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DISCOVERY EDUCATION EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH MERIDIAN JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT #2 THROUGH NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE 

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

– Idaho School System’s Professional Development Effort Focuses on Addressing New Standards, Using Digital Content to Improve Achievement, and Developing Assessments–

Silver Spring, Md. (October 29, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, announced today it is expanding its partnership with Idaho’s Meridian Joint School District #2. Through this expansion, Discovery Education will provide customized professional development that will support district teachers as they fulfill their mission to prepare today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Meridian Joint School District #2’s current strategic plan envisions a school system in which all employees continue to improve their skills, knowledge and instructional practices to meet the needs of all learners.  To create this environment, Meridian district administrators are partnering with Discovery Education to create and implement a comprehensive professional development initiative that:

  • Provides educators with a broad conceptual view of addressing the Idaho Common State Standards, assessment literacy, and using digital resources to improve instruction and achievement;
  • Further develops participants’ assessment literacy by increasing awareness of formative, interim and summative assessment;
  • Enhances educators’ ability to effectively create learning units and assessments; and
  • Empowers district leaders with the tools and information to create a three-year professional development sustainability plan.

“We are excited to build on our relationship with Discovery Education,” said Dr. Linda Clark, Meridian Joint School District #2 Superintendent. “When looking for professional development support, we wanted a trusted partner that knew our school system, our goals, and was aligned with our vision for success. The Discovery Education professional development team’s ability to consult with our staff, determine our unique needs, and then create an effective, customized professional development solution in line with our existing work were critical factors in our decision to deepen our partnership.”

Prior to this latest initiative, Meridian Joint School District #2 educators and students utilized Discovery Education Streaming Plus in classrooms district wide to create authentic digital learning environments. Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides access to more than 155,000 digital learning objects that enhance curriculum and support all subject areas and learning styles, including videos, skill builders, games, audio files, images, writing prompts and encyclopedia articles. Recently, Discovery Education Streaming Plus was enhanced with hundreds of model lessons to support educators at all levels in preparing students for college, careers and citizenship.

In addition, Meridian Joint School District #2 participated in a six-month beta test of Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook through their relationship with Digital Promises’ League of Innovative Schools.  A complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks, Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook features compelling video; interactive text; digital simulations and explorations; virtual and hands-on labs; and an interactive glossary with animations, audio and video.

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) also supports Meridian Joint School District #2’s educators in their efforts to transform the learning experience with digital media.  A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. 

“Discovery Education and the Meridian Joint School District #2 team share the belief that ongoing, job-embedded profession development is critical to the creation of the authentic learning environments today’s students need and deserve,” said Susanne Thompson, vice president, Discovery Education. “We are honored to be partnering with Dr. Clark and her staff on this new initiative.”   

For more information about Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education’s Techbook series or other services and resources from Discovery Education, 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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TOYOTA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION INVITE TEENS TO MAKE ORIGINAL VIDEOS TO INSPIRE THEIR PEERS TO BECOME SAFER DRIVERS  

Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education
240-662-2572    
Lyndsey_Grubbs@Discovery.com   

Amy Gross, for Toyota
646-805-2037
Amy.Gross@RLMFinsbury.com

– Toyota Teen Driver Offers New Website, Expanded, Free Resources for Teens, Parents and Educators as well as More Than $100,000 in Prizes for Students and Schools –

Silver Spring, Md. (October 21, 2013) – Toyota and Discovery Education today announced the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge which invites teens to create original videos to inspire their peers to be safer drivers for the chance to win $15,000.  In conjunction with the fourth year of this annual competition, and as part of their ongoing commitment to raise awareness around the dangers of distracted driving, the partners also launched an all-new sweepstakes for high schools and a new website at ToyotaTeenDriver.com. In total, the companies are offering more than $100,000 in prizes for students and schools.

While cars today are safer than ever, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens and according to the National Safety Council, the year a teenager gets their license will be one of the most dangerous of their life.

The contests and website are part of Toyota Teen Driver, which was created in 2010 by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel.  The program provides students, parents and educators with free online resources, including curriculum, parent coaching guides, digital games, videos and take-home activities.   

“Safety is at the heart of everything Toyota does, which is why we are so excited about the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge,” said Latondra Newton, Toyota chief corporate social responsibility officer.  “What could be more inspiring and impactful than harnessing the passion, creativity and talent of teens across the country to join us in making our roads safer for everyone?”

“Discovery Education knows that safe driving for teens is a critical issue for communities and families across the country – not only for the driver, but for their passengers, their parents and their fellow students,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education. “That is why ToyotaTeenDriver.com is one of the most important educational resources we can provide high school students, educators and parents.  The engaging multimedia resources on the site use interactivity to show students first-hand why distracted or impaired driving is such a dangerous activity and can help them to make positive decisions that will keep them safe behind the wheel."

Toyota Teen Driver’s approach to safety education is grounded in the belief that bringing teens, parents and educators together with creative contests and resources is the key to changing teens’ behaviors.  This year’s contests and new resources include:

  • The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge:  Beginning today through March 13, 2014, high school students across the country can enter their original videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions.  A panel of experts will choose ten finalists and the public will determine the winners in an online vote.  The grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and will remake their video with a Discovery film crew for use on ToyotaTeenDriver.com and a range of Discovery’s online properties.  The second place winner will receive $10,000 and a trip for two for a behind-the-scenes tour of a Velocity network show, while the third place winner will receive $7,500 and seven runners-up will receive $1,000 each.  Last year’s challenge garnered entries from all 50 states.  You can learn more and view some of last year’s videos at ToyotaTeenDriver.com/Challenge.  
  • The Toyota Teen Driver High School Sweepstakes:  This new sweepstakes invites the public to enter a high school to receive a cash prize to implement a distracted driving awareness program on their campus.  One school will receive a grand prize of $5,000 as well as a virtual driving simulator, while 10 other schools will receive runners-up prizes of $1,000 each.  Anyone can enter a high school at toyotateendriver.com/sweepstakes  once a day between today and April 15, 2014. 
  • New Website with Enhanced Video Content:  ToyotaTeenDriver.com debuted a new look today as well as enhanced resources, including “Drive It Home” videos created for parents by experts at the National Safety Council, which tackle topics such as how to be a better driving coach and  important safety tips. 

Toyota Teen Driver is just one piece of Toyota’s longstanding commitment to teen driver safety.  Toyota Driving Expectations (www.toyotadrivingexpectations.com) provides hands-on, real world defensive driving courses that go far beyond what is taught in standard driver education courses, while the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (www.toyota.com/csrc) develops teen safety research in partnership with leading universities and hospitals.  Toyota also partners with DoSomething.org (www.DoSomething.org) and the National Safety Council (www.NSC.org) on national teen safety campaigns.  Together, these initiatives reach thousands of teens, parents and educators a year.   

For more information about Toyota Teen Driver or to learn how to enter one of the contests, visit http://toyotateendriver.com. Good luck and safe driving!

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the United States and its investment here is currently valued at more than $19.5 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.   Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. To date, Toyota has contributed $700 million to nonprofits in the United States.  For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit www.Toyota.com/community. 

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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SIEMENS FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION SEARCH FOR NEXT CLASS OF STEM EDUCATORS FOR EXCLUSIVE ‘SIEMENS STEM ACADEMY’ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS 

Chanika Colbert, Siemens Foundation
770-751-2073, chanika.colbert@siemens.com

Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Communications
240-662-2572, lyndsey_grubbs@discovery.com

— Application Now Open for Prestigious STEM Institute and STARs Programs Known For Connecting Influential Educators with Renowned STEM Experts and Thought Leaders –

ISELIN, N.J., October 17, 2013 – The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partner Oak Ridge Associated Universities, have announced they will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs two months early. Educators from across the country can submit an application to attend one of the prestigious professional development programs offered this summer.  The STARs program selects 40 educators to attend one of two programs held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country’s top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Communications headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. These programs are 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.

“Every year we see such a strong response to the Siemens Teachers as Researchers and Siemens STEM Institute programs that we decided to let applicants get a jump on submissions,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “This is such a unique and rewarding program that allows educators from across the country to not only come together and collaborate but then gives them new tools they can take back into their classrooms and implement as they create engaging learning environments for their students.”

For the two prestigious STARs professional development programs, 40 educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually-designed research projects that will give them real-world experience they can bring back to their classrooms. In the past during these in-depth research experiences, STARs fellows have tackled a variety of STEM project topics, including the production, characterization and uses of nano-particles, examining the thermal performance of building materials and studying neutron scattering techniques.

The 2014 STARs programs will take place June 8-20, 2014 and July 20-August 1, 2014 – both at ORNL. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classroom.

The Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a unique, week-long program that promotes real-world integration of STEM principles into the classroom. Occurring August 3-8, 2014, the select group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive 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. In the past, STEM Institute Fellows have heard from guest speakers, including Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA and Camsie McAdams, senior advisor on STEM Education, Department of Education; have taken field trips to leading institutions of STEM innovation, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum and engaged in discussions with executives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on opportunities for educators to enhance classroom teaching techniques.

The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through February 4, 2014. Educators across the country can apply for the 2014 STARs programs or the 2014 Siemens STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.

About the Siemens STEM Academy

The Siemens STEM Academy 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 300,000 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, (2) two-week professional development experiences at Oak Ridge 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, a STEM research competition for high school students, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a sustainability challenge which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues and the Siemens STEM Academy, a national educator professional development program designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM fields. By supporting outstanding students and educators today, and recognizing the mentors and schools that inspire STEM educational 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. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation

 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, TEXAS ASCD AND TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HOST SUMMIT ON STEM EDUCATION AND THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL CLASSROOMS

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

— National and Local Education and Business Leaders, Elected Officials and Students Share Success Stories of Digital Transformations at Future@Now Texas’ —

Grand Prairie, Texas (October 9, 2013) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of K-12 digital textbooks and professional development in the U.S., along with Texas ASCD and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) yesterday hosted Future@Now Texas, a live summit that addressed one of the most important issues in education – preparing Texas’ students for the opportunities of tomorrow’s world. 

Held at Grand Prairie High School and streamed live nationwide, the event featured both national and state education and business leaders, elected officials and students who discussed the challenges facing the next generation and the skills required to address them, as well as the critical role that digital learning plays in preparing Texas students to meet those challenges.  Attendees and online viewers heard real success stories from educators who are using digital resources to transform teaching and learning across Texas.  In addition, participants experienced a digital classroom in action and gleaned insights from educators, legislators, business and private foundation leaders who are spearheading initiatives to prepare students to be college, career and global citizenship ready. 

The conference is part of a series of summits from Discovery Education called Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms that bring together critical stakeholders interested in transforming education though new technologies.  Designed to drive discussion among education thought-leaders, school district leaders and members of the business community on the challenges of transitioning to digital learning, Future@Now focuses on the impact of digital resources on students and educators, and highlights opportunities to advance the adoption of the innovative digital tools that best prepare today’s students for the careers of tomorrow.   

Key speakers at yesterday’s event sharing their perspective on the implementation of digital learning environments included Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button who spoke about her digital learning legislation; Dr. Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie ISD; Dr. Terry B. Grier, Superintendent, Houston ISD; Dr. Janis Jordan, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Corpus Christi ISD; Pat Lewis, Chief School Improvement Officer, Grand Prairie ISD; Eduardo Moreno, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, Edinburgh Consolidated ISD; Dr. Greg Firn, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Grand Prairie ISD; and Dr. Bernard Harris, former NASA astronaut and the first African American to perform a spacewalk.  

Attendees also heard from U.S. Representative and Ranking Member of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson on the importance of STEM education.

“Grand Prairie ISD is pleased to have hosted this important event showcasing the power of educational technologies and digital content to accelerate learning,” said Dr. Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie ISD.  “I’d like to thank all those who participated in Future@Now Texas.  Yesterday’s exciting discussions showed that across the state, innovative educators at all levels are moving forward and creating the digital classrooms Texas’ students need and deserve.”

Among the day’s sessions were:

  • Digital Education from the Student’s Perspective: The day was kicked-off by a group of Texas third-graders who provided a look into the minds of today’s digital learners which included a discussion of how teachers can use students’ natural affinity for technology to accelerate achievement.
  • Digital Visionaries on Transformation:  Superintendents and administrators from Texas school districts discussed how they are leading the transition to digital learning, why that shift is so critical, and how educational technologies are transforming their classrooms and creating engaged students, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.
  • Engaged Parents, Successful Transitions:  Leon Pridgen, a parent who has been an active champion of the digital transition in the nationally recognized Mooresville, N.C., school system, shared best practices for district leaders to engage their communities and key opportunities for parents to elevate their involvement in their children’s educational future. 
  • Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Jobs:  Corporate and private foundation leaders who have invested in supporting educational change throughout Texas discussed why STEM, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are important to Texas’ economic future. In addition, these visionary leaders revealed successful models of public-private partnership that are accelerating schools’ access to the critical tools that help prepare students for college and careers in the STEM field and beyond.
  • Live from a Texas Digital Classroom:  This unique look inside a digital classroom featured students and educators using Discovery Education Science Techbook live from McKinney Independent School District.

“We are excited to have brought Future@Now to Texas. This event provided a forum in which the educational community came together to talk not only about how the creation of authentic learning environments can help build the skills today’s students need for college, careers and citizenship, but also how those environments might help us to meet the scientific challenges of tomorrow,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education.  “We are grateful to all participants for their attention to this important issue, and we look forward to continuing this dialogue at future events.” 

Discovery Education, whose services are available in more than half of American classrooms, has been providing engaging digital resources to educators and students for more than a decade. The Discovery Education Techbook™ digital textbook series is revolutionizing instruction by providing interactive content that specifically appeals to today’s students and supports multiple learning styles.  In addition, real-time updates to Techbook allow educators to incorporate current events and cutting-edge thinking into their curricula.

Discovery Education’s Techbook series also offer built-in assessments in each edition that measure students’ progress and support individualized classroom instruction.  Finally, with each Techbook, Discovery Education provides the critical professional development educators need to build the authentic digital learning environments today’s students need and deserve.

For more information on the conference or to view the online archive, visit: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/TexasFutureNow/ .  For more information about Discovery Education’s other initiatives and services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE 2013 SCIENCE COMPETITION WINNER

Trisha Seminara, Hunter Public Relations for 3M

516-225-5932, tseminara@hunterpr.com

Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education

240-662-2572, lyndsey_grubbs@discovery.com

— Peyton Robertson was Awarded $25,000 and Named America’s Top Young Scientist for his Innovative Sandbag Design —

— Velocity Network’s Chris Jacobs Served as Master of Ceremonies

(St. Paul, Minn.) Discovery Education and 3M have named 11-year-old Peyton Robertson from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., winner of the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his innovative sandbag design.

Every year, millions of dollars of damage are incurred due to salt-water flooding, with the most recent claims being made during last year’s Hurricane Sandy. This prototype aims to help better protect flood zones against salt-water damage from future storms. Robertson, a sixth grader at Stanford University’s Middle School, competed alongside nine other finalists yesterday during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., and was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist,” $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica from Discovery Student Adventures.

To download hi-res images and b-roll footage of the science competition, go to www.youngscientistchallengemedia.com.

Over the past three months, Robertson and the other finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist as they created their personal innovation as part of a summer mentorship program. The 3M Scientists provided guidance to the finalists as they developed their ideas from a theoretical concept into an actual prototype that would help solve a problem in everyday life.

During the final competition yesterday, the finalists shared their completed innovations with a panel of distinguished judges. In addition to presenting their prototypes, the ten finalists competed in two additional challenges where they were asked to: 1) combine multiple 3M technologies to yield new solutions; and 2) build a machine designed to turn on a light bulb using science and engineering principles. Finalists were evaluated on their scientific knowledge, creativity and use of 3M technology. Chris Jacobs, on-air host from Velocity Network, served as master of ceremonies for the awards banquet.

“Each year, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge serves as an inspirational reminder of the incredible ingenuity that comes from igniting students’ natural curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects,” said Bill Goodwyn, CEO, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to stand alongside 3M in congratulating Peyton and the rest of this year’s finalists on impressive work that foreshadows a bright future for our country.”

“Innovation is a way of life at 3M, and the opportunity to welcome such a talented group of bright, young students to celebrate the spirit of scientific exploration is very special for us,” added Ian Hardgrove, President, 3M Foundation. “Our partnership with Discovery Education continues to highlight the critical alliance of innovation with education to invest in the future, starting with the next generation of creative thinkers.  We congratulate them all.”

The remaining nine finalists also received a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M. The second, third and fourth place winners each received a $1,000 cash prize and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures to Costa Rica. These extraordinary students are:

  • Brooke Martin from North Central High School in Spokane, Wash. received second place for her innovative device – the iCPooch – that lets pet owners video chat and give their pets a treat while away from home.
  • Srijay Kasturi, a home-school student from Reston, Va., received third place for his innovation that helps the visually impaired detect objects in their path.
  • Daniel Culver from Montrose High School in Montrose, Colo. received fourth place for his innovative indoor cook stove design that greatly reduces harmful CO2 emissions.

The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 cash prize and a $500 gift card from Discovery Experiences, which offers first-hand, memorable adventures they see and learn about on Discovery’s networks. These finalists include:

  • Reeny Botros, homeschooled in Wichita, Kans.
  • Anish Chaluvadi, from Southside High School in Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Tim DeMember, from Windsor Knolls Middle School in Monrovia, Md.
  • Katie Hudek, homeschooled in Grafton, Mass.,
  • Edward Kim, from Midway High School in Waco, Tex.
  • Aishani Sil, from Rice Middle School in Plano, Tex.

For more information on the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and to learn more about this year’s finalists, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

About the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

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.  In January, students nationwide were asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that would impact an everyday problem related to how we live, how we work or how we play.  In addition to the 10 finalists, 34 students were selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and received their own 3M Innovation Prize Package. For more information, go to www.youngscientistchallenge.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 $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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 OFFERS NO COST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO EDUCATORS IMPLEMENTING COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

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

— Nationwide Professional Development Effort Demonstrates How to Use Digital Content and Educational Technologies to Support Integration of New Standards into Classroom Instruction

Silver Spring, Md. (October 2, 2013) – As teachers and administrators across the country continue grappling with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12 will be providing its Common Core Academies to educators nationwide at no cost through the end of the school year. 

These free, hands-on, professional development sessions will demonstrate how educators can use the latest technologies to support the integration of the Common Core State Standards into classroom practice.  Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation. 

“The Discovery Education Common Core Academy is a powerful professional development event.  The wealth of strategies, tactics and resources I learned during the Academy helped me leverage the digital tools in my classroom to quickly change my instruction to meet the new standards,” said Benjamin Sung, Fifth Grade Math and Science Teacher, Natick Public Schools, Natick, Mass.  “In addition, it’s a great forum for discussing practical and immediate implementation ideas and collaborating with other educators from different districts and schools.”

Understanding that effective implementation requires a focus on the fundamentals of curriculum, instruction, assessment and leadership, Discovery Education’s Common Core Academies utilize expert practitioners and thought leaders with years of experience in professional development.  Each Academy’s sessions are research-based and personalized, addressing educator-identified needs including:

  • Literacy and the Common Core in a Digital World: This session offers English Language Arts (ELA) instruction and assessment strategies to support the development of digitally literate students that are ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
  • Teaching and Assessing Common Core Math in a Digital World:  An exploration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and their successful implementation with assessment strategies, this session will support the development of mathematically proficient students. 
  • Leadership Strategies to Support Digital Literacy and the Common Core:  This session will offer practical leadership approaches for administrators that will help support teachers in their implementation of digital literacy instruction and assessment.

“We understand the challenges educators are facing as they implement the Common Core, and Discovery Education is pleased to offer this free professional development opportunity to support teachers and administrators nationwide,” said Karen Beerer, vice president, Discovery Education.  “I encourage all educators to join us for this collaborative, hands-on professional learning opportunity.” 

Beginning October 18, the Common Core Academies will take place in North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, Oregon, Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and will expand into other states in the new year.

 

For more information about upcoming Common Core Academies or to register for an Academy, please visit https://www.discoveryeducation.com/CommonCoreAcademies

 

For more information on Discovery Education’s other services and initiatives, 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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