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As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning with digital media and technology. The Discovery Education Common Core Academies deliver practical Common Core implementation strategies leveraging digital media and technology, strengthening your core with a focus on the fundamentals of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership. Our Academies, designed to support your timely digital transition and CCSS implementation, at no cost, offer professional development that is:

Actionable: Practical classroom applications that support long-term planning and strategies for immediate classroom integration

Personalized: Solutions for specific educator-identified needs related to the transition to more rigorous standards

Research-based: Curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices from expert practitioners and thought leaders



Breakfast and lunch during the Academy

Certificate of attendance
(10 total hours of professional development including two virtual follow-up sessions)

2 follow-up virtual sessions

60-day free trial to Discovery Education Streaming Plus

Discovery Education Common Core Academies are spearheaded by two thought
leaders who understand the Common Core and its effective implementation.
Karen Beerer
Dr. Karen Beerer
Karen Beerer, Ed.D. has 28 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, principal, and supervisor of curriculum and professional development. She has spent the last eight years as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Boyertown, PA. She received her Ed.D. from Lehigh University where she studied Curriculum and Instruction.  Her doctorate entitled, “The Effects of Study Groups on Teacher Transfer of Inquiry Instruction Training to Elementary School Science Achievement” resulted in several publications. Dr. Beerer has a passion for professional development, specifically, helping educators utilize research-based practices in instruction to help all students achieve.

Contact her at and 240.893.5162
Johnna Weller
Dr. Johnna Weller
Johnna Weller, Ed.D. has over 20 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and supervisor of curriculum and instruction. Under her leadership, gains in student achievement earned national recognition. Most recently, she served as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. She also teaches graduate courses and has been a consultant in several school districts. Additionally, she participates on various state and national committees related to the Common Core State Standards. Dr. Weller enthusiastically believes in empowering educators to impact learning for all students.

Contact her at and 240.485.7753

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