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Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel: High School Student from St. Petersburg, Fla. Wins National PSA Video Challenge

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, April 29, 2019) – To encourage positive driving habits for young drivers, Shorecrest Preparatory School junior, Caleb Kravitz developed a creative PSA to inspire his peers to practice safe driving skills. His video, titled Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel, is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national peer-to-peer driver safety public service announcement competition. More than a thousand videos were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by teens educating students on the risky behavior of distracted driving.

 “‘Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel’ provides an entertaining yet powerful narrative on the dangers of multi-tasking at the wheel and showcases reasons for teens to remain focused and stay safe on the road,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “We thank all of the students who entered the challenge for their work to encourage, engage and educate their peers about the life changing consequences of distracted driving, and congratulate all of the ‘TeenDrive365 Video Challenge’ finalists on their accomplishment.”

Caleb’s PSA takes the viewer on an unconventional journey through the mind of a teenage driver. He uses a recliner chair to travel through his neighborhood to show the causal approach young drivers take when behind the wheel. The PSA ends with Caleb informing his peers that they are not invincible to the consequences of their actions.

“Caleb is a clever, skillful and self-motivated young filmmaker who always sets out to achieve at a higher level than the class assignment requires,” said Bill Leavengood, Shorecrest class of 1978 and Caleb’s teacher for this class for the second year. “I am impressed by how he was able to get a familiar message across in his video submission to Toyota ‘TeenDrive365’ with such creativity and imagination without making it cliché or didactic.”

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, now in its eighth year, has received tens of thousands of inspirational submissions that have celebrated teen’s creativity, while elevating the critical goal of protecting teens on the road.  It is part of Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program, a comprehensive initiative to provide educators, parents and teens with critical safe driving materials.

“‘TeenDrive365’ presents teens with an incredible opportunity to use the power of digital content to become role models for their peers,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We applaud Caleb’s execution and delivery of the grand prize-winning video, alongside the work that all video challenge finalists put into this amazing initiative every year. Students nationwide combine their storytelling skills and creativity to positively influence their peers with the eventual hope of saving lives. We are proud to stand with Toyota to help spark this important national dialogue.”

Caleb was awarded $15,000 and will transform his video into a TV-ready PSA. View the video here.

Other winners include:
Second Place: Christina Williams, student at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C. will receive $10,000 for developing Christina’s Community.

Third Place: Aaron Morales, student at International Community School in Winter Park, Fla. will receive $7,500 for developing Distractions.

People’s Choice Winner: Adelaide Wilson, student at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Mich. will receive $5,000 for winning this award and $2,500 for placing as a finalist. Her PSA Put That Phone Away ranked highest among public votes.

The additional six finalists will receive $2,500, and four regional winners from the Northeast, Midwest, South and West regions will each receive $1,000. National and Regional Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge finalists can be viewed here.

Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at no-cost and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Visit TeenDrive365.com to learn more about the annual TeenDrive365 Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving. For more information about the program or to watch winning videos from previous years, 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.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Itron and Discovery Education Launch “Week of Resourcefulness” to Inspire Next Generation Environmental Leaders in Efficiency, Conservation and Sustainability Innovation in Celebration of Earth Day

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, April 22, 2019) – In celebration of Earth Day, Itron, Inc., a technology company innovating the way cities and utilities manage energy and water, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the first annual Week of Resourcefulness – a virtual event dedicated to introducing new STEM investigation activities in K-12 education daily during the week of April 22-26. Students, educators and communities are invited to explore the relationship between energy and water, and how unexpected connections at the heart of the energy-water nexus can conserve our world’s most precious resources.

“Itron is committed to inspiring future generations to help create a more resourceful world and we are excited to collaborate with Discovery Education to ignite students’ passion for global conservation,” said Marina Donovan, vice president of global marketing and public affairs, Itron. “This Earth Day, we are thrilled to launch a dedicated week of digitally immersive educational activities to help us propel 21st century STEM learning for youth. By engaging young people in learning pathways that help them ideate solutions for the most pressing resource challenges of our time, we are driving a real shift for the future of sustainability.”

 During the Week of Resourcefulness, students will discover how to harvest school energy, analyze global energy consumption, improve water efficiency and utilize smart technology to create more resourceful communities. Additionally, a school-to-home companion activity will empower families to work together to create a blueprint of their living space that highlights methods for energy and water conservation.  Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World resources are available at no-cost at learntoconserve.com and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

Join the ‘Week of Resourcefulness’ for a new activity each day of the week:

MON., 4/22: Create a Global Energy Infographic

TUES., 4/23: Harvesting Energy in Your School

WED., 4/24: How Much Water Does it Take?

THURS., 4/25: Improving Water Efficiency

FRI., 4/26: School Energy Use Mapping

FAMILY ACTIVITY: Smarter Home Benefits

 “Discovery Education and Itron are proud to join forces to develop accessible curricular resources that cultivate an appreciation for energy-water literacy in classrooms, homes and communities nationwide,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Week of Resourcefulness’ will give educators practical, digitally immersive ways to integrate exciting content into daily classroom instruction, and STEM lesson plans will inspire students and communities to find innovative ways to be resourceful in their everyday lives.”

Launched in 2018, Itron and Discovery Education partnered to create the Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World program, to spark a national dialogue about the importance of students’ understanding of current and future energy needs, resource utilization and conservation. Program materials dive into the relationship between energy and water, and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources through the core pillars of resourcefulness: effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

“Itron and Discovery Education’s effort through ‘Conservation Station’ to connect students and teachers to resources and technologies that move us toward a more energy-efficient future is vital. I am dedicated to teaching my students the values of committing to a sustainable future,” said Brandon Wislocki, Stonegate Elementary School educator, Irvine Unified School District. “It’s exciting to engage my students through resources that inspire them to use STEM to build a better world. In celebration of Earth Day, we’re thrilled to participate in the ‘Week of Resourcefulness’ to explore how we can do our part to conserve water and energy at school and at home.”

Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom and support student achievement. Learn more about these no-cost tools at learntoconserve.com and at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Itron:
Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: itron.com. Itron® is a registered trademark of Itron, Inc. All third-party trademarks are property of their respective owners and any usage herein does not suggest or imply any relationship between Itron and the third party unless expressly stated.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

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Discovery Education Invites Educators and Students Worldwide to Observe Earth Day 2019 With an Immersive Virtual Viewing Party Featuring the Award-Winning Documentary STRAWS

-No-Cost Virtual Event to Demonstrate the Impact Plastic Straws Have on the Environment, and Showcase How Students Can Cut Plastic Pollution with Simple Actions –

Silver Spring, MD (April 15, 2019)Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invites educators around the globe to a special, virtual event in observance of Earth Day 2019 on April 22 at 1:00PM Eastern.  During this engaging and immersive no-cost virtual experience appropriate for K-12 classrooms, students will view extended clips from the documentary STRAWS and meet the film’s producer/director Linda Booker, who will help students explore the issues surrounding single-use plastics like straws.

Inspired by research that shows plastic straws are now among the top-five beach litter items collected, STRAWS outlines how billions of non-recyclable plastic straws wind up in landfills,  litter streets and wash into oceans. During this Virtual Viewing Party, students will learn about the impact straws and plastic waste is having on our oceans and their inhabitants and discover how they can make a big impact on cleaning up our environment through simple actions.

To register to participate in the STRAWS Virtual Viewing Party, and to receive additional materials supporting Earth Day-related classroom activities and instruction, visit the STRAWS Virtual Viewing Party Registration Page.

“One of the biggest challenges I face as an educator is helping my students make authentic connections between their actions and our environment,” said Dana Johnston, an Instructional Specialist in California’s Orange Unified School District.  “Through the Earth Day Virtual Viewing Party, my students will learn about an important and timely issue facing our environment and see how they can take action to be good stewards of the Earth.”

In addition to hosting activities like the STRAWS Virtual Viewing Party, Discovery Education offers a host of digital services that support science instruction and the exploration of our environment. Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Streaming resources have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education Streaming can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction through a rich digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that 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 help 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.”

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource that 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.

“Discovery Education is proud to bring this thought-provoking virtual experience to teachers and students, and we invite educators everywhere to participate,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney.  “These types of events, which challenge students to rethink their daily activities, can have a tremendous impact both inside and outside the classroom.”

Following this event, the STRAWS Virtual Viewing Party will be added to the curated, Earth Day content collection within Discovery Education Streaming.  For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and professional learning 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-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About STRAWS:

STRAWS is an award-winning 33 minute documentary highlighting the devastating levels of straws and other plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans. It has screened in over 50 film festivals, corporate offices and 100’s of NGO’s worldwide to advance sustainable practices and policies. The STRAWS in Schools campaign is part of an impact program coordinated by educational media distributor Video Project, and offers NGSS/STEM/STEAM curriculum with the educational license.

Contacts:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 463-2894

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The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education Announce National Finalists for Third Annual ‘Operation Prevention’ Challenge

– Public Invited to Vote for the 2019 People’s Choice Winner to Win Exclusive DEA Training Academy Tour –

 Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, April 11, 2019) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced 10 national 2019 Operation Prevention Video Challenge finalists. The third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge – a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse – invites educators, students, teen advocates and communities to vote for the People’s Choice winner through April 25, 2019. The ten finalists’ videos can be viewed here.

“Educators, families and community leaders must work together to help stem the opioid epidemic and DEA is proud to work alongside Discovery Education to encourage life-saving conversations about drug-free living through ‘Operation Prevention’,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “We’re excited to continue engaging youth in the 2019 ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’ because we have seen first-hand the positive impacts of active and direct engagement with students across the country.”

An extension of Discovery Education and the DEA’s Operation Prevention program, the video challenge encourages teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement that alerts other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Overall, the challenge aims to inspire teens to research the opioid epidemic, identify its widespread impact on the country and the substances’ harmful effects on the body and start a social movement that encourages authentic dialogue about this critical issue. Operation Prevention resources are available at no-cost at operationprevention.com and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

“‘Operation Prevention’ is an incredible program to have as a resource at a time when prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels in the United States,” said Rodney Crouse, Guilford County Schools educator from Trinity, North Carolina. “The program helps me educate my students about the science behind addiction and its impact on the brain and body. And more importantly, the initiative helps our community promote lifesaving discussions from our neighborhood corners to our classrooms.”

The top 10 finalist videos have now been uploaded to operationprevention.com for a public vote to determine the People’s Choice winner. Monetary prizes for the top three student winners will be provided by the DEA Educational Foundation. The grand prize will be granted a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA agent training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Va. Several other prize winners will also be chosen by a panel of judges from Discovery Education, the DEA, and the DEA Educational Foundation, as well as community leaders, educators and communications experts. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, the second-place winner will receive $5,000 and the third-place winner will receive $1,000. Winning PSAs will also be featured on-air, and across Discovery Education and DEA digital platforms.

The top 10 finalists include, (in alphabetical order):
Andrew Detar, Brendan Purdy and Joshua Milteer for “The Dark Path”
South Fayette Township High School, McDonald, Pa. (South Fayette Township School District)

Aria Kydd for “Think Again”
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, Worcester, Mass.

Bailey Chin for “Take a Stand”
Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, Fla. (Guntersville City School District)

Cooper Dyce and Wilson Sarina for “Walking Alone”
Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood, Colo. (Cherry Creek School District 5)

Dalton SherrillJackson HammYanely Luna and Brian Wang for “What Could Have Been”
Coffee County Central High School, Manchester, Tenn. (Coffee County School District)

Jake Sandvik for “Wanna”
Cody High School, Cody, Wyo. (Park County School District 6)

Jordan Walk and Anna Klein for “911”
Twin Valley High School, Elverson, Pa. (Twin Valley School District)

Mia Lazar and Ava Lazar for “The Shadows of Addiction”
Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, Va. (Montgomery County Public Schools)

Olivia Humphries for “Opioids: The Real Horror Story”
McIntosh County Academy in Darien, Ga. (McIntosh County School District)

Sebastian Nazario for “Same Path”
Middletown High School in Middleton, Conn. (Middletown Public Schools)

Last year’s winning PSA, titled Waiting to Die by Porter Christensen of Pine View High School in Utah’s Washington County School District, was one of the hundreds of original submissions the challenge received. To view entries from finalists and winners of the 2018 Operation Prevention Video Challenge, visit here.

“The ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’ is effective – it helps us meet young people where they are. Through peer-to-peer influence, the initiative sparks life-saving conversations about the dangers of opioid misuse and encourages youth to embrace drug-free living,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We believe in the power of collaboration, that’s why Discovery Education is proud to support the critical work of the DEA to build strong bridges in communities that work to help save young lives.”

Vote for the 3rd Annual Video Challenge winner from April 11, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., through April 25, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. ET, online at operationprevention.com. United States high school students, ages 13 and older, can vote and learn more about the Operation Prevention at operationprevention.com.

“Youth connecting with their peers is one of the most impactful ways to combat the dangers of opioid abuse. Because teens are all navigating the same world of feeling immortal yet fragile, while experiencing fascination and facing peer pressure, they are able to engage in authentic exchanges that resonate well with each other,” said Jill L. Roberts, senior vice president, DEA Educational Foundation. “Teens understand the mindset of their peers and create the most thought-provoking narratives to highlight the ultimate risks of falling victim drug misuse and abuse.”

Operation Prevention is a nationwide program that educates students about the science behind addiction, and its impact on the brain and body. Standards-aligned Operation Prevention interactive resources help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom. Program resources are accessible for free online and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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

About the DEA Educational Foundation:
Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs. Learn more at deaeducationalfoundation.org.

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts:
DEA
National Media Affairs
DEA.Public.Affairs@usdoj.gov
(202) 307-7977 phone

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

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Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn Program and Discovery Education Uncover the Science Behind How Alcohol Affects Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior During Alcohol Responsibility Month

Students and Educators Join Ask, Listen, Learn Twitter Chat April 11th to Celebrate Launch of New Partnership

Silver Spring, Md. (April 10, 2019) – To turn awareness into action this Alcohol Responsibility Month, Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced a new partnership aimed at educating students about the negative effects of underage drinking on the developing brain.

To kickoff conversations in classrooms nationwide around this topic, Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education will be hosting a Digital Discussion on the Science and Impact of Alcohol on Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior – a day of online engagement dedicated to equipping students in grades 5-7 with the knowledge and tools to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking by releasing a series of new lesson plans and videos for the classroom.

“We are thrilled to be working with Discovery Education – and this event comes just in time for Alcohol Responsibility Month,” said Executive Director of Responsibility.org Dr. Ben Nordstrom. “Meeting educators and students where they are and offering additional science- and evidence-based resources about the developing brain will make a difference in the smart choices kids make to live a healthy lifestyle and to say ‘NO’ to underage drinking.”

On April 11, follow #BrainBodyBehavior on Twitter as teachers, school nurses, school counselors, and other subject-matter-experts discuss how to teach kids about the impacts of underage drinking on their developing brains, bodies, and behavior. A portion of the day will be dedicated to unveiling three digital, no-cost, standards-aligned lesson plans, a family resource guide, and three corresponding videos featuring five-time gold medalist swimmer, >Nathan Adrian. Experts including Responsibility.org Educational Advisory Board member and founder of the blog Tech Savvy Mama Leticia Barr, school counselor and author of the book Middle School Matters Phyllis Fagell, Discovery Education’s STEM expert Cindy Moss, educators and athletes from Classroom Champions – including co-founder and three time Olympian Steve Mesler – and a team of Ask, Listen, Learn Ambassadors will lend their voices to discuss this new content and engage with educators and students in real-time. Educators are encouraged to share photos and videos of their class or ask experts their questions about how to talk to kids about living a healthy lifestyle using #BrainBodyBehavior.

Join us on Twitter for the Digital Discussion using #BrainBodyBehavior for the following sessions:

  • 10 a.m. ET – “The Science Behind the Effects of Alcohol on Your Brain”
  • 12 p.m. ET – “Treat your Body like a Top Athlete”
  • 2 p.m. ET – “Informed Students Make Better Healthier Decisions”

Be the first to explore these new, no-cost resources from Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education at DiscoverBrainBodyBehavior.com.

“Discovery Education is committed to the advancement of healthy lifestyles and development of whole children as they learn and grow. This Alcohol Responsibility Month we are proud to partner with Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn program to engage students in meaningful conversations about the dangers of underage drinking and to encourage healthy lifestyles in schools and communities nationwide,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “By empowering educators with science-based digital resources that help them build student mastery, we are providing young learners with the tools they need to jumpstart healthy futures.”

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, the underage drinking prevention program for kids ages 9-12 from Responsibility.org, provides free, evidence-based and standards-aligned lesson plans for educators. The program utilizes innovative science lessons and videos to teach kids what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what that can do to them. The program’s skills-based approach teaches kids about communication, decision-making, accessing appropriate resources, and advocating for themselves and their peers. Ask, Listen, Learn also has a suite of resources for parents to use to start conversations at home to prevent underage drinking.

Prevention specialists, educators and parents play a critical role in empowering students by giving them the confidence kids need to say “NO” to drinking underage. Since 2003, underage drinking has declined 50% (Monitoring the Future, 2016), and conversations between parents and their kids about alcohol have increased 73% (Responsibility.org, 2016).

“Informed students make better decisions. It’s vital for me to teach my students the science behind how alcohol affects their brains, bodies, and behavior to empower them to lead healthy lives,” said Rodney Crouse, Falkener Elementary School Educator from Greensboro, North Carolina. “Ask, Listen, Learn equips my students with immersive digital curriculum resources, and a deep dive into data and facts, that are critical to them comprehensively understanding the impacts of underage drinking. In no uncertain terms, this initiative is helping me create a healthy future for my students.”

All of the Ask, Listen, Learn resources are accessible for free at asklistenlearn.org. For more information about the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, visit asklistenlearn.org. Stay connected with Ask, Listen, Learn through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and Responsibility.org on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

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About Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix Program:

Ask, Listen, Learn is the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind. Developed and distributed by Responsibility.org, founded by distillers, and recognizing more than a decade of success, the program has innovative, science and evidence-based digital resources for teachers, counselors, school nurses and other educators that teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to you. The program also includes resources for parents, such as conversation starters and tips, to help kids say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. For more information, visit AskListenLearn.org.

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com

Contact:

Responsibility.org
Erin Hildreth
Erin.Hildreth@responsibility.org
Phone: (202) 674-3071

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 274-2173

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