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Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance Debut New App to Help Students Experience Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Students and Families Around the World Now Empowered to Understand the Science Behind Social Distancing from the Palm of Their Hands

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, March 30, 2020) – To help students of all ages understand social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance today announced the launch of a new application for iOS products called Social Distancing Trainer. This new app, available now at no cost in the Apple App store here, brings important educational information about safe and healthy social distancing to students and teachers around the globe through the power of augmented reality. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Developed by Discovery Education, creators of dynamic, award-winning K-12 digital resources such as Discovery Education Experience and the Discovery Education Techbook series, the Social Distancing Trainer offers educators a hands-on way to virtually engage students in the importance of social distancing. Complete with timely information about the health crisis, the Social Distancing Trainer empowers classroom discussions with real-time tools and provides a virtual understanding of what safe distance looks by leveraging augmented reality. While in the application, users can also access a wealth of resources about COVID-19 from trusted sources such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, and more.

“The Social Distancing Trainer is another component of Discovery Education’s robust response to this global health emergency,” said Pete Weir, Chief Product Officer at Discovery Education. “Now, from the palms of their hands, students and teachers around the world can understand the power and benefits of social distancing and what it looks like.”

“Getting a true sense of safe social distancing can be challenging, especially for young students,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “The Afterschool Alliance proudly partners with Discovery Education to provide students an effective and cool way to see what social distancing looks like, all from the safety of their homes.”

The Social Distancing Trainer by Discovery Education can be found in the App Store here and will soon be available for Android products via Google Play.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource website dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit 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 currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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
Stephen Wakefield
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

Grace Maliska
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 839-4239

 

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Resources from Discovery Education and Its Partners Available to Help Families and Students Promote Happiness During the COVID-19 Crisis

 Join LG Electronics USA, Tata Consultancy Services, USC Shoah Foundation, Wings for Kids and The Allstate Foundation for an Interactive and Empowering #SELday

Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, March 27, 2020) – Dynamic digital content from Discovery Education and its partners is available to help families and students worldwide promote happiness on the first ever International Social and Emotional Learning Day. Created by the Urban Assembly and SEL4US, SEL Day recognizes the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) for both students and communities. Especially useful during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the SEL resources from Discovery Education and its partners are available to all homebound families and students at no-cost.

Social and emotional learning refers to the skills of managing emotions, developing healthy relationships, and establishing responsible decision-making. Research reveals that SEL programs provide students the ability to manage stress and depression, improve self-esteem, and better school behavior. The key pillars of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills.

“Discovery Education believes in the power of social and emotional learning to inspire, support, and empower students with positivity and strength,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “In celebration of #SELday, we are thrilled to share with parents everywhere the tremendous programs created with our like-minded partners. Those partners share our commitment to empowering learners with fun and engaging learning resources that also bolster emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this turbulent time, the social and emotional health of all students must take on an even deeper focus, and we are proud to help parents support their children.”

Discovery Education joins communities across the world to celebrate the importance of social-emotional learning by highlighting the following SEL partnerships which deliver no cost tools and resources to teachers, students, and their families:

Discover Your Happy
The Discover Your Happy program from LG and Discovery Education equips communities with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create Sustainable Happiness by providing curriculum and standards aligned resources. Learn more at learnexperiencehappiness.com and start exploring, beginning with:

Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip (grades 7-12): Identify how happiness impacts physiology and psychology.

Ignite My Future in School
Learn about computational thinking, a foundational 21st century skill for success in any sector, through the dynamic resources from the Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education program – Ignite My Future in School. Dive into ways thinking across multiple disciplines, such as understanding happiness from multiple perspectives, starting with:

If You’re Happy and You Know It Activity (grades 5-8): Outline the many pathways to happiness and discover how to teach others the roadmap for success.

Soar with Wings: Social and Emotional Skills for School & Life
Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life, powered by Wings for Kids and The Allstate Foundation, incorporate academics and fun while building social and emotional skills. Families can work together to build SEL skills with:

Zen Zone Activity Guide (grades K-5): Practice self-management and responsible decision-making skills within the home.

Teaching with Testimony
Unlock the power of testimony to counter hate with Teaching with Testimony, a program from USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education that uses eyewitness accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide to empower students to find they voices and take action for a better future. Learn more at teachingwithtestimony.com and engage your community with:

Stronger Than Hate Challenge (grades 7-12): Create a poem, story, video or piece of artwork that uses the power of story to counter hate for a chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes.

Discover more about Discovery Education’s corporate and community partnerships and the COVID-19 student, educator, and family resources at DiscoveryEducation.com and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel. Discovery Education Experience’s Wellness channel has more than 100 standards-aligned high-quality, digital content and instructional resources designed to help students build their social emotional learning skills.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit 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 currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge Opens to Inspire Virtual Collaboration Between Teachers, Students, and Parents

Contest Elevates Financial Literacy Learning with Opportunities for Schools to Win $10,000 For Educational Resources

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, March 25, 2020) – Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale, and Discovery Education today opened the 4th annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge. This challenge enables communities to collaborate virtually, empowering students and local schools with financial literacy.

This national challenge encourages elementary school teachers, families, and community members to show their commitment to financial literacy education by voting online daily for their school to receive a prize package featuring:

– A grant of $10,000 to build a brighter financial future at the winning school.

– $1,000 to be donated to the charity of the school’s choice.

– A fun, educational financial literacy event hosted by Discovery Education that brings to life Cha-Ching’s four pillars of financial education – earn, save, spend, and donate.

Participants may enter up to once a day on behalf of their school from now through June 25, 2020. Learn more and vote for your school.

“With both economic challenges from the pandemic and Financial Literacy Month just around the corner in April, we are glad to open the 2020 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Pledge Challenge,” said Danielle Robinson, Executive Director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “With our partners at Discovery Education, we welcome parents and teachers to join us in helping young people understand the choices we all have with money. Together, we can raise money-smart kids who become money-smart adults!”

“The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Challenge is a hands-on way for young people to galvanize around the importance of financial literacy,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to support the Jackson Charitable Foundation by empowering students with access to engaging digital resources designed to continue their engagement in building smart money habits, while creating the opportunity to support their local school and community-based charities.”

The annual challenge builds upon a Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education educational program, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids, which provides no-cost resources that build critical life skills in K-6 students by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school. Launched in 2017, the engaging and fun financial education program provides millions of students with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids resources and information about how to enter the 2020 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids challenge are available at Cha-ChingUSA.org and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel and the Financial Literacy channel. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.

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 Jackson Charitable Foundation
Jackson Charitable Foundation’s vision is for all Americans to have the strong personal finance skills that allow people to live fuller, more self-directed lives. The 501(c)(3) private operating Foundation, is the charitable-giving arm of Jackson National Life Insurance Company. The Foundation works with Jackson associates and world-class partners to provide economic opportunities that build strong communities. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation at jacksoncharitablefoundation.org, on Facebook at @JacksonCharitableFoundation and on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.

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 currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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
Danielle Robinson, Jackson Charitable Foundation, Danielle.Robinson@jackson.com
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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