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NEW SCIENCE TECHBOOK FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION BUILT TO NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR K-12 CLASSROOMS

Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
240-461-3053
elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com  

New Digital Textbook Utilizes Instructional Approach Reflecting Real-World Applications to Help Educators Transition to the NGSS Framework

Silver Spring, Md. (June 29, 2015) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms nationwide, today announced its new Discovery Education Science Techbook™ aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available for classroom use. Designed specifically to help teachers transition to the NGSS framework, Discovery Education’s latest Techbook joins the company’s award-winning line of digital textbooks.

The Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Embedded formative assessment opportunities help educators monitor student progress, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings.

Discovery Education’s new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook fully supports the instructional shifts required by the new standards, embraces the philosophy of three-dimensional learning, and is designed to help educators adapt their classroom practice to meet the standards. In addition to content chosen to directly support the standards, the NGSS Model Lessons within the new Techbook reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators. With the NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, students will become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers, developing their own scientific explanations by a variety of activities such as exploring the overarching themes of science, asking questions and making claims, and identifying the cross-cutting connections between sciences.

“Monarch Learning Center was excited at the prospect of using NGSS as our guide to science instruction. As a science-based school, we knew we had to find a curriculum that was thorough, engaging, and student centered,” said Patricia Davis, director at Monarch Learning Center in Redding, Calif. “Discovery Education’s NGSS-aligned Techbook offers students the chance to dig deeper and explore the content that grabs their attention. We are anticipating higher levels of engagement, greater depth of knowledge, and inspiring a love of science learning in our students.”

To ensure teachers are fully supported in their transition to NGSS and inquiry-based science, all NGSS-aligned Science Techbooks include customized professional development. Discovery Education Professional Development is designed to show educators how to maximize innovative learning tools and empower them to integrate technology effectively and confidently into instruction.

“The Next Generation Science Standards represent a new direction in science education that demands an innovative set of instructional resources,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Learning Officer, Discovery Education.  “Discovery Education is pleased to introduce the new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, which is rich in content and designed in a manner that empowers all educators to provide their students an internationally-benchmarked science education.”

Discovery Education’s Techbook series is a breakthrough collection of digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and include professional development. The Techbook series includes Science titles, as well as Social Studies and Math editions, and: 

  • Saves teachers time with its comprehensive design that includes model lessons, student activities, and assessments at their fingertips;
  • Supports differentiation through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud; and
  • Updates regularly at no additional cost.

For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook for use with NGSS, please visit https://www.discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/techbook-digital-textbooks/science/ngss.cfm.

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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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 atwww.discoveryeducation.com.

 

 

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION’S DR. CINDY MOSS HONORED WITH 100 INSPIRING WOMEN IN STEM AWARD FROM INSIGHT INTO DIVERSITY MAGAZINE

Alycia Chanin, Discovery Education
alycia_chanin@discovery.com
240-662-3056 
 

–Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, Dr. Moss Recognized for Inspiring and Encouraging a New Generation of Young Women to Consider Careers in STEM–

Silver Spring, Md. (June 23, 2015) – Insight Into Diversity magazine has honored Discovery Education’s Dr. Cindy Moss with its 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award, which recognizes 100 remarkable women whose work and achievements not only encourage others in their individual STEM fields, but also inspire a new generation of young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A nationally respected thought leader in STEM, Dr. Moss has more than 25 years of experience in STEM education and currently oversees STEM initiatives for Discovery Education that empower educators worldwide to inspire students’ curiosity and prepare them for success beyond the classroom.

As Discovery Education’s director of global STEM initiatives, Dr. Moss develops powerful programs providing students, educators, and administrators unique opportunities to engage in STEM education. Among Dr. Moss’ many achievements has been the creation and launch of Discovery Education STEM Camp. A dynamic series of standards-aligned curricula, STEM Camp combines hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more to immerse students in the grand challenges of science set forth by the National Academy of Engineering. STEM Camp is used by schools, school districts, non-profit organizations, and parents for use as part of summer camps, after-school STEM programs or wherever support is needed. STEM Camp offers multiple sessions designed especially to engage girls in STEM and encourage them to pursue their education and careers in these increasingly important fields.

Dr. Moss has contributed to additional STEM programs including the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8; Support our Science (S.O.S.), a multi-year effort launched in partnership with Science Channel to empower educators with the resources necessary to create digital learning environments that spark and grow students’ curiosity in STEM; and Discovery Education STEM Academies, which provide educators with new instructional strategies to engage students in STEM education and prepare them to be effective problem-solvers and lifelong learners.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Insight Into Diversity with the 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award,” said Dr. Cindy Moss, director of global STEM initiatives, Discovery Education. “STEM education is crucial for the future of our country, and through engaging initiatives and interactive experiences like Discovery Education STEM Camp, I hope to inspire and empower all children to become the creators, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow.”

Insight Into Diversity’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award showcases the careers and initiatives of women in STEM professions who continue to make a difference through mentoring and teaching, research, successful programs and initiatives, and are working to inspire and encourage a new generation of young women to consider careers in STEM. As a recipient of this national honor, Dr. Moss will be featured in the upcoming September STEM issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine along with 99 other recipients from academia, government, corporate, and non-profit industries. The issue will publish online and in print on August 24, 2015.

“To advance diversity, promote equality, and build a stronger U.S. workforce, we at Insight Into Diversity recognize the importance of increasing the number of women working in STEM professions,” said Lenore Pearlstein, Publisher, Insight Into Diversity. “Our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Moss and Discovery Education on receiving this prestigious national honor. She is truly inspirational to all of us who are working so diligently to make a difference in the lives of all women and other underrepresented individuals.”

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Dr. Moss was director of STEM for North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), where she led the district’s efforts to improve science teaching and was responsible for overseeing STEM curriculum for more than 130,000 students. Under her leadership, CMS teachers earned national awards and schools partnered with businesses to provide real-world STEM lessons for students. Dr. Moss also taught biology, chemistry and other high school science courses.

In addition to being honored with Insight Into Diversity’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award, Dr. Moss was recognized in STEMconnector’s inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication in 2012. She was also recognized with the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Administrator Award in 2010, a 2010 Woman of Distinction in STEM Award from the Charlotte Girls Scouts, and in 2001, she won a National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Dr. Moss has given presentations across the globe on best practices in science teaching and authored numerous articles, textbook chapters and books for the National Parks Service and National Science Teachers Association. She is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Math and the Urban Math Leaders Network, among many other STEM-related organizations.

Dr. Moss holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she participated in the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship program. She also holds a doctorate in science curriculum and instruction from the Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia.

“Discovery Education is proud to count Cindy among our accomplished team of educators passionate about supporting the success of each learner,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO, Discovery Education. “Cindy’s dedication to finding new ways to engage all students in STEM is remarkable, and this recognition is a well-deserved honor.”

For more information about the Inspiring Women in STEM Award, visit http://www.insightintodiversity.com/inspiring-women-in-stem/

For more information about Dr. Moss and Discovery Education, visit https://www.discoveryeducation.com/what-we-offer/professional-development/speakers-bureau/cindy-moss.cfm

About Insight Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities.

In recent years, the magazine has striven to advance the national conversation about diversity and inclusion through thought-provoking articles on current trends and relevant news; interviews with innovators, thought leaders, and experts; explorations of best practices; and profiles of successful programs and initiatives. We hope to engage readers in the goal of achieving a more truly inclusive culture on both academic and corporate campuses.

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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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 atwww.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION WELCOMES MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS VETERAN MARTIN CREEL AS VICE PRESIDENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Alycia Chanin, Discovery Education          
240-662-3056
alycia_chanin@discovery.com
 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 22, 2015) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has named Martin Creel vice president of curriculum and instruction. With more than 25 years of experience in public education, Creel will lead the development of comprehensive, engaging and relevant K-12 instructional resources and curriculum to support Discovery Education’s partners across the country in their efforts to increase student achievement.

In this role, Creel will collaborate with Discovery Education’s district partners to develop curriculum offerings and instructional resources, including tools, trainings, assessments and professional development that underscore the role of digital content and technology in educational practices. He will utilize learning science to best inform the design and implementation of instructional methodologies, custom-designed professional development and personalized learning programs that fulfill districts’ goals and improve student achievement. Creel will also oversee the development of curriculum and instructional resources for the division’s corporate education partnerships team, which provides students nationwide with custom-designed programs offered at no cost in under-funded areas such as workforce readiness, health & wellness, STEM, financial literacy, life skills and more.

“Marty’s leadership and expertise as a seasoned educator and administrator will be invaluable to our company as we continue to develop cutting-edge instruction and curriculum for educators and students around the world,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “His innovation, creativity and passion for ensuring that all students achieve a high level of learning will be a tremendous asset to Discovery Education and our school district partners.”

Creel joins Discovery Education from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the largest school district in Maryland, where he worked for more than 25 years in a variety of roles including director of curriculum and instruction, director of enriched and innovative programs, PreK-12 supervisor of social studies, and social studies teacher. While in the classroom, Creel was nominated by peers and students alike for the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. Most recently as director of curriculum and instruction, Creel was responsible for developing and implementing PreK-12 curriculum, assessment, instruction and professional learning programs. He led system efforts to align curriculum to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, including development of MCPS’ innovative Curriculum 2.0.

Creel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and has completed the work for a School Administration & Supervision certificate from Johns Hopkins University. He 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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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 AND 3M ANNOUNCE NATIONAL FINALISTS IN 2015 YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

Julia Covelli, Hunter Public Relations for 3M
212-679-6600 ext 317
jcovelli@hunterpr.com

Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
240-662-2664
elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com  

–As Part of Nation’s Premier Science Competition for Students in Grades 5-8, Ten Young Inventors Will Compete for $25,000 and the Title of America’s Top Young Scientist–

–During Unique Summer Mentorship, 3M Scientists Will Support Finalists in Developing Scientific Solutions for Problems Identified in Everyday Life–

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (June 18, 2015) – Today’s students will ultimately decide how we solve tomorrow’s challenges, and 10 young scientists are being recognized today for showing that the next generation does not have to wait until they graduate college to help change the world for the better.

Discovery Education and 3M have announced that 10 students from across the country have been named finalists in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for their use of scientific thinking and imagination to dream up a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way we live our lives.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.

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

  • Peter Finch, Harrisville, R.I., Homeschool
  • Arthur Frigo, III, Jupiter, Fla., Turtle River Montessori
  • Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Joaquin Miller Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
  • Amulya Garimella, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District
  • Iris Gupta, North Potomac, Md., Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Hannah Herbst, Boca Raton, Fla., Alexander D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools
  • Alec Lessing, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School
  • Conner Pettit, Lone Tree, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District
  • Krishna Reddy, Wichita Falls, Texas, Kirby World Academy, Wichita Falls Independent School District
  • Sanjana Shah, Cupertino, Calif., John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino Union School District

* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2015).

Each finalist will now have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. As part of the world-renowned program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.

Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

“On a daily basis at 3M, we see the powerful results of combining science and collaboration,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. “We also know the importance of encouraging the next generation of scientific thinkers, who will ultimately create new ways to solve the issues we see every day. By pairing each of our 10 finalists with a 3M scientist mentor, we look to provide guidance and support through the scientific process as their ideas become reality in anticipation of the competition in October.”   

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. In addition to the 10 finalists, 35 students have been selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and each will receive a technology prize pack.

“In order to foster our next generation of STEM leaders, we must provide students with engaging opportunities that support what they’re learning in the classroom and show them how science can be applied to everyday life to solve real-world problems,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO of Discovery Education. “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge fulfills this mission by encouraging the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth, and inspiring young minds nationwide to dream up their own creative solutions to everyday challenges.”

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded more than $600,000 in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress, meet the President of the United States, work with the nation's top scientists and pursue academic careers in science.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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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SANFORD HEALTH, WEBMD AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF THIRD ANNUAL ‘FIT 4 THE CLASSROOM’ SWEEPSTAKES

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

-Educators From Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio Awarded a Total of $14,000 to Expand Health and Wellness Initiatives in Elementary Schools-

-‘fit 4 the classroom’ Offers Educators Standards-Aligned, STEM-Based Resources to Educate Students about Healthy Lifestyle Choices-

Silver Spring, Md. (June 9, 2015) – Sanford Health, WebMD and Discovery Education announced today the winners of the third annual ‘fit 4 the classroom national sweepstakes. Chosen at random from thousands of entries from schools across the nation, winners from Florida, Kentucky and Ohio will each be awarded funding to expand health and wellness initiatives at their schools. The grand prize winner, Ashley Chechila, a teacher at Rawlings Elementary School of St. Johns County School District in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, will be awarded a $5,000 personal prize and $5,000 for her school. Additionally, Justin Padgett, a teacher at McKinney Elementary School of Lincoln County Schools in McKinney, KY, and Linda Crawford, a teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Fairfield, OH, were named second place winners and will receive a $1,000 personal prize and $1,000 for their schools.

Launched in 2012, the ‘fit 4 the classroom’ program promotes ‘whole-body’ health and wellness among students nationwide by offering no-cost resources that elementary educators can utilize to educate, motivate and inspire their students to make healthy lifestyle choices. Rooted in the four pillars of fit – mood, move, food and recharge – the program provides educators with dynamic, cross-curricular lesson plans and interactive learning tools that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas and are standards-aligned. The fit 4 the classroom lessons encourage insightful conversations between educators, students and their families, covering topics such as the effect of music on mood, and how sleep affects the body and brain.

“fit 4 the classroom continues to be an exciting program, and the level of participation across the nation attests to the value that educators are discovering from it.  Discovery Education and WebMD are great partners, and we are proud to work together to activate healthy choices in the classroom,” said Neal Nachtigall, director of Children's Health and Fitness Initiatives at Sanford Health.

“I am overjoyed to have been awarded this prize, and am beyond grateful to everyone involved,” said grand prize winner Ashley Chechila. “I am very passionate about being active as well as helping to get kids at such a young age practicing and understanding the importance of healthy behavior.”

Last year’s grand prize winners from Baltimore County Public Schools’ Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School #150 in Baltimore, Md. used their award to expand and improve a fresh fruit program at their school, which exposes students to a variety of exotic fruits.  Portions of the award were also used to order supplies for physical education, and to fund a program called “Playworks,” which teaches students fun recess games and affords them the opportunity to participate in competitive sports.

“In addition to supporting students’ academic growth and achievement, educators can also create environments where children develop their decision-making skills and learn good habits for a healthy lifestyle,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery Education. “We are proud to partner with Sanford Health and WebMD to provide classrooms nationwide a valuable suite of digital STEM content and resources that empowers children to make healthy, positive lifestyle choices.”

For more information on the ‘fit 4 the classroom’ program, visit fit4theclassroom.com.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.

Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

About WebMD

WebMD Health Corp. is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health focused publications. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD.com, Medscape.com, MedicineNet.com, eMedicineHealth.com, RxList.com, Medscape Education (Medscape.org) and other WebMD owned sites and apps. WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®, theheart.org® and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries.

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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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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MARYLAND’S ALLEGANY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH DYNAMIC DIGITAL RESOURCES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

– Access to Award-Winning Science Digital Textbook and Dynamic Curriculum-Based Content Helps Ensure All Students Graduate College and Career Ready –

SILVER SPRING, Md. (June 8, 2015) –Maryland’s Allegany County Public Schools (ACPS) announced today an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, creating authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide.

ACPS is currently transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards and implementing the Maryland College and Career Standards. To support this effort, last year the school system integrated the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook™ into middle school classrooms districtwide, and provided all ACPS K-12 classrooms access to the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

To further aid this effort and fulfill the district’s mission to provide a rigorous and relevant education that prepares students to graduate ready for college and careers, ACPS will now provide students in grades K-8 access to the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook™. 

Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, the Science Techbook,  through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists. A recent study conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC found that usage of Science Techbook is associated with higher science achievement scores in elementary and middle school students.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus’ digital resources are aligned to state standards and searchable, and teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes.  Through Discovery Education Streaming Plus, students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, audio books, articles, videos, and more.  To help fully leverage these resources, ACPS is also providing district educators customized professional development from Discovery Education experts. 

“Rich multimedia content has the ability to transform the way students learn and teachers teach,” said Eric VanSlyke, Supervisor of Science at Allegany County Public Schools. “Our continued partnership with Discovery Education will be critically important as ACPS strives to provide all learners with access to digital content that is engaging, powerful, and relevant so that students are prepared for college and careers.”

“Allegany County Public Schools is committed to creating modern digital learning environments that prepare students for college and career readiness,” said Dr. Kim Green, Chief Academic Officer at ACPS. “Our partnership with Discovery Education provides the unique combination of digital content and professional development that helps support this goal, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration.”

Discovery Education Techbook™ is a breakthrough digital textbook series that is aligned to rigorous standards, supports a comprehensive curriculum, and includes professional development.  Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.  The Techbook series: 

  • Saves teachers time with its comprehensive design that includes model lessons, student activities, and assessments at their fingertips;
  • Supports differentiation through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud; and
  • Updates regularly at no additional cost.

ACPS is also piloting Discovery Education’s Math and Social Studies Techbooks.

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) will also support ACPS educators in their efforts to transform students’ 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 is proud to partner with Allegany County Public Schools in our joint mission to support the success of each learner,” said Andrew Bradigan, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “The dedicated efforts of Superintendent Dr. David Cox and his team illustrate the district’s deep commitment to transforming teaching and learning in a way that engages today’s students and prepares them for life beyond the classroom.”

For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook series, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, 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 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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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 atwww.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION PRESENTS LIVE, GLOBAL VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN LONDON TO COMMEMORATE 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAGNA CARTA

Elizabeth Hillman, Discovery Education
240.461.3053
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Discovery Education Will Host a Unique Virtual Event for Schools Worldwide to Learn About the Historic Document and its Effects on Human Rights

Silver Spring, Md. (June 5, 2015) – On Monday, June 15 at 9:30 AM EST, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will host a live, global virtual field trip from The National Archives in London to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The sealing of Magna Carta, also known as “The Great Charter,” was a revolutionary moment in world history 800 years ago. Open to classrooms worldwide, this one-of-a-kind virtual experience will focus on the importance and history of Magna Carta. 

During this virtual field trip, participating students and educators will have the unique opportunity to see Magna Carta documents held in both The National Archives in London and The National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. Hosted by broadcaster and author Dan Snow and TV and radio presenter Diane Louise Jordan, this 30-minute broadcast will be streamed live from London and explore the history of Magna Carta, as well as its effect on human rights development in the subsequent centuries. Students will also visit the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where they will see one of four surviving originals of the 1297 Magna Carta and hear from Curator Alice Kamps as she discusses the significance that Magna Carta has had on the history of the United States.

"Discovery Education’s interactive virtual field trips allow me to take my students beyond school walls to learn about new topics and experience history in a unique and memorable way,” said Dacia Jones, District Science Specialist at North Carolina’s Durham Public Schools. “I’m looking forward to my students connecting with other students around the world to learn about this key moment in world history.”

Magna Carta subjected the king to the rule of law and enshrined core principles of modern liberty and democracy. The charter failed to resolve conflict between King John and his barons, but following John’s death the charter was reissued in 1216 and 1217 in the name of his infant son, Henry III. By 1225, Henry ruled in his own right. He reissued Magna Carta as a personal commitment to rule in accordance with its principles. The 1225 reissue became the definitive text of Magna Carta. The charter is written in Latin and is authenticated by Henry’s Great Seal.

Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, Jeff James said, “The National Archives is a window on more than 1000 years of our nation’s history and our collection at Kew is open to everyone, for free. This is a new venture for us and we are delighted to partner with Discovery Education to allow children around the world access to see Magna Carta.”

“Discovery Education is dedicated to supporting our partners in school systems in the United States, United Kingdom, and around the globe with high-quality, digital content that creates dynamic and thought-provoking learning experiences,” said Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “We are honored to organize a live event so teachers and students worldwide can have meaningful conversations and think critically about history’s importance and its impact on current events.”

The broadcast will be streamed live on Discovery Education’s website, where classrooms can register at no cost by visiting www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/magnacarta. An archive of the event will be available for viewing a few days following the event.

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

 

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