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Daniel Boone Area School District’s New Partnership with Discovery Education Ensures All District Students Access to High-Quality Instruction From Any Device or Location

Suite of Dynamic Digital Services and Supporting Professional Learning Prepare Pennsylvania District’s Educators to Deliver Engaging Lessons in the Classroom or Virtual Environment

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday April 29, 2020) Pennsylvania’s Daniel Boone Area School District (DBASD) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. The digital services provided by Discovery Education to DBASD’s students and educators and the supporting professional development opportunities ensure district students access to exciting digital lessons no matter their location or device.

Located approximately 10 miles southeast of Reading, Pennsylvania, and approximately 50 miles northeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, DBASD takes pride in Learning Together; Advocating for All as they develop diverse learners within a safe environment.  To build the capacity of district educators to meet the evolving needs of students and the challenges of virtual learning, DBASD sought a digital instructional solution that could be used either in the classroom or remotely and that was supported by sustained professional learning.  Following a rigorous selection process, the district chose Discovery Education’s suite of award-winning digital services for classroom use in all schools districtwide.  Those resources include:

Discovery Education Experience.  The latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service, Discovery Education Experience is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.  Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement.  The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.  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 and viewing parties, are drawn from trusted partners.

Discovery Education’s family of MathScience, and Social Studies Techbooks. Used by over 9.5 million students globally, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook is an immersive, digital curriculum that provides educators detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning.

Discovery Education STEM Connect.  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 in 2019 was 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.

Discovery Education Coding. Through Discovery Education Coding, elementary and middle school students are inspired to learn important coding concepts as they develop computational thinking skills through decomposition, logical reasoning, and problem solving. Based in part on the award-winning Discovery Education Coding service used by teachers across the United Kingdom, the U.S. version of Coding features a wide array of coding resources that help students take coding from concept to reality.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of providing all students access to flexible, digital curricula they can access from school or at home,” said Dr. Brett Cooper, Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent.  “But equally important is preparing educators to effectively integrate digital content into their instructional practice in the classroom or online.  Through our new collaboration with Discovery Education, our educators will be better prepared to meet the needs of our students wherever they are now and in the future.”

To help educators maximize the value of their new digital resources, Discovery Education’s expert Professional Learning team will provide numerous professional development opportunities in the upcoming school year. During these professional development opportunities, educators will learn how to use their new digital resources.  In addition, they will explore best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize their impact, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

DBASD’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides district teachers access to 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 work with the team at the Daniel Boone Area School District on this new initiative,” said Alissa McLean, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “We are honored to be selected by the district for this work and believe that together we will create the dynamic digital learning experiences the district’s students need no matter where they are learning.”

For more information about Pennsylvania’s Daniel Boone Area School District, visit the school system’s website here.

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 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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

 

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The CVS Health Foundation and CATCH Global Foundation Premier New ‘Be Vape Free’ Virtual Field Trip April 30th in Partnership with Discovery Education

Virtual Learning Opportunity Empowers Students and Families to Make Healthier Science-Based Decisions About E-Cigarette Use

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, April 27, 2020) – According to the Food and Drug Administration, 5 million youth in the United States currently use e-cigarettes: 1 in 4 high school students (27.5%) and 1 in 10 middle school students (10.5%). Vaping increases a person’s chance of experiencing complications from upper respiratory illnesses and some researchers believe there exists a relationship between vaping and COVID-19 patients. In growing efforts to combat the vaping epidemic, Be Vape Free presents the all-new Be Vape Free Clearing the Air Virtual Field Trip, premiering April 30th at 1pm ET. Learn more and register today.

The Be Vape Free Clearing the Air Virtual Field Trip provides young people and their families with the facts and science to make healthier decisions. As part of the virtual field trip, students will hear from other young people and gain powerful insights from their peers sharing firsthand experiences of avoiding the dangers of e-cigarette use. The on-demand field trip will also feature interviews with a marketing expert who can help young people think critically about influences such as advertising and social media. Students will learn effective refusal skills and debunk common vaping myths with first-hand insight from a leading health professional.

Be Vape Free is a nationwide initiative providing standards-aligned, no-cost, e-cigarette prevention resources for educators teaching grades 5-12 created in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, CATCH Global Foundation, and Discovery Education. At the core of the initiative is the evidence-based CATCH My Breath vaping prevention program, developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

“Even though students are not in school, it remains critical for them to continue to see and hear from their peers and from experts about the dangers of e-cigarette use,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. “This virtual field trip will allow students, educators, and families to continue to benefit from the Be Vape Free resources made possible through our work with Discovery Education and the CATCH Global Foundation.”

“During this global pandemic, we need to work together to ensure students have access to no-cost virtual learning experiences that empower young people to make good life choices,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “This dynamic Virtual Field Trip expands the existing anti-vaping resources available to families as part of the national Be Vape Free initiative designed to aid educators and families in their efforts to stay healthy and safe.”

“Given the extra vulnerability vaping causes to respiratory pathogens like COVID-19, being vape free is more important than ever. The Be Vape Free Virtual Field Trip is another incredible resource created through this partnership that enables youth and communities to create a vape-free generation,” said Duncan Van Dusen, Founder and CEO of CATCH Global Foundation.

The Be Vape Free initiative ensures that everyone—students, parents, educators, and other community members—has access to no-cost, preventative resources to help educate and empower young people. With the support of educators and all community members, the Be Vape Free initiative is on a mission to foster the first vape-free generation. The Be Vape Free resources are available at BeVapeFree.org and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel and the Viruses and Outbreaks channel.

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CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014. Our mission is to improve children’s health worldwide by developing, disseminating and sustaining the CATCH platform in collaboration with researchers at UTHealth. The Foundation links underserved schools and communities to the resources necessary to create and sustain healthy change for future generations. www.catch.org

CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

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
Brooks Ballard, CATCH Global Foundation, brooks@catch.org
Erin Shields Britt, CVS Health Foundation, Erin.Britt@cvshealth.com
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Georgia’s Cobb County School District Launches Virtual Professional Learning Initiative Supported by Discovery Education

Face-to-Face Professional Learning Initiative Moved Online to Support Continued Professional Development During COVID-19 Pandemic

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday April 22, 2020) Georgia’s Cobb County School District (CCSD) has launched a new, virtual professional learning initiative to help district educators make grade level content comprehensible and engaging for their English Learner (EL) students. To continue CCSD’s tradition of academic creativity and innovation, the district again selected Discovery Education for this endeavor. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

The ESOL Leadership Team in CCSD’s Academic Division is working in close collaboration with Discovery Education to provide educators a new model of professional learning that will improve educational outcomes for English learners. To foster close collaboration between ESOL and content experts, this innovative research-based model brings ESOL Lead Teachers, district ESOL consultants, and classroom teachers together for job-embedded core learning and instructional support sessions. Originally intended to be delivered by Discovery Education’s professional learning staff in person, Discovery Education’s team is now, due the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting this professional learning initiative in a virtual environment.

Following these sessions, participants will work in teams at their local schools to combine Discovery Education’s powerful digital resources and strategies, the insight of classroom teachers, and the expertise of the district and local school ESOL experts to engage students in developing their language skills as they learn the content. The curated resources and embedded additional research-based strategies from this initiative empower educators to initiate and sustain long-term shifts in instructional practice supporting English Learners.

The second largest school system in Georgia, the Cobb County School District serves nearly 113,000 students, including over 16,000 English Learners, across 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 17 high schools, one charter school, one special education center, and one adult education center.  For 20 years, CCSD educators districtwide have used Discovery Education Experience—which is provided to all teachers and students across the state through Georgia Public Broadcasting—to support the creation of student-centric digital learning environments.  In 2019, CCSD partnered with Discovery Education to launch a comprehensive STEM professional learning initiative.  This program, called Teaching Relevance and Innovative Learning, is helping district educators cultivate future problem solvers through problem-based learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“Providing our educators robust professional learning that helps them evolve their classroom practice has always been a critical part of the Cobb County School District’s effort to support the growth and development of all students,” said Jennifer Lawson, Cobb County School District’s Chief Academic Officer. “We are excited to build on our existing relationship with Discovery Education, and even more pleased this initiative can be undertaken virtually.”

The continuation of CCSD’s partnership with Discovery Education ensures district teachers ongoing access to 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 expand its partnership with the Cobb County School District,” said Molly Hebert, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Urban Partnerships.  “While COVID-19 has thrown significant challenges at educators across the country, we are excited to continue providing our partners the professional learning their teachers need to prepare for the education beyond this crisis.”

To learn more about the Cobb County School District, visit: www.cobbk12.org.

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 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 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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

 

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New Virtual Learning Response Fund Enlists the Private Sector to Support Remote Instruction During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, April 21, 2020) – To aid school systems implementing remote learning initiatives resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education and the National Afterschool Association launched the Virtual Learning Response Fund.  

The Virtual Learning Response Fund enlists the private sector’s support in delivering the sustained, ongoing professional learning educators need to successfully transition to virtual instructionThis initiative helps ensure equity of access to research-based strategies and methods needed to foster students’ academic growth amidst the challenges of school closures by: 

– empowering teachers with the skills required to effectively transition their instructional practice to meet the demands of the new educational environment, and 

– deploying a network of professional trainers to walk with districts through the virtual learning journey. 

The National Afterschool Association is partnering with Discovery Education to provide students equitable access to high quality instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the Virtual Learning Response Fund here. 

In these turbulent times, it is incumbent on education stakeholders in the private and public sectors to come together,” said Gina Warner, President & CEO, National AfterSchool Association. “The Virtual Learning Response Fund developed in partnership with Discovery Education provides an avenue for corporate and foundation investment in our nation’s teacherssupporting their important work to create the dynamic learning environments our students deserve.”

“Providing students the instruction they need to be successful while learning virtually has been my goal, and the goal of my school, since the first day of this crisis” said Ana Hale, iTeach Educational Technology Specialist, Fulton County Schools. “But for many of my colleagues, teaching students in a virtual environment is a brandnew experience. The support of the Virtual Learning Response Fund will be critical in helping us meet this goal now and in the future.” 

“A critical ingredient in any school system’s transition to virtual learning is sustained, research-based professional learning for teachers,” said Karen M. Beerer, Ed.D. Senior Vice President for Teaching & Learning at Discovery Education. “We’re proud to collaborate with the NAA and our partners in the private sector to support school systems in their critical work to empower teachers as they transition to our shared ‘new reality.’ 

The Virtual Learning Response Fund complements Discovery Education’s comprehensive response to educators supporting the continuity of learning during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, 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, including DE Coding, 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 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 the National Afterschool Association
The NAA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school community. Members include afterschool program directors, coordinators, sponsors, front-line staff, school leaders, teachers, paraprofessionals, board of education members, non-profit leaders, advocates, community leaders, policymakers, researchers and more. 

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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