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One Idea: The Inside-Out Approach to Whole-School Reform

In the latest edition of Scott Kinney's "One Idea" interview series, McREL International’s incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin says, "we haven’t done implementation very well in this country." Here he suggests an inside-out approach to whole-school reform: unleashing professionalism by empowering teachers through autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Technology's Transformative Role in Education

Where are we leading children today? Discovery Education’s Lance Rougeux addressed this question during a recent TEDx presentation while explaining the transformative role of technology in education. Watch the Full Presentation

Discovery Education Hosts National and State School Board Association Leaders for Day of Professional Development

Discovery Education hosted approximately 40 members of the National School Boards Association’s Council of School Boards Association Communicators (COSBAC) for a day of immersive professional development, as part of an ongoing effort to inform national and state education associations about Discovery Education’s leadership role in the ongoing digital transition. Attendees explored a variety of topics including the future of digital learning and the importance of telling school systems’ digital transition success stories. In addition, participants were also able to experience Discovery Education’s latest digital textbooks first-hand at the “Techbook Test Drive.” Learn About Discovery Education Professional Development

Meet the Exceptional Young Scientist Challenge Finalists

Find out who is in the running to become “America’s Top Young Scientist” and win $25,000 in the 2014 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge! Click Here

New Student Interactive From RecipeForInnovation.com

Grab your lab coats! Check out the new Recipe for Innovation K-5 digital interactive that turns your students into food scientists investigating nutrients found in dairy foods. Click Here

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One Idea: Assessing Capacity, Confidence, and Competence for Implementation Fidelity

In the latest edition of Scott Kinney's "One Idea" interview series, Grand Prairie (Texas) Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Dr. Greg Firn, addresses his "IF" (implementation fidelity) factor, and the value in assessing your organization's capacity, confidence, and competence prior to implementation.
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Discovery Education’s Vivid Approach to Learning is Explained During ISTE 2014 Conference

Scott Kinney joined Core of Education at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta to talk about Discovery Education's approach to innovation and, more importantly, to student engagement. Kinney shares his opinion on the role media plays in new educational environments and how teachers should be supported to effectively deploy these services.
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Innovative School Leaders Are Successfully Mapping Out Their Journey to the Digital Transition

In school systems across the country as diverse as South Carolina’s Rock Hill Schools, Michigan’s Utica Community Schools, and North Carolina’s Wake County Schools, innovative school leaders have successfully mapped out their journey to the digital transition. Learn about some of the steps educators are taking to do this.
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One Idea: Idaho Superintendent Explains Why We Must Change Our Approach to the Integration of Digital Technology

The leader of Idaho’s fastest growing school system and member of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools, Dr. Linda Clark spoke with Discovery Education about how changing the approach to the integration of digital technology can fundamentally improve teaching and learning. Watch the interview, then visit www.meridianschools.org to learn more about the great work being done by Dr. Clark and her team.
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Announcing the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge Winners!

For the third year in a row, high school students across the country created short, impactful videos to inspire their peers to be safer drivers. A panel of judges selected the Top 10 Finalists, and then the public was asked to vote for their favorite. Thanks to your votes, Toyota Teen Driver is excited to announce the 2014 Video Challenge winners! Watch the winning videos and share them with your school community to reinforce the importance of safe driving.
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Stay Engaged, June Through August, with Discovery Student Network Summer Series

Have your students participate in the Discovery Student Network Summer Series: a structured, self-paced world of learning, with weekly themes and daily activities designed to keep students learning new content and creating some of their own. Access the DSN Summer Series all Summer long at dlc.com/dsnsummerseries.
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Maryland District to Gather 9,000 Educators for Unique Professional Development Event

On Monday, June 16, at nine sites across Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) district, more than 100 experts from Discovery Education will collaborate with PGCPS education specialists to present a unique professional development event. During this event, all of the district’s 9,000 educators will learn new strategies and tactics for using digital resources to enhance student learning and effectively integrate Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards into classroom instruction.
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Bill Goodwyn: Leadership Fuels Digital Learning Innovation

Discovery Education's content reaches 35 million students in the United States and supports the use of educational technology in school systems in more than 50 countries. Now, the education division is the fastest-growing unit of its parent company, Discovery Communications. In a telephone interview, Education Week Staff Writer Michele Molnar asked Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education, about the company’s role in the educational technology market.
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Teachers Find Tremendous Value in Common Core Math Academy

The Common Core Math Standards require students to demonstrate a blend of skills, conceptual understandings, and problem solving, and require teachers to integrate the Standards for Mathematical Practice into classroom instruction. Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math in a Digital World will help you make sense of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and their successful implementation in the K-12 math classroom. Strengthen your core with resources, tools, and assessments, leveraging digital media and technology, to help your students reach higher levels of math achievement.

“I go to a lot of professional development. The better I get, the better my students get. This definitely rates amongst my favorite professional development.” -- Carlos Rodriguez, 8th Grade Math Teacher, Bronx, NY


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Board Builder Transforms Miami Science Students into Content Creators

In a recent Tech & Learning article, Miami science teacher Jennifer Rioseco explains how she elevated her 6th- and 7th-grade students’ science fair projects to another level by using Discovery Education’s Board Builder, an exciting new tool which allows students to merge their own research, writing, and content creation with existing Discovery Education resources to create boards about unlimited topics. “They are so into the technology and they come up with the coolest ideas,” says Rioseco. Learn more about this tool by reading 50 Ways to Use Board Builder.


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Free Dynamic STEM Lessons and Manufacturing Career Resources

Discovery Education and Alcoa have developed “Manufacture Your Future,” a new, online destination designed to inspire students in grades 6-12 to explore today’s modern manufacturing careers. Manufacture Your Future encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world application, offering dynamic standards-based, STEM-focused lesson plans, a manufacturing career guide, family discussion starters and a Virtual Field Trip designed to give students a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing design process.
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Archive Available: "Of the People" White House Science Fair featuring MYTHBUSTERS' Kari Byron

Virtually transport students to the fourth annual White House Science Fair, a celebration of the student winners from a broad range of STEM competitions. Classrooms heard from a student scientist, a mentor and the head of the Siemens Foundation, a White House official, as well as Eric Schwarz, CEO of US2020, a new multi-year mentoring effort that aims to match 1 million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020.
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Baltimore Teacher Wins $10,000 in the Fit 4 the Classroom Sweepstakes

Congratulations to Baltimore educator, Zakia Ashley – winner of the 2014 fit 4 the classroom sweepstakes. As grand prize winner, Ms. Ashley will receive a total award of $10,000: $5,000 to support whole body health and wellness initiatives at her school, and an additional $5,000 for herself.
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30 Minutes of Discovery, This Friday May 16

Encourage your students to spend 30 Minutes exploring their own interests and discovering new ones in their Discovery Education account. It’s 30 Minutes of Discovery just for students. What can they discover? Just about anything. The sky is the limit, and they don’t have to spend all of the time on one thing, either. Just explore and enjoy. When they’re done spending 30 Minutes of Discovery exploring in their student accounts, tell us what they did, or have them do it.
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Inquiry-Based STEM Instruction Results in Higher PASS Scores for 4th Grade Students

South Carolina’s Rock Hill Schools is dedicated to bridging the digital divide. To help with this, district administrators identified and accomplished several goals focused on preparing their students to be 21st century learners, by implementing Discovery Education Science Techbook™ digital textbook and Professional Development services. After one year, fourth grade students whose teachers used Discovery Education Science Techbook averaged higher scores on the 2013 Science Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and were more likely to score at or above the exemplary level than students whose teachers did not use the service.
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Students at Johnson Elementary School Say Learning is "Fun"

At Johnson Elementary School in Rockford, IL, teachers have successfully transformed learning in the classroom through the use of Discovery Education. Lynne Myers, a 4th grade teacher, says this is because Discovery Education digital content makes learning more fun. Her students are engaging with each other in conversation, coming up with their own essential questions in science, and researching the answers together. Students in the classroom also enjoy the added benefit of being able to take their lessons home with them.
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May 20th: Virtual Field Trip Live from the Chobani Factory

Join Discovery Education on May 20th at 1pm ET as we transport your elementary classroom to the Chobani factory in New Berlin, NY to explore innovative technologies in food production, and the journey from cow to cup to shelf.
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Just Announced: 2014 National Winners and Finalists

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a partnership between the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, is proud to announce this year's K-12 National Winners and Finalists.
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Explore the Top 10 Ways We're Celebrating You on National Teacher Day

All of us at Discovery Education celebrate all that you do and want to say "thank you" on National Teacher Day. As a demonstration of our "#DENLove" for you, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) has organized a week long celebration of YOU and all that you do.
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Discovery Education's Lance Rougeux Pushed the Boundaries

Lance Rougeux presented at TEDx Times Square’s summit with the theme of "Pushing Boundaries". Watch his presentation (about 3-hours into the archive) on the role of technology to breakdown walls and help connect students and teachers in the classroom and beyond. Lance presented alongside Deepak Chopra; George John, CEO of Rocket Fuel; Mike Kriak, COO/CFO of Mashable; and Kelly Parasi, Chief Communications Executive of Girls Scouts of America.
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May 9: Take the DEN to Work Day

This Friday, for Teacher Appreciation Week, gather your students and join the Discovery Education team at the top of each hour starting at 9:00AM ET for Take the DEN to Work Day. You won't want to miss our special guest, Peter H. Reynolds at 1:00PM ET.
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Explore How STEM Learning Works for the Navy

Take your students on an exploration of how STEM is applied in the real world! Interactive lesson plans incorporate videos, online tools and animations to help students explore concepts through real-life Navy careers - such as nuclear propulsion engineer, pilot and even robotics technician.
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From the Ground Up: Introducing a New Middle School Life-Science Program

Turn your classroom into a virtual lab with From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, a middle school program designed to highlight the importance of soil, soil nutrients and soil science to creating sustainable global plant and crop growth.
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Relive the Learning from the Spring DEN VirtCon

Following up on the themes from Future@Now, this conference combined the best of virtual and face-to-face events. Thousands of educators across the world experienced 3 keynote speakers and more than 20 concurrent sessions.
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Bridge the Digital Divide with the Discovery Education Techbook iPad App

Download interactive Techbook content to a student iPad when they have an internet connection - from an individual video to an entire concept. Once downloaded, that content is available to students, anywhere, anytime even without any internet.
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Oak Ridge Launches New Digital Transformation and STEM Initiatives

This new partnership supports Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers’ recently announced plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier pre K-12 STEM school district in the nation.
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