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CARROLLTON EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOLS EXPERIENCES SIGNIFICANT GAINS IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

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Contacts:
Leigh Ann McCray, Carrollton Schools
330-627-2181
leighann.mccray@carrolltonschools.org

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

– Ohio School District Jumped from 507th to Third in State Rankings –

Silver Spring, Md. (Dec. 19, 2011) – Supported by the use of Discovery Education Assessment, Carrollton Exempted Village Schools in Ohio dramatically improved student achievement from 2010 to 2011. Based on findings from Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA), the district jumped to third in the state for academic performance, up from 507th, and outpaced the state average by nearly 10 percent in math and reading proficiency scores.

Discovery Education Assessment provided Carrollton educators with the tools needed to inform instruction and drive student achievement with a combination of interim and formative assessments. Discovery Education Assessment is an assessment tool which accurately forecasts performance on OAA based on students’ continued learning throughout the year helping teachers identify those students most in need and targets specific instructional areas for remediation or advancement. The periodic interim assessments are reinforced with formative evaluation tools to support effective instruction and monitor student progress. More recently, Carrollton has expanded use of Discovery Education within the district to include, Discovery Education streaming, a digital content service with a library of over 150,000 digital assets.

Students at Carrollton schools completed the Discovery Education Assessment interim benchmarks throughout the school year. Each benchmark was customized to measure skills tested by the OAA. The results of the benchmarks measure academic growth, predict proficiency in reading and math and analyze student performance by highlighting their aptitude and content mastery.

“Discovery Education Assessment is one of the most effective practices we implemented last year, and the results undoubtedly show how our students benefited,” said Leigh Ann McCray, assistant superintendent at the Carrollton district. “The improvement of our OAA scores is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of Carrollton educators and students.”

To further showcase the district’s remarkable success, Discovery Education Assessment conducted a study examining Carrollton Exempted Village Schools 2010 and 2011 OAA reading and math proficiency scores for grades three through eight. Math scores for students improved by 11.3 percent, a significantly higher gain than the 2.5 percent increase reported statewide. For reading, students increased scores by an average of 3.9 percent, while the rest of the state increased reading scores by 1.3 percent.

“By accurately measuring and forecasting students’ academic performance, educators are able to tailor their instruction to meet the specific needs of their students,” said Hardin Daniel, vice president, Discovery Education. “We appreciate the partnership supporting Carrollton educators and congratulate their success.”

About Carrollton Schools
Carrollton School District has approximately 2,500 students in grades K-12, with one high school (Carrollton High School), one middle school (Bell-Herron Middle School) , and three K-5 elementary buildings, with our largest (Carrollton Elementary) housing 650 students in a 100 year old school building (Augusta Elementary 185 students k-5, and Dellroy Elementary 180 students K-5).

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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THE SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION EXPAND SIEMENS STEM ACADEMY

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Contacts:
Lauren Espin, for Siemens Foundation
732-590-2182
lauren.espin@siemens.com

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

– New Professional Development Program Added To 2012 STEM Academy Offers Immersive Research Opportunity to 20 Additional Educators –

– Now Accepting Applications Online for Siemens STARs and Institute Programs –

ISELIN, N.J., Dec. 15, 2011– The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partners Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, announced they will expand Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) for 2012 to include program sites at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA. Prompted by the resounding success of the program’s first two years at ORNL, this expansion will double the number of opportunities for educators from across the country to collaborate with some of the nation’s leading scientists over the summer. The STARs program is part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.

“After seeing the incredible impact the STARs program has had and the growing number of strong applications we receive, we knew it was essential that we continue to grow the program,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “This expansion will open opportunities to more worthy applicants, benefitting the educators, their colleagues, their students and generations of scientists and engineers to come.”

The expansion to two STARs programs in 2012 will empower even more teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into the classroom and inspire students to pursue STEM education. Working in small groups, 40 teachers will collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually designed research projects that will give them real-world experience to bring back to their classrooms. The ORNL STARs program includes projects on a wide range of topics, including energy, advanced materials, biological systems, and neutron sciences. The second STARs program at PNNL will feature STEM topics, such as sustainable energy and environmental molecular science.

The 2012 STARs programs will take place June 17 – June 29, 2012, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and July 8 – July 20, 2012, at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will also receive a $300 mini-grant to purchase equipment and supplies for his or her classroom and a $500 stipend.

Another professional development opportunity for educators nationwide, the Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion program that promotes hands-on, real-world integration of STEM in the classroom. From July 29 – August 3, 2012, a diverse group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive week-long, professional development experience at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications located just outside of Washington D.C. The Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today.

The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through February 9, 2012. Teachers throughout the country can apply for the 2012 STARs programs or the Siemens STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.

About the Siemens STEM Academy
The Siemens STEM Academy (www.siemensstemacademy.com) is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board to empower and celebrate excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education. As the premier online professional development community for STEM educators, over 125,000 teachers from across the United States exchange and download resources, participate in and view webinars, obtain up-to-date STEM news and network with their peers. Additionally, each year the STEM Academy selects top educators from around the country to participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) programs, two-week professional development experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition, 50 educators are chosen to participate in the Siemens STEM Institute, a one-week professional development initiative at Discovery Communications headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.siemensstemacademy.com.

About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. In February 2010 the Siemens Foundation launched its newest initiative, The Siemens STEM Academy, a national STEM education program for teachers designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in these fields. By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow`s scientists and engineers. The Foundation`s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens` U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.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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Discovery Education and OPEI Expand TurfMutt Science Program to Reach K-5 Classrooms Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education
240-662-2572
alana_carchedi@discovery.com

Caroline March-Long, on Behalf of OPEI
434-295-5938
caroline@fourleafpr.com

– New ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes gives K-5 teachers a chance to win a $5,000 grant to turn their school’s play area into an eco-friendly space –

Silver Spring, Md. and Alexandria, Va. (December 8, 2011) – Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced their science-based TurfMutt (turfmutt.discoveryeducation.com) program has expanded to meet the needs of K-5 educators across the country. The program offers classroom resources for fostering an appreciation of the environment and green spaces through investigation, activities and experiments.

In addition to the new resources, educators can enter the ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $5,000 grant to give their school`s play area an eco-friendly makeover. Two runners up will receive “Green Packs,” complete with eco-friendly, TurfMutt-branded school supplies for the whole classroom. Educators may enter once a day, every day to increase their chances of winning.

Based on TurfMutt’s tremendous success among 3-5 teachers in its first year, the program has now been expanded to meet the needs of K-2 classrooms. Designed to get students outside investigating the benefits of landscaping and recycling, TurfMutt online lessons and resources help students understand the importance of the green spaces that surround us daily like lawns, flowers, bushes and trees.

“TurfMutt has helped open my students’ eyes to a new way of learning about our nations’ various ecosystems and has inspired them to take a deeper interest in preserving their environment,” said Wendy Palese, a fourth and fifth grade teacher for Mechanicsburg Area School District in Pennsylvania. “The interactive, kid-friendly TurfMutt website is more intriguing than ordinary classroom materials and encourages students to explore and research science beyond what they read about in their textbooks.”

“TurfMutt gives students the unique opportunity to connect what they learn in school to the important environmental choices they make on a daily basis,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president of educational partnerships. “We are thrilled to expand the program to all K-5 classrooms to help spark students’ natural interest in science and encourage them to explore their curiosity beyond the walls of their classroom.”

“What’s great about the TurfMutt program is that it reminds students that science is right in their backyard – and all around them as they play outside,” said Kris Kiser, President of OPEI. “TurfMutt is filling a need for lessons plans that teach science and get kids outside in nature.”

OPEI and Discovery Education have created a dynamic digital curriculum led by Lucky, a real-life rescue dog who encourages kids to protect the land around them and fosters an appreciation of natural surroundings in their own community. In addition to lesson plans, engaging activities, puzzles and videos, students can enjoy an interactive map about ecosystems across the country. With these resources, teachers can emphasize the benefits of landscaping in balance with local environments, and instill a new appreciation for environmental issues.

Lesson plans can be found at: http://turfmutt.discoveryeducation.com/educators.cfm

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 OPEI’s Education and Research Efforts
OPEI’s Education and Research efforts focus on developing educational materials, supporting research and furthering programs to foster environmental stewardship and an appreciation of our parks, forests, lawns and landscapes. Priorities revolve around environmental best practices and stewardship in the care and enjoyment of our green spaces and safety education that ensures safe and proper use of outdoor power equipment.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

– EdTech Digest recognizes Discovery Education and CEO Bill Goodwyn with five education industry awards –

Silver Spring, Md. (Dec. 5, 2011) – Discovery Education has been honored with five industry awards from EdTech Digest, a publication featuring leaders in and around education dedicated to making a difference for future generations through the innovative use of technology. The awards recognize the best and brightest people in the education industry as well as transformative technology products and services. EdTech Digest recognized Discovery Education with two Leadership Awards, acknowledging Discovery Education CEO Bill Goodwyn for his passion and commitment to excellence in education and Discovery Education as a whole for setting trends in the industry.

“Innovation in education is expanding like never before, and it’s exciting to acknowledge the companies and products making the biggest difference,” said Victor Rivero, editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. “Educators, administrators, parents and students are depending on real solutions. Discovery Education and the other honorees have raised the bar of excellence, and we are pleased to recognize their contributions to move education into the 21st century.”

In addition to the Leadership Awards, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, a new digital textbook, was named a Cool Tool Award winner in the new product or service category. The Science Techbook is being used as a core instructional resource by more than 200,000 elementary and middle school students across the country. The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) also was recognized with a Cool Tool Award in the professional development solution category. With more than 150,000 members worldwide, the DEN is the largest and most active community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking.

“Discovery Education is pleased to be recognized as a leader in leveraging technology to transform classrooms and inspire teachers and students,” said Goodwyn. “The awards from EdTech Digest reflect the hard work and dedication of every member of the Discovery Education team and demonstrate our commitment to bring the world of Discovery into classrooms with digital solutions that ignite curiosity and accelerate student achievement.”

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, a dynamic user community, assessment services and professional development 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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