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Professional Development

Teacher approved, research-based professional development that supports educators in utilizing digital resources and proven instructional practices to enhance student learning.


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Our Approach to Professional Development

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.

Our Philosophy

The following video describes the philosophy that underpins Discovery Education Professional Development services.

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
Our Approach to Professional Development

Our Approach

We partner with districts to identify their goals and develop a customized learning plan.

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Courses and Professional Development Offerings

Digital Leader Corps

Digital Leader Corps is a system for professional learning and leadership employed to fuel an innovative change movement, which is intentionally designed to:
  • Drive system transformation
  • Build a culture of continuous improvement
  • Support a shared leadership model
  • Maximize teachers’ impact on student learning

Common Core Academies

Discovery Education is proud to partner with educators to offer the following three Common Core Academies, at no cost, to provide best practices in using digital content to implement the CCSS, digital resources for immediate classroom integration, practical implementation strategies, and more:
  • English Language Arts — Literacy and Common Core in a Digital World
  • Math — Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math in a Digital World
  • Leadership — Leadership Strategies to Support Digital Literacy and the Common Core

Explore the Course Catalog

Whether you invest in a comprehensive professional development program customized for your district’s needs or choose one or two courses to support your local district’s goals, Discovery Education will deliver a comprehensive and engaging program with a focus of improving teaching and learning. 

Professional development must meet the needs of the learner as well as the learning organization. Discovery Education brings a variety of professional development models to ensure your needs are met. By consulting with your Discovery Education account representatives and our team of experts, you can create a professional development plan that meets your specific goals.

 

What People Are Saying

"We have someone else who will keep connecting with us... We've developed a relationship that we know is not just about the walls here... we're breaking down those walls and making connections."

Susan Bowdoin
Instructional Coach
Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

Courses and Professional Development Offerings

Scheduling of Professional Development

 
Districts may schedule one day of professional development, a multi-year plan, or anything in between, all designed to support your goals and student/teacher needs. Since we believe in the value of keeping teachers working with their students, we also take a job-embedded approach, using model lesson demonstrations and coaching structures that enable teachers to stay in class whenever possible.
 
Flexibility
Winter weather, changed school schedules…Discovery Education understands! Key to our collaborative planning relationship is developing schedules in advance and articulating back-up dates should we need to reschedule.
 
Limited technology
Discovery Education Professional Development is focused on improving teaching and learning, which means that all of our professional development helps educators integrate instructional strategies that work, rich content, and technology. We have worked with educators that have one computer in the classroom and educators using one-to-one computing environments. We even have a professional development session specifically designed to help educators that do not have interactive tools.
 
Number of participants
Discovery Education respects your teachers’ needs to be in small learning environments, but also understands school budgets. We hold a standard of enrollment for our professional development sessions at 25 participants to ensure individual needs are met and differentiation in our training can occur.
 

Costs

One day of on-site professional development is generally $2,500 for a 6-hour session with one of our expert instructors. Please contact your Discovery Education account representative for more details.
 
Follow-up webinars are offered as part of Discovery Education's Professional Development to provide continuing support. Webinars are sold in packages of three (3) one-hour sessions for $600.
 
Discovery Education provides ongoing support through the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), a global professional learning community that supports teacher growth and collaboration. Membership in the Discovery Educator Network is available to districts that purchase a license subscription to one or more Discovery Education digital services.
 

What People Are Saying

"We’ve been able to partner with Discovery Education to create unique situations that will support our needs the best.”

Beth Hodge
Director of Professional Learning
Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina