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Ohio’s Antwerp Local Schools and Discovery Education Expand Partnership Creating Digital Learning Environments Supporting STEM Instruction

–Latest Phase of Collaboration Brings Award-Winning Digital Resources to District Classrooms–

Silver Spring, MD (May 30, 2019) — Ohio’s Antwerp Local Schools (ALS) today announced an expansion of their partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. In this new phase of their multi-year collaboration, Discovery Education will assist the district’s ongoing efforts to create engaging, digital learning environments that support STEM instruction with a combination of powerful, award-winning digital resources and professional development.

Each day, ALS’s educators are guiding the more than 700 K-12 children they serve through an educational pathway that supports the development of the 21st-Century skills, knowledge, and behaviors that will enable them to successfully participate the global economy.  The ALS team’s dedication to supporting the success of all students has led to the district’s high school being named among the top high schools in Ohio and the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years.  STEM education is viewed by the Antwerp community as an integral part of the educational pathway, and last year, the district embarked on a unique STEM-focused professional learning and capacity building program in partnership with Discovery Education called STEM Foundations.

The district seeks to strengthen that educational pathway and to provide students new opportunities to explore STEM and other disciplines within modern, digital learning environments.  Therefore, the district has selected Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a premiere collection of curated K–12 digital content, and Discovery Education STEM Connect, an innovative, interdisciplinary K–8 supplemental digital resource that helps bring STEM to life, enhancing core curriculum for classroom use across the school system.

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. Streaming Plus was also recently announced the winner of a coveted EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Content Provider Solution category.

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 STEM Connect is 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.

“The educators at Antwerp Local Schools are laser-focused on empowering all students to graduate with the necessary skills to thrive and remain competitive in an evolving, international workforce,” said Antwerp Local Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Martin Miller.  “The expansion of our partnership with Discovery Education strengthens our STEM offerings and creates dynamic, digital learning environments that will help all of our students reach their highest potential.”

To ensure the ALS educators using their new digital resources are fully supported, Discovery Education experts will provide robust professional learning opportunities to district teachers. Through these interactive professional development opportunities, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their new resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

Antwerp educators will also continue to receive support from the Discovery Education Community. 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.

“The team at Discovery Education is excited to broaden our relationship with the talented Antwerp Local Schools’ team,” said Joe Rotondo, Discovery Education Partnership Manager. “Dr. Miller and the district’s educators are re-envisioning K-12 education in Western Ohio, and we are excited to support their effort.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources 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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Announce “Ignite Innovation Student Challenge” Winners

— California Elementary School Student Awarded $10,000 and Mentorship Opportunity in New Computational Thinking Competition —

SILVER SPRING, MD | NEW YORK, NY (FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019) – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, announced the winners of the TCS Ignite Innovation Student Challenge. Eleven-year-old Ryan H. from The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, Calif., will receive a $10,000 Grand Prize and virtual mentorship from TCS technology experts. Ryan’s invention, titled Early Wildfire Detection Network enables firefighters to activate an app on their cellphone using a low-cost wireless field module.

“Creativity and curiosity are two of the community values at Pegasus. Ryan embodies both of these traits. We saw this in him at an early age and are thrilled that he has put his knowledge and his values to good use in envisioning such an impactful idea,” said Jen Green, Pegasus Lower School Director.

Pegasus Science Teacher Nadeane Cooper continued, “I am proud of Ryan’s passion for science and technology and for his innovative thinking. His success is an example of what Pegasus teachers love to see in students. He took a spark from what he learned in class and grew it into something larger and impactful.”

The TCS Ignite Innovation Student Challenge encouraged students ages 11-14 to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that solve problems and improve the world. Utilizing TCS’ social responsibility pillars of ‘Planet, Health and Education,’ middle school students from across the country, in teams up to four, were invited to craft a digital concept and submit entries by creating a written description or a one to two-minute video.

In addition to the Grand Prize, nine other student winners have been selected to receive prizes.  Winners of the Ignite Innovation Student Challenge Pillar Prizes, for ‘Planet, Health and Education,’ will receive $7,500, and six $1,000 Winner Circle Prizes will be awarded to the remaining students. Submissions were judged based on creativity, content, persuasiveness and overall presentation.

TCS is dedicated to preparing a new generation of young leaders whose innovations will one day transform society. We are extremely proud of the challenge winners for applying their computational thinking skills to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our communities,” said Head of Workforce Effectiveness for TCS Balaji Ganapathy.These students exemplify the pioneering spirit, skillset and mindset essential to thrive in a Business 4.0™ world.”

 TCS Ignite Innovation Student Challenge Winners, include:
Ignite Innovation Student Challenge Top ‘Planet, Health and Education’ Pillar Winners:
Award: $7,500 and virtual mentorship from a team of TCS technology experts.

Shraman K., a twelve-year-old from Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, Ky. has been named the Top Our Planet Pillar Winner for his invention titled Mobile App Foodle. Shraman created a software platform to provide accessible food to homeless people.

Gitanjali R., an eleven-year-old from STEM School Highland Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colo. has been named the Top Health Pillar Winner for the invention titled Early Diagnosis of Opioid Addiction. Gitanjali created a kit that would arm physicians with an easy diagnostic tool to identify patients who are on the verge of addiction.

Alexandria C., a thirteen-year-old from Charles P. Murray Middle School in Wilmington, N.C., has been named the Top Education Pillar Winner for her invention titled Sign Buddy. Alexandria created a cube that translates sign language into spoken English and also translates spoken English into ASL and ESL.

Discovery Education is proud to join forces with TCS to help students and educators revolutionize their learning experiences and prepare them with the tools needed to reimagine learning in classrooms,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “Together, we are strengthening computational thinking skills and challenging students to think of STEM as a way to help education, health and our environment. We extend our congratulations to the 2019 ‘Ignite Innovation Student Challenge’ winners.”

Ignite Innovation Student Challenge Winner’s Circle:
Award: $1,000 in grants and prizes.

Maura B., a twelve-year old from Plainfield Community Middle School in Plainfield, Ind. has been named a Winner’s Circle Awardee for her project titled Mission Recycle. Maura created an app that encourages recycling by rewarding people with earn gift cards or donations to non-profit organizations.

Liam B., a thirteen-year-old from Emil A. Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J. has been named a Winner’s Circle Awardee for his PillSafe project. Liam created a pill bottle with a lock and timer to monitor opioid use.

Wyatt K., a twelve-year-old from Kiski Area Intermediate School in Vandergrift, Pa. has been named a Winner’s Circle Awardee for his project titled 9-1:1. Wyatt created a 9-1:1 app designed to connect someone in need with the fastest and most helpful medical response.

Krish L., a thirteen-year-old from Emil A. Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J. has been named a Winner’s Circle Awardee for her project titled SafeSpaceVR. Krish used Virtual Reality (VR) to treat anxiety in teenagers with fun, low cost and easy methods.

Michaelina H., Paulina D. and Tiffany T., thirteen-year-olds from Randolph Community Middle School in Randolph, Mass. have been named Winner’s Circle Awardees for their Responsive Community Mechanics System project. Together, they created a responsive community mechanics system that will improve the way we view and handle education and health safety schools.

Nasr M. and Nikhil J., fourteen-year-olds from Vista Del Sur Traditional School in Laveen, Ariz. has been named a Winner’s Circle Awardee for his Trash Coin project. Nasr and Nikhil created a way for people to earn money while helping the environment.

Launched in 2017, Ignite My Future in School is an initiative that combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million US students by 2021. Since the program’s launch in 2017, more than 8,000 teachers and 467,000 students, in 81 school districts across all 50 states have benefited from the program. Ignite My Future resources are available at no-cost at ignitemyfutureinschool.org

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 424,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at 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-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:
Ben Trounson, Tata Consultancy Services, b.trounson@tcs.com
Marguerite Pinheiro, Tata Consultancy Services, marguerite.pinheiro@fleishman.com
Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education, ckinder@discoveryed.com

 

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Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education Award $50,000 in Grants and Prizes to “Innovation Generation Contest” Grand Prize Winners

— New Nationwide Contest Awards New Jersey’s William Davies Middle School and Nebraska’s St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School $25,000 Each to Build State-of-the-Art Stanley Black & Decker Makerspaces —

 Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, May 22, 2019) – Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education today named two Innovation Generation Contest Grand Prize Winners, including William Davies Middle School of Mays Landing, New Jersey and St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School of Bellevue, Nebraska. Both schools have been awarded $25,000 to create Stanley Black & Decker Makerspaces in their learning communities. The contest is part of the Innovation Generation: Making an Impact program, which aspires to engage 6th – 8th grade educators and students through innovation and the power of making.

Between October 2018 and March 2019, The Innovation Generation Contest invited communities to vote daily for the school of their choice, offering middle schools a chance at winning the tools, services and equipment needed to create state-of-the-art school spaces purposed to foster a spirit of learning, ingenuity and growth. The initiative cultivates student collaboration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning acceleration in urban, rural, advanced and underserved learning communities.

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to empowering the next generation with the proper tools and equipment needed to bring STEAM-learning to life and we congratulate our inaugural ‘Innovation Generation Contest’ winners,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “In collaboration with Discovery Education, we are focused on providing unique building, making and doing experiences to an emerging class of 21st century innovators.”

Innovation Generation Contest winners, include:
First Winner: William Davies Middle School (Title 1)
Hamilton Township School District | Mays Landing, New Jersey
Awarded: $25,000

Second Winner: St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
Bellevue, Nebraska
Awarded: $25,000

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Stanley Black & Decker in congratulating St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and William Davies Middle Schools. Today’s learners need advanced, digitally immersive experiences to help them connect the dots between classrooms and careers,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marking Officer at Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “We’re excited to continue providing students with access to real world applications that allow them to explore first-hand the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math, preparing them to solve complex and diverse issues of the future.”

Powered by Stanley Black & Decker’s tools, with powerful brands such as DEWALT, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, IRWIN and BLACK+DECKER, together with Discovery Education’s unparalleled classroom reach, Innovation Generation: Making an Impact aims to fuel student learning with a premiere, STEAM-focused, cross-disciplinary initiative that invites students and educators to explore their worlds through building, making and doing. Innovation Generation resources help students build the important critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed for success beyond the classroom, and the program’s no-cost tools can be accessed online at innovation-gen.com.

“Kids and teachers alike at St. Mary’s Elementary School are beyond excited to start STEAM-ing into the future! We’re thrilled to receive designated makerspace for students in grades pre-K through 8 to use for their STEM, STEAM and STREAM activities, and we know that this immersive learning experience will leave a lasting mark on their individual educational journeys,” said Dr. Trish Wallinger, Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School, Bellevue, Nebraska. “All of our creative juices are flowing, and we can’t wait to put our ideas into motion in this next school year. We’re thankful to Stanley Black and Decker, and Discovery Education for helping to make our dreams come true.”

Learn more about Innovation Generation: Making an Impact at innovation-gen.com and at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Stanley Black & Decker:
Stanley Black & Decker is a $14 billion revenue, purpose-driven industrial organization. Stanley Black & Decker has 58,000 employees in more than 60 countries and operates the world’s largest tools and storage business, the world’s second largest commercial electronic security company, a leading engineered fastening business as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure businesses. The company’s iconic brands include BLACK+DECKER, Bostitch, CRAFTSMAN, DEWALT, FACOM, Irwin, Lenox, Porter Cable and Stanley. Stanley Black & Decker is a company for the makers and innovators, the craftsmen and the caregivers, and those doing the hard work to make the world a better place. Learn more at stanleyblackanddecker.com.

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:
Stanley Black & Decker
Abigail Dreher
abigail.dreher@sbdinc.com
(860) 515-2759

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
ckinder@discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173

 

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Major League Baseball and Discovery Education Invite Students and Educators Nationwide to Participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge

–In Latest Phase of Collaboration, MLB and Discovery Education Provide All U.S. & Canada-Based Students the Chance to Explore Their Impact on the Environment and the Importance of Environmental Stewardship–

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, May 20, 2019)Major League Baseball® (MLB) and Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invite all students and educators nationwide to participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge. During this unique no-cost event, participants will explore their impact on the environment and learn about the importance of environmental stewardship through a set of flexible digital resources that can either be integrated by educators into classroom instruction or completed independently by students over the summer as part of an enrichment activity.

Through a weekly challenge, participating students will explore different conservation efforts currently ongoing in MLB ballparks across the United States and Canada.  Each of the six challenges will be accompanied by a video from an MLB executive that will immerse students in a variety of topics including recycling, local food sourcing, water conservation, and energy efficiency.  By learning how various baseball teams address these important sustainability issues, students will be challenged to think about how these topics relate to their own community.

After viewing these videos, students will use an extensive collection of curated resources aligned to each global sustainability challenge area to further investigate each topic. These resources, which include activity sheets, STEM career videos, and more, will help students establish career connections and share their findings with classmates, family, and friends throughout the summer. Additional details and the first week’s Challenge can be found here.

“Major League Baseball is excited to share with students and teachers nationwide the efforts our Clubs are making to be good stewards of the environment in their ballparks,” said Barbara McHugh, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Major League Baseball. “By partnering with Discovery Education to present the Global Sustainability Challenge, we are hoping students are inspired by the great work of our Clubs and are encouraged to think about how they can help protect our shared environment.”

The Global Sustainability Challenge is part of an ongoing multi-year partnership between Discovery Education and MLB. Through this collaboration, educators using Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks, Streaming Plus, and STEM Connect are empowered to use engaging, baseball-themed digital resources to help students connect America’s Pastime to key science and STEM concepts through real-world data and exciting gameday experiences that drive deeper learning.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to partner with Major League Baseball to launch the Global Sustainability Challenge,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney. “Providing students engaging ways to explore interesting science and STEM topics like sustainability and environmental stewardship during the summer months is a tremendous double-play!”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources 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 Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com

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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

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

Major League Baseball
Steve Arocho
Email: Steven.Arocho@mlb.com
Phone: (212) 931-7581

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