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TENNESSEE’S WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS LAUNCHES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION SUPPORTING TRANSITION TO DIGITAL LEARNING 

Elizabeth Hillman
(240) 662-2664, Elizabeth_Hillman@discovery.com

Stephen Wakefield
(240) 662-5563, Stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com
 

-Dynamic Digital Content and Professional Development to Support District Educators As They Create Modern Digital Learning Environments that Support the Success of all Students-

Silver Spring, Md. (July 28, 2016) Tennessee’s Wilson County Schools and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a new, six-year partnership supporting the creation of authentic digital learning environments in classrooms district-wide.

Through this new collaboration, Wilson County educators will, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, integrate Discovery Education’s Science Techbook (Grades K-12), Social Studies Techbook (Grades 6-8) and Math Techbook (Grades 6-12) into classroom instruction. In addition, all K-12 classrooms across the district will have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

This new partnership directly supports Wilson County Schools’ Digital Transformation Plan 2016-19, which guides the implementation of technologies district-wide.  Directing Wilson County Schools’ efforts to create challenging, equitable learning experiences that promote higher level learning and performance, this plan provides a blueprint for the creation of digital learning environments across the school system. The Digital Transformation Plan also serves as a roadmap for the district’s efforts to prepare students to compete successfully in today’s information society, which will be accomplished, in part, by empowering teachers and students with dynamic, cross-curricular digital content and learning resources. Key components of this effort include providing all students and educators access to technology and digital resources; implementing collaborative professional development initiatives for faculty and staff; improving equity of access for teaching and learning; and developing equitable funding and implementation plans.

“Wilson County Schools is committed to ensuring that every student develops the high personal expectations, knowledge, and skills necessary to be successful today and in the future,” said Donna Wright, Ed.D, Director of Schools at Wilson County Schools. “Our partnership with Discovery Education provides the unique combination of digital content and professional development necessary to support both this mission, and the modern digital learning environments that support student success.”

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost.  The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in 1:1 or 1-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy and the analytical writing and problem solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, a multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts.  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. Math Techbook, the latest addition to Discovery Education’s award-winning line of digital textbooks, transforms the way students and teachers experience math through engaging instructional strategies and real-world problems that motivate and excite students with diverse learning styles.

In addition, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting Wilson County Schools’ educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community 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 be a part of Wilson County Schools’ efforts to transform their classrooms into dynamic digital learning environments,” said Rob Warren, vice president of partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to support their talented team as they engage in a digital conversion that supports student learning and achievement.”

For more information about 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, professional development, 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, 50 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 HOSTS ESTEEMED EDUCATORS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE IN CHICAGO FOR UNIQUE SUMMER LEARNING AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES 

Elizabeth Hillman
(240) 662-2664, Elizabeth_Hillman@discovery.com

Stephen Wakefield
(240) 662-5563, Stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com

-Unique Professional Development Events Support Educators in Delivering Effective STEM Instruction and Creating Authentic Digital Learning Environments-

SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 25, 2016) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, recently hosted 240 educators from around the world at Loyola University in Chicago, IL for its 11th annual Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer Institute, as well as the first-ever Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion.

On July 14-17, 41 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators from across the world convened for the inaugural Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion professional development event. This immersive experience, which was focused on the grand engineering challenge of urban infrastructure, provided participating educators with a variety of new strategies they can use to deliver effective STEM instruction in their school system. Topics covered included using virtual reality in the classroom, writing effective grants for STEM, integrating engineering concepts into instruction, and more. Participants hailed from 14 different school districts and individual schools that are currently collaborating with Discovery Education to build a culture of STEM teaching and learning system-wide that helps students become innovative problem-solvers.

Following STEMmersion, on July 17-22, Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network convened 150 educators from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Sweden, Egypt, Mexico and Antigua & Barbuda for the 2016 Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI). An immersive, week-long professional development experience, DENSI is designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. Throughout DENSI, participants had the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction. 

In addition, DENSI attendees engaged in a series of interactive workshops led by the Discovery Education professional development team and other DEN members that focused on creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction. Participants collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with their peers. Participation in the DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery Educators – active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in DENSI 2016. This experience has allowed me to learn from and connect with other enthusiastic educators from around the world who share a passion for using innovative methods to enhance student learning,” said Dave Tchozewski, Director of Information Technology at Jenison Public Schools in Michigan.  “I am excited to share these new, creative strategies and techniques for advancing student achievement with my colleagues, and to help our educators integrate them into classroom instruction for the 2016-2017 school year.”

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute and STEMmersion, educators will return to their schools equipped to transform teaching and learning with new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources and STEM into curriculum and instruction.

“The exceptional group of educators selected to participate in the 2016 DENSI and STEMmersion have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to improving students’ learning experiences through innovative technologies and effective STEM instructional strategies,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “The resources and strategies they have learned during these experiences will increase their students’ engagement and achievement, and better prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s STEMmersion, the DEN Summer Institiute or other Discovery Education 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, 50 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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DISCOVERY EDUCATION ADDS CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT COURSE TO AWARD-WINNING SOCIAL STUDIES TECHBOOK

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

Stephen Wakefield
240-463-2894, Stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com
 

-New course empowers educators and students with the digital resources needed to explore government, civic life, and the economy of the United States in a modern learning environment-

Silver Spring, Md. (July 18, 2016) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a new Civics and Government course for grades 6-8 to the award-winning Social Studies Techbook. Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ is a complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content that strengthens literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship skills.

The new Civic and Government course empowers educators and students with the comprehensive digital resources they need to explore what it means to be a citizen in the United States today. In a modern digital learning environment, students learn the rights, roles, and responsibilities of U.S. citizens and the structure and processes of the U.S. government. Featuring primary source documents, exclusive videos, and other dynamic digital content, the Social Studies Techbook civics course engages students through an inquiry-based learning process. The new Civics and Government course from Discovery Education also includes interactive features in which students practice civic discourse with debates and role playing. Students can use new online-entry features to check their understanding, apply their learning to new situations, and contribute to classroom conversations.

“Social Studies Techbook provides challenging and meaningful learning experiences for our students and encourages them to think critically,” said Tonya Faison, principal at James Martin Middle School in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “We are looking forward to integrating this dynamic new course into instruction to further promote civic engagement and civil discourse among our students.” 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost.  The series encourages all learners through interactive features that allow users to change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in 1:1 or 1-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment. Discovery Education’s Techbooks have been adopted in Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Idaho, Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and South Carolina and are now used by approximately 3 million students in 50 U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series is organized around complex Essential Questions that students use to guide their inquiry, analyze issues, and propose solutions to better understand their world.   Aligned with the C3 Framework, Social Studies Techbook is designed to develop key literacy and writing skills and provides a multitude of resources to prepare students for college, career, and civic life.  Additional courses include:

  • World Geography and Cultures
  • World History
  • U.S. History series that covers Prehistory to Present

Discovery Education understands that teacher engagement is critical to implementing successful learning initiatives.  Therefore, all Techbooks include research-based professional development that supports educators as they integrate new digital content and resources into classroom instruction. The Discovery Education Community, a global community of education professionals, further connects teachers and administrators around the world with social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events that inspire innovation and facilitates idea sharing.

“Discovery Education is excited to make available the Social Studies Techbook’s new Civics and Government course to educators nationwide,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president and digital learning officer at Discovery Education. “Paired with our customized professional development, this course will empower educators with the current and relevant multimedia content they need to immerse today’s students in the critical study of civics and government.”

For more information about the new Civics course, Discovery Education’s Techbook series and other Discovery Education services, 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, professional development, 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, 50 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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2016 IWitness Video Challenge award goes to eighth-grade poetry club creators 

Elizabeth Hillman 

240-662-2664, elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com

Silver Spring, July 6, 2016 — A trio of eighth-graders from New Jersey who created a poetry group that has enabled students at their school to express their hardships and appreciation for one another has won the 2016 IWitness Video Challenge sponsored by USC Shoah Foundation.

As the first-place winners of this year’s short-video contest – which invites students to make a positive contribution to their communities – Maya Montell, Allison Vandal and Caroline Waters of Readington Middle School in Raritan, N.J. will split $5,000 in scholarship money.

Initiated by USC Shoah Foundation – which collects and uses testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors for education and research – the IWitness Video Challenge asks students to submit short videos to show how they were inspired by testimony to make positive choices and create value in their community. The contest is open to middle and high school students across the United States and Canada (except Quebec). 

This year’s contest – the third annual – was the first to offer prizes for scholarships and additional money for educators and schools. In all, $10,000 in prizes was awarded courtesy of the Institute’s partner Ford Motor Company, which is sponsoring the event as part of its commitment to innovative educational outreach.

Also helping to make this year’s challenge the most successful to date was the Institute’s partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, which administered the challenge and helped maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide.

Inspired by clips of testimony from Holocaust survivors who drew strength from poetry and community during their darkest hours, the students from New Jersey created the Poets Undercover Guild (PUG), encouraging their friends and associates to write each other poems pertaining to the trials of middle-school life.

“The Poets Undercover Guild started because some of our friends were going through rough times,” said Caroline in the group’s video, titled “Community of Poetry.” “Since we all have busy schedules, instead of being able to sit down and talk to them, we had to kind of do it our own way and write things for them.”

The winners’ project included a clip from Holocaust survivor Donia Blumenfeld Clenman, who read from her poem titled “Justice” during her 1995 interview with USC Shoah Foundation, summing up her feelings about the Holocaust during what was the 50th anniversary of the war’s end. 

“And the good people of this land … the historians, the judge, the rabbis, the priests, the Jews, the non-Jew, remember each, remember all.”

At Readington Middle School, one of the first recipients of a poem from the group was a sixth-grade girl who was being bullied, said Caroline.

“She felt really alone at that time, and she was just kind of depressed,” Caroline said. “When she read it, she felt empowered, like she wasn’t going to let the bullies tell her what to do.”

In addition to splitting a $5,000 college scholarship, Maya, Allison, and Caroline have secured a $2,500 grant for their school, Readington, to be used for the betterment of the community. Their teacher, Emily Bengels, will receive a $1,000 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to promote tolerance and empathy at the school.

A $1,000 scholarship went to the second-place winners, Amanda Gin and Chloe Voss of Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch, Colo, who assembled gift bags for 40-plus foster children as part of their project, titled “Never Forgotten.” And a $500 scholarship went to Andrea Chang, who was inspired by testimony to interview elderly people and present their stories for her project, “Tell Me Your Story.”

About USC Shoah Foundation
USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute’s current collection of more than 53,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive® preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.

Visual History Archive® is a registered trademark of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education Reg. U.S. Pat & Tm. Off.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 201,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles.  At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic branch, works to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit http://www.corporate.ford.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, professional development, 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, 50 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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