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National FFA Organization, John Deere and Discovery Education Team Up to Introduce the Next Generation of Manufacturers to Innovative and Accessible Careers In STEM

Kristy Meyer, National FFA Organization
KMeyer@ffa.org

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

– ‘Careers that Innovate’ Virtual Field Trip to Spotlight Opportunities in Engineering, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing as a Pathway to 21st Century Skill-Building and Career Readiness –

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, April 30, 2018) – The National FFA Organization, John Deere, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are teaming up to host a new Virtual Field Trip entitled John Deere: Careers that Innovate on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. During this immersive experience, high school students will take a tour of the John Deere facility in Moline, Ill., where they will be introduced to a range of interesting career paths, including: marketing, engineering, supply chain management and production.

The Careers that Innovate Virtual Field Trip will uncover how professionals in advanced manufacturing work together to implement quality control as they identify challenges, produce solutions, think critically and communicate effectively to address consumer’s needs. Students will also meet John Deere team members who are instrumental in the design, manufacturing and marketing process, as they explore how the John Deere 8R Family of Tractors are produced today. Educators, parents, student advocates and members of the community may register for the John Deere: Careers that Innovate Virtual Field Trip at agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip.

Dave Gilmore, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, John Deere says, “We are proud to be the longest-running FFA sponsor for over 75 years. We share a common commitment to the future of agriculture and want to take this opportunity to introduce students to John Deere careers. Through the Virtual Field Trip, we hope that students will gain a better understanding of our wide variety of career paths and get a glimpse of our high-tech manufacturing processes and facilities.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 7-in-10 production jobs are sourced from the manufacturing industry sector. The Careers that Innovate experience will provide a companion activity that engages students and will illustrate a range of highly-skilled careers – from product planner to production supervisor – involved in advanced manufacturing. The educational immersion will also underscore how advanced manufacturing utilizes technology and the engineering process to improve products and processes.

“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 Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization. “We are thrilled to continue the AgExplorer mission in partnership with John Deere and Discovery Education to transform today’s high school students into the field’s leaders of tomorrow.”

To aid educators and participants in integrating this virtual event into classroom instruction, the National FFA Organization, John Deere and Discovery Education have made standards-aligned Virtual Field Trip teaching resources available for classroom use online. Educators and classrooms are also invited to deepen their experience by joining the conversation and asking questions of participants LIVE on Twitter @NationalFFA, @DiscoveryEd and using the hashtag #AgExplorerVFT. Following the live event, the Virtual Field Trip will be made available on-demand through AgExplorer.com.

“Discovery Education applauds the National FFA Organization and John Deere’s leadership in making STEM careers accessible to the next generation of innovators,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Discovery Education. “AgExplorer provides educators with invaluable educational resources that build bridges to career exploration and we know that immersive, stimulating virtual experiences accelerate student learning as they develop and grow.”

Launched in 2016, AgExplorer.com offers teachers and students a deep database of career profiles that help students connect what they are learning in school to future careers. Career pathways highlighted include: power, structural and technical systems; biotechnology systems; environmental service systems; food products and processing systems; animal systems; natural resources systems; plant systems and agricultural education. In addition, AgExplorer.com includes more than 220 career descriptions, education requirements, average salary, links to a college and university database and more all designed to help students. To access the site’s free resources, visit here.

“The Careers that Innovate Virtual Field Trip is an immersive experience that will help students and teachers collaborate to energize minds,” said Patti Grammens, teacher at Lakeside Middle School in Georgia’s Forsyth County Schools. “AgExplorer helps to expand students’ exposure to career opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom and unlocks the power of their curiosity.”

The John Deere: Careers that Innovate Virtual Field Tip 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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About National FFA Organization:
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the 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 Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About John Deere:
Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. Visit, deere.com.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

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

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

–New Digital Assets Support the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments-

Silver Spring, Md. (April 19, 2018) –  Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. This new content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

Discovery Education continues to power its services with some of the best content from Discovery Inc.’s family of networks. New episodes of Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground are now live in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook. In addition, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters are back and will soon be added to Streaming Plus and Science Techbook.  Also, new episodes of Street ScienceOutrageous Acts of Science, and America: Facts vs. Fiction are scheduled to be added to Streaming Plus and the Social Studies and Science Techbooks in the coming weeks.

Discovery Education has also developed many new educational assets in-house.  Among the resources recently added to Discovery Education’s digital services are:

  • Spotlight on Strategies Videos. Available in all Discovery Education services, the Spotlight on Strategies series offers creative, research-based instructional strategies developed for teachers, by teachers. New strategies added to Discovery Education services include “The 4Cs,” “Pause and Play,” “Eye Spy,” and “Placemat.” Each short video is hosted by the teacher who designed the strategy and offers easy-to-implement ideas for integrating digital assets in meaningful and practical ways.
  • STEM Career Profiles: Recently added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the new STEM Connect service, these new profiles showcase professionals using STEM in their careers and explore the skills students need to succeed in diverse fields such as architecture, biomedical engineering, and entrepreneurship.
  • Exclusive Multilingual STEM Content: Available in English and Arabic, the series Ask Grandpa introduces elementary students to core science concepts through a clever, interactive story. New elementary and middle school math clips cover topics such as equations and inequalities and measurement with engaging animations and real-world examples. All programs are included in Discovery Education Streaming Plus in the U.S. and worldwide.
  • Unique Financial Literacy Resources: Debuting in Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the ‘Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids’ financial literacy series, developed in partnership with Jackson Charitable Foundation, prepares elementary students with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.
  • Timely Health Resources: On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back Virtual Field Trip, has been added to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Developed in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this virtual field trip takes students to the community of Huntington, West Virginia as they bring to light their story of hope, healing, heart, and a hard-won stake against the national opioid epidemic.

“Over the last few years, digital content has become an integral part of teaching and learning in my classroom,” said Melissa Murray, a second grade teacher in the Marysville Joint Unified School District. “Discovery Education’s dedication to constantly updating and improving its digital services is one of the many reasons I look to them to power my digital learning environment.”

“High-quality digital content specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access is, in my opinion, among the most powerful teaching resources available to educators today,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer. “We are pleased to add this content to our family of digital services, as we truly believe it empowers educators to create the dynamic learning environments today’s students demand and deserve.”

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, videos, and more, they are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are award-winning digital textbooks aligned to rigorous standards, supportive of a comprehensive curriculum, and updated regularly at no cost. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. The 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 more.

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus 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 available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries worldwide. 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, and is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting Renews Long-Standing Commitment to Students Statewide Through Continued Collaboration with Discovery Education 

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

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

–Renewal of 15-Year Partnership Supports the Creation of Digital Learning Environments Across Louisiana-

Silver Spring, Md. (April 11, 2018)Discovery Education, one of the leading providers of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its 15-year partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). LPB’s continued collaboration with Discovery Education renews the public broadcaster’s commitment to students statewide by empowering K-12 educators to create digital learning environments with high-quality content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Educational Services Department is committed to providing extensive information, lesson plans, materials, and digital resources to support formal education in K-12 classrooms statewide. Through its long-term partnership with Discovery Education, LPB offers educators a host of digital resources, such as Discovery Education Streaming Plus, that help teachers build vibrant learning experiences for all students.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The streaming service helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

“For more than 40 years, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has worked to provide state residents intelligent, informative and educational programming. As part of that effort, we are supporting educators statewide as they use digital content to create dynamic learning environments that improve academic achievement,” said President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Beth Courtney. “Our partnership with Discovery Education plays a critical role in that effort, and we are excited to continue this incredibly fruitful collaboration.”

The Discovery Education Community will also continue supporting Louisiana educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences across the state. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “Together we are ensuring educators in Louisiana have access to the innovative digital content they need to create learning environments that will nurture the academic growth of today’s students.”

For more information on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit http://www.lpb.org/ education.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus 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 approximately 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 Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Teens Changing Driving Behavior: Finalists Announced In National Public Service Announcement Challenge

Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education
Charmion_Kinder@discovery.com

— Public Can Vote Online for People’s Choice Winner until April 24 —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, April 10, 2018) –  A short video message from teens to their peers to encourage safe driving habits might be all that is needed to avoid dangerous driving situations. That is the premise behind the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, which drew more than 1,300 entries from students across the country.

Toyota and Discovery Education invite the public to watch the ten finalist videos at teendrive365inschool.com/teens/video-challenge and VOTE for their favorite winner through April 24, 2018. This year’s top ten finalists come from Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

“Through these creative videos – some amusing and others more serious in tone – students help inspire safe driving habits,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “Every year, we are amazed by the vast array of videos that students create and we thank them all for their submissions.”

In addition to the People’s Choice winner, several other prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives. The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to transform their video into a TV-ready PSA that will then air on a variety of Discovery, Inc. networks.

“We applaud Toyota’s leadership in amplifying the national conversation about driver safety in schools – the power of peer-to-peer influence is effective and we know that immersive educational experiences work,” Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Discovery Education is proud to partner with Toyota to address this critical need and to inspire teens to make smart choices behind the wheel.”

Last year’s grand prize went to Emi O. and Summer K. of Millington, Tennessee. Their video featured a safe-driving medley that communicated vital driving tips, including cautions about the dangers of texting and driving, the necessity to focus on the road while in motion and the importance of wearing seatbelts. The re-created PSA can be viewed HERE.

The full list of TeenDrive365 Video Challenge prizes, include:

  • Grand Prize: $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery, Inc. film crew to reshoot the winning video as a TV-ready PSA;
  • Second place prize: $10,000 scholarship;
  • Third place prize: $7,500 scholarship;
  • Fourth to tenth place prizes: Each receives $2,500 scholarship;
  • Four regional prizes: Each receives $1,000 scholarship;
  • People’s Choice prize: $5,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip to a Discovery, Inc. network taping.

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 TeenDrive365
TeenDrive365 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.

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SUSD, Discovery Education partner to offer educators STEM academy

On Saturday, April 9, Scottsdale Unified School District and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms, will host the Discovery Education STEM Academy, a no-cost professional development opportunity for over 100 local educators to explore STEM as it relates to their location.

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