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GRAND PRAIRIE ISD TO DELIVER LARGEST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

240-662-6502

christina_scripps@discovery.com

Heidi May, Discovery Education

240-662-2661

heidi_may@discovery.com

— 2,400 Educators from the District to Prepare for 21st Century Learners with Two-Day Intensive Training —  

Silver Spring, Md. (June 25, 2013) – Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD), the 17th largest district in Texas, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today an extension of its partnership that will bring the largest professional development event ever to educators across the district.  On August 15 and 16, nearly 90 members from the Discovery Education team will conduct professional development sessions to support Grand Prairie’s 2,400 educators in utilizing digital resources and proven instructional practices to enhance student learning. 

“This new phase of our partnership with Discovery Education is another step towards fostering awareness, understanding and support for the district's digital transformation,” said Greg Firn, Deputy Superintendent, GPISD.  “As we ensure student success through engaging learning experiences and collaborative leadership, it is critical that we continue to engage our educators in powerful, effective professional development efforts such as this.”

Focused on high-yield instructional strategies that result in sustainable improvements in student engagement and achievement, Discovery Education’s professional development experts have designed customized professional learning opportunities for Grand Prairie to enhance teaching in ways that systemically impact learning.  With topics such as “Engaging Students with Multi-Media” and “Read, Write and Think Like a Scientist,” Discovery Education has partnered with the district to identify their goals and develop a customized learning plan that supports its ongoing digital transition. 

Preparing educators for the district’s deeper, long-term digital conversion plan, Discovery Education experts will provide at least four full days of professional development throughout the 2013-2014 school year for every GPISD teacher and principal.  These learning experiences will showcase creative ways to motivate students and invigorate curriculum using the latest innovations in teaching and learning.  Participants will see and experience model classrooms that incorporate the use of digital learning centers and lessons tied to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

As long time users of Discovery Education Streaming, a supplemental service that provides rich multimedia content, Grand Prairie is continuing to incorporate new and innovative digital resources into instruction. 

“We use Discovery Education's digital content every day in our classrooms,” said Maura Ayers and Eileen Little, teachers at GPISD.  “This professional development will help us integrate this great resource even further into our instruction, ultimately benefiting our students with more engaging and dynamic lessons.” 

As part of the partnership between GPISD and Discovery Education, educators will also receive continued professional development support through the Discovery Educator Network (DEN).  The DEN is the largest and most active community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating and networking.  The DEN gives educators access to a wide range of technology training resources, an expansive library of teacher-generated projects and tools, and in-person and online activities.

The partnership will also include support for educators as they integrate resources to help engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subject areas through Discovery Education STEM Camp.  A dynamic series of standards-aligned STEM curricula available at no cost, Discovery Education STEM Camp will provide an opportunity to inspire and engage students in STEM through hands-on and virtual labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, videos and career connections.

“Discovery Education is excited to deepen its partnership with GPISD and prepare its educators and administrators to bring their classrooms alive with innovative digital resources and proven instructional practices,” said Brett Felten, director, Discovery Education.  “This partnership further proves the district’s commitment to providing quality learning resources that engage students, support teachers and positively impact student achievement.”

For more information about Discovery Education and its suite of digital solutions, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION SUPPORTS COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION WITH AN ENHANCED MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM FOR K-12 CLASSROOMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

240-662-6502

christina_scripps@discovery.com

Heidi May, Discovery Education

240-662-2661

heidi_may@discovery.com

— Discovery Education Streaming Plus features Common Core model lessons plus new student center and content-creation tools —

Silver Spring, Md. (June 24, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today significant enhancements to its popular Discovery Education Streaming Plus service.  Featuring hundreds of model lessons, performance tasks and custom assessments, the enhanced Discovery Education Streaming Plus engages students with unique interactive features and supports educators at all levels as they integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into classroom instruction. 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus’ model lessons and instructional exemplars demonstrate for educators what the new Common Core State Standards look like in action, while the addition of customized assessments to the service save teachers valuable time by putting curriculum, instruction and assessment resources all in one place.  In addition to supporting educators, these new enhancements promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving and higher order thinking skills for students.

Among the school systems implementing the enhanced version of Discovery Education Streaming Plus is Wake County Public Schools, the largest school district in North Carolina.  Wake County will begin deploying Discovery Education Streaming Plus in conjunction with a new sustained professional development initiative district-wide in the 2013-2014 school year. 

Marlo Gaddis, director of instructional technology and library media services for Wake County Public Schools said, “We are excited to bring this enhanced service to our teachers and students. It not only gives them a high quality resource for digital content, but also a partner in modeling appropriate use of technology and information skills.  The model lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards and new student tools will help us empower our teachers to change their classroom pedagogy and culture to better meet the needs of all learners.”

Discovery Education Streaming Plus also features more than 155,000 dynamic digital learning objects supporting all subject areas and learning styles, including videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles.  It will be available to current school district partners at no additional cost. 

In addition, new interactive student features like My DE and Board Builder have been added to transform classrooms by creating an environment that encourages engagement, inquiry and creativity.  My DE is a new destination providing students individualized learning and exploration resources via different pathways through content.  Students are encouraged to become content creators through the Board Builder tool by gathering evidence, creating arguments and supporting their claims, all while practicing and developing higher-order thinking skills.

“We’ve heard from educators across the country the need for dynamic, engaging, student-centric digital learning environments that support Common Core implementation,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education.  “Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides teachers with the resources they need to meet today’s wired students where they learn and support academic rigor.”

For more information about Discovery Education Streaming Plus and other services and resources from Discovery Education, visitwww.discoveryeducation.com.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION WELCOMES STEPHEN WAKEFIELD AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

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

Heidi May, Discovery Education
240-662-2661
heidi_may@discovery.com

Silver Spring, Md. (June 17, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, has named Stephen Wakefield vice president of public affairs. With more than 15 years of experience, including eight years in the education industry, Wakefield will develop meaningful, ongoing relationships and collaborations with like-minded associations, foundations, think tanks and other organizations aligned to providing students the authentic learning environments they need for college, career and citizenship readiness.

“Stephen is an exceptional leader and communicator with an incredible record of developing deep partnerships and innovative programs delivering meaningful results,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education, to whom Wakefield will report. “His expertise and strategic vision will be tremendous assets to Discovery Education and our partners as we work together to transform teaching and learning worldwide.”

Wakefield joins Discovery Education from ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), where he served as director of communications. In this position, he developed and directed the organization’s strategic communications and public relations functions, including cultivating and managing external relationships and partnerships to advance the association’s goals.

Previously, Wakefield served as director of communications and program manager for Discovery Education. His career also has spanned work in government relations, marketing and member services for a variety of associations, including the Association of Marina Industries and the American Public Power Association, among others.

Wakefield holds a bachelor’s degree from Alvernia University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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