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5 Classroom Technology Fears and How You Can Conquer Them

Worst case scenario: You’re not totally comfortable with your classroom technology. You’re standing in front of an impatient, adolescent audience during the last period of the day, pressing Play on a hilarious video you’ve selected to demonstrate the law of gravity. But nothing is happening. Let’s add another fear factor: your administrator is in the room for an evaluation. Maybe it’s better to play it safe and rely on the pictures in the textbook or your trusty egg demonstration.

Fear and anxiety are major drivers in our world. In fact, they are affecting our students in larger proportions than ever before. Recent studies show that about 25 percent of teenagers have suffered from anxiety at some point. Acknowledging and conquering our fears have become all the more important. Overcome your fear of technology in the classroom and you can be a role model for your students as you show them how to accept imperfection and face reasonable risk.

Fear often arises from the unfamiliar, and technology is evolving so quickly it can be hard to stay fluent. Let’s tackle some big fear-based objections to incorporating technology from an educator’s point-of-view, with a special lens on how they may be addressed in the classroom and with your students’ help.

FEAR 1: It’s Just Too Complicated

 Basis for Fear

A recent search for “educational technology tools” turned up over 72 million results, and a link on the first page boasted a list of 321 free technology tools for educators. With such a volume of options available, it’s no wonder that educators with any hesitation may be turned off. With mysterious names like Voki, Smilebox, and 19Pencils, each tool comes with its own flavor of quirks — some require registration or access on your school network may be blocked, or they may be incompatible with something your district is already using. That’s a lot to digest.

Overcoming the Hurdle

Get recommendations from trusted sources:
A great place to go for recommendations on technological tools might be right next door or down the hall. Your colleagues certainly have their favorites, and they’ve probably already undertaken the effort of figuring out what works well with the special limitations you may face at your site. You can also turn to your virtual PLNs. Almost every virtual community has discussion boards and messaging functions, so find your tribe according to subject, interest, or comfort level with technology.

Work with students:
Your students likely have a set of go-to apps and are used to selecting tools for the best features and user experience. Have them apply their research and analytical skills to a review of tools for a particular instructional strategy. For instance, if you want to choose a tool for collaborative annotation, ask a student or committee to research and recommend the best one. They’ll become experts in the room and can help you use the selected technology at the appropriate time. Be sure to be explicit about the skills that are required for these tasks (e.g., compare/contrast, cost-benefit analysis, synthesis, presentation/communication) – it will help them identify their own strengths and extrapolate them to other work.

FEAR 2: I Don’t Trust It to Work When I Need It

Basis for Fear

Time is tight, you need to teach bell-to-bell, and one glitch in the plan can throw off an entire period. Plus, it can be rattling to experience technical problems in the moment when you’re supposed to be teaching, which can make it harder to problem-solve effectively.

Overcoming the Hurdle

Plan to fail:
Run a troubleshooting session before using a new tool during a class activity. Think about what could go wrong to derail the momentum. What if the screen is blank? Identify and secure connections ahead of time. What if the accessories don’t work? Make sure clickers and remotes have fresh batteries and are stored properly. What if buffering is unbearable? Download media you’ll be using in class, whenever possible, and delete it when the lesson is complete.

Work with students:
Students will value being able to help you troubleshoot technical problems in class, so take a deep breath, admit defeat, and let your students be the lesson’s heroes. It is important for them to see you have a problem, identify it, and allow someone to help you fix it.

FEAR 3: The Students Will Be Out of Control or Surfing Constantly

Basis for Fear

If students are using all the technological tools available to them, there’s a good chance they’re looking at different content on different screens. The days of all eyes on the board are over. Especially if they’re on personal devices, students may click over to their social accounts, stream movies, or play games. (Lots of adults would be tempted to do the same in a meeting.)

Overcoming the Hurdle

Incorporate structures that keep students on task and accountable:
Encouraging students to use technology does not have to mean setting them loose. Use intentional strategies that include checkpoints to keep students moving through relevant content and assignments without having too much time to wander online. Strategies that require students to break for pair-share, rotate through stations, or respond to prompts keep students focused as they work.

Work with students:
Discuss your concerns with students before you begin using devices, whether that’s at the beginning of the year or somewhere in the middle. Be respectful and realistic about how difficult the request to stay on task may be for some students. Have them help you define the expectations.

FEAR 4: My School Doesn’t Have Enough — Support, Equipment, Bandwidth, etc.

Basis for Fear

Most educators are short on time and resources. It can seem like too much to invest time and energy in learning about new technologies just to be disappointed when they are impossible to implement with your school’s limitations. If something is great, it may require registration, a subscription, individual tablets/clickers, or more bandwidth. If something is free, it may be blocked or have tiered plans that limit the functionality.

Overcoming the Hurdle

Take advantage of what you have:
You probably have access to staff that would appreciate the opportunity to help you select tools for your instructional needs. Your media librarian, technology director, or instructional coach are great resources. You may also have access to services to which your district has subscribed, and those services should run smoothly within your district and classroom (and have customer service numbers where you can usually find enthusiastic support).

Work with students:
Students may not have much power to help in this area immediately but, as you look to the future, it may make sense to advocate for a student technology representative or committee at your school or in your district. Some schools even have a tech team based in an elective course where students earn credit helping with technology throughout the school.

FEAR 5: It’s Not Rigorous Enough

Basis for Fear

We want students to be able to perform well on tests and meet standards. It can seem like learning and assessment in a digital environment are less rigorous than the paper and pencil assessment we’re more used to. Can a digital assessment really demonstrate the same learning as an essay, a written unit test, or a lab report? The answer to this question lies in the assessment design. If the questions and prompts within the digital assessment are thoughtful and the demonstration of learning is rich, then a digital assessment can be just as – if not more – rigorous than a paper-based assessment. Among its many benefits, a digital assessment can be customized, include student-created materials and performance recordings, and provide faster feedback during the learning process.

Overcoming the Hurdle

Match the technology to the learning:
Trying to retrofit a cool new tool to your instructional and assessment needs is a tough road. Instead, if you start with the understanding (e.g., standard, concept, skill) you are asking your students to investigate or demonstrate, you’ll likely find a digital tool that supports the learning rather than showcases students’ technological savvy.

Work with students:
Make sure you provide clear learning targets and a detailed rubric, so students can put emphasis on the relevant information and requirements.

There are so many technological tools to choose from today for almost anything you want to do better. But “with technology” does not automatically mean better.

In the classroom, aim to incorporate tools that positively impact learning, make assessment more accurate, and make everyone’s day more engaging. And take advantage of the opportunity to be fallible, afraid, and human in front of – and for the benefit of – your students. Let them see you struggle, learn, accept help, and conquer your fear of technology. It will serve them in class tomorrow and maybe even for the rest of their lives.

Jeanette Edelstein is an educator dedicated to making learning more engaging for students of all ages. She has been a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and program developer. She was a founding teacher and the gifted and talented coordinator at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. Her curriculum projects include Hive Alive!, a collection of teaching resources about honey bees, Animal Planet Rescue, a disaster relief and educational vehicle that rescued over 1,000 animals, and CapsinSchool, an elementary curriculum based on the math and science of hockey.

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Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education Unite to Empower High School Students to Take Control of Their Financial Futures

Matthew Towson, Discover
matthewtowson@discover.com

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

— Exciting ‘Pathway to Financial Success in Schools’ program provides classrooms nationwide with extensive resources to cultivate more financially literate students of tomorrow —

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 29, 2017) – In an effort to bring financial education into more classrooms and promote fiscal responsibility among high school students, Discover Financial Services, a recognized leader in the financial education space, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced their collaboration to launch Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a standards-aligned suite of materials to provide students, educators, and their families with tools and expertise to make intelligent financial decisions and achieve their personal goals.

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools aims to increase financial literacy for high school students through interactive instruction and practice exercises. The free, multi-year program offers a comprehensive curriculum of resources to families and classrooms nationwide. Providing unique e-learning experiences, organized into eight financial literacy themes – each crafted for flexible use as single-class learning experiences or thematic lessons – Pathway to Financial Success in Schools teaches financial education to students from 9–12 in a fun and engaging way.

“Collaborating with Discovery Education to bring free financial education to high school classrooms across the country continues our commitment to providing students and their parents with the personal finance skills they need to help them achieve a brighter financial future,” said David Nelms, Chairman and CEO of Discover. “We hope that by completing this important program in high schools, students will gain meaningful experiences and useful knowledge that they will hold onto for the rest of their lives.”

Helping people achieve brighter financial futures is at the core of Discover’s mission. One way Discover has delivered on this mission is through Pathway to Financial Success, a five-year program launched in 2012 that brought financial education curriculum to more than 1,900 highs schools and more than one million students through $13 million in grants provided to the schools. 

Discover is continuing its commitment to financial education through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, a new and exciting financial education program developed by Discovery Education in consultation with Discover. Discovery Education’s established network of schools, teachers and guidance counselors will enable Discover to continue to deliver free financial education, reaching additional schools and students. The development of a  21st century curriculum that incorporates parental involvement will help teachers across the country give both students and families the tools they need to make good financial decisions.

“Discovery Education salutes Discover Financial Services’ commitment to teaching our country’s youth such vital life skills,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Pathway to Financial Success in Schools encourages students to make informed money decisions, and provides educators and families with resources that can be used both in the classroom and at home. We hope this program helps to break the cycle of financial illiteracy, creating a lasting impact on generations to come.”

Pathway to Financial Success in School content themes, include:

Unit 1: Being Financial Responsible
Being Financial Responsible resources will help to provide a strong foundation for building a financially responsible future.

Unit 2: Using Financial Services
Using Financial Services resources will help to provide students with insights into the growing financial landscape, assisting them with the efficient planning of future financial goals.

Unit 3: Financing Your Future
Financing Your Future resources will help students map out their financial journey and higher education financing options.

Unit 4: Getting Paid
Getting Paid resources will help provide students with the tools they need to navigate the working world – both before and after they have landed a desired career.

Additional program elements, scheduled to launch in 2018, will include classroom and family extension activities for each module and an educator guide to accompany in-class instruction.

“Through Pathway to Financial Success in Schools, Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services are providing students nationwide with engaging tools that make it simple to understand how to make smart financial choices in every aspect of their lives,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “Fifty two percent of teens say they want to learn more about how to manage their money. It’s exciting for educators to be empowered to teach students financial literacy and healthy money management habits.”

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools resources are available at PathwayinSchools.com and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. 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 Discover Financial Services
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

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 www.discoveryeducation.com.

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California and West Virginia Join 13 States Nationwide in Approving Discovery Education Techbooks for Classroom Use Statewide

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

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

-California’s Adoption of the Social Studies Techbook and West Virginia’s Adoption of the Math Techbook Continue Trend of Nationwide Approval of Award-Winning Digital Textbooks for Classroom Use-

Silver Spring, Md. (November 28, 2017) – California and West Virginia have become the latest states to adopt Discovery Education’s award-winning digital textbook series for classroom use.  Following a thorough review process, the California Board of Education, as recommended by the California Instructional Quality Commission, authorized the adoption of the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™, while West Virginia’s Board of Education approved the Discovery Education Math Techbook™ for statewide use on the recommendation of the state’s Instructional Materials Review Committee.

Earlier this month, Florida’s Commissioner of Education approved the adoption of the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ and Tennessee’s Board of Education approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for statewide.  To date, 15 states across the country have approved Discovery Education’s Techbook for statewide use.

California’s Board of Education approved the Social Studies Techbook’s United States History, Medieval and Early Modern World History, and Ancient World History courses while West Virginia’s Board of Education adopted all middle and high school Discovery Education Math Techbook courses, including the Grades 6, 7, and 8 Math, Math I, II and III, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses. Through their action, California and West Virginia’s Boards of Education have empowered their states’ school systems to purchase and integrate these Techbooks into teaching and learning.  

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that support a comprehensive curriculum, are aligned to rigorous standards, and are updated regularly at no cost. The Techbook series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. In addition, the Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.

The Social Studies Techbook series adopted in California 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 more. 

The Math Techbook series adopted in West Virginia 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.  Earlier this year, Math Techbook was independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

“Discovery Education thanks the California and West Virginia Boards of Education for their careful review and ultimate approval of the Discovery Education Techbooks,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education Senior Vice President of National Partnerships.  “Their rigorous review of these resources ensures educators in both states will have the opportunity to integrate the highest quality social studies and math content available into classroom instruction and create the dynamic digital classrooms that will engage students and improve student outcomes.”

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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Advocating for Healthy Relationships: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Discovery Education Unite to Drive Student Awareness Around Domestic Abuse

Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV
rglenn@ncadv.org

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

— New ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ program provides classrooms nationwide with resources to educate students on how to understand and develop healthy relationships, recognize dynamics of teen dating abuse, and learn how to safely advocate for themselves and others who may be experiencing it —   

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 17, 2017) – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today their collaboration to launch Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships – an initiative funded by a contribution from the Verizon Foundation to teach students how to understand and build healthy relationships, reject abuse, and safely ally for themselves and others if experiencing abuse.   

“As the voice of victims and survivors of domestic violence, NCADV is proud to partner with Discovery Education to establish our mission in schools nationwide,” Ruth Glenn, Executive Director at NCADV. “We hope that through the implementation of this curriculum, students will learn strategies that will positively impact them for the rest of their lives, specifically as they encounter new people and environments.”

Launched today, Teens4HealthyRelationships.com will empower young people to Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships, by providing K-12 classrooms with educational resources, including standards-aligned curriculum, to encourage them to exercise skills in communication and self-awareness. Immersive program tools, including self-paced modules and lesson plans, developed by NCADV and Discovery Education, will help teach students how to recognize healthy qualities and behaviors in relationships. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships will help students examine emotional intelligence, external influencers, and how to identify unsafe situations. Through these activities, students will be able to explore how to effectively and carefully advocate for themselves and others. They will also be able to access strategies for how and where to get help, if in or witnessing an abusive experience.

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. Take a Stand for Healthy Relationships is launched at a time when the growing need to disrupt this trend, especially in young people, has become more apparent than ever.

“Discovery Education is proud to support NCADV in their life-saving work to create a society with zero tolerance for domestic violence,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “By initiating these important conversations at an age where many young people are establishing some of their first tight-knit bonds, ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ empowers young people with tools that will help them recognize unsafe behaviors, and to advocate for their personal safety and the safety of others.”

In addition to the student resources offered through Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships, Discovery Education will support program integration in schools with the creation of educator guides, which also include standards alignment and hands-on activities, to equip school staff with strategies to support students through the critical content in the lessons.

“This program is necessary in every classroom throughout the world," said Karen Wells, Midland High School educator from Batesville, Arkansas. “Thankfully, ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ provides educators with incredibly efficient tools to teach students the skills they need to be safe and protect themselves.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources, professional development initiatives, and other 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 and Pinterest.

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About National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors.  We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence.  We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change. For more information about NCADV, visit www.ncadv.org.

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.

About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

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Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education Unite with National League of Cities Summit to Promote Lifesaving Conversations About the Impacts of Prescription Opioid Misuse and Heroin Use

Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education
Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com

National Media Affairs, DEA
202-307-7977

2017 NLC Charlotte City Summit Solution Session ‘Operation Prevention: Educating Youth on the Dangers of Opioid Misuse’ Explores Solutions for Eradicating the Opioid Epidemic in Every Community

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – To further the efforts of Operation Prevention, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education united with the National League of Cities (NLC) 2017 City Summit to help educate students, families and communities about the science behind opioid addiction, its impacts on the brain and body, and methods to combat the growing opioid epidemic. During the City Summit hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, November 16, 2017, Operation Prevention: Educating Youth on the Dangers of Opioid Misuse explored the opioid epidemic, the federal response to the epidemic and the importance of educating K-12 students as a driving force for encouraging lifesaving conversations about drug-free living.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration is committed to proactive efforts that educate students about the science behind drug addiction and its impacts, with resources that help initiate authentic conversations in the home and classroom,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “The opioid epidemic will only relent with our collective vow to resolve this crisis once and for all. Through community outreach and local partnerships, we hope to work lockstep with communities to stop youth addiction before it starts.”

Panel discussion attendees heard from DEA Chief of Community Outreach Sean Fearns, Mayor of Huntington Steve Williams (W.Va.), Norwin School District Superintendent Dr. William Kerr (Pa.), about how legislators, educators, students and families, can access Operation Prevention’s engaging information on the warning signs of substance misuse disorder, prevention and intervention.

“Discovery Education is proud to join forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration and National League of Cities to inspire, activate and support communities as they address the opioid epidemic in their neighborhoods,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We hope that the social movement we are introducing will play a role in preventing those at risk from becoming a statistic.”

In response to the rising numbers of fatalities from the opioid epidemic, NLC released the Opioid Epidemic Task Force Report – an action plan aimed to disrupt the nationwide crisis. The report revealed that a potential key to preventing the abuse of drugs was to reach children early, both in school and at home. Aligning with report findings, Operation Prevention is aimed at educating children and youth about the true impacts of prescription opioid and heroin abuse.

Each panelist offered a unique perspective, including strides they are making to combat the crisis in their respective communities, they also spoke to the importance of instating drug education at a young age. The discussion, moderated by Hall Davidson, senior director, global learning initiatives, Discovery Education, underscored the epidemic’s impact on cities across the country and best practices for effectively addressing alarming trends.

Requiring no local sponsorship or underwriting to activate, Operation Prevention is available at no-cost for use today in every school, afterschool and community-based programs in the United States. The initiative combines virtual field tripsparent resources, digital tools, and a nationwide peer-to-peer video challenge that encourages teens to create 30-60 second original public service announcements. 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.

“School districts nationwide have an absolute responsibility to do their part in countering the opioid epidemic as prescription drug abuse and addiction are taking place in every community and especially among young people,” said Dr. William Kerr, superintendent of schools, Norwin School District, Pennsylvania. “With Norwin School District being one of the first school districts in the country to pilot Operation Prevention, I am excited to attest to the program’s impact on our students of all ages and promote its implementation in even more classrooms.”

On October 25, Operation Prevention hosted On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Backa Virtual Field Trip that transported students to Huntington, West Virginia through an engaging and immersive experience to an American city devastated by the opioid epidemic. During the Virtual Field Trip, youth heard personal stories from the city’s bravest teens and change-makers doing their part to combat the epidemic. Following the experience, educators and communities were provided access to a companion activity that helped to start a dialogue about the epidemic’s impacts.

“The opioid epidemic is tearing apart communities nationwide, and I am a first-hand witness to the problems it is causing as it has plagued my own,” said Mayor Steve Williams, Huntington, West Virginia. “After the success of the ‘On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back’ Virtual Field Trip, broadcast live from the community its residents and I call home, I am confident that Operation Prevention is a program equipped with more than enough resources to combat this crisis one student at a time.”

Mayor Bill Partington of Ormond Beach, Florida expressed similar sentiments, “Opioid abuse is a clear danger to our society. We must work together to educate all our citizens, young and old, and implement a decisive action plan to stop the abuse of opioids.”

A year after its launch, Operation Prevention has reached over one million students today. In addition to virtual experiences and drug-free living forums, Operation Prevention conversations will also kick off in 2018 in a number of cities nationwide, including: Santa Rosa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Los Angeles, California, among others. Efforts will connect students, educators, and communities to Operation Prevention work already underway to address this national crisis. Events will encourage elected officials, businesses, organizations and individuals, to take a pledge to combat opioid abuse.

The following organizations have already committed to joining Operation Prevention’s efforts to 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.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is recognized in the corporate citizenship field as a source for fresh thinking, exceptional networking and practical lessons learned. The Foundation works to strengthen collaboration and understanding among companies, corporate foundations, chambers of commerce, NGOs, and governmental offices. As a partnership facilitator, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center helps businesses find highly effective ways to invest in local communities, be responsive in times of disasters, and improve lives and livelihoods across the globe.

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 is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to justice 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. 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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Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District Deepens Ongoing Partnership with Discovery Education to Further “SCALE Up” District Initiative

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

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

Silver Spring, MD. (November 16, 2017) – Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District (RPSD) announced today an expansion of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the latest phase of this collaboration, Discovery Education will provide ongoing professional development to educators in 28 district schools through a customized initiative that supports the growth of teacher-leaders as they become change agents powering the district's transition to student-centered learning environments.

The deepening of RPSD’s collaboration with Discovery Education supports the district’s efforts to constantly improve instruction and provide every child in the district an excellent education that nurtures the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in any professional career.  Specifically, the decision to use Discovery Education’s model of professional development will aid efforts to transition to student-centered academic learning environments envisioned by RPSD’s SCALE Up initiative.

Already, RPSD’s K-12 educators are using Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks™ to create engaging student-focused learning environments.  Discovery Education’s award-winning 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 customized professional development model will help RPSD’s educators combine proven instructional approaches with using dynamic resources to create modern, student-centered academic learning environments. These instructional approaches are first practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers adapt their new skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The custom professional development model deployed in RPSD will provide teachers with continuous, job-embedded consultation, on-going modeling, and coaching, as well as feedback from Discovery Education experts in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications, and implementation phases.

“At the Rapides Parish School District, we believe the successful creation of engaging, student-centered learning environments is incredibly dependent on the classroom teacher,” said Rapides Parish School District Superintendent Nason "Tony" Authement.  “That belief drives our dedication to provide district educators the combination of sustained professional development and the content they need to create the exciting classrooms we know today’s students desire. We are very pleased to continue partnering with our colleagues at Discovery Education on this project and are excited to have this new phase of our relationship underway.”

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting RPSD’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 support Rapides Parish School District’s SCALE Up initiative,” said Jason Sinquefield, Discovery Education Director of Education Partnerships.  “Superintendent Authement and his incredibly talented team have an exciting vision for the future of education in Rapides Parish and are dedicated to constantly improving instruction and providing every child in the district with an excellent education. We look forward to continuing to work together to help all district children reach their highest potential.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s 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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Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Educators Learn Computational Thinking to Prepare Students For 21st Century Careers

Ben Trounson, Tata Consultancy Services, b.trounson@tcs.com

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

— Through “Ignite My Future in School” Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Deliver World-Class Professional Development to Educators within Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland — 

SILVER SPRING, MD | NEW YORK, NY, November 14, 2017 – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the premier provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have announced the continuation of their Ignite My Future in School program in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Teachers will receive professional development, educational resources and year-round support to integrate computational thinking into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. In turn, students will be exposed to foundational skills for 21st century careers – across industries – through this transdisciplinary approach.

“Creating pathways for teachers to gain relevant skills is essential to ensuring the success of students and the future of the nation,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “I applaud these districts for being forward-thinking and committed to integrating computer science into core subjects. We are excited to provide instructors from all communities, rural, suburban and city with opportunities to succeed and create curriculums that are contextually aligned with the needs of industries in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.”

Educators from District of Columbia Public Schools, Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, Kent County and Prince George's County, as well as Virginia’s Loudoun County and Arlington Public Schools will experience immersive computational thinking training. The participating districts are diverse; from urban Washington D.C., to suburban Anne Arundel County and rural Kent County. Nonetheless, the school systems share a common interest of providing their employees with the necessary tools to teach students how to thrive in a tech savvy world. Approximately 100 teachers from 46 schools will participate in Day of Discovery at Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The program is estimated to impact 8,000 students across the districts.

“Today’s Day of Discovery will bring together K-12 educators from every level to reimage how they can use computational thinking to help students develop the foundational skills needed for 21st century careers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. "We are proud to be partnering with Tata Consultancy Services on this exciting event, and look forward to continue to continuing building on the tremendous momentum the Ignite My Future in School initiative is creating nationwide.”

Leading businesses from across sectors, including technology and telecommunication, form a major presence employing thousands of residents in and around Washington D.C. Yet, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C still have thousands of open computing jobs – in fact, 4.3 times the demand rate for the region. Maryland has over 18,000 open computing jobs, while the state produced less than 3,000 graduates this past year. Virginia’s disparity is more drastic, with over 32,000 available computing jobs, but less than 1,600 computer science graduates.

Ignite My Future in School hopes to bridge the gap by developing relevant skills for 21st century job opportunities in the new digital economy, including Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

On a National level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this goal, TCS and Discovery Education announced that 10 U.S. school systems across the country – with more than 6,700 teachers and 194,000 students – joined the effort as early adopters of this transdisciplinary approach in a five-year educator training and learning commitment to empower middle school teachers.

These select schools will experience the unique opportunity to learn and apply computational thinking through an annual free day of professional development for educators and community night for parents. TCS and Discovery Education have also launched an online program, TECHademy, which will engage teachers nationwide in an exclusive, cost-free, virtual professional development experience that includes curriculum resources, eLearning courses, webinars and more. These resources are aligned to national standards, as well as the recently launched K-12 Computer Science Framework.

Ignite My Future in School builds on TCS’ robust community initiatives that have inspired more than two million young people in STEM education and careers. TCS is a founding partner for two national mentoring initiatives in the United States, US2020 and Million Women Mentors. Its flagship student engagement program, TCS goIT, has engaged more than 12,000 middle and high school students across 56 cities in the United States and Canada with hands-on experiences in computer science, inspiring them towards tech careers in all sectors. Moreover, TCS is part of the CSforAll Consortium and has national partnerships with NCWIT, NPower, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, CECP, National 4H Council, Boys Scouts of America, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 389,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of U.S. $17.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

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. 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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Zoetis, The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education Host Live Virtual Field Trip Highlighting Exciting STEM Careers in Animal Health

Kristy Meyer, National FFA Organization
kmeyer@ffa.org

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

— New ‘STEM Careers Improving Animal Health’ Virtual Field Trip exposes students to a variety of STEM Careers at Zoetis —

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 13, 2017) – In an effort to encourage students to explore careers in agriculture, Zoetis, the leading global animal health company, the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are joining forces to launch a new, cost-free Virtual Field Trip. STEM Careers Improving Animal Health will broadcast LIVE on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. ET from the Zoetis Headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey.  

The STEM Careers Improving Animal Health Virtual Field Trip will give students a look into careers found at Zoetis that provide medicines and vaccines, along with diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices, and a wide range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and those who raise and care for farm and companion animals. Virtual Field Trip viewers will be transported to the Zoetis headquarters where they will hear first-hand accounts from current employees about careers within the company and the educational background each job requires. For more information on the STEM Careers Improving Animal Health Virtual Field Trip or to register to participate, visit agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. To access the website’s free resources, visit AgExplorer.com

“We have reached an exciting time in the animal health industry when the need for innovation is accelerating. It is imperative for the next generation of solution seekers to engage in opportunities to explore agriculture and STEM,” said Kristin Peck, President, U.S. Operations, Zoetis.  “By partnering with the FFA Organization and Discovery Education to create STEM Careers Improving Animal Health, we hope to empower students everywhere to pursue agriculture careers that truly make a difference in the world.”

By the year 2050, the world’s farmers will need to double food production, in particular, animal protein such as meat, milk, poultry, eggs, and fish, to meet the demands of a global population estimated to be 9.1 billion. Continuous innovation will be ever more important to help farmers produce increasing amounts of high-quality, safe animal protein with finite resources. Through its mission of bringing animal health customers quality products, services, and commitment, Zoetis aims to help its veterinarian and livestock farmers customers tackle this challenge.

“With job openings expanding rapidly every year in agriculture, there is no better time than now to start sparking student interest in the field,” said National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl. “We are thrilled to continue the AgExplorer mission in partnership with Zoetis and Discovery Education to transform today’s high school students into the field’s leaders of tomorrow.”

To accompany the virtual experience, Zoetis, the National FFA Organization and Discovery Education have developed both pre-and post-virtual field trip teaching resources available for classroom use at agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip.

“Discovery Education is proud to team up with Zoetis and the National FFA to advocate for greater student interest in agriculture career fields,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Through exploration of leading organizations like Zoetis and their thriving opportunities, students will be excited about the possibilities that exist to obtain jobs that are crucial to conquering real-world challenges.”

The STEM Careers Improving Animal Health Virtual Field Trip is an extension of the National FFA and Discovery Education’s comprehensive career resource, AgExplorer. Launched last year, the AgExplorer program intends to drive interest in high school students to pursue careers in agriculture, a field with a variety and abundance of opportunities for the future. Among the career pathways highlighted at AgExplorer.com are animal systems; biotechnology systems; environmental service systems; food products and processing systems; natural resources systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; and agricultural education. In addition, AgExplorer.com includes more than 250 career descriptions with education requirements and average salaries, links to a college and university database and more.

Educators and classrooms can join the conversation and ask questions of participants LIVE on Twitter @NationalFFA, @DiscoveryEd and using the hashtag #AGExplorerVFT. Following this live event, a Virtual Field Trip Archive will be made available on-demand through Discovery Education’s website.

The STEM Careers Improving Animal Health 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 via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @DiscoveryEd.

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About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on FacebookTwitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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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Discovery Education Introduces Science Techbook Aligned to British Columbia’s New Curriculum 

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

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

-Digital Textbook for Grades K-9 Empowers Provincial Educators to Help Students Build the Skills Needed for Success Beyond High School-

Silver Spring, Md. (November 9, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms in North America, today announced the launch of a new edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook™ for K-9 students aligned to British Columbia’s New Curriculum. Fully supporting the instructional shifts required by the New Curriculum, this edition of the Discovery Education Science Techbook empowers educators to help their students develop the skills they need to succeed in life beyond high school.

Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to curricular 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.

Embracing the New Curriculum’s “Know-Do-Understand” model to support a concept-based competency-driven approach to learning, the New Curriculum-aligned Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators personalize instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks include valuable STEM resources as well. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources helps students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting. 

“British Columbia’s New Curriculum was developed in response to the needs of our increasingly demanding world,” said Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of British Columbia’s Surrey Public Schools.   “Discovery Education’s New Curriculum-aligned Science Techbook, provides teachers with one more option to help students learn not only the basics of reading, writing, and math, but also the collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills so important for success in this new environment.”

The Discovery Education Community supports educators using all editions of Discovery Education’s Techbooks in their 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. 

“British Columbia’s New Curriculum represents a bold direction in education for educators across the province,” said Andy Schaefer, Discovery Education Canada’s General Manager.  “Discovery Education is dedicated to providing the region’s educators innovative resources like the New Curriculum-aligned Science Techbook that will bring British Columbia’s new vision for education alive.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbooks, digital content and professional development services, visit www.discoveryeducation.ca. 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 curriculum-based digital content for primary and secondary classrooms, 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 used in classrooms across North American, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries worldwide. Discovery Education Canada partners with districts, provinces 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 Canadian education at www.discoveryeducation.ca.

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Chipotle and Discovery Education Teach Kids the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Diet and Caring for the Environment with Immersive Virtual Field Trip 

Quinn Kelsey, Chipotle
qkelsey@chipotle.com

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

— Chipotle and Discovery Education’s ‘RAD Lands in School’ New Virtual Field Trip sets off on an epic journey where students can explore techniques to preserve the environment and lead healthy lifestyles —

Denver, Co. | Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, November 7, 2017) – Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are expanding their joint program RAD Lands in School to release a new Virtual Field Trip. The immersive experience will broadcast tomorrow, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During the Virtual Field Trip, students grades K-5 will be transported to a distant galaxy where they will meet virtual characters who will teach them about sustainable eating, and protecting the environment’s plants and animals. The virtual adventure will feature cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, engaging lessons about the science behind where food comes from, and animated action segments that bring health and science content to life. The presentation will combine useful food literacy expertise with Rad Lands entertainment for an engaging 20 minutes of learning and fun. 

“Chipotle is thrilled to continue the RAD Lands in School partnership with Discovery Education by launching this exciting Virtual Field Trip to classrooms nationwide,” said Mark Shambura, executive director of marketing at Chipotle. “The goal of Rad Lands is to foster curiousity and inform young people and their families about where their food comes from in a captivating and informative way. By bringing this to life via a virtual experience, we can further that mission and educate even more families across the country.”

RAD Lands in School aims to educate and entertain students about where their food comes from and how it is prepared. Through the initiative, Chipotle and Discovery Education have provided educators with no-cost resources that are U.S. science and health standards aligned. While focusing on encouraging students to make healthy food choices, RAD Lands in School engages youth in the interconnections between care for our environment, understanding where our food comes from, and the importance of including fresh food in our daily diets. 

With childhood obesity at an all-time high, we applaud organizations who make a sustained commitment to supporting educators in their effort to integrate health and wellness conversations into classroom instruction,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to continue in its work to support student understanding about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle habits.” 

Launched in March 2017, Rad Lands was released by Chipotle as an original video series about food for kids between the ages of 7 and 10. The episodes were unbranded and produced in partnership with CAA Marketing and The Magic Store, the powerhouse behind the Daytime Emmy-nominated series Yo Gabba Gabba! Each enthralling, upbeat episode featured special guests such as celebrity chefs and YouTube personalities, grabbing the attention of families and their children about where their food comes from and how it is prepared. There are currently six episodes available on radlandsinschool.com and iTunes.

 “The RAD Lands in School Virtual Field Trip is an exciting addition to our school’s curriculum because it shows students that learning can be fun,” said Brandon Wislocki, Elementary Teacher, Beacon Park School, Irvine Unified School District. “Incorporating an immersive virtual experience such as a Rad Lands video to a day’s lesson has proven to better engage and leave them more likely to retain the information presented. We are looking forward to even more productive classroom conversations after viewing RAD Lands in School’s latest production.”

For more information on RAD Lands in School or to access the online resources, visit radlandsinschool.com. The RAD Lands in School 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 Chipotle
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit www.chipotle.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 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 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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