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New York’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District Selects Discovery Education Experience to Support Social Studies Instruction

— Digital Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities Coming to Classrooms This School Year to Support Implementation of New Social Studies Curriculum–

Silver Spring, MD (July 31, 2019) — New York’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD) announced today it has selected the latest generation of the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education Experience, to support social studies instruction in the district’s seven K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 schools, and two middle schools (grades 6-8).  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Located at “The Crossroads of the Northeast,” an area on the west bank of the Hudson River 60 miles north of New York City and 80 miles south of Albany, NECSD serves a diverse population of approximately 12,000 students.  To support the implementation of the Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum designed by the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, the district has launched a new partnership with Discovery Education.  This new collaboration not only brings Discovery Education Experience to the district’s K-8 learners, but also provides NECSD educators the professional learning they need to meet the district’s goal of inspiring current students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

“Providing each of our students educational equity and excellence is one of Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s top goals,” said Dr. Roberto Padilla, NECSD’s Superintendent. “Through our new partnership with Discovery Education, our social studies teachers will receive the professional learning and high-quality digital content they need to create immersive social studies learning experiences that resonate with all students.”

Discovery Education Experience supports instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Through curated, personalized, one-of-a-kind digital curriculum resources delivered to the educator based on their preferences, Discovery Education Experience helps busy teachers save time and more easily differentiate instruction.  The experiential and highly relevant content within Discovery Education Experience helps students relate to and better understand subject matter, driving deeper engagement and learning. In addition, the service’s up-to-date, high-quality, and ever-growing digital content collections, as well as a library of immersive virtual field trips, are drawn from trusted partners.

Discovery Education Experience’s engaging content is complemented by a rich library of creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.  Aligned to McREL International’s 6-Phase Model of Learning, these strategies foster skill development, complement different types of content, and are conveniently paired with content at the point of use. The new Discovery Education Experience also offers embedded content creation and real-time collaboration features through the Studio suite of tools.

“The Social Studies curriculum that we utilize in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District imbeds 2-7 Discovery Education resources per unit in our K-8 classrooms. These resources enrich lessons and provide our scholars with more rounded and meaningful learning experiences,” said NECSD Director of Social Studies Amanda Greene.  “Being able to harness the streaming options through Discovery Education moves our district a step closer toward digital convergence and provides opportunities for educators to develop creative blended learning strategies.”

NECSD educators using Discovery Education Experience will also receive robust professional development from Discovery Education experts. Through these interactive professional learning 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.

NECSD’s educators will also 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.

“Newburgh Enlarged City School District is taking a leadership position in transforming social studies education in the state of New York, and Discovery Education is proud to support their efforts,” said Discovery Education Partnerships Senior Manager Sara Peters. “Superintendent Padilla and NECSD’s talented team of administrators and teachers are creating a new model of digital social studies instruction, and we look forward to aiding this innovative initiative.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital 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, creating immersive STEM experiences, 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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Immersive Digital Learning Experiences for Science Students in Grades 7-12 the Goal of Mount Vernon City School District’s Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

— Digital Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities Coming to Classrooms This School Year to Support Implementation of New Science Curriculum —

Silver Spring, MD (July 24, 2019) — New York’s Mt. Vernon City School District (MVCSD) today announced the commencement of a new phase of their multiyear partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Beginning this school year, MVCSD science teachers in grades 7-12 will have access to Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook, which empowers educators to create immersive digital learning experiences that more deeply engage students in classroom instruction.

Last year, MVCSD selected Discovery Education’s unique mix of award-winning digital services and professional learning services to power the Mt. Vernon STEAM Academy’s new curriculum and to extend engaging STEM/STEAM learning opportunities to students districtwide. The expansion of the MVCSD/Discovery Education partnership builds on the success of this initial phase of collaboration and is part of an ongoing effort, guided by the 20/20 Academic Vision and supported by a successful 2016 bond referendum, to improve all MVCSD schools.

“Each member of the Mt. Vernon City Schools District is dedicated to continuous improvement and the transformation of our great school system,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools.  “Initiatives like the integration of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into our science curriculum are indicative of our dedication to pressing forward and preparing our students for success beyond graduation.”

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as 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 bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

The Science Techbook series also includes valuable STEM resources as well, 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, and the STEM In Action resources, which help students connect their work to STEM careers.  In addition, the version of the Science Techbook selected by the MVCSD team is aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards.

“The Mt. Vernon City School District is located just twenty miles outside of New York City in Westchester County–where urban living meets suburban living,” said Dr. Jeff Gorman, Deputy Superintendent, Mt. Vernon City School District. “Our unique location has blessed us with an incredibly diverse student population of 8,000 students.  The new digital science textbooks from our trusted partners at Discovery Education empower our talented teachers to more easily personalize science instruction for each student, which helps us meet our goal of enhancing the educational experience of all learners.”

MVCSD’s 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.

“Mt. Vernon City School District’s innovative approach to STEM and now science education is transforming instruction for students across the district,” said Discovery Education Partnerships Senior Manager Sara Peters. “Discovery Education is honored to be selected to support the district’s efforts to enhance science instruction for students in grades 7 to 12, and we look forward to continuing to build on the successful and productive partnership we’ve enjoyed to date.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital 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, creating immersive STEM experiences, 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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