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Be a part of the 2016 Elections.

Discovery Education and ENVISION have developed a series of classroom resources to lead students through the major presidential election year milestones. Our online resources, videos, digital tools, and live virtual experiences will bring these events to life through the perspective of the youth audience - from understanding the significance of the Iowa Caucus and important primaries; to the national debates and conventions, all the way to Election Day and the Presidential Inauguration.

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TeenDrive365 Live Virtual Event Tomorrow Night!

LIVE chat with Elijah and Jordan, TeenDrive365’s 2015 1st and 3rd place Video Challenge Winners, tomorrow night, February 9 at 8 PM ET/ 5PM PT! Attendees will get the inside scoop from the past winners who will share video tips and tricks and answer teens' questions. Don’t let teens miss out on this exclusive opportunity! Register Now!

A Broken Calculator Led This Future Actuary to a Career in Education

Mark Schommer was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. It was the day of his Calculus 2 final, and he was hurrying across campus to take the exam with a fellow math major, Josh. Then Josh dropped his calculator, shattering it. Josh spiraled into a panic. He had programmed the machine with the formulas he would need for the test. Without those formulas, he would fail, because he didn’t understand the logic behind them. Read the Story

Don’t Miss Your Chance – Enter DAILY!

Less than one month left to be the “coolest” teacher around: enter the Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes DAILY for your chance to win a free year of Discovery Education Science for your entire school! SWEEPSTAKES ENDS FEBRUARY 25, 2016 Enter Daily!

NOW LIVE - The 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The nations premier middle school science competition is now open for entries! Now through April 20, 2016, students in grades 5-8 can submit their big ideas describing a new, innovative solution in a 1-2 minute video. The top ten finalists will be chosen to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship with a 3M Scientist and the chance to compete for $25,000 and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist. Learn More

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Why this Career Corrections Officer went Back to Middle School

For more than 15 years, Michael Pillsbury was paid to put people in prison or make sure they stayed there. And it was that experience that led him to become a teacher.
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One Idea With: Dr. Maureen McMahon, Deputy Superintendent

Dr. McMahon’s One Idea focuses on the importance of community engagement. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Anne Arundel County Schools’ Signature Community Partnership page for additional information.
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Keys to Leading a Successful Digital Transition

Leading the digital transition is a process that should start with emphasizing good instruction. It is crucial to select the right technology pieces and to prepare networks for increased use, but those decisions alone do not make for increased learning potential. This article provides answers to 4 key questions that administrators must consider when attempting to drive change in their district.
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From the Heart: Chris Layton, Oak Ridge Schools (TN)

To Chris Layton, there's no better feeling in the world than walking into the house and seeing his baby girl. He wants to be a great teacher, but treasures the time he spends with her. One of the best ways he's found to get that smile is not always to work longer, but to work smarter. Read (and watch) his story here.
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Celebrate the Holidays: A Global Collaborative Learning Experience

Every year, citizens around the world celebrate a variety of holidays commemorating people, events, places, or things. Holidays unite people around ideas, beliefs, and customs. Join your Discovery Education Community for a collaborative project which will allow you and your students to compare holidays celebrated around the world and even invent your own.
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A Forum for Superintendents and Curriculum Leaders

The Powerful Practices series is a new collection of exclusive experiences and content designed specifically for superintendents and curriculum leaders searching for new ideas and inspiration to support instructional leadership capacity. Powerful Practices hones in on the issues all district leaders face today and provides rich insights to help move your schools forward. This winter, join us for a one-day event to enrich the learning in your district, diocese, or charter. Learn from nationally renowned experts about equitable and effective strategies that yield results. Engage in rich discussions about personalized learning, formative assessment, culturally responsive classrooms, and student engagement.
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Get Your Students Moving!

The American Heart Association and the National Football League, working with Discovery Education, have joined forces to encourage physically active lifestyles in schools and homes nationwide. View lessons, activities, and videos for in school or at home use today!
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Challenge Farming and Ranching Stereotypes

Using the award-winning documentary, “FARMLAND, a film by James Moll,” as a foundation, this curriculum, for grades 9-12, is designed to bring to life critical issues impacting the agriculture industry, such as sustainability, farming economics, and the new science behind farming.
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Live From the Farm Virtual Field Trip Archive Now Available

Take an interactive and virtual tour of Hinton Farms in Dover, FL to learn about the science behind harvesting of your favorite fruits and vegetables like strawberries, squash and more!
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Tackle the Math & Science behind the NFL’s Best Plays!

EA Sports, Madden NFL, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education are proud to introduce EA Sports Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging middle school educational program designed to translate students’ love for football into a deeper understanding of the math and science behind the game.

Give Students Deeper Understanding of STEM With New Digital Exploration

Reinforce core math and science concepts with’s NEW digital exploration, Operations Exploration, and transport students in grades 6-8 from the classroom to explore and apply analytical skills to help solve real world problems!
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Bringing New Teaching Strategies to Life in Des Plaines 62

Partnering with Discovery Education, this small and diverse school district, comprised entirely of grades K-8, introduced Streaming Plus video content into their lesson plans and watched as the students responded and thrived under the new curriculum. Utilizing video content and other tools and resources available via tablet and laptop, District 62 teachers were able to dive deeper into topics and provide students a more in-depth understanding of the material.
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Congratulations to Hannah Herbst - America’s 2015 Top Young Scientist and winner of $25,000!

Hannah created an Ocean Energy Probe, that is aimed at providing a stable power and fresh water source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. Her invention stores energy in a generator that can harness many uses, including the desalinization of water.
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Starting Soon – Transport Your Students to a Working Farm at 1PM

Just a few hours left to register and tune in LIVE at 1PM ET for a virtual tour of the Creighton Brothers Farm in Warsaw, Indiana. On the farm, your students will explore the transfer of energy and matter in action while getting a behind-the-scenes look at a working egg farm. Chat with us live using #EggboardVFT for the chance to have your questions answered live during the event. This is a learning experience you won’t want your class to miss!
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Mathematical Modeling 101

Mathematical modeling has gotten a lot of attention recently, but what is it, really? This webinar will help to explain what it is and why it's important to school districts. Presenters will answer questions about how to make it work in secondary classrooms.
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Live Event October 27th at 1pm ET

Join Discovery Education and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as we celebrate ENERGY STAR Day with a LIVE virtual discussion about the importance of energy efficiency and how our energy use affects climate change. We will explore how innovative ENERGY STAR products make it easier for us to save energy and protect the environment. Submit your questions and PLEDGE to take energy-saving actions in your school and home today!
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One Idea With: Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent, Coachella Valley Unified School District

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent of California’s Coachella Valley Unified School District. Dr. Adams’ One Idea focuses on the importance of connected relationships in education. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Coachella Valley USD online for additional information about Coachella Valley Unified School District work to connect students to their future.
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Starting Soon: Celebrate Manufacturing Day with a LIVE Virtual Field Trip to an Aerospace Plant!

Celebrate Manufacturing Day and explore STEM careers at a state-of-the-art aerospace plant – plus, meet U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker! Join Discovery Education and Alcoa TODAY at 1:00 PM ET for exclusive access to Alcoa Power and Propulsion in Whitehall, Michigan. Inspire future manufacturing engineers with this interactive, engaging virtual experience!
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Now Live “Let It Grow” Contest Awards Agriculture Grants to Schools

The first ever Let It Grow contest encourages educators and community adults to enter a middle school of their choice and vote daily to win a $5,000 agriculture grant, which could be used towards a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more!
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal

Explore the unique biomes of Mount Kilimanjaro through the experiences of 10 students, 12 educators, and 4 scientists embarking on a scientific and learning expedition to the highest point of Tanzania, Africa. Read the travel journal, browse through the photos, and track their scientific soil research conducted for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission.
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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 1

Base Camp Arusha, Tanzania 2,788 feet Everyone arrived safely to Base Camp at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. All are in good spirits after long journeys. Tanzania is beautiful and we have all been welcomed with open arms.
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One Idea With: Erik Palmer, ASCD Author, Professional Speaker, and Educational Consultant

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Erik Palmer, a professional speaker and educational consultant from Denver, Colorado. Erik’s passion for public speaking has been part of every one of his careers.
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

From September 23 - October 1, a team of 10 Students, 12 Educators, and 4 Scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent.
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Celebrate Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center

Join us live for two exclusive events from Philadelphia. Students will meet Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who will speak about the ins and outs of his job and answer students’ questions. Then take a virtual tour inside this cutting-edge museum, the first and only one of its kind devoted to the U.S. Constitution.
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Discovery Education and Science Channel's Support Our Science Initiative

Last week, Discovery Education and Science Channel hosted two interactive STEM assemblies in Houston area schools as part of the Support Our Science (S.O.S) initiative, an ongoing effort to ignite students’ curiosity while providing educators with the means to build skills and knowledge in STEM.
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Enter the Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes from Siemens Science Day Daily!

The Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes, open to all K-6 educators, will award one winning educator a free year of school-wide access to Discovery Education Science and exciting prize packs for their classroom. Discovery Education Science will support your school’s science curriculum with interactive virtual labs, exclusive video segments, reading passages and much more! Siemens Science Day offers hands-on activities and tools to bring your science classroom to life.
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Dig Into the School Year with New STEM Resources!

Introduce your middle school students to the world of Copper recovery with Dig Into Mining’s new classroom and family extensions. Each extension is created to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while reinforcing core math and science concepts!
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Celebrate Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center

Join us live for two exclusive events from Philadelphia. Students will meet Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who will speak about the ins and outs of his job and answer students’ questions. Then take a virtual tour inside this cutting-edge museum, the first and only one of its kind devoted to the U.S. Constitution.
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

From September 23 - October 1, a team of 10 Students, 12 Educators, and 4 Scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent.
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One Idea With: Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools

In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Washington State’s Highline Public Schools. Dr. Enfield’s One Idea focuses on the importance of early learning. Watch the video below to learn more, and then visit Highline Public Schools’ website for additional information about the district’s efforts to support young learners.
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District Leaders: Focus on Content First, Tech Second

Much has been written about districts and schools “going 1:1,” issuing tablets, computers, or other electronic devices to every student. As the quantity of devices in the hands of students grows, many leaders like me believe these changes cannot succeed without supporting transformative change in student learning experiences. Namely, I’d like to see a focus on content first, tech second. It is far more important to enhance learning via high quality content and instructional transformation than it is to simply replace a pencil with a tablet and hope for the best.
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PD Tips: Behind The Discovery Educator Network

Having a strong professional learning network is an important part of being an educator. Being able to share and receive advice, lesson plans, or just friendly banter among peers is an essential part of teaching. For this reason, many online communities exist to serve this purpose. Education World takes a look at the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global network that also provides annual virtual and in-person conferences for teachers all over to convene.
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I Am An Engineer

Last week engineering was trending on twitter due to the hashtags #IAmAnEngineer and #ILookLikeAnEngineer. These hashtags are focused on breaking down stereotypes in engineering and promoting the many types of people who are engineers.
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Let’s All Be Math People

When is the last time you bought 42 watermelons? A student at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Florida told us recently that she saw a textbook that had a math problem about buying 42 watermelons. “Who does that?” she asked. Unless they own a grocery store or a fruit stand, the answer is: no one. To me, this type of silly question captures the essence of our national challenge in teaching mathematics today.
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Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a video, leading a lecture, assigning worksheets, even nap time. A performance task requires students to actively engage in a learning activity, aligned to both skills and content, with the opportunity for real-time feedback and growth.
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STEM Education in Rural Schools: Challenge = Opportunity

As I travel around the country, I hear the concerns about opportunities for rural students to study the STEM areas, learn about STEM career opportunities, the availability of Internet and cell service, and the difficulties recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in rural areas. At the same time there are opportunities for employment in jobs which are STEM in nature.
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Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age: The Intersection of Technology and Special Education

The approaches to special education learning, particularly in the ways technology is used to assist teachers and students, has a dramatic impact on the lives not only of more mainstream students, but all Americans. That was the major takeaway from a panel event discussion held in Washington, D.C. last week by The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and the Education and Technology and Telecommunications Taskforces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. NCTET hosted the discussion particularly to discuss the intersection of technology and special education.
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Follow the Finalists to the 2015 Young Scientist Challenge Final Event!

The top 10 finalists are hard at work and excited for you to share in their summer mentorship experience with a 3M scientist. Each finalist gives you a first-hand look at the challenge through their eyes - from what inspired them to participate, to the benefits of working with their 3M Scientist Mentors! Each week the finalists will explain how they are preparing for the final event, which will be held at 3M’s World Headquarters in October.
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How Can We Make the 63,000 Questions We Ask in a Year Better?

Students need background knowledge to make skills-based instruction accessible. If we expect our students to think critically, to sharpen historical thinking skills, they need factual information. How can a student contextualize, a higher order skill, without knowing some basic information about a time period?
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New Horizons: Opening a World of Possibilities for Students

Today marks a historic day for NASA and space exploration, after a nine-year journey the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto providing us with a number of firsts for space exploration. It marks the first time we have seen clear pictures of Pluto. And the first time in decades we are exploring an entirely new world to this degree of detail. We are pushing the frontiers of our knowledge – everything we discover will be a first.
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One Idea With: Keith R. Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Krueger’s One Idea focuses on how school districts engage the community and move from a confrontational privacy concern to one of trust. Watch the video to learn more, and then visit for additional information on CoSN’s mission and work.
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DEN Summer Institute: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Learning

Each year, Discovery Education brings together educators from a wide variety of specialties for a week-long professional development and networking event. Attendees learn how to use technology to energize their own teaching from keynote speakers, the Discovery Education team and each other. Educators leave inspired and motivated with a new network of collaboration and friendship.
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New Science Standards Open Doors for Real World Learning

Over a dozen states have now adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with more poised to do so over the coming years. These new standards will help prepare students for college and careers and will bring project based learning, key core concepts, and cross cutting ideas that will result in a sea change in the way science education is taught in the United States.
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Swim with Sharks during the Worldwide Summer Adventure!

As your summer adventure heats up, its now time to swim with the sharks. Find out how you can create a social media page for your favorite shark, complete with photos, hashtags, status updates, and reactions to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
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What are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of conversations surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Recently these conversations are growing in sophistication to much deeper and meaningful discussion about what the standards are and their impacts on teaching and learning. The primary focus has been on the shift in the teaching of Science. But, what do these standards actually look like, what are these shifts, and what does this actually mean for educators?
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