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HEALTHY WEIGHT COMMITMENT FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION AWARD MORE THAN $200,000 IN PRIZES TO SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE FOR HEALTHY LIVING INITIATIVES

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

Emily Cullum, HWCF
202-295-2316, ECullum@whwg.com
 

–Educators in Ohio and New Mexico Rewarded for Pioneering Programs Designed to Combat Childhood Obesity– 

–Title I Schools in Alabama and New Mexico Receive $30,000 Grants to Enhance School and Community Wellness–

Silver Spring, Md. (April 29, 2014) – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) and Discovery Education announced today the winners of several challenges and sweepstakes as part of the Together Counts™ program, a joint initiative aimed at addressing the childhood obesity epidemic by encouraging educators, students and families to live active and healthy lives. As part of this year’s incentive programs, more than $200,000 in prizes will be awarded to deserving schools across the nation in an effort to extend the reach of health and wellness programs both in and out of school.

The following schools and educators have been selected as this year’s grand prize winners:

Find Your Balance Challenge:
The Find Your Balance Challenge, a program designed to reward student teams for taking steps toward achieving energy balance in their school communities, has named Sara Williams, a fifth grade teacher at Barry Elementary School in Clovis, N.M. as the 2014 grand prize winner for launching a wellness program for the school’s fifth grade students. Williams’ program, which saw 100% participation among the school’s fifth graders, emphasizes the importance of balancing energy in with energy out. Volunteers from the United States Air Force underscored the importance of physical activity and conducted mock physical training tests. To track their activity, students participated in a daily “mile marker” exercise initiative. Additionally, students were offered a nutritious breakfast each morning.  A Title I School, Barry Elementary was also able to create a “backpack program” designed to send qualifying students home with weekend snacks and meals. In recognition of this massive effort, Discovery Education and Good Sports will award the deserving Barry Elementary with $30,000 in cash and new sporting equipment. The school will also receive an Ultimate Energy Balance School Assembly, and Williams will receive a five-night stay in a two-bedroom suite provided by Wyndham® Extra Holidays.

Smart from the Start Awards:
The Smart from the Start Awards program, a new incentive program launched this year in an effort to support and bolster healthy living initiatives for preschoolers, their families and communities, has named Keiana Davis, a Pre-K teacher at Just Like Grandma’s Childcare & Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio as the 2014 grand prize winner. The Center was awarded the grand prize for its “5/60 campaign,” designed to ensure that Pre-K students are eating five fruits and vegetables and exercising for at least 60 minutes per day. The team grabbed the attention of judges by creatively seeking support through community partnerships with organizations such as Yellow Tractor for their “Farm to School” program. As the grand prize winner, Just Like Grandma’s Childcare and Learning Center will receive a $20,000 grant as well as a prize pack of books.

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes:
Maryvale Primary School of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Piedmont Elementary of Piedmont, Ala. have been selected as the grand prize winners of this year’s Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes. Acknowledging the importance of supporting low-income schools, the sweepstakes proudly recognizes Piedmont Elementary as this year’s Title I grand prize winner. Each school will receive $30,000 in cash and new sporting goods equipment as well as a new playground from Playworld Systems.

According to the CDC in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.  The Together Counts™ initiative is a national campaign that is working to reduce that number by promoting active, healthy living through energy balance – balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. The program focuses its efforts on two critical areas – families and schools. It provides tips, tools and incentives for parents, teachers and school health professionals to use in encouraging energy balance. All resources are free, downloadable and available in both English and Spanish.

Lisa Gable, President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation said, “It is great to see the dedication and creativity that goes into developing these award winning programs which help to increase students’ awareness of how to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.  Our free, standards-based programming has provided schools across the country with an opportunity to compete for prizes and awards that make a real difference in their communities.  We are particularly happy to see so many schools this year partnering with our member organizations, such as Yellow Tractor, to extend the reach of their programs beyond their classrooms and out into the community.”

“The Find Your Balance Challenge was a wonderful opportunity for our students to apply the health and wellness concepts that they learn about during class to an area of need at their school,” said Tamara Blake-Canty, principal at William E. Russell Elementary School, the 2013 Find Your Balance Challenge winning school. “This Challenge not only engaged students in applying current knowledge to the betterment of their school and community but also promoted student leadership and community stewardship.”

For additional information on the Together Counts™ initiative and to see a complete list of winners and prizes, visit: www.togethercounts.com

 

About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 255 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools – through their Together Counts™ campaign.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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 and primary schools in England, 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.

About Good Sports

Good Sports helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $10.4 million worth of equipment to 1,400 youth programs, impacting more than 912,000 kids. For more information on how you can support Good Sports, please visit www.goodsports.org.

About Wyndham® Extra Holidays

Wyndham® Extra Holidays specializes in offering quality vacation accommodations throughout the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Fiji and Puerto Rico. Wyndham® Extra Holidays is a specialized provider of rental vacation accommodations and a part of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, which is headquartered in Orlando, Fla. A subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the world's largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests.

About Playworld Systems

Playworld Systems believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone’s health and well-being. It’s something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld Systems equipment is designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger and imagination can take flight. For more than 40 years, Playworld Systems has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Come play with us. For more information, visit PlayworldSystems.com.

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NEW DIGITAL LEADER CORPS FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION HELPS SCHOOL SYSTEMS DEVELOP TEACHER-LEADERS TO DRIVE THE DIGITAL TRANSITION

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

— New Professional Development Program Empowers Educators to Actively Participate in their District’s Digital Transition —

Silver Spring, Md. (April 25, 2014) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of the Digital Leader Corps (DLC).  A new professional development service, the DLC supports school systems as they develop teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering their district’s digital transition.  Under the DLC’s shared leadership model, Discovery Education works collaboratively with school district partners to develop comprehensive professional learning plans that scale to any size learning initiative, build a culture of continuous improvement and ultimately, create lasting, systemic change.

The new professional development model builds and nurtures a network of teacher-leaders to design and implement successful and innovative teaching strategies that can be shared with their peers. Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy and tools, the DLC helps participating educators learn to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction. A new innovation included in the DLC is educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers bring to life new teaching strategies, and practice and adapt their skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The DLC program provides teachers with continuous customized, job-embedded consultation throughout the process with on-going modeling, coaching and feedback from Discovery Education DLC trainers in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications and implementation phases.

"As an early adopter and thought-partner of the Digital Leader Corps, we are very excited to be embarking upon this systematic change movement in Wake County Public School System,” said Dr. Todd Wirt, Assistant Superintendent of Academics in Wake County Public School System. “We recognize the importance of having teachers at the forefront of transformation and we must support our teacher leaders in gaining the necessary skills to best prepare our students to be globally competitive, 21st century citizens." 

The DLC utilizes multiple measures of data to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of participants’ professional learning.  Through surveys, direct observation, increased use of digital content and tools by teachers and students, and gains in student achievement, school systems can monitor the impact of the DLC and adjust their efforts as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.

“The success or failure of any district’s digital transition is predicated on the preparedness of educators to embrace and facilitate change,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “We are proud to introduce the Digital Leader Corps to support school systems nationwide as they empower teachers to play a central role in their digital transitions.”

Several districts across the U.S., including Wake County Public School System, Albuquerque Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Houston Independent School District, Baltimore County Public Schools, Kent County Public Schools and Des Plaines Consolidated School District 62, are currently working with Discovery Education to implement the DLC model within their school systems. These districts have successfully instituted shared leadership models in their schools, allowing district leaders to focus on other aspects of the digital transition to impact student achievement more quickly and efficiently.

For more information on Digital Leadership Corps and other Discovery Education services and initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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 and primary schools in England, 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 ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF THE 2014 SIEMENS WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD CHALLENGE

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

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

— Premier Competition Empowers Students Nationwide To Tackle the Country’s Most Pressing Environmental Issues and Earn More Than $300,000 in Scholarships, Savings Bonds and More –

ISELIN, N.J., April 22, 2014—Today, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education announced the national winners of the sixth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation’s premier national environmental sustainability challenge that provides K-12 students with the tools and inspiration to improve their schools, communities and world.

As part of the 2014 Challenge, elementary, middle and high school students across the country identified environmental issues in their schools and communities and created replicable solutions using digital curriculum designed by Discovery Education.

An esteemed panel of environmental advocates, STEM professionals, science teachers and professors selected this year’s winners based on each project’s viable solution to a real world environmental challenge. Projects were also evaluated on their ability to engage the support of the local community and ability to be replicated globally.   

“Now, more than ever, environmental issues are at the forefront of our national discussion.  These students bring fresh perspectives with new and exciting solutions that affect change,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “The Siemens Foundation and Siemens’ 53,000 employees are inspired by the innovation of these students.”

“Participating in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gave my students an opportunity to put the science they learn in the classroom to work in the real world,” said Scott Bolen, teacher and mentor to the first place high school winners of the 2013 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. “By the end of the project my students were not only advancing their science skills, they were developing a passion for science and the environment that will serve them well as both students and citizens for years to come.”  

In addition to other prizes, the high school first place winning team receives $50,000 in scholarship money.  Each student on the middle school first place winning team will receive a $10,000 savings bond along with a Discovery Student Adventure trip to Alaska. The first place elementary school winners in K-2 and 3-5 are each invited to a Discovery Education assembly focusing on sustainability, at which time a $5,000 grant will be given to each school.

Past winners have presented their projects at the United Nations and the White House Science Fair, to the Chief Administrator of the EPA, and to other national, regional and local officials.  Many projects have gone on to change schools’ policies and inspire new ideas for politicians to craft green legislation.

High School Winners

First Place Winners:

Water Bottle Warriors – A Novel Biosensor and Filter from Recycled Bottles for Water Pollution
North County Senior High School
Glen Burnie, MD

Second Place Winners:

Vehicle Vindicators – Cars Producing Oxygen: The Power of Photosynthesis
Marvin Ridge High School
Waxhaw, NC

Third Place Winners:

Team Excelsior – An Inquiry Into Sustainable Solutions for Colorado Coal Mine Waste Revegetation
Animas Charter High School
Durango, CO

Middle School Winners

First Place Winners:

Zero Waste Team Delaware – Toward Zero Waste
Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Wilmington, DE

Second Place Winners:

Detergent Detectives – Let's Switch to Environmentally Friendly Detergents
Novi Middle School
Novi, MI

Third Place Winners:

Hudson Lake Doctors – Hudson Lake Doctors Doctoring our Lakes and Rivers
Hudson Middle School
Hudson, WI

Elementary School Winners Grades 3-5

First Place Winners:

Lynn Woods Grade 3 – Stop Dumping and Start Helping
Lynn Woods Elementary School
Lynn, MA

Second Place Winners:

King’s 4th Grade – Green Team Challenge – Plastic Waste Reduction
King’s Elementary School
Seattle, WA

Third Place Winners:

Zero Waste – Peabody Team
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Auberry, CA

Elementary School Winners Grades K-2

First Place Winners:

Earth Agents – Precious Water
Snyder Elementary School
Snyder, TX

Second Place Winners:

The Zero-Waste Zealots – Reducing Trash
Kindi Mont Academy
Naperville, IL

Third Place Winners:

Riverside Elementary Gifted – Grade 2 – The Textile Troops: Operation Main Street
Riverside School District
Taylor, PA

For additional details about prizes, visit:

• High School: http://www.wecanchange.com/high-school/about-challenge/prizes/

• Middle School: http://www.wecanchange.com/middle-school/about-challenge/prizes/

• Elementary School: http://www.wecanchange.com/elementary-school/about-challenge/prizes/

For more information on the Challenge, the national winners and their projects, visit www.wecanchange.com.

About Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (www.wecanchange.com) is the premier national sustainability challenge. It empowers students in grades K-12 to develop and share environmental solutions that change the world. The Challenge is sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and is administered by Discovery Education to educate, empower and engage elementary, middle and high school students and teachers to become “Agents of Change” in improving their schools, communities and world. To date, nearly 100,000 students have participated, creatively engaging their communities to find solutions to a local environmental issue or global energy challenge. All participants research their issue using scientific investigation and create a replicable green solution using web-based tools powered by Discovery Education. For more information, visit www.wecanchange.com.

About the Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation supports 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 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. 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 and professional development 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 and primary schools in England, 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 ANNOUNCE FINALISTS FOR TOYOTA TEEN DRIVER VIDEO CHALLENGE

Christina Scripps, Discovery Education

240-662-6502

Christina_Scripps@discovery.com

— Teens Put Creative Skills to the Test in Nation’s Premier Safe Driving Program —

— America to Decide which Video will be Turned into a TV-Ready PSA through Nationwide Online Voting —

Silver Spring, MD (April 17, 2014) – Toyota and Discovery Education announced today the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, the nation’s premier teen safe driving program. Beginning today and continuing for the next two weeks, these top ten inspirational videos will appear online for public voting to not only determine the grand prize winner, but to also send a national reminder about the importance of safe teen driving.

Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, a key component of an ongoing partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions.  Over 1,000 videos were submitted as part of the challenge. The top ten finalists’ videos, some humorous in tone or others more poignant in nature, address unsafe driving habits and how distracted driving can change lives forever.

For the next two weeks, the general public can visit www.TeenDrive365.com to view the top ten videos and decide the winner by voting for their favorite. The teen who garners the most votes will win a $15,000 cash prize and be given the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to re-create their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA which is eligible to air on Discovery’s family of networks. The second place prize is a $10,000 cash prize and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Velocity Network show. The third place prize is a $7,500 cash prize.

“For over a decade, Toyota has offered programs and resources that are designed to keep teens safe on the road,” said Latondra Newton, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge embodies our philosophy that great, impactful ideas come from anyone, anywhere. We’re thrilled with the creative submissions we received from teens across the country and congratulate our teen finalists.”

“The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge fosters student collaboration, active research, and creative use of social media and Web 2.0 tools as they develop short videos to express their deepest concerns about safer driving and hopes that their peers embrace driving responsibilities more seriously,” said Mary McCullagh an educator at Christopher Columbus High in Miami, Fla.

Last year’s winning video from Ryan Johnston of Corona, Calif. took a humorous look at what driving distractions may have looked like a hundred years ago, while also sending a serious message to teens about the importance of road safety.  His re-created PSA ran across Discovery’s family of networks.

Toyota Teen Driver, a partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education that offers free, online resources for teens, parents and teachers, is part of TeenDrive365 (www.TeenDrive365.com), Toyota’s comprehensive initiative designed to help teens and families navigate their teen’s first years behind the wheel. Building on the programs and resources Toyota has offered for more than a decade, the program offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips as well as social media elements.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S.  For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com/usa.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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 and primary schools in England, 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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NUTRIENTS FOR LIFE FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION BRING INTEGRATED EARTH SCIENCE PROGRAM TO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NATIONWIDE

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

Emily Stubbs, Foundation Communications
202-515-2714, estubbs@nutrientsforlife.org

– New, Online Destination “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil” Launches with Dynamic Lesson Plans and Activities, Interactive Tools, and Agricultural Career Profiles –

SILVER SPRING, Md. (April 4, 2014)The Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education announced today at the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference the launch of a new online destination, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil,” designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the importance of soil science and nutrients in agriculture.

Designed as a multi-year engagement program for middle school students, From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil utilizes a wide-range of innovative strategies to highlight the importance of soil, its nutrients and the science behind creating sustainable, global agricultural practices.

The new, online destination features a powerful combination of digital resources including:

  • Dynamic lesson plans: The site’s lesson plans, with accompanying video segments, are designed to engage varied learners, enhance digital literacy, and increase overall retention of core concepts by bringing science to life. Lessons cover a wide-breadth of material ranging from the meaning of essential soil nutrients to the challenges that must be met in order to feed the world’s population in 2050.
  • Interactive Tools:  “Exploring Plant Nutrients” allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the role of different plant nutrients by determining the right mix of water, air, and fertilizer needed to nurse a plant back to health.
  • Bilingual family activities: Designed to provide parents with hands-on opportunities to help their children understand the importance of soil, the site’s family activities, available in both English and Spanish, range from family farm trips to tips for growing a garden. Each activity ensures that children recognize soil as a provider of proper nutrition and sustenance for plants, animals and humans alike.
  • Agricultural career profiles: The site’s in-depth career profiles give students a first-hand look at the breakthrough technologies and exciting science involved in careers in agriculture. From Precision Agriculture Specialists to Technical Support Division Managers, students are able to get an inside look at agriculture at work in the ever-changing and rapidly growing world of the 21st century. 

“Soil is one of our world’s greatest natural resources and provides the platform for farmers and gardeners to grow our food,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “We are excited to share these science-based digital resources about soil and fertilizers through our partnership with Discovery Education. For everyone who has ever been curious about the complex world of soil nutrients, this program is for you!”

“As an educator, I’m thrilled to be able to use this resource as a way to give my students an in-depth look at soil – something that will forever be fundamentally important not only to science, but also to nutrients and life,” said Ann LaBrode, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Hopedale Jr/Sr High School. “Cutting-edge digital resources like those provided as part of this site make science relevant and exciting for my students.”

From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s first partnership with a global education company, is part of the foundation’s continued dedication to informing the public of the role of nutrients in both the production of nutritious abundant food and the preservation of healthy green spaces.

To learn more about the new program or to access the free resources, please visit: http://www.thescienceofsoil.com/.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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.

About Nutrients for Life 
The Nutrients for Life Foundation spearheads the mission to educate students and the public about critical soil nutrients in our growing world.  Since formation ten years ago, the Foundation has reached over 6 million students with resources such as “Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century,” the Smithsonian approved, STEM curriculum.  Nutrients for Life’s 2013 partnership with Discovery Education has added a new dimension of innovative, interactive digital resources for the modern classroom.  The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a tax-exempt status organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION WELCOMES JANE BENSON AS VICE PRESIDENT OF PARTNER MARKETING AND OPERATIONS

Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education
240-662-2661
shawnee_cohn@discoveryeducation.com

Silver Spring, Md. [April 3, 2014] – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has named Jane Benson vice president of partner marketing and operations.  With over 15 years of experience in the education field, Benson will manage a number of Discovery Education’s key marketing functions, including product marketing, regional partnership support, and event management.  She will lead the marketing efforts to demonstrate Discovery Education’s firm commitment to supporting educators and engaging students in the digital transformation.

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Benson served as chief operations officer at the Espresso Group Limited, a top provider of primary school digital educational content. In this position, Benson was responsible for effectively managing the Espresso customer lifecycle, from prospective customers to renewing subscribers, and developed the group’s Shared Services capability, which encompasses marketing, operations, customer support and training. While at Espresso, she also successfully scaled the company and its processes to meet demand during its steepest points of growth, while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and staff retention.

In addition, Benson has served as marketing director at Classwell Learning Group, a division of The Houghton Mifflin Company, and HighWired.com.

“Jane is a seasoned executive with an incredible record of creating successful partnership campaigns,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education, to whom Benson will report. “Her leadership and extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to Discovery Education as we continue developing new and meaningful relationships with school systems worldwide that transform teaching and learning.” 

Benson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Providence College and an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is based in Discovery Education’s offices at Discovery Communications’ global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

For more information about Discovery Education’s programs, services, and initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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 and primary schools in England, 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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