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iCivics and Discovery Education Invite Students and Teachers to Explore the United States Constitution and Their Constitutional Rights Through a Unique Virtual Viewing Party

–No-Cost, One-of-a-Kind Virtual Experience to Help Students and Teachers Observe Constitution Day 2019–

Silver Spring, MD (August 27, 2019) — On September 17th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST, iCivics, the nonprofit founded by Sandra Day O’Connor to ensure that every student in America develops the knowledge they need for civic participation, will partner with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms to present a special virtual viewing party for students and teachers in observance of Constitution Day 2019.

During this unique, no-cost event entitled Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice, teachers and students will explore the United States’ Constitution, examine the rights the Constitution guarantees all Americans, and investigate ways today’s students can participate in civic life.

Among the special guests participating in this virtual viewing party are:

  • Mary Beth Tinker, noted American free speech activist, who will discuss her experiences fighting for her First Amendment rights and share with students how to make their voices heard,
  • Michael A. Brown, Esq., a celebrated Baltimore, MD, attorney who will share with participants how their right to free speech is protected by the Constitution, and
  • Zarea Boyde, a 12th grade student in the Law and Public Policy Academy at the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, who will share how she is advocating for positive social change in her community.

To register to participate in Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice, and to receive additional materials supporting Constitution Day-related classroom activities and instruction, visit the Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice registration page.

“iCivics is excited to partner with Discovery Education to produce this engaging new virtual experience,” said Chief Education Officer, Dr. Emma Humphries. “Our founder, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, once said ‘The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation.’ This sentiment continues to be true today, and this virtual viewing party is part of our ongoing effort to prepare students to participate in the civic life of our nation.”

Following the Virtual Viewing Party, Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice will be made available to users of the latest generation of the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming Plus,Discovery Education Experience, Discovery Education’s Social Studies digital curriculum, and the iCivics platform.

“Discovery Education is proud to collaborate with iCivics to present Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice to students nationwide,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney.  “This unique event offers an unparalleled opportunity for students of all ages to consider how they can more deeply engage in the civic life of our nation, and we invite all educators to make time to participate in this special event.”

To learn more about iCivics digital resources, visit www.icivics.org, and stay connected with iCivics on social media through Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @iCivics. 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.

About iCivics

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics in 2009 to transform the field through innovative, free educational video games and lessons that teach students to be knowledgeable, curious, and engaged in civic life. Today, iCivics is the nation’s largest provider of civic education curriculum, with our resources used by over 100,000 educators and more than 6.25 million students each year nationwide. Visit www.icivics.org to learn more.

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Discovery Education Selected by California’s Fontana Unified School District to Help Five Elementary Schools Reach “Moonshot” Goal of Enhancing STEM Education

— New Digital Content and Professional Learning Opportunities from Discovery Education Empower District Educators to Create Immersive STEM and Math Learning Experiences–

Silver Spring, MD (August 21, 2019) — California’s Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) announced today it has selected Discovery Education to support the enhancement of STEM and Math education in the school system.  In this new phase of FUSD’s multiyear partnership with Discovery Education, educators in five district elementary schools will receive access to engaging STEM-focused digital content and sustained professional learning opportunities, and all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Math teachers will begin integrating the company’s digital curriculum into Math instruction.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, and has provided FUSD educators district-wide access to its award-winning digital content services since 2015.

Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire, FUSD’s 45 schools serve approximately 41,000 students in a rapidly growing community 50 miles east of Los Angeles. While each school supports the district’s goal of ensuring every student is prepared for success in college, career, and life, every FUSD school or department is also challenged with reaching a “moonshot” goal designed to help propel the district into the future. At a recent district retreat, school leaders from Canyon Crest Elementary School, Randall Pepper Elementary School, Shadow Hills Elementary School, South Tamarind Elementary School, and Tokay Elementary School chose enhancing STEM education as their “moonshot” goal.  To support this endeavor, those schools worked with FUSD’s administration to find an external partner that could provide the needed resources and professional learning.  Following a rigorous review process, FUSD selected Discovery Education to provide the digital content and professional development support needed to build cultures of STEM teaching and learning in the five participating schools.

“Fontana Unified School District is incredibly proud of our five-year track record of continuous student improvement,” said FUSD’s Director Professional Development and Teacher Support Adele Thomas.  “However, each member of the district staff knows we cannot rest on our previous achievements.  To continue our trajectory of improvement, FUSD needs to push forward with both bold ideas and dedicated, high-quality partners.  We are excited to continue our partnership with Discovery Education, and we are look forward to working closely with their talented team on this project.”

STEM Connect is among the new Discovery Education digital services teachers from the five schools participating in this initiative will shortly begin integrating into classroom instruction.  STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource. STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation, and was recently awarded the prestigious CODiE award by the Software and Information Industry Association. 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.

Educators at the five schools participating in this initiative will also receive sustained, job-embedded, professional development certified as meeting the Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework, which was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences and SRI Education. During these interactive professional learning opportunities, educators will learn how to maximize their new digital resources, develop high-quality STEM lessons, scale STEM instruction in their schools, and create centers of STEM excellence.

In addition, educators at every FUSD 6th, 7th and 8th classroom will also soon begin using Discovery Education’s Math Techbook for teaching and learning.  An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s family of Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning. The Math Techbook connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. In addition, the Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

FUSD educators districtwide will also continue receiving 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.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the five FUSD schools participating in this unique STEM initiative and we look forward to working with 6th, 7th and 8th Math teachers across the district as they integrate our services into instruction,” said Jeree Gooing, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “Together, we will create the unique culture of STEM teaching and learning we know will help FUSD students succeed beyond graduation.”

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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New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Help Teachers Welcome Students Back to the Classroom

– Content Recently Added to Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Math, Science, Social Studies, and More –

Silver Spring, MD (August 15, 2019) — To help educators welcome students back to the classroom after summer vacation, Discovery Education–the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms–has added immersive new assets to its award-winning digital services. With the new digital resources coming to Discovery Education Experience, the Math, Science, and Social Studies Techbooks, and STEM Connect, educators gain even more great resources to help them build dynamic digital learning environments. New content recently added to Discovery Education’s services include:

  • All New Shark Week 2019 Content: The new school year will be JAW-some with featured programs and related instructional resources from Shark Week 2019! In Expedition Unknown: Megalodon, explorer Josh Gates and a team of paleontologists study ancient shark teeth to uncover why giant mega-sharks went extinct. In Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark, biologists explore the Indian Ocean to find out if the rare Pondicherry shark has returned. And in “Return to Shark Island,” shark scientist Dr. Craig O’Connell examines the sudden increase of bull sharks on Achill Island. All programs are now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.
  • Step Up to the Plate: Students will explore their impact on the environment, learn about the importance of environmental stewardship, and discover how sustainability plays a role in Major League ballparks around the country in six new videos and activities developed in partnership with Major League Baseball. Now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook, each video and activity introduces an MLB club and presents a different conservation effort including recycling, local food sourcing, water conservation, and energy efficiency. By learning how baseball teams address these important sustainability issues, students will be challenged to think about how they can make a difference in their own communities.
  • Engineering and Biology Programs from Science Channel: More than 50 new programs from Science Channel have been added to the Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook. Incredible Engineering Blunders: Fixed travels with journalist Justin Cunningham as he documents, and tries to fix, some of the worst engineering mistakes in history. Students can explore the danger posed by viral disease in “Invisible Killers” and consider the efforts to eradicate these threats at a global scale. And new episodes of favorite series “Outrageous Acts of Science” showcase the science that powers the Internet’s most viral videos.
  • New Short-Form Videos from CheddarK-12: More than 50 original, short-form videos have been added to the collection of CheddarK-12 series available to Discovery Education Experience and Techbook users. The short-form content explores, examines, and explains answers to questions teachers and students may be curious about related to science, business, and technological innovations. Discovery Education Experience users can find all new programs in the CheddarK-12 channel.
  • Investigation and Conservation Content from Animal Planet: In Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers, biologist and extreme wrangler Jeremy Wade helps students using Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook answer questions about the health, sustainability, and hidden depths of our most important waterways, including the Amazon, the Ganges, the Yangtze, the Mississippi, the Danube, and the Zambezi.
  • History Content from American Heroes Channel: Through Tuskegee Airmen: Heroes of World War II, former pilots from the famed African American unit share their stories of flying some of the most dangerous missions of the Second World War. This content, also added to Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook, helps students understand the contributions of these brave airmen and puts their tremendous stories into context for today’s students.
  • Math Videos and Interactives Now Available in Spanish: Math Techbook and Discovery Education Experience users now have access to more than 50 core-concept video clips and interactives in Spanish. The programs cover such topics as functions, Pythagorean theorem, similarity and congruence, and probability. Students will apply their math knowledge to solve real-world problems from biologists, urban planners, and emergency rescue teams.

Users of Discovery Education’s digital services can quickly find this new content here.

“Just as students are preparing to return to the classroom, I’m preparing new lessons that will engage my teachers in learning and trigger their sense of curiosity about the wealth of Discovery Education resources,” said Darlene Petranick, Elementary Science Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “The new content coming to Discovery Education’s services could not come at a better time, and I am excited to begin to use them in my district.”

In addition to the new content recently added to Discovery Education’s services, more is on the way. Coming soon, a new Conservation channel for Discovery Education Experience users will inspire students to take informed action on large-scale issues impacting our planet. The channel will feature videos and images directly from World Wildlife Fund’s vast collection, offering students and educators an inside look at WWF’s efforts to support conservation along six goals: climate, food, freshwater, forests, oceans, and wildlife.

“Discovery Education sends along its best wishes to educators and students everywhere for a great school year. To help teachers make classroom instruction as impactful as possible this year, we’ve added exciting new content to all our digital services that will immerse students of all ages in teaching and learning,” said Discovery Education Chief Product Officer Pete Weir. “This effort is part of our ongoing effort to make sure our services and content continue to evolve and meet the changing needs of students worldwide.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum, content services, and professional learning opportunities, 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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