customized professional development from Discovery Education experts that supports them as they integrate these resources into classroom instruction.

For additional details and to register for the community night event, visit: http://eaglenight.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about Eagle Communications, visit http://www.eaglecom.net/

To learn more about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Eagle Communications
Eagle Communications’ beginning was simple and started back in 1948, it was based on connecting people with people through radio and television. It was a foundation built on hard work, trust and integrity. Today, Eagle owns and operates 28 radio stations in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska; and 59 cable systems in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.  Eagle’s goal is simple: to be the leader in economic revitalization in the rural American communities we serve, dedicated to bringing Internet, TV and phone services to the people, businesses and families therein. Eagle has made a commitment to enhancing the quality of life by providing services and leveraging partnerships to promote growth in communities, opportunities for families and services to help businesses grow.  

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, 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.