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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE NATIONAL FINALISTS IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

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Contacts:
Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
212-679-6600
tseminara@hunterpr.com

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
240-662-6502
christina_scripps@discovery.com

— Ten Students Will Participate in Summer Mentorship Program and Compete for $25,000 and Title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”–

–Reed Timmer, of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, to host final event–

Silver Spring, Md & St. Paul, Minn (June 29, 2011) – Discovery Education and 3M announced today the top 10 finalists in the 13th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. Students from across the country entered this year’s competition, and these budding young scientists rose to the top of their peers due to the scientific ingenuity and innovation they demonstrated in their entry videos.

Each finalist will have an exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program; the finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem he/she has identified in everyday life. Mentors will provide guidance as the finalists develop their ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype, which they will present at the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. Throughout the program each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education, the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content.

The finalists will be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final event, to be hosted by Reed Timmer of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, on Oct. 3-4. During the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge final event, students will demonstrate their scientific acumen, creativity and communication skills in a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip from Discovery Student Adventures and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:

  • Jack Andraka, Hanover, Md., Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School
  • Braeden Benedict, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., St. John Fisher Parish School
  • Caroline Boschetto, Doylestown, Pa., Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
  • Austin Curtis, Bedford, Ind., Fayetteville Elementary School
  • Shayan Farmand, Eagleview, Pa., Skyview Upper Elementary School
  • John Holtgrewe, Paducah, Ky., Paducah Middle School
  • Cheyenne Hua, New York, N.Y., Hunter College High School
  • Nolan Lenard, Mobile, Ala., St. Luke`s Episcopal School
  • Divya Ravinder, Lakeland, Fla., Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
  • Albert Tung, Irvine, Calif., Rancho San Joaquin Middle School
  • * Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2011).

    “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge reflects our company’s commitment to engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and drive their interest toward science-related careers,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “This year’s finalists demonstrate the innovative spirit and passion for learning critical to pursue a lifelong interest in science.”

    Ian Hardgrove, President, 3M Foundation, added, “Commitment to foster interest and development in the innovators of our future is something we take very seriously at 3M, and our partnership with Discovery Education helps demonstrate just how exciting the journey of learning can be for students. It will be a sincere honor to host these bright young minds at the 3M Innovation Center in October.”

    The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy or make a difference. This month, 36 merit winners were also selected as runners-up in this year’s competition based on their scientific knowledge and communication skills exhibited in their video submissions. For a list of the state merit winners, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

    For more information on the challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.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.

    About 3M
    3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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    Discovery Education`s Digital Textbook Launching in Classrooms Across the Country This Fall

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    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-216-7300, ext. 19
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Discovery Education’s Interactive Science Techbook Replaces Static Print Textbooks as Primary Instructional Resource —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 28, 2011) – In an effort to address students’ 21st century learning styles, nearly 80,000 elementary and middle school students across several states will be using the interactive Discovery Education Science Techbook in their classrooms this fall instead of traditional textbooks. A new core instructional resource, the Discovery Education Science Techbook meets students in the digital environment where they live, while igniting their natural interest in science.

    Each edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series is built from the ground up to address individual state standards and is intended to serve as the primary instructional resource in elementary and middle schools nationwide. The Techbook provides dynamic, engaging resources, including virtual labs, video clips, ebook passages, an interactive glossary, and more. Also included is a real-time assessment component that measures students’ progress and recommends individualized resources that reinforce classroom instruction.

    Unlike traditional textbooks, the Discovery Education Science Techbook has the ability to address individual student’s learning modalities and abilities, and prescribe resources targeted to how each student performs. The Techbook is dynamic and updated in real time, providing teachers the opportunity to incorporate up-to-date scientific issues into their curriculum, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Finally, the Discovery Education Science Techbook is a substantially less expensive option per student than textbooks, with additional savings derived from a lack of textbook replacement or inventory costs.

    “After a thorough evaluation of a variety of textbook options, our instructional materials committee concluded the Discovery Education Science Techbook was the resource best suited to meet the needs of our teachers and students in Collier County,” said Curt Witthoff, district science and environmental education coordinator. “Unlike traditional textbooks, the Discovery Education Science Techbook can be updated instantaneously to reflect the changing world our students live in, has the ability to meet every student’s learning needs, regardless of their learning style, and proved to be a very affordable option as well. The ability to search for resources by state benchmark is an important feature and this service provides an efficient way for teachers to access their resources. Overall, the Discovery Education Science Techbook provides a relevant and rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of our 21st century learners in Collier County and we are looking forward to engaging with this dynamic learning tool in classrooms beginning this fall.”

    “The Discovery Education Science Techbook uniquely creates learning environments that promote collaboration, creativity and participatory learning,” said Chuck Amos, vice president, Discovery Education. “The implementation of the Discovery Education Science Techbook in both adoption states and open territory districts across the country proves that schools are adapting to meet the needs of their 21st century digital students.”

    Since introducing the Techbook last year, Discovery Education has made several updates, including hundreds of new Spanish-language content resources, upgrades to the site to improve Accessibility compliance and simplified access to highly utilized elements, such as model lessons. Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

    For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook, 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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    NEW STUDY: Discovery Educator Network Found to be a Critical Resource for Teacher Growth and Development

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    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Online Community Supports Educators’ Use of Technology in the Classroom Resulting in More Engaged Students —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 27, 2011) – The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) from Discovery Education contributes greatly to the professional growth of educators, according to a study released today by Dr. Ilona Holland, independent researcher and faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nearly 90 percent of educators said the DEN “tremendously” or “very much” contributed to their professional growth. With more than 150,000 members worldwide, the Discovery Educator Network is one of the largest and most active professional learning communities for educators.

    “The evaluation of the DEN demonstrated the dedication and active involvement of its members, in particular the Leadership Council, and the intrinsic value of the educators’ network,” said Holland. “A vast majority (89 percent) of the respondents stated that the DEN had a major impact on their professional growth. Nearly all reported that their use of technology had improved as a result of their involvement. The DEN clearly meets a need among educators through providing an opportunity for participants to share successes, receive meaningful and relevant support from each other as well as staff, and participate in a nurturing community of practice that helps them keep abreast of current educational advances.”

    When asked what was most important to professional growth in their field, educators referenced building a network of colleagues, having access to great resources, getting new ideas about how to integrate technology, and being able to keep up with current trends. Respondents said the DEN had helped them in every one of these areas. As one educator said best, “The ability to connect with others in the same professional position, to share ideas and strategies [is key to professional development]. We all can learn so much from each other, and it helps immensely to have such a great collective brain to connect to when I need help or ideas.”

    In addition to providing professional development, respondents reported that the DEN had an extremely beneficial impact on how they used technology. Nearly all respondents (96.7 percent) reported that their technology use had improved and increased in some way as a result of their involvement with the DEN. “Personally and professionally, I am more excited about learning than I ever have been. I attribute it to my participation in the DEN,” shared one respondent. Educators said the DEN has helped them effectively use products and technology, improve their instructional practice, and develop curriculum that was engaging and exciting for students.

    Almost all educators reported facing challenges when integrating technology into their work and over half (59.5 percent) reported that the DEN had been able to help them with those challenges. The most common challenge faced by members was getting “buy in” from others in their districts. An educator remarked, “Many colleagues feel comfortable approaching me for information about technology use because they know that I was recently a non-user. I give all of the credit for my change to my participation in the DEN community.”

    Respondents were very active users of social media in their daily lives and many respondents frequently used social media to interact with the DEN, with two-thirds using it to interact with the members at least once a month and over half using it at least once a week. “This connection through social media has by far been the best professional development I have had as a teacher in my 22 years of teaching,” commented one educator. DEN members found social media useful for connecting with like-minded colleagues and sharing resources.

    “It has been absolutely amazing to witness the growth of the DEN from its inception six years ago,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. “The community is constantly adapting to meet the needs of its members and our most active participants, STAR Discovery Educators and DEN Leadership Council members, are the driving force of all the positive changes and growth. The results of the research study are testimony to the fact that the DEN community is powerful because it is mission-based – connecting educators to their most valuable resource, each other.”

    The DEN is the largest and most active community of tech-savvy educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. As a member of this professional learning community, educators have access to a wide range of technology training resources, an expansive library of teacher-generated projects and tools, and in-person and online activities. With more than 150,000 members worldwide, the DEN has hosted 39,000 professional development events impacting more than 1 million teachers.

    The study presents the results of an online survey conducted in March 2011 with 231 members of the DEN Leadership Council. The survey was conducted to determine how the DEN has affected their professional development, and their use of technology in their work. To download a full-length version of the study, visit http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/.

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about Discovery Education, 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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    DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND CEREBELLUM EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO BRING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO STUDENTS WORLDWIDE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

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

    — Hundreds of Standard Deviants and Just the Facts programs available exclusively on Discovery Education streaming —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 22, 2011) – Building on their shared mission to bring students high-quality educational content, Discovery Education and Cerebellum Corporation announced today a partnership for exclusive streaming rights to a broad array of Cerebellum’s top programs. As part of the exclusive agreement, Discovery Education streaming subscribers will have sole access to nearly 300 educational programs produced by Cerebellum. The expanded partnership also allows for new projects in broadcast VOD, home video access and educational programs around the world.

    For over a decade, Cerebellum and Discovery Education, the leading provider of high-quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources, have provided students and educators nationwide with educational content meeting the needs of 21st century learners. Cerebellum’s “Just the Facts” and award-winning “Standard Deviants” series are consistently among the most highly utilized programs on Discovery Education’s digital services.

    “This partnership extends our goal of offering high quality, proven educational content to the Discovery Education streaming community and now expands it across the globe,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “Cerebellum programs are favorites among teachers and students alike, with a format that fits easily into 2-3 minute teachable moments and works so well with today’s 21st century learners.”

    Spanning a variety of subject areas, including mathematics, English, social studies, and world languages, many of Cerebellum’s groundbreaking series can now only be found on Discovery Education streaming. Primarily geared toward middle and high school students, popular titles include “Standard Deviants School Shakespeare Tragedies,” “The Pumped-Up World of Pre-Algebra” and “The Split-Infinitive World of English Grammar.”

    “The digital partnership with Discovery Education is a statement of our commitment to provide students, teachers and educators with a high-quality viewing experience,” said James Rena, president, Cerebellum Corporation. “‘The Standard Deviants’ and ‘Just the Facts’ brands have been engaging students for over eighteen years and we are proud of the industry accolades, including the Parents’ Choice, Telly and Communicator awards. Discovery Education creates a learning environment that allows educators access to each series across the globe.”

    For more information about the exclusive Cerebellum content coming to Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/cerebellum.

    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 Cerebellum Corporation
    Cerebellum distributes and produces topic-based educational videos for students of all grade levels. Since 1992, Cerebellum has been a leader in the educational market, producing hundreds of hours of educational media. In 17 years, Cerebellum has received recognition for its high-quality content: garnered 21 Telly Awards, the prestigious Parents Choice ‘Recommended’ Award, and the respect and recommendation of thousands of teachers, professors, and education professionals.

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    North Carolina School Wins Grand Prize in TurfMutt “Landscapes Across America” Contest

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    Contacts:
    Caroline March-Long, On Behalf of OPEI434-295-5938 – office / 434-760-1948 – mobile
    Caroline@FourLeafPR.com

    Kris Kiser, Executive Vice President OPEI
    (703) 549-7600
    KKiser@OPEI.org

    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    — Elementary students highlight unique attributes of landscapes in their region —

    — Classrooms from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas named runners up —

    Alexandria, VA – June 14, 2011 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Education and Research Foundation and Discovery Education, today announced that Ms. Deborah Icard’s fourth grade class at Cloverleaf Elementary School in Statesville, N.C., won the grand prize from the TurfMutt “Landscapes Across America” contest for a creative classroom presentation on their local environment. The national contest challenged third to fifth grade classrooms with showcasing their school’s unique local landscape and the environmental aspects of their region that need to be protected.

    Ms. Icard’s class was chosen based on their presentation on how they would solve erosion and topsoil issues, attract wildlife, lower air pollution and make their school grounds more sustainable. The class presentation included solutions such as planting more trees and plants, adding additional grass and groundcovers to school property, and supplementing the soil with organic matter.

    “Winning the TurfMutt Challenge has instilled in my students a feeling of empowerment knowing that working together can make a difference in their environment,” said Ms. Icard. “This project gave the students a deep understanding of how their location on the globe has unique features, and changing the face of that location impacts not only the plant and animal life, but human activity, as well.”

    As the grand-prize winner, the class will receive a $5,000 grant to implement an eco-friendly classroom program at their school, a $500 teacher award and trees to be planted in the U.S. in honor of each member of the class. To see the Cloverleaf submission, click here.

    “Reviewing the entries from elementary students across the country was really inspiring,” said Kris Kiser, EVP at OPEI’s Education and Research Foundation. “Each presentation showed that students are really thinking about their ecosystem and the land that surrounds them, and more importantly, the importance of green space, how to plant what is right for their climate zone and how to care for the land responsibly.”

    Second place winners also were announced and include:

  • 1. Wendy Palese, Elmwood Elementary School, Mechanicsburg Area School District, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • 2. Christine Tang, Eastover Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills School District, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • 3. Mary Beisert, West End Elementary School, Bellville Independent School District, Industry, TX
  • 4. Ellen Raieta, Marshall Street Elementary School, Norristown Area School District, Norristown, PA
  • Second place winners will receive a $500 grant for the teacher to implement an eco-friendly classroom program at their school and trees to be planted in the U.S. in honor of each member of the class.

    The “Landscapes Across America” contest is part of the TurfMutt educational outreach program, a new science-based curriculum for elementary students to learn the science behind plants’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), release oxygen, cool the air, control dust, reduce erosion and filter water. TurfMutt, based on a real rescue dog named Lucky, is the engaging character that talks to students about the importance of green spaces, growing lawns and landscapes in the best manner, and how to care for them responsibly.

    “We at Discovery Education are proud of these students for the amazing work they did to make a difference in the landscape and environment at their school,” said Mary Rollins, Vice President, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education. “Challenges like TurfMutt’s ‘Landscapes Across America’ prove that young children have the ability to create small changes in their communities, which eventually lead to larger changes across the globe.”

    For more detail on the contest and winning entries, visit turfmutt.discoveryeducation.com.

    About the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Education and Research Foundation
    Established in 2005, the OPEI Education & Research Foundation supports educational programs and research that bring more awareness to the importance of environmental stewardship, an appreciation of the outdoors and an understanding of how to grow, restore and maintain our every day green spaces in a responsible way.

    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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    Discovery Education Wins Golden Lamp Award From The Association of Educational Publishers

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    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Discovery Education Streaming Plus Presented Prestigious Award Honoring Outstanding Resources for Teaching and Learning —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 10, 2011) – The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) presented Discovery Education with a Golden Lamp Award in the Technology Innovations category for Discovery Education streaming Plus during the 2011 AEP Awards program. One of the education industry’s top honors, the Golden Lamp Award, recognizes the best overall tools for teaching and learning. Winners are defined by their superior use of content and design, and by how well the product fulfills its educational mission.

    “Helping students succeed and teachers better hone their craft is the hallmark of a great educational product,” said Charlene Gaynor, CEO of AEP. “This year, we were proud to recognize a range of comprehensive, user-friendly educational tools and services that not only exude these qualities, but exemplify instructional soundness, ingenuity and innovation.”

    Discovery Education streaming Plus features a collection of more than 150,000 digital learning objects, including videos, interactives, images, and articles, which integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. Aligned to state and national standards including the Common Core, and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, the rich media from Discovery Education engages today’s students in learning.

    “We are honored to receive the Golden Lamp Award from AEP recognizing Discovery Education’s digital curriculum offerings as superior and effective solutions,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “As schools across the country transition to digital curriculum, this acknowledgment validates and confirms the success that so many educators and students are experiencing with Discovery Education’s services.”

    For more than four decades, the AEP Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning in all media and for any educational setting. Award winners meet the top standards for high-quality, professional content for education, and represent the most innovative learning solutions on the market. For more information about the AEP Awards, and to access a complete list of the winners, visit www.aepweb.org/awards.

    Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are scientifically shown to improve student academic achievement. For more information about Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

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    Discovery Education Announces 2011 Discovery Educator Network Gurus

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    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Five Educators Chosen For Their Dedication and Leadership in Professional Learning Community —

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 8, 2011) – Discovery Education is pleased to announce the 2011 Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Gurus, which recognizes distinguished educators who are thought leaders in the education community. Selected through a competitive application process, five educators were chosen as this year’s DEN Gurus for their commitment, leadership and participation in one of the nation’s largest professional learning communities.

    In its second year, the DEN Guru program honors educators who go above and beyond to share their passion for education with others and demonstrate an expertise in one or more academic topic areas. This year’s five Gurus are recognized as passionate individuals encouraging the integration of educational technologies and digital content into curriculum and classrooms.

    “Discovery Education and the DEN are proud to honor the work and dedication of these five devoted educators,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and instructional implementation for Discovery Education. “This year’s DEN Gurus are masters in their chosen field, deeply passionate about education and committed to sharing their expertise with others across the country.”

    The 2011 DEN Gurus include:

    Cheryl Lykowski, Bedford Public Schools, Michigan
    Cheryl is in her 20th year of teaching and currently teaches 5th grade in southeast Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology. From her first Commodore 64 to her current array of electronic devices, Cheryl has always enjoyed exploring her passion for technology and its endless possibilities in education. Her boundless energy and expertise has allowed her to share with others at ISTE conferences, state level conferences and through several journal publications.

    Kathy Schrock, Eastham, Massachusetts
    Kathy has been a school district director of technology, an instructional technology specialist, an adjunct education professor, and more. She is currently teaching online graduate courses for Wilkes University, as part of the Wilkes-Discovery Master’s program in instructional media. Kathy has received numerous awards for her work, including a People’s Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, and has served on the ISTE Board of Directors and worked with the U.S. Department of Education on educational technology matters.

    Dean Mantz, Sterling Public Schools, Kansas
    Dean is the Network Coordinator and Integration Specialist for Sterling USD #376. Before working in Sterling, Dean was honored in his previous district as “Teacher of the Year” while teaching middle school history and technology. He has been serving on the Kansas DEN Leadership Council since it was established in 2008. Along with working for Sterling Public Schools, Dean is an adjunct professor for Sterling College facilitating the Technology in the Classroom course for pre-service students. Dean also serves as a national mentor for LoTi, conducting professional development sessions in Kansas and Oklahoma.

    Rita A. Mortenson, Verona Area School District, Wisconsin
    Since 1995, Rita has been a leader in technology integration as the Educational Technology Coordinator for Verona Area High School. An Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007, Rita has been developing curriculum and showcasing student work in a variety of ways. She also obtained the Apple Certified Associate Degree in the iLife ‘09 Suite, and is a National Board Certified teacher with an MBA degree. She is an active Discovery STAR Educator, serves as the Events Chair for the Wisconsin DEN Leadership Council and was one of three teachers selected in 2009 to participate in the Discovery Student Adventures pilot in China for 15 days.

    Jennifer Wagner, Calvary Murrieta, California
    Jennifer is part of the IT/Help Desk department at a private K-12 school in southern California. She assists students, teachers and administrators with creative ways to utilize 21st century digital tools. In her spare time, she hosts online projects for PreK-6th grade teachers at Projectsbyjen.com, writes a monthly newsletter and provides daily wordles for teachers to use with their students. Jennifer has been recognized by Global SchoolNet, Google and Kidspiration for her innovative uses of technology.

    As this year’s DEN Gurus, these five select educators will share their knowledge with peers across the country in a variety of ways. The five Gurus will be regular contributors to the DEN Global Blog, represent the DEN through virtual presentations and participate in major educational conferences nationwide throughout the year.

    As part of one of the largest professional learning communities for educators, DEN members have access to a wide range of technology training resources, an expansive library of teacher-generated projects and tools, and in-person and online activities. DEN members also have the option of applying to become STAR Discovery Educators, providing them with additional engagement with the learning community and access to a wider range of DEN resources. A group of 4,500 members and counting, STARs can take their involvement further by applying to become part of their regional DEN Leadership Councils.

    For more information about the Discovery Educator Network, or any other products and services from Discovery Education, 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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    Discovery Education Announces Chuck Amos as Vice President of Digital Techbook Strategy & Business Development

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    Silver Spring, Md. (June 1, 2011) – Discovery Education announces the appointment of Charles “Chuck” Amos to vice president of digital Techbook strategy & business development. Discovery Education is the leading provider of high-quality curriculum based digital content and professional development resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

    With nearly 20 years of experience in the education market, Amos is a strong advocate for the effective application of educational technologies and digital content in America’s schools. Prior to joining Discovery Education, he held positions focused on domestic and international sales management, organizational development and strategic business development. Amos’ expertise and rich background in education will be a valuable asset to the growth of Discovery Education.

    As vice president of digital Techbook strategy & business development, Amos will oversee the expansion of Discovery Education’s digital textbook line of business. Discovery Education is leading the effort to bring digital textbooks to American classrooms through the Discovery Education Science Techbook. Four states, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, and Oregon, have approved Discovery Education’s digital science service as a core instructional resource for elementary science instruction.

    “Chuck is a highly regarded member of the industry, bringing to Discovery an outstanding reputation in the education space,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education to whom Amos will report. “His keen understanding of the business will be an invaluable resource, and help expand Discovery Education’s Techbook into schools across the country.”

    Amos began his career in education with EDTECH, and later joined Apple for an eight-year tenure as account executive and central region manager. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Atomic Learning, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s organizational direction, objectives and initiatives. Amos later founded The Amos Group, LLC.

    Amos holds a bachelor of science degree in business with an emphasis in finance from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. He also serves as a board member for the Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minnesota.

    For more information about Discovery Education, 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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    Discovery Education Science Techbook Named an EdNET’s Best “Shining Stars” for 2011

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    Contacts:
    Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
    240-662-6502
    christina_scripps@discovery.com

    Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates
    608-839-9800
    emily@cblohm.com

    — Discovery Education Science Techbook recognized among the top five product and service “game changers” in the education marketplace —

    Silver Spring, Md (June 1, 2011) – Discovery Education Science Techbook has been voted one of the top five “Shining Stars” in EdNET’s Best for 2011, a new recognition program developed by MDR, with the support of Educational Systemics, to recognize leaders and innovators in the education marketplace. “Shining Stars” is one of three categories in the program, and it recognizes products and services that are potential “game changers” in the education marketplace as selected by the EdNET community at large and the EdNET’s Best panelists.

    Discovery Education Science Techbook, developed by Discovery Education, is a digital core instructional resource for elementary and middle school science instruction. Each edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series is built from the ground up to address individual state standards and is intended to serve as the new primary instructional resource for elementary and middle schools. It was selected from a large pool of competitive products and services to win a coveted spot on the EdNET’s Best list. Discovery Education is the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content, professional development and assessment resources whose services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

    “As a 2011 ‘Shining Star’ recipient, Discovery Education Science Techbook is believed to be one of the superstars of the education marketplace by the EdNET community and the EdNET’s Best panel,” said Dr. Nelson Heller, president of EdNET, MDR. “Being listed among the EdNET’s Best top five puts you on the shortlist of exemplary offerings in the education industry.”

    “Discovery Education Science Techbook brings the world of science alive for every type of learner through its dynamic videos, reading passages, hands-on activities, interactive virtual labs, and more,” said Chuck Amos, vice president of digital Techbook strategy & business development, Discovery Education. “In addition to engaging students in science education in a dynamic and relevant manner, our Techbooks empower educators to create learning environments that promote collaboration, creativity and participatory learning,”

    MDR, with support from Educational Systemics, created the EdNET’s Best program to recognize leaders and innovations in today’s education marketplace in three categories: “Shining Stars,” “Leaders to Watch,” and “Teachers Select.” The winners on the 2011 EdNET’s Best list will be officially honored at a recognition ceremony held at the 2011 EdNET Conference, September 25-27, in Denver.

    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 EdNET
    EdNET, the education business network, brings recognized industry experts, education business executives, and school leaders together to share insight, explore trends, find opportunities, and build partnerships. The EdNET offerings include EdNET Insight, the decision support service; the EdNET Conference, the “must-attend” education event for leaders in the education market; and the EdNET News Alert, the free weekly e-newsletter, all owned and operated by MDR..

    About MDR
    For more than 40 years, MDR has been the market’s first choice for marketing information and services for the K-12, higher education, library, early childhood, and related education markets. Powered by the most complete, current, and accurate education databases available in the industry, MDR provides email contacts and deployment, direct mail lists, sales contact and lead solutions, along with social media marketing services and the EdNET community. For more information, call 800-333-8802 or visit http://www.schooldata.com.

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