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United States Anti-Doping Agency, Discovery Education Extend Partnership Encouraging Honesty, Respect, Teamwork and Healthy Lifestyles

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Contacts:
Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
(240) 662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

Erin Hannan, USADA
719-785-2009
ehannan@usada.org

— Year two of “USADA True Sport Awards” program celebrates educators and community leaders promoting good citizenship and sportsmanship —

Silver Spring, Md. (July 28, 2010) – The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), in partnership with Discovery Education, announce the kick-off of the second year of The USADA True Sport Awards , promoting honesty, respect, teamwork, and healthy choices.

The USADA True Sport Awards program encourages teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other youth program leaders to motivate young people to lead safe and healthy lifestyles, free from performance-enhancing drugs, using the life lessons learned through sport as its platform. The program provides a powerful opportunity for educators and community leaders to win local program funding, support and prizes for their efforts to influence positive beliefs and behaviors in their communities. In year one of the program, which was awarded the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award® for online family-friendly resources, more than 600 educators across the country participated, and 50 winners in 19 states were awarded prizes.

“My participation in the USADA True Sport Awards program helps me teach area youth lessons today that will payoff with great success in the future,” commented Damon Jones of Seacoast Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., one of the winners of last year’s USADA True Sports Awards.

In addition to The USADA True Sport Awards, USADA and Discovery Education are partnering again to offer free curricula for both middle school and high school students that help educators and community leaders impart the critical life lessons that contribute to the development of ethical and healthy individuals. These curricula are tied to national education standards, are implemented easily into classroom or other youth group educational settings, offer self-assessment tools, teachers’ guides and student activity materials, and are available at http://usadatruesport.discoveryeducation.com/ and at www.usada.org .

Those who teach, coach and/or influence youth groups in the middle school age range are encouraged to integrate USADA’s 100% Me curriculum, which focuses on ethics and decision-making themes for student and athletic programs, into their classroom and/or other instructional activities. With these materials, educators can promote values-based decision-making, find facts on nutrition and dietary supplements, and help students make the connection between body type and body image.

USADA’s That’s Dope curriculum supports those who teach, coach and mentor youth in the high school age range in teaching important ethics and anti-doping lessons. With this powerful resource, educators, coaches, and others can teach students how to maximize athletic performance safely and ethically, and get “the dope” about various products and substances from dietary supplements and energy drinks to anabolic steroids.

For the USADA middle and high school curricula, or to enter the USADA True Sport Awards program, please visit: http://usadatruesport.discoveryeducation.com/ or www.USADA.org . Entries are due November 1, 2010.

For more information about products and services from Discovery Education, please visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

About USADA
USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs. The agency manages a drug reference phone hotline and Global Drug Reference Online, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as curriculums, themed brochures and nutrition and dietary guides, easy-reference wallet cards for the prohibited substance list, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference publications, all of which can be found at www.USADA.org .

About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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CDW-G and Discovery Education Award Three Schools New 21st-Century Wireless Labs

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Contacts:
Ryan Kurtz , CDW-G Public Relations
(847) 968-0211
ryankur@cdw.com

Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
(240) 662-2893
stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

— 2010 Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes Awards Prizes to 23 Schools Nationwide to Support Student Engagement —

Vernon Hills, Ill., and Silver Spring, Md. – July 26, 2010 – CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to educators and government, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content services to U.S. classrooms, today announced the winners of the eighth annual Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes.

“Today’s students have been surrounded by technology almost since birth,” said Bob Kirby, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “Their teachers use technology extensively in their private lives, but tight budgets mean schools cannot always bring technology to the classroom. The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes can help bridge that gap.”

CDW-G and Discovery Education received more than 118,000 unique entries, the most since the contest began in 2003. Entries arrived from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including nearly 7,000 unique Twitter entries.

The three winning schools are Lee-Davis High School, Mechanicsville, Va.; Wolf Branch Middle School, Swansea, Ill.; and Wayland-Cohocton Central School, Wayland, N.Y. Each school will receive a state-of-the-art 21st-century classroom, complete with wireless notebook computers or tablet PCs, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, projector, printer, document camera, video camcorder and more.

“School systems across the nation are leveraging the latest educational technologies and digital resources to move instruction beyond the static confines of the textbook and into the dynamic digital world today’s students inhabit,” said Mary Rollins, vice president for education partnerships, Discovery Education. “We are pleased to partner with CDW-G again this year to provide even more schools the tools and resources they need to move instruction into the 21st-century.”

The winning schools anticipate benefits for both students and teachers:

  • “The lab will give our students more opportunities to complete inquiry-based lessons, problem solve and explore relevant topics in the areas that are critical to 21st-century skills – science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Stuart Bernstein, science teacher, Lee-Davis High School
  • “Education funding is tight in Illinois. Our students, teachers, administration and parents are all more than appreciative of this wonderful prize,” said Erin Wright, seventh grade language arts teacher, Wolf Branch Middle School. “The new lab will allow more of our students to work with technology, improving their knowledge of computers.”
  • “Our middle school students have two labs and 13 computers in the library, which is not enough for a whole class lesson,” said Anita Pragle, middle school library aide, Wayland-Cohocton Central School. “When the new technology is fully integrated, more students will benefit, and we should see student engagement increase. More access to these state-of-the-art tools will help prepare our students for their future, where the importance of technology and 21st-century skills continues to grow.”
  • Each of the three grand prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $48,000, including:

  • $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant
  • 20 notebook computers or tablet PCs from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba
  • 3 wireless access points from Cisco, D-Link or HP
  • 1 mobile cart from Bretford
  • 1 interactive whiteboard from PolyVision
  • 20 student response devices from Qwizdom
  • 1 video projector from Epson or NEC Solutions
  • 1 document camera from AVerMedia
  • 1 laser jet or ink jet printer from Epson, HP or Xerox
  • 1 video camcorder from Sony
  • On top of the grand prizes, the 2010 Win a Wireless Lab program awarded equipment to 20 additional schools nationwide. In all, schools received more than $150,000 worth of technology from this year’s program.

    For a full list of prizes, please visit http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com/wawl/prizes.cfm . The full list of winners is available at http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com .

    About CDW-G
    A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 41 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions for federal, state and local government agencies, as well as educational institutions at all levels. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s technology specialists and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

    For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email cdwgsales@cdwg.com or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .

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    New Enhancements to Discovery Education streaming Further Support Educators Integrating Digital Resources into Curriculum

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Sandy Fash, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    sandy@cblohm.com

    — Upgrades to leading digital content service include new media collections, updated assignment builders and expanded professional development opportunities —

    Silver Spring, Md. (July 20, 2010) – Discovery Education streaming has been enhanced with a variety of new features to further support educators as they integrate digital content into school curriculum. In addition to new thematically organized media collections that allow educators to quickly find relevant resources for classroom instruction, Discovery Education has improved the service’s suite of Builder Tools and re-launched the professional development section of www.discoveryeducation.com . Containing more than 125,000 digital assets, the award-winning Discovery Education streaming service is available in more than half the schools in the nation.

    “Discovery Education’s latest enhancements show their commitment to empowering educators to improve student achievement,” explained Traci Blazosky, educator at Clarion Area Elementary, Pennsylvania. “When my students return to school for the 2010-11 school year, I will have additional resources, content, and tools at my fingertips to create even more exciting classroom activities. Plus, I will enjoy access to a variety of professional development opportunities that can help me become a better teacher.”

    Continuing Discovery Education’s efforts to support school systems transitioning to digital media as a core instructional resource, content has been organized around 60 common topics and themes – such as African-American history, historic speeches, and math in context – in 7 academic disciplines, further aiding educators in their quest for simple-to-find, relevant content. Before the end of the year, Discovery Education’s curriculum development teams will add 100 more thematic pages based on the top search terms of Discovery Education streaming users.

    The company’s new content collections also help users find the relevant resources around specific video series. Fans of Discovery Channel’s LIFE, PLANET EARTH and other educational series from the Discovery Communications content vault can now find all the relevant multimedia content and lesson plans related to those series in one convenient place.

    Discovery Education streaming’ s popular Assignment, Writing Prompt and Quiz Builder tools also have been improved, streamlining how educators assign content to students through the Student Center. Simple to follow forms help educators create digital assignments, writing prompts and quizzes in three easy steps, creating classroom activities that engage the 21st learner.

    In addition, Discovery Education has re-launched the professional development section of www.discoveryeducation.com . Now featuring a comprehensive collection of case studies, a course catalog, delivery models, and other resources, the website’s professional development section is the go-to source of information for school administrators seeking to partner with Discovery Education to improve academic achievement through ongoing professional development.

    Finally, the company’s already robust EdTechConnect online webinar series has been enlarged to help educators of every type and level of technological prowess incorporate digital content into their lesson plans. A slate of nationally-recognized educational technology experts, Discovery Communications personalities, authors, advocates, and more, are poised to provide a series of high-impact webinars to support educators throughout the year as they use digital content to help each student live up to their fullest academic potential.

    “Since Discovery Education streaming was introduced in January 2001, it has been recognized as the leading digital content service for the classroom,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education senior vice president of product and content strategy. “Schools across the country are choosing dynamic digital content over static textbooks as their core instructional resource. Discovery Education is supporting this transition with the highest quality content, services and professional development. We’ll continue to listen to our customer base of more than 1 million teachers and administrators for direction as to how we can improve our services to not only to stay ‘best in class,’ but also to have maximum impact on student academic achievement.”

    For more information on Discovery Education streaming , please visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .

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    PREMIER MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE COMPETITION ANNOUNCES STUDENT SEMIFINALISTS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Contact:Melissa Todisco, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
    212-679-6600 x244
    mtodisco@hunterpr.com

    Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    — 47 Students Across the Nation Competing to Win $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” —

    (Silver Spring, Md & Minneapolis, Mn) – Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced the top 47 middle school students from across the country as semifinalists in the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

    The semifinalists were selected based on their science communication skills exhibited in a short video explaining the science behind issues millions of Americans face in everyday life, including preventing the spread of germs, ensuring food safety and sun protection. All video entries were evaluated by a panel of judges and assessed on creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability and overall presentation—not on video production skills.

    Each semifinalist will receive $250 and a prize package including a plaque honoring their science teacher or mentor. Judges will announce the top ten finalists in August, each of whom will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals on October 5, 2010. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” and a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota to work alongside 3M’s top scientists and visit the 3M Innovation Center.

    “We are extremely pleased with the quality and ingenuity exhibited by the 2010 Young Scientist Challenge entries,” said Bill Goodwyn, President of Global Distribution and CEO of Discovery Education. “These semifinalists have demonstrated their ability to successfully communicate a variety of scientific ideas, and Discovery Education, together with our partner 3M, is pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts.”

    As the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. For more information on the challenge, including the full list of 47 semifinalists, their hometowns and ages, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

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    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

    About 3M
    A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $25 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com.

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    Discovery Education Announces Scott Kinney as Senior Vice President of Global Professional Development, Policy & Education Outreach

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Contact:Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
    240-662-2893
    stephen_wakefield@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9806
    emily@cblohm.com

    Silver Spring, Md. (July 6, 2010) – Discovery Education announces the promotion of Scott Kinney to Senior Vice President of Global Professional Development, Policy & Education Outreach. The announcement was made by Bill Goodwyn, President of Global Distribution and CEO, Discovery Education and Lori McFarling, CMO, Discovery Education.

    Kinney`s passion, expertise and rich background in education have proven invaluable to the growth of Discovery Education`s business, which provides services to more than half the schools in the U.S., and have further cemented Discovery`s position as the leader in delivering digital media services. In his new post, Kinney will report to Bill Goodwyn.

    As Senior Vice President of Global Professional Development, Policy & Education Outreach, Kinney will oversee the international expansion of Discovery Education`s Professional Development line of business. In addition, he will play a critical role in shaping worldwide policy surrounding educational technology, and in providing educators around the world with the skills to integrate the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction to improve student achievement. Just recently, in conjunction with Singapore`s Ministry of Education, he led the successful implementation of professional development opportunities for educators throughout the country. In addition Kinney will also continue to oversee the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), an international community of more than 150,000 educators dedicated to supporting student achievement through digital media and educational technology.

    “Scott`s enthusiasm and knowledge about the effective application of educational technologies and digital content will be vital in driving our business forward internationally,” said Goodwyn. “Discovery Education is committed to ensuring that educators around the world are equipped with the tools and resources to seamlessly integrate the latest educational technologies into instruction and ultimately improve student achievement.”

    While serving in his most recent position as Vice President of Global Outreach and Learning Initiatives, Kinney was a tireless advocate and strong voice in support of the creative and effective application of educational technologies and digital content in America’s schools. He served as Discovery Education`s strategic liaison for education policy, frequently addressing audiences around the world about the positive role educational technology can play in improving student achievement. Just last year, he joined President Obama`s Chief Technology Officer in testifying on Capitol Hill before the U.S. House of Representative`s Education and Labor Committee on the future of education in America. In his testimony, Kinney emphatically called on all levels of government to accelerate their support for the use of rich digital content in schools.

    Kinney began his career as a Technology Specialist at the Central Columbia School District in Pennsylvania, where he helped teachers integrate educational technologies into their classroom activities. Soon, he was named District Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Sharpsville Area School District in Pennsylvania, working with educators to create district-wide plans to encourage the use of educational technologies in schools. He then went on to become Director of Educational Technologies at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania, where he founded and nurtured a new department specifically designed to support local Eastern Pennsylvania school districts in the effective integration of technology into curriculum. He joined Discovery in 2005 to help launch the Discovery Educator Network.

    Beyond the classroom and boardroom, Kinney has keynoted numerous national education conferences, offering teachers classroom-tested strategies for leveraging educational technologies and digital content to improve student engagement at all levels. He is also a contributor to national education publications and has co-authored multiple articles about using technology as a tool to help differentiate instruction.

    Kinney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information Science, having graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He is based in Discovery Education`s offices at Discovery Communications` world headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .

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