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New York’s Three Village Central School District’s Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education Aims to Support Science and STEM Education

—Long Island School District Set to Integrate Digital Science Curriculum and STEM Resources in Elementary School Classrooms—

Silver Spring, Md. (November 11, 2019) –  New York’s Three Village Central School District (Three Village) today announced an expansion of their ongoing collaboration with Discovery Education. In the latest phase of this multiyear partnership, elementary school teachers across the district will integrate Discovery Education’ dynamic digital science curriculum and engaging digital STEM resources into teaching and learning as part of an ongoing effort to create even more captivating classroom experiences. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Located on the North Shore of New York’s Long Island, Three Village’s teachers and administrators are dedicated to ensuring that all children are everyday provided with engaging, satisfying and challenging lessons. To help create the types of lessons that maximize the success of each student’s learning and supports their development into successful members of our democratic, multi-ethnic society, district educators are using a number of Discovery Education services, including Discovery Education Experience, for classroom activities.  A curated, personalized, one-of-a-kind digital curriculum service that delivers resources to educators based on their preferences, Discovery Education Experience helps all Three Village teachers save time and more easily differentiate instruction.  In addition, district teachers in grades 5 and 6 are using Discovery Education’s award -winning Social Studies and Science Techbooks.

Discovery Education’s ScienceSocial Studies, and Math Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada. An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s 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.

In this latest phase of partnership, Three Village educators in grades K-4 will soon be integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into classroom instruction.  The 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 Techbook 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.”

In addition, educators in the district’s six, K-6 elementary schools will also use  Discovery Education STEM Connect to engage students in STEM topics and lessons. 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, 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.

“Three Village Central School District has long maintained a commitment to designing and supporting flexible learning environments that best meet each students’ needs,” said Kevin Scanlon, Three Village’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. “When coupled with our already robust and established curriculum and programs, this expanded partnership with Discovery Education will provide our teachers with even more resources to continue to enhance learning for all students.”

Three Village’s educators 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 excited to build on our strong relationship with the Three Village Central School District,” said Ann Weiss, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “Together we are creating a rigorous, exciting curriculum that will prepare all students for success 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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Discovery Education and Business Leaders Launch First-of-Its-Kind Initiative Focused on Accelerating the Growth of America’s STEM Pipeline

–New STEM Careers Coalition to Bridge STEM Industries and Classrooms at Scale by Providing Access to STEM Experiences and Instructional Resources in Schools Nationwide–

Silver Spring, MD (November 8, 2019) Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, content, and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, announced today the launch of the STEM Careers Coalition.  With a focus on equity and access, the STEM Careers Coalition unites the business community with the shared goal of accelerating the growth of America’s STEM pipeline. The STEM Careers Coalition aims to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing no-cost access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical 21st Century skills students need for college and career success.

The anchor partner organizations who have provided initial seed funding and support to power the initiative’s launch include Chevron, The Manufacturing Institute, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Boeing, Microsoft, and Best Buy. These industry leaders depend on a strong pipeline of STEM-ready students to drive their businesses and the American economy forward, and thus are aligned on a shared mission to accelerate the elevation of STEM career pathways for students, parents and guardians in public, private, charter, and tribal schools nationwide.

Coalition member companies are catalyzing and engaging in regional approaches to workforce development by creating connected pathways for students through K-12, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce. In addition to providing no-cost STEM experiences and career resources to schools nationwide, Coalition members will also underwrite Discovery Education STEM Connect in local communities identified by the partners. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, STEM Connect is an interdisciplinary resource that enhances core curriculum and helps students build valuable problem-solving skills as they develop and apply solutions to important real-world challenges. Rooted in authoritative research, users become part of a global student laboratory to share data and collaborate with others around the world. District leaders and educators may now apply online to be considered for Coalition scholarships, with preference given to schools in under-resourced communities.

The initiative officially launched today with an event at the Carnegie Institution for Science, featuring a keynote address by former astronaut, science advocate and NFL player Leland Melvin and a panel discussion focusing on STEM solutions and workforce preparedness. In his remarks, Melvin shared his experiences as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to reinforce the necessity of closing the inspiration gap and supporting the next generation of students in pursuit Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) careers. Guests included leaders from education, industry and government who are invested in preparing the next generation of solution seekers and leveraging the power of technology to close the awareness gap.

“The STEM Careers Coalition will connect classrooms to careers at unprecedented scale, said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “We believe that through direct investment in schools with a focus on equity of access, engagement of Coalition member employees, and exposure to digitally immersive STEM career experiences, more students will have the opportunity to envision their future in STEM and emerge as the STEM leaders of the future to fill the ever-growing careers pipeline.”

The Coalition will provide no-cost resources to engage both educators and students in effective STEM instruction. “Through the generosity of the Coalition partners, students will have access to an array of STEM-focused resources, such as virtual field trips, digital instructional assets, career exploration videos, and more,” said Marla Wilson, Senior Director of the Coalition.

Over time, the efforts of the Coalition are expected to result in increased awareness as it relates to STEM and STEM careers. During its first five years, there will be a dedicated effort to study the execution and impact of the initiative’s efforts, anchored by a multi-year study conducted by McRel International will explore the implementation of STEM resources in classrooms supported by the Coalition.

For businesses and organizations interested in learning more about joining the STEM Careers Coalition and school districts interested in learning more about the scholarship process, please visit https://stemcareerscoalition.org/.

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Access to STEM Careers Coalition Media Resources

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

Jackie Kavege
Email: jkavege@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 304-7785

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Bring the Power of Story to Life in ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ Virtual Field Trip

— Virtual Event Empowers Students in Grades 5-12 to Take Action
Against the Growing Wave of Racism and Intolerance in our Nation —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, November 5, 2019) – USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invite students in grades 5-12 to take part in a powerful virtual experience this afternoon.

Based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell – from filmmakers, to survivors of genocide, to artists, to middle and high school students – ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ gives students tools to counter bullying, prejudice, and the growing hate in our schools by listening to stories and testimonies that build empathy, understanding, and human connections. Premiering at 1 p.m. EST on Nov. 5, 2019, educators are encouraged to register their class for this impactful event here.  ‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ will be available on-demand at teachingwithtestimony.com/virtual-field-trip.

‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ will transport students to USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles to hear from powerful voices including:

  • Steven Spielberg: Founder of USC Shoah Foundation and one of the most prominent storytellers of our time
  • Eva Schloss: Holocaust survivor, speaker, author as well as friend and posthumous stepsister of diarist Anne Frank
  • Samantha Grady: College student, musician, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor
  • David Kassan: Acclaimed realist painter whose artwork captures humanity and portrays the stories of Holocaust survivors

By listening to these transformative voices, students will feel inspired to take steps toward countering hate, whether at school, in the community, or in the world.

“Only when we proactively counter hate can we work to resolve it. Through Teaching with Testimony and today’s virtual field trip, we can empower students to find their voice and to confront hate in their communities,” said Dr. Claudia Wiedeman, Director of Education. “And now more than ever we need to share powerful testimonies of empathy and courage that can show we all have the innate potential to change the future.”

USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education will host a live Twitter chat during the premiere using the hashtag #StrongerThanHateVFT. Educators are encouraged to join the conversation and download the accompanying standards-aligned educator guide, which helps illuminate strategies for how to talk to students about these difficult topics.

“By giving students an opportunity to stand up against hate and find their voice, we reinforce the importance of building empathy and understanding for one another,” said Karen Wells, Library Media Specialist at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Ark. “Thanks to free resources like today’s virtual field trip and Teaching with Testimony, educators everywhere can ensure that students have access to meaningful and actionable curricula that has the power to impact real, positive change.”

‘Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate’ is part of Teaching with Testimony, an educational program designed for grades 5-12 that challenges students to employ empathy, build critical-thinking skills, and become inspired to create a brighter future after listening to firsthand accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide. In addition to being deeply integrated into sections of Discovery Education’s Social Studies TechbookDiscovery Education Experience, and Espresso, the program includes digitally immersive classroom resources, an annual student video challenge, and activities that provide educators with the tools they need to teach students to ultimately counter hate and respond to injustice.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About USC Shoah Foundation:
USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, award-winning IWitness education program, and the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive programming, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

Contacts:

USC Shoah Foundation
Rob Kuznia
rkuznia@usc.edu

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

 

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