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Oak Ridge Schools is comprised of a preschool serving 188 students (ages 3-4), four elementary schools serving 1,640 students, two middle schools serving 1,402 students, and one high school serving 1,410 students. With a support staff of 238 and a licensed staff of 411, our 649 employees work hard each day for our students. Eighty-two percent of our teachers hold a masters level degree.

Oak Ridge Schools  

Oak Ridge Schools, TN

Discovery Education and Oak Ridge Schools partnered to create the premier preK-12 STEM district in the nation by implementing a 1:1 learning initiative that supports the district's STEM goals and culture.

Through a six-year partnership, Discovery Education is supporting Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier preK-12 STEM school district in the nation through engaging digital content and sustained, customized professional development.

Challenge

Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers' recently announced a strategic plan to transform Oak Ridge Schools into the premier preK-12 STEM school district in the nation. The district's goal is to become a leader in STEM education through continuation and expansion of Oak Ridge's already well-regarded educational opportunities for students along with additional enhancements to technology infrastructure, professional development and access to devices, which will place dynamic digital content in the hands of each student. 

Solution

As part of this new partnership, all K-12 classrooms will have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Streaming Plus features more than 155,000 dynamic digital learning objects that support all subject areas and learning styles, including videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles. It also includes hundreds of model lessons and instructional exemplars.
 
In addition, Oak Ridge students in grades K-8 will use the Discovery Education Science Techbook and middle school students will utilize Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook. Discovery Education Techbook creates a learning environment that promote collaboration, creativity and participatory learning. The series delivers individualized resources and engages students in learning concepts through rich digital assets, including virtual labs, video clips, an interactive glossary, and more. 
 
Oak Ridge Schools is also providing its educators robust, customized professional development from Discovery Education experts who will guide them through the process of integrating Streaming Plus and Techbooks into classroom instruction. 50 teachers will join a STEM cohort that will receive 10 days of customized professional development and coaching from Discovery Education each year.  

Creating a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning: Not Just in the Science Classroom

Watch this video to see how one teacher from Oak Ridge Schools keeps his passion for teaching alive, and how Techbook is helping to ensure his students leave social studies class with the collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills needed to succeed in life.

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"Oak Ridge Schools' goal is to become the premier STEM school district in the country, and this new collaboration with Discovery Education will help us meet this goal...we are looking forward to working with Discovery Education's expert team to create the authentic digital learning environments that will provide students the critical skills they will need to be successful not only in STEM, but in any field of their choosing."

Dr. Bruce Borchers
Superintendent, Oak Ridge Schools, TN

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Watch Dr. Bruce Borcher's recent "One Idea With" episode with Discovery Education's Scott Kinney.

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Our professional development team is committed to the highest standards of professional learning grounded in research and successful practice. With topics including student collaboration and flipped classrooms, lesson planning around the Common Core State Standards, and digital media integration in environments that are 1:1 or 20:1.

We Partner with Districts to:

  • Collaboratively design professional learning plans that provide continuous improvement in teachers’ skills
  • Support professional learning communities via access to the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Address professional learning needs for both classroom teachers and district administrators
  • Provide highly-trained and certified educators for all on-site and web-based professional learning experiences
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We partner with districts to identify their goals and develop a customized learning plan.

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