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Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
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NEW SERVICES FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION HELP SCHOOL SYSTEMS NATIONWIDE BUILD CAPACITY FOR STEM EDUCATION

- Professional Development, Coaching, and Curriculum Development Combined in New Services Support School Systems or Single Schools -

SILVER SPRING, Md. (August 4, 2015)Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the availability of three new services designed to help school systems nationwide grow capacity for STEM teaching and learning.  Produced and delivered by Discovery Education’s team of nationally recognized STEM and professional development experts, these new resources support school systems in building and sustaining a culture of STEM education through a unique combination of immersive professional development initiatives, job-embedded instructional coaching, rich digital content, and extensive community engagement.

The new services now available are:

  • STEM Foundations. Designed to grow educators’ and administrators’ core expertise in STEM instruction and leadership, STEM Foundations empowers participating school systems to build a custom combination of full-day professional development opportunities, job-embedded coaching, support in building community engagement and awareness, and more to create a unique STEM capacity building initiative.
     
  • STEMformation.  A comprehensive, three year-system for building a culture of STEM at individual school sites, STEMformation guides educators as they master STEM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high quality STEM lessons, creating transdisciplinary lessons and units, and vertically aligning STEM education school wide, STEMformation provides the robust professional development, job embedded coaching, and administrative leadership to create a center of STEM excellence.
     
  • STEM Leader Corps. A four-year system for scaling STEM education district wide, STEM Leader Corp is a sustainable capacity building model that develops and nurtures teachers and administrators as they build a culture of STEM teaching and learning in their school system.  Through a shared leadership model, robust professional development, ongoing coaching, and administrative leadership support, participating districts will develop a transdisciplinary curriculum that prepares students for success beyond the classroom.

The launch of these new capacity building services is part of Discovery Education’s continued commitment to supporting STEM education. For over a decade, Discovery Education has provided school systems worldwide the professional development, digital services, project-based learning opportunities, and other initiatives needed to build the engaging STEM learning environments that encourage students to solve real-world problems while improving academic achievement.

“To truly transform teaching and learning, we must invest in building the capacity of our educators and administrators,” said Tim Wyrosdick, Superintendent of Florida’s Santa Rosa County School District. “Discovery Education’s STEM professional development and resources will help Santa Rosa County School District build the innovative learning environments our teachers and students need, and support our educators in delivering world-class STEM instruction for every student, every day.”

Discovery Education’s Science and Math Techbooks also support educators as they transform STEM teaching and learning by utilizing an inquiry-based model of instruction which guides students in supporting claims through evidence, fact-backed reasoning and arguments. Additional resources available from Discovery Education to support STEM include Discovery Education STEM Camp, a dynamic series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost to schools, districts, non-profit organizations and parents; the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8; and Support our Science (S.O.S.), a multi-year effort launched in partnership with Science Channel to empower educators with the resources necessary to create digital learning environments that spark and grow students’ curiosity in STEM.

“As the need to advance student achievement in STEM grows, so does the need for effective STEM educators who are empowered with the knowledge, tools, and strategies they need to bolster their students’ STEM skills,” said Dr. Cindy Moss, Discovery Education’s Director of Global STEM initiatives. “We are looking forward to partnering with school districts across the country to empower their educators to integrate STEM concepts into instruction and promote the growth of the critical STEM skills their students need for college, careers and citizenship.”

For more information on Discovery Education’s STEM services and initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/STEM.

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