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Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education Join Forces to Create Virtual Field Trip to Highlight Careers at Facebook

Reshma Melwani, Tiger Woods Foundation
rmelwani@tigerwoodsfoundation.org

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
charmion_kinder@discovery.com

— New “Career Connections: Transforming Passion into Purpose at Facebook” Virtual Field Trip Transports Students to Silicon Valley to Explore Innovative Tech Careers —

Irvine, Calif. | Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, October 30, 2017) – The Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are collaborating to host a new Virtual Field Trip, Career Connections: Transforming Passion into purpose at Facebook, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. As part of TGR EDU: Explore, a joint digital initiative between TWF and Discovery Education, the Virtual Field Trip will take students to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California where they will have the opportunity to virtually explore the high-tech powerhouse and learn more about the wide variety of jobs that exist within the company. The Virtual Field Trip features background information on careers in STEM, personal interviews with current Facebook employees, a tour of the headquarters and much more.

“In a time where careers in STEM are growing rapidly, it is important that we educate young people on the skills necessary for them to achieve future success. Career Connections: Transforming Passion into Purpose at Facebook does just that,” said Dr. Katherine Bihr, vice president of programs and education at the Tiger Woods Foundation. “Students will be exposed to a real Silicon Valley workplace and learn how to prepare for a career in this growing industry, all while fostering within them the mindset to persevere and pursue their passions. 

While viewers will get a behind-the-scenes view of Facebook, the Virtual Field Trip will also take students inside TWF’s TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, California, which served as the inspiration for TGR EDU: Explore – a free, online site available to educators, students and families worldwide. TGR EDU: Explore offers hands-on STEM and college access lessons via a dynamic digital platform that equips students with the tools and resources they need to identify their passions, develop their skills, and pursue pathways towards higher education and a promising career. The site offers a variety of immersive lessons, and expanded learning activities for middle and high school students nationwide. TGR EDU: Explore also provides virtual campus tours, training videos for educators and family discussion starters to help students explore their initial college enrollment interests.  

“Discovery Education is thrilled to continue building upon the TGR EDU: Explore platform by launching the Career Connections: Transforming Passion into Purpose at Facebook Virtual Field Trip,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Through this immersive virtual experience, students nationwide will see first-hand how they can use STEM skills to solve real-world problems and have the opportunity to explore the range of high-tech careers powered by STEM.”

Launched earlier this year, TGR EDU: Explore was created to make possible Tiger Woods’ vision to motivate students across the world through innovative education in STEM and college access. Through their partnership with Discovery Education, TWF’s award-winning curriculum and professional development resources are made available to students and teachers at no-cost. Together, TWF and Discovery Education seek to educate students nationwide on how to prepare for a career in STEM and equip them with the tools they need to attend college.

“As an educator, I am always looking for supplemental resources and curriculum that encourage my students to reach their potential,” said Rob Lamb, chemistry teacher at Pattonville High School in Missouri’s Pattonville School District. “The TGR EDU: Explore materials and Virtual Field Trip will help my students understand how they can best prepare for college and steer them to a successful future in STEM.”

For more information on TGR EDU: Explore or to access the online resources, visit tgreduexplore.org. Join the conversation around the Career Connections: Transforming Passion into Purpose at Facebook Virtual Field Trip on Twitter @TWFoundation and @DiscoveryEd using the hashtag #TGREDUExplore.

The Career Connections: Transforming Passion into Purpose at Facebook Virtual Field Trip is also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About the Tiger Woods Foundation
For over 20 years, the Tiger Woods Foundation has been an unwavering advocate for the transformative power of education. We have humble beginnings and a universal vision: give students in need the right resources to ensure lifelong success in school, their communities and the working world. Through our award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs and teacher professional development, we offer underserved students the tools and support needed to thrive in school and beyond. The TGR Learning Lab unleashes the full capacity of students, preparing them for today's jobs and the ones that don't exist yet. Serving students in grades 5-12 in Anaheim, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Stuart, FL, our unique culture fosters the development of the whole person while providing critical STEM skills and college prep. With one of the highest graduation rates among scholar programs in the U.S., the Earl Woods Scholar Program currently has 194 students attending universities nationwide. And we recently embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, bringing our unique philosophy and educational curriculum to millions of teachers and students around the world. Find more information at tigerwoodsfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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 discoveryeducation.com.

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Discovery Education Community Announces 2017-2018 Leadership Council Members

Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-5563, Stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com

Maria José Sanabria, Discovery Education
240-662-2550, Maria_Sanabria@Discovery.com

–Educators Around the World Leading the Growth and Development of  Discovery Education’s Professional Learning Network–

Silver Spring, Md. (October 26, 2017) – The Discovery Education Community today announced the members of the professional learning network’s 2017-2018 Leadership Council (LC). The Discovery Education Community is supported by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.  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 professional learning, idea sharing, networking, and inspiration.

The members of the Leadership Council are active contributors to the growth and development of the Discovery Education Community. They serve and lead by hosting events, contributing to social media and the Discovery Education blog, creating instructional resources, and providing feedback on Discovery Education’s services. The expertise, enthusiasm, and passion of the Leadership Council, and the members they serve drive the Discovery Education Community.

To view the whole roster new Leadership Council members, visit the Discovery Education Leadership Council webpage

“I am honored to serve on the 2017-2018 Discovery Education Community Leadership Council,” said Jennifer Hall, Educational Technology Specialist with Atlanta Public Schools.  “A learning community really supports the personal and professional growth of its members, and I am proud to be surrounded by such talented educators dedicated to making this community the most inclusive community of its kind.”

Selected for their leadership abilities and commitment to improving teaching and learning worldwide, members of the Discovery Education Community’s 2017-2018 Leadership Council will help facilitate the professional growth of their fellow teachers and encourage the sharing of best practice both locally and globally.  The term of service for each LC member is one year.

“Discovery Education thanks all those who stepped forward to lead the Discovery Education Community this year,” said Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation.  “Their efforts to create high-quality events and content that help the community improve their practice, provide valuable networking opportunities, and share the joy of teaching and learning will help improve the learning experiences of students worldwide.  We are tremendously grateful for their support.”

For more information about the Discovery Education Community, digital content, Professional Development initiatives or other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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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Powerful Virtual Field Trip From the Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education’s Operation Prevention Program Highlights How an Affected Community is Fighting the Opioid Epidemic 

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com, 240-274-2173 

National Media Affairs, DEA
202-307-7977 

— Operation Prevention’s “On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back” LIVE Virtual Field Trip transports students to Huntington, W.Va., to hear personal stories from the city’s bravest teens and change-makers as they combat the opioid crisis in their community —

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, October 25, 2017) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education have broadened the outreach of their Operation Prevention program – a no-cost, standards-aligned curriculum for parents and teachers to initiate honest conversations about drug-free living with young people – to present On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back. The second Virtual Field Trip of the Operation Prevention initiative, the immersive experience will broadcast LIVE from Pullman Square in Huntington, W.Va. today, October 25, 2017, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET and will provide viewers with a first-hand look into local communities hardest hit by the national opioid epidemic. With personal stories from teens and community leaders, students will learn how opioid misuse has affected nearly everyone’s lives in Huntington, how local advocates are using their experiences to improve the city, and ways students can raise awareness about the impacts of opioids to have a positive impact in their own communities.

To complement the Virtual Field Trip and activate life-saving conversations in classrooms nationwide, a companion activity is available to educators. This resource may be used prior to viewing the presentation to start a dialogue with students about the opioid epidemic through a variety of interactive classroom activities. It also offers a list of online resources, articles, and media about the opioid crisis where students can access information on prescription medication abuse and addiction, prevention, treatment, seeking help, and other related topics.

“Drug abuse and addiction occurs in every community in our nation, it affects the very heart of the community and requires a variety of expertise from various fields. That is what today’s Operation Prevention Virtual Field Trip is all about – the desire to promote change and ensure a bright and healthy future for the people of West Virginia,” said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). “There is not a single family that hasn’t been touched by the opioid epidemic. Working together, we can make a difference, and instill hope and healing across the state.”

Operation Prevention aims to equip both teachers and parents with the tools they need to initiate life-saving conversations with young people about the opioid epidemic. The program’s interactive resources include, standards-aligned digital tools, a nationwide peer-to-peer video challenge that encourages teens to create 30-60 second original public service announcements (PSAs), helping them to start a social movement, and a Science of Addiction e-learning module, designed to educate students about the science behind addiction, and its impacts on the brain and body.

“Operation Prevention was designed to combat the opioid epidemic one person at a time,” said David W. Gourley, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. “On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back is yet another extension of the program’s push to end the crisis once and for all. We truly believe that its viewers will internalize their virtual experience in Huntington, W.Va., and be inspired to make a positive impact in their own communities.”

The program also offers a parent toolkit that provides information on the warning signs of substance abuse disorder and an in-home prevention and intervention guide. These resources which are completely free of cost, are available in all 50 states and do not require any local sponsorship or corporate underwriting to access them. Together, the DEA and Discovery Education will continue seeking to educate America’s youth and raise awareness about the opioid crisis to disrupt it.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue the efforts of the Operation Prevention initiative through the On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back Virtual Field Trip,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “This presentation will be an immersive, moving experience for young people to both witness the impact of the opioid epidemic in this tight-knit community, and demonstrate how students can be positive change agents in their own cities and states.”

Drug-free living forums and conversations will also kick off in 2018 in a number of cities nationwide, including: Charlotte, North Carolina; Santa Rosa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Los Angeles, California. This effort will connect communities to the Operation Prevention work already underway to address this national crisis. Events will encourage individuals and organizations to take a pledge to combat opioid abuse.

To learn more about Operation Prevention, visit operationprevention.com. On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back Virtual Field Trip will also be livestreamed today at sciencechannel.com.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus services, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About the Drug Enforcement Administration
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.govwww.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov and www.dea.gov.

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 4.5 million educators and more than 50 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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Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education Join Forces with Milken Institute to Announce Drug Prevention Call to Action at 2017 Future of Health Summit

Geoffrey L. Baum, Milken Institute
gbaum@milkeninstitute.org, 310-570-4689 

National Media Affairs, DEA
202-307-7977 

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com, 240-274-2173 

– Milken Institute Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health to support Operation Prevention in campaign to provide millions of students in 50 states immediate access to no-cost English- and Spanish-Language prevention resources on opioid epidemic –

— Education, business and media organizations announce pledge to promote the comprehensive youth engagement and education program —

(Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, October 24, 2017) To combat America’s rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic, the Milken Institute’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health is joining forces with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to expand the reach of Operation Prevention – a national, standards-based initiative developed to educate students, families, and employees about the science behind opioids, and their impact on the brain and body. Since launching in October of 2016, Operation Prevention’s immersive English-and Spanish-language tools have reached more than one million young people ages 8 to18.

“Operation Prevention’s mission to educate youth will make a meaningful contribution to the future of our nation’s health. The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health at the Milken Institute is pleased to be a part of the call to action to expand access to and awareness of prevention resources for communities,” said Ed Greissing, executive director, Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health, Milken Institute. “This collaboration builds on the Institute’s efforts to extend life, and promote health and wellness at all ages, by using the most effective strategies to empower people in America and across the globe.”

The DEA, Discovery Education and the Milken Institute Center for Public Health will expand the reach of this program to millions more young people, and will be joined by a combined network of educators, advocacy organizations, businesses, think-tanks, and philanthropic institutions in all 50 states. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance and Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education have contributed content, insights, and best practices to the development of Operation Prevention.

“This is an unprecedented epidemic – its growing and its growing fast. The United States makes up just five percent of the world’s population, but consumes the vast majority of the world’s hydrocodone. That said, it’s not surprising that opioids account for roughly three-fifths of all drug overdoses in the nation,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “We’re proud of the fact that Operation Prevention is a free, science-based education tool for students, teachers, and parents. In collaboration with Discovery Education, the Milken Institute, and other key organizations, we are able to make the opioid epidemic understandable for students by teaching them the science behind addiction."

Requiring no local sponsorship or corporate underwriting to activate, Operation Prevention is available for use today in every school, afterschool and community-based program in the United States. A comprehensive youth initiative, Operation Prevention combines virtual field trips, parent resources, digital tools, and a nationwide peer-to-peer video challenge that encourages teens to create 30-60 second original public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs are designed to engage students in life-saving conversations about the science of addiction.

The DEA tapped Discovery Education to help activate Operation Prevention in local communities through the Discovery Education Community, the largest professional learning community of its kind.  In addition, Operation Prevention is also accessible through Discovery Education’s Streaming services.

“Today marks an important milestone in the work of Operation Prevention as we join forces with the Milken Institute, and leading education and business advocacy organizations, to further ignite lifesaving conversations in classrooms and communities nationwide," said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. "We are proud to have been selected as the DEA's national education partner and look forward to collaborating with the organizations announced today, and others in the weeks ahead, to reach every student, every classroom, and every community, as we endeavor to eliminate opioid misuse in our country."

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were 11.8 million people aged 12 or older who misused opioids in the past year. More than 11 million pain reliever misusers and 948,000 heroin users have been impacted by the epidemic, and one in five teens say they have used prescription medicine at least once in their lifetime to get high.

Discovery Communications, parent company of Discovery Education, announced today it will air Operation Prevention PSAs across its national networks to further magnify the importance of understanding the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

In addition, the following organizations have committed to joining Operation Prevention’s efforts to help initiate life-saving conversations about drug-free living:

Afterschool Alliance: The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. The Alliance works with a broad range of organizations, supporters, and afterschool stakeholders, including: policymakers and policymaker associations, advocacy groups, afterschool coalitions, the 50 state afterschool networks, and more than 25,000 afterschool programs across the nation.

CECP “The CEO Force for Good”: CECP is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy – how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers – determines company success. The organization helps companies transform their social strategy by providing customized connections and networking, counsel and support, benchmarking and trends, and awareness building and recognition.

National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP): NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student's potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student.

Social Innovation Summit (SIS): Operating at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business, SIS brings together the world’s most potent leaders, thinkers, and practitioners to catalyze inspired partnerships that will disrupt history. At the organization’s Global Summit and throughout the year, SIS’ community of thinkers comes together not just to talk about the next big thing – but to build it.

The School Superintendents Association (AASA): AASA is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.

“With the vast number of teens and adults affected by the current opioid crisis, I am gratified to see this partnership formed between the DEA, the DEA Educational Foundation, Discovery Education, and the Milken Institute,” said EJ Milken, DEA Educational Foundation, Board of Directors. “This collaboration to promote Operation Prevention will bring solid, science-based information to communities, and help the next generation make informed and healthy decisions."

Tomorrow, October 25, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Operation Prevention will launch “On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back,” an engaging virtual field trip where students from across the country will visit Huntington, West Virginia, to hear powerful personal stories from brave teens and change-makers in the city. The immersive experience will be livestreamed from operationprevention.com and sciencechannel.com.

Drug-free living forums and conversations will also kick off in 2018 in a number of cities nationwide, including: Charlotte, North Carolina; Santa Rosa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Los Angeles, California. This effort will connect communities to the Operation Prevention work already underway to address this national crisis. Events will encourage individuals and organizations to take a pledge to combat opioid abuse.

For more information and to take the pledge to share Operation Prevention, visit here. To learn more about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram.

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About the Drug Enforcement Administration
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.gov, www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov and www.dea.gov.

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 4.5 million educators and more than 50 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.

About the Milken Institute
The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. It conducts data-driven research, convenes action-oriented meetings and promotes meaningful policy initiatives, www.milkeninstitute.org.

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National Dairy Council, America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, Discovery Education Introduce Students to Sustainable Farming and Dairy’s Journey from Farm to Table

Lisa McComb, National Dairy Council
Lisa.McComb@dairy.org, 847-627-3744

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
charmion_kinder@discovery.com, 240-274-2173

— “Undeniably Dairy: Caring for Cows and Nourishing Communities” Takes Students Behind the Scenes to Teach Kids How Farmers Care for Cows, Contribute to the Community and Take Care of the Environment —

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, Oct. 16, 2017) – In an effort to educate students about the innovative dairy community and where their foods come from, National Dairy Council, America’s dairy farm families and importers and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are launching a new partnership to introduce a new educational initiative, Undeniably Dairy: Caring for Cows and Nourishing Communities, which kicks off with a Virtual Field Trip on October 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET.

This no-cost, immersive experience will transport students to a dairy farm where they will follow a third-generation dairy farm family. There, they will explore the farm-to-table process and learn how farmers, veterinarians, and nutritionists work as a team to bring dairy foods to communities nationwide. Students will have the opportunity to experience modern dairy farming, cow care and some of the contemporary innovations farmers use daily to nourish communities and support the environment through sustainable farm practices.

“National Dairy Council has been working with schools to improve the health and wellness environment for students for over a century and we understand that now more than ever, students and their parents are making food choices based on trust and a better understanding of where their food comes from,” said Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, president, National Dairy Council.  “The essential nutrients in milk and dairy foods are important to child growth and development.”

Complementing the Virtual Field Trip, students will also have access to a variety of digital learning tools and classroom explorations to deepen learning. The Undeniably Dairy education initiative will further expand this school year, with the addition of standards-aligned virtual interactive experiences for students to explore the latest dairy industry technology and innovations with accompanying classroom activities and educator guides. Designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these resources support the National Dairy Council’s shared vision of a healthy, happy, sustainable world—with science as its foundation.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the National Dairy Council in their work to engage young people in today’s farming industry, exploring the science and technology that powers this critical sector of the U.S. economy,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Through dynamic digital content and immersive virtual experiences, young people across the country will experience dairy farming first-hand, and will be exposed to an exciting array of 21st century careers.”

As populations have grown, demands for milk have expanded and dairy farms have implemented new and innovative technologies to meet increased supply needs and conserve land and resources. With these learning tools, students will examine the new world of dairy farming through the lens of caring for our planet and conserving our natural resources, reducing the impact of humans on the environment, and using technology to increase productivity. Classrooms can register to participate in the Undeniably Dairy Virtual Field Trip by visiting discoverundeniablydairy.com.

The Undeniably Dairy Virtual Field Trip will also be available for on-demand viewing through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers and funded by the national dairy checkoff program, has been committed to research-based nutrition education and communications since its start in 1915. NDC is dedicated to bringing to life the dairy community’s shared vision of a healthy, happy, sustainable world – with science as its foundation. NDC’s staff of registered dietitians, researchers, and nutrition experts educate on dairy’s contributions to healthy eating plans and sustainable food systems, including the farm-to-table connection. NDC has helped launch programs to benefit the health and wellness of children and adults, including Fuel Up to Play 60, which encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each day. NDC also helped launch the Future of Food Partnership and The Great American Milk Drive, which both address food insecurity in America. For more information, visit NationalDairyCouncil.org and DairyGood.org and follow NDC on Facebook and Twitter (@NtlDairyCouncil).

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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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 discoveryeducation.com.

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How Schools Are Bridging the Coding Gender Gap

Turning girls onto computers and coding requires strong leadership, said Superintendent Dr. Kristine Gilmore of the D.C. Everest School District in Wisconsin.

Computer science classes have long been the domain of boys. While girls and boys are now equally represented in advanced science and math classes, girls still are not flocking to classes like Programming in JAVA or Mobile App Development. With the growing need for computer scientists in the workforce, school leaders are trying to convince girls that these classes aren’t just boys’ clubs.

As superintendent of D.C. Everest Schools in Wisconsin, Dr. Kristine Gilmore has led a vibrant campaign to conquer the gender gap in STEAM courses at her schools.

“Things don’t happen by chance,” said Gilmore. “You have to ask, ‘Do all kids have opportunities?’ As a superintendent, my job is to remove barriers for kids.”

Girls only made up about one-fifth of all AP students in computer science in 2013, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project, even though girls are equally likely to take the science and math AP exam. This gender gap continues into college. In 2015, only 18 percent of all computer science college degrees in the country went to women.

This gap puts girls at a distinct workforce disadvantage in an industry on track to explode with opportunities. According to ComputerScience.org, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of 15-20 percent in computer science jobs between 2012 and 2022. By 2020, there will be only 400,000 students. With those real-world opportunities, it is important to open more students — both boys and girls — to the pathways that coding skills could provide.

Why Girls Don’t Feel They Belong in Coding

It is somewhat puzzling that girls are comfortable calculating derivatives in calculus classes or studying harmonic motion in physics, but tend to balk when confronted with rows of computer terminals. A variety of factors are behind the computer science gender gap, according to a 2010 report by the American Association of University Women, including the geeky-guy stereotype, which is reinforced through popular media. Teenage girls think that computer classes are filled with skinny guys with bad social skills, like the characters on the television show “The Big Bang Theory”, and don’t feel comfortable stepping into that environment.

Researchers from the University of Washington found that simply redecorating the classroom might bust through that stereotype barrier. Allison Master, Sapna Cheryan, and Andrew N. Meltzoff reported in the Journal of Educational Psychology in 2015 that girls were three times more likely to say that they would sign up for a computer science class in rooms that were decorated with nature posters, lamps, and plants, rather than rooms that contained Star Trek posters and science fiction books.

“When girls felt that they belonged in the environment, they became more interested in taking the course,” according to the article.

Learning from female computer teachers, particularly during the middle school years when interest in computers peaks for many girls, may also hold the key to increasing gender equity, according to research by Accenture and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that runs summer immersion programs for girls across the country. Developing a positive “experience of computing in their junior high years means that girls are 18% more likely to show interest in computing throughout their high school and college years,” according to the Accenture research.

Shaping Coding Experiences for Girls

Getting girls in the classroom is a focus for several tech-forward school districts across the country. Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, the superintendent of Deerfield Public Schools in Illinois, and a member of AASA’s Digital Consortium, has acquired a reputation as a technology innovator. And this is a topic he is passionate about. Lubelfeld has successfully increased the number of girls in computer science, garnering a lot of attention for his school district.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Lubelfeld believes heightened community engagement, school board support, an more female mentors could help resolve the gender gap challenge.

He’s found that a combination of community involvement, the presence of female mentors, and support from the school board are critical to changing mindsets. He also believes that immersing both boys and girls in computer science at an early age, in all subjects, is extremely important to overcome the gender gap. His district is even discovering new ways of bringing coding into English classes.

He also pointed to the success of a lunchtime learning experience, “STEM for Girls,” which was run by mothers from the community with careers in computer science and engineering. Over 100 elementary school girls learned how to build robots, performed basic coding, and completed hands-on, creative experiments using electricity and magnetism.

Beyond pulling girls into STEM, the program also served as a catalyst for a community-funded, $1.5 million STEM program in the school district’s libraries and as a factor in the selection of an elementary and middle school named Blue Ribbon Schools in 2016.

Like Lubelfeld, Superintendent Gilmore said that her district worked to bring girls into computer science by starting young and teaching computers across the curriculum.

“We’ve tried to think about it across more than one course,” she said. “We are trying to make it embedded in what we do, rather than being a separate pull out.”

D.C. Everest’s students are exposed to coding experiences even as early as kindergarten, using programs such as Scratch, and in unique learning environments like Maker Spaces, enrichment summer school programs, and during after-school activities like Lego Robotics clubs.

She wants girls to recognize that game design doesn’t just have to be for boys. Her district isn’t putting together clubs or classes that are exclusively for girls, because they want their programs to be open to all students, including students who are English  Language learners in her district.

“Girls play video games, too. Look at the success of Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga. We don’t have to create barriers,” said Gilmore.

“I don’t want to just destigmatize computer science for girls. I want to destigmatize STEAM for all kids.”

Tina Plummer, an assistant superintendent at the Mehlville School District in St. Louis, has worked to improve the computer science gender gap. Plummer and her district partnered with Discovery Education to reach girls when they were young, advocating to form connections with the community, and provide girls with role models.

“Start young, and give them opportunity,” said Plummer.

Mehlville’s schools also reached girls by offering them a girls-only event, “Breakfast with the Experts,” to showcase their various STEM courses and to introduce them to women in the community with careers in engineering, neurobiology, and computer programming.

There are signs of progress. More girls took the AP computer science exam in 2016 than ever before. In 2015, 22 percent of all test takers were girls; in 2016, 23 percent were girls. The College Board also reported that eight states had fewer than ten girls who took the test.

Clearly, more work is needed to get girls coding. Innovations from tech-forward districts like Deerfield, D.C. Everest, and Mehlville can help guide other school districts in their efforts to shift stereotypes.

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3M and Discovery Education Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Young Scientist Challenge, Awards America’s Top Scientist with $25,000 Prize

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
240-274-2173, charmion_kinder@discovery.com

Gitanjali Rao named America’s Top Young Scientist in Nation’s Premier Middle School Science Competition for inventing a device that aims to test for lead in water —

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (October 18, 2017) – 3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) have named 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colo., the winner of the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). Gitanjali is working to develop Tethys, a sensor-based device that can detect lead in water faster than other current techniques.

Rather than using expensive equipment for testing, Gitanjali’s cost-effective approach to water safety uses a mobile app that populates the water’s status almost immediately. Tethys is designed to be portable and easy to use, allowing individuals to test water safety whenever needed. She hopes to solve the water contamination crisis and decrease long-term health effects from lead exposure.

A seventh-grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Gitanjali competed alongside nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. She was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as well as a $25,000 prize.

During the past three months, Gitanjali and the other finalists had the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M scientist to develop their innovations as part of a unique summer mentorship program. Gitanjali was paired with Dr. Kathleen Shafer, a 3M research specialist who develops new plastics technologies that have real-world applications in dentistry and other fields.

Each of the students collaborated with some of 3M’s leading scientists, who provided guidance as they worked through the scientific method to advance their ideas from a theoretical concept into a physical prototype. Together, the 3M mentors and finalists shared their passion for science, reviewed the scientific process and worked virtually through pre-assigned objectives, with resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

“3M’s commitment to the next generation of science leaders is energized each year by the creativity and ingenuity of these young scientists,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president, business development and marketing-sales, 3M. “Making the world a better place through science starts with a spark of curiosity, which leads to passion – and results in making an impact. 3M is inspired by these finalists and their contributions to making lives better.”             

During the final competition, the finalists presented their inventions to an esteemed panel of 3M scientists, school superintendents and administrators from across the country. In addition to presenting their prototypes, the ten finalists paired up to compete in two additional challenges through which they combined multiple 3M technologies to solve real-world problems.

“Discovery Education proudly joins 3M to celebrate a 10-year commitment to fostering the next generation of passionate innovators,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Empowering students with access to innovative learning opportunities sharpens their mastery of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and ignites their desire to improve the world with science.”

For teachers, students and parents seeking a place to explore the world of scientific innovations and opportunities, Discovery Education and 3M developed the Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal filled with engaging activities and standards-aligned teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.

The remaining nine finalists received $1,000 and a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M. The second, third and fourth runners-up also received a trip to a taping of a show on Discovery’s family of networks.

These extraordinary students are:

  • Rithvik Ganesh, an eighth-grader at C.M. Rice Middle School from Plano, Texas, received second place. Rithvik built upon existing research to conduct tests and identify one lead molecule from Apigenin, a compound found in fruits and vegetables, that could potentially be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Looking forward, Rithvik hopes to take his findings through in vitro and in vivo testing and improve thousands of lives affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Kathryn Lampo, a ninth-grader at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo., received third place. Kate created Lawn Bot, a water management robot designed to help individuals reduce the amount of fresh water wasted during home lawn care. Kate’s innovation aims to be a more cost-effective and aesthetic water management system that measures the moisture content in soil. Made from starch-based plastic and powered by solar energy, Lawn Bot is also environmentally friendly. Kate hopes her innovation will help reduce the amount of fresh water wasted.
  • Devin Willis, a ninth-grader from Florida Atlantic University High School in Boca Raton, Fla., received fourth place. Devin created SLIDEMAP, a device that integrates a motorized stage used in 3-D printers, microscope imaging and machine learning algorithms to distinguish a tumor as cancerous or benign, increasing accuracy and speed of diagnoses. Devin was inspired to improve the state of treatment after his grandfather passed away from cancer, and tapped into his passion for robotics to develop a solution. He hopes his innovation will improve current standards of global healthcare by enabling faster, more accurate and affordable diagnoses, especially in developing countries where access to medical professionals is scarce.

The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a $500 excitations gift card. These finalists, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

  • Laalitya Acharya, a ninth-grader at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, Laalitya invented ELIE – or "Environmentally Low Impact Energy" device – that generates energy from multiple sources to increase alternative energy use in the U.S. and across the world. Her prototype uses a low-flow low-head, portable water turbine, piezos and solar panels to generate electricity in multiple environments.
  • Anika Bhagavatula, a ninth-grader at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn., invented EcoBoom, a natural solution to clean up oil spills using pomegranate husks and orange peels. Anika’s research on major oil spills in the U.S. led her to develop a protoype that can absorb oil four-to-five times its weight. Major oil spill incidents, which can cause approximately 1.3 million gallons of petroleum to spill into U.S. waters each year, inspired Anika to explore cost-effective, biodegradable options that can remedy this national and global issue.
  • Austin Crouchley, an eighth-grader at Garden City Middle School in Garden City, N.Y., in Garden City School District, created an affordable way to provide electricity and clean water using solar energy. Austin’s device features a pulley mechanism, allowing its solar panel to constantly face the sun and produce 18 percent more electricity than a fixed panel. Contaminated water is a major health risk in developing countries, and Austin hopes his innovation can increase clean water supply used for drinking, farm irrigation and livestock, alleviating energy poverty around the globe.
  • Simone Jacobs, an eighth-grader at Washington Middle School in Seattle, Wash., invented Sill Sentry, a device to help prevent children from falling out of windows. When a potentially dangerous situation is detected on the windowsill, a net is deployed to swoop up and stop the child from falling out of the window. Simone believes her innovation is a superior alternative to current window safety technology and hopes that it will be able to save many lives and trips to the emergency room.
  • Samu Shrestha, a ninth-grader from Highlands Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., developed a mobile app that provides individuals with disabilities control of computer or mobile devices by using head movements, facial expressions and hand gestures. He was inspired to help a classmate with disabilities manipulate mobile devices like the rest of his classmates. Samu’s innovation could unlock interaction with the digital world for individuals with disabilities and bridge the interaction gap for internet users worldwide.
  • Allie Weber, a seventh-grader from Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls, S.D., created a breathing device that doubles as a suction dart toy to allow child respiratory patients to have fun while doctors collect essential medical measurements during their treatments and hospital stays.

Since its inception, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student 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. It 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. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate innovations on national television programs such as ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The annual premier competition recognizes scientific thinking and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape and improve the way we live our lives. To download hi-res images and video of the science competition, click here. For more information on the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and to learn more about this year’s finalists, go to www.YoungScientistLab.com.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram.

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About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 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 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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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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Calling Teen Filmmakers: Toyota and Discovery Launch Safe Driving PSA Challenge

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
240-274-2173, charmion_kinder@discovery.com

Toyota Media Line, 469-292-5100 

— 2018 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Open for Entries: Winner to Receive $15,000 Grant and Opportunity to Work with Discovery Communications’ Velocity Network to Produce TV-Ready PSA —

Nationwide – (October 17, 2017) – Learning to drive is an exciting time for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous.  A short video that promotes safe driving habits might be all that it takes to become aware of dangerous driving situations. That is why Toyota and Discovery Education launched the 2018 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

Now in its sixth year, the challenge, sponsored by Discovery Education, invites teens to submit an original 30-60 second Public Service Announcement for 9-12 grade students about safe driving habits.  The grand prize includes $15,000 cash and the opportunity to work with a Discovery Film Crew to re-shoot the entry video into a TV-ready PSA. Teens can register and submit their entries today through February 28, 2018, at TeenDrive365inschool.com.

This contest continues to encourage students, parents, and teachers to have critical conversations about the importance of making smart choices behind the wheel,” said Mike Goss, general manager, Toyota Social Innovation. “Every year we are amazed by the variety of unique and inspiring videos we receive and look forward to seeing this year’s entries.

This year, a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives will convene to select challenge winners. Since the inception of the competition, thousands of video submissions have been considered, and the effort has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student grants and prizes. The top ten finalists’ videos – some amusing and others more serious in tone – communicate the importance of maintaining safe driving habits and avoiding fatal distractions while behind the wheel.

“The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge inspires meaningful peer-to-peer conversations across digital learning environments, with the goal of empowering young drivers with the tools they need to help other students develop safer driving habits,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

This year’s challenge grants include:

  • Grand Prize – $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot the winning video as a TV-ready PSA;
  • Second Place – $10,000;
  • Third Place – $7,500;
  • Fourth through Tenth Places – $2,500 each;
  • Four Regional Prizes – $1,000 each; and
  • One People’s Choice Prize – selected online through public vote – $5,000 and a trip to attend a taping of a show that airs on Discovery Communications’ Velocity Network.

Visit TeenDrive365InSchool.com to learn more about the annual Teen Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving! For more information about the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge or to watch winning videos from the 2016-2017 challenge, visit TeenDrive365InSchool.com or click HERE.

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About Toyota TeenDrive365
TeenDrive365: In School is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens.

Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12, activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers, Heads Up! – an Interactive Road Distraction Challenge that allows teens to virtually experience some of the dangers of distracted driving, and a collection of online events, tools and social media elements that underscore how teens can make a difference by driving safely.

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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Transforming Social Studies Education 

Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-5563, stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com

Award-Winning Social Studies Techbook to be Integrated into 8th Grade Classrooms Districtwide

Silver Spring, MD. (October 17, 2017) – Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of a new partnership focused on helping students prepare for an active civic life. Through this new relationship, CCISD educators will soon begin integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning Social Studies Techbook™ into teaching and learning in 8th grade classrooms districtwide.

Committed to developing hearts and minds, CCISD serves over 38,000 students at 59 campuses within 68 square miles. With a mission to graduate lifelong learners prepared to continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens, CCISD enjoys an outstanding reputation as a strong school system focused on excellence in education.

Seeking to continue the district’s tradition of innovation in education, CCISD has embarked on an effort to prepare students for an active civic life by integrating high quality digital content into social studies teaching and learning. To kick start this effort, CCISD’s 8th grade educators will be empowered with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook to create challenging and engaging instructional experiences that bring historical events, social concepts, and cultural phenomena to life in their classrooms.  

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 one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, 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, multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. The Social Studies Techbook 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 National Council for the Social Studies’ C3 Framework, the Social Studies Techbook helps students develop key literacy and writing skills and provides a multitude of resources to young people for college, careers, and civic life.  Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces. 

“The talented educators at CCISD are dedicated to preparing our students to become active participants in our democratic society,” said Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez. “We believe that providing robust social studies lessons in an engaging digital environment powered by Discovery Education will transform students’ perception of their role as participants in civic life and prepare them for success beyond the classroom.” 

The Discovery Education Community will also aid CCISD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic 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 honored to collaborate with CCISD on their effort to create dynamic social studies learning experiences that help students learn more about their role in society,” said Discovery Education Director of Education Partnerships Phillip Mikula. “We look forward to supporting Superintendent Hernandez and his wonderful team of educators and administrators across the district as we begin this exciting project.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, digital resources, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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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Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools to Continue Expanding STEAM Initiative Through Broadened Partnership with Discovery Education

Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
240-662-5563, stephen_Wakefield@discovery.com

–Award-Winning Digital Techbooks and Sustained Professional Development to Help Continue Driving District’s STEAM Innovate! Initiative –

Silver Spring, MD. (October 10, 2017) – Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools (SRCDS) today announced a broadening of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the newest stage of a collaboration spanning more than a decade, Discovery Education will support the expansion of SRCDS’s world-class STEAM education program, STEAM Innovate!, in all high schools across the district with a unique blend of sustained professional development and high-quality digital content.

SRCDS is committed to ensuring every student has equitable access to instructional excellence. To achieve this mission, in 2015 SRCDS launched STEAM Innovate!, which is transforming all district classrooms into rich STEAM-infused learning environments that increase student achievement and nurtures students’ critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative skills. While the first and second years of STEAM Innovate! focused on bringing sustained professional development and engaging digital content to K-5 and middle school classrooms, the third year of this effort will focus on providing high school educators the resources they need to create immersive STEAM classrooms.

Specifically, the latest phase of STEAM Innovate! will add 35 high school educators to the initiative’s professional development effort.  A comprehensive professional development system supported by Discovery Education’s STEM Leader Corps model, STEAM Innovate! supports the growth of teacher-leaders as they become change agents powering the district's transition to a STEAM-focused education culture.

SRCDS is among the first school systems in the nation to implement a STEAM-focused capacity building model as part of its dedicated effort to provide each student an engaging STEAM learning environment.  Since the inception of the STEM Innovate! initative, SRCDS has been an international leader in STEAM education.  In January of 2017, SRDCS hosted the first-ever National STEM Symposium, which brought together STEM/STEAM thought-leaders from around the world for a unique professional development event that showcased SRCDS’s innovative STEAM education effort.

In addition, the third year of STEAM Innovate! will see all high school math and science teachers integrate Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ and Math Techbooks™, into teaching and learning.

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.

Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s 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.  In addition, the Science Techbook also features a variety of STEM resources that help educators create engaging STEM learning experiences in their classrooms.  Discovery Education’s Math Techbook is a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.

“Santa Rosa County District Schools’ STEAM Innovate! initiative is a critical component of the school system’s effort to ensure all students have an academic experience that prepares them for life beyond school,” said Santa Rosa County District Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “The expansion of our partnership with Discovery Education will help us meet this important goal, and we look forward to continuing our work with the talented Discovery Education team.”

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting SRCDS educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic 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.

“Our tremendous partners at the Santa Rosa County District Schools are at the leading edge of the nationwide movement to STEAM education, and we are proud to support their work,” said Jason Sinquefield Director of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with teachers and administrators across the school system on this creative initiative and on our joint mission to help every student develop the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and citizenship.”  

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, Professional Development initiatives, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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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 4.5 million educators and over 50 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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