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Los Angeles Unified, Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Bringing Dynamic Digital Resources to Los Angeles Unified Students, Teachers and Parents

This press release was originally distributed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Communications. You can find the Los Angeles Unified School District’s online version here.

LOS ANGELES (Monday, August 24, 2020) Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles Unified), Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education today launched a new partnership providing educators, students and families access to high-quality digital resources.

Through this new partnership, Los Angeles Unified educators, students and families are empowered to interact with more than 300,000 exciting digital resources, standards-aligned activities and vetted, high-quality content carefully curated by grade level. These new digital resources will play a critical role to support continued learning on any device; whether at home or in the classroom.

“We are grateful to Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education for helping us provide students with the tools they need to receive a great education.” said Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent.

Through this new collaboration, all teachers and students in Los Angeles Unified will receive access to Discovery Education Experience. Experience – Discovery Education’s flexible, award-winning K-12 learning platform – was selected by Los Angeles Unified following a review that included an overwhelmingly positive response from educators. Experience connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons and professional learning resources. Together, these resources give educators what they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment, with the ultimate goal of generating long-lasting educational impact.

“Los Angeles Unified has worked to create classrooms – and school communities – where all students, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or living situation, are honored for their assets and educated equitably with similar access to enrichment opportunities for growth and learning,” said Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, Los Angeles Unified Chief Academic Officer. “Our unique partnership with Discovery Education will help us extend these values into our virtual communities to ensure our teachers, students and families have what they need to be successful.”

Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing and organizing exciting new content and timely resources to Experience each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to California standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

“We all face a critical challenge as the pandemic continues,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “How do we keep bolstering dynamic digital education content when so many children are learning at home – while also opening new doors to learning for everyone? This is something our foundation’s been engaged in for many decades now, especially with our Annenberg Learner initiative. That’s why I’m so proud to be helping Discovery and the LA public schools in this important endeavor, and making Learner’s incredible resources available to them.”

Discovery Education will incorporate Annenberg Learner content into Discovery Education Experience, which will enable even more educators, students and parents across the country the opportunity to engage with Annenberg Learner’s educational content.

To help educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide Los Angeles Unified teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for using their new digital resources. Effective professional development will maximize the power of these digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction and support students’ continued academic development.

Discovery Education Experience also helps families engage in their child’s education. Experience is a one-stop shop in which families can discover dynamic resources to engage and support their children. From themed ‘grab & go’ daily activities to captivating virtual field trips to immersive student challenges, Experience offers resources to help students continue learning outside of the traditional school day.

Los Angeles Unified’s new partnership with Annenberg Learner and Discovery Education also provides 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. This community creates an opportunity for professionals to network, share ideas and inspire one another.

“We are incredibly excited to work alongside Los Angeles Unified’s teachers and the Annenberg Learner on this important initiative,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education Senior Vice President of National Education Partnerships. “Annenberg Learner and Los Angeles Unified have charted an innovative approach to addressing the challenge of providing all students an equitable opportunity to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are honored to be selected to support this tremendous effort.”

To learn more about Annenberg Learner, visit www.learner.org. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com; stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook; follow @DiscoveryEd on Twitter or visit Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Annenberg Learner

Annenberg Learner is the education division of the Annenberg Foundation, created to advance excellent teaching in American schools. For more than three decades, Annenberg Learner has pursued this mission by funding and distributing multimedia resources, including video, print, and web materials, for the professional development of teachers (K-12 and college levels). These resources in all discipline areas help teachers to stay up-to-date in their fields and to use current learning research in their classrooms. More than 100 multimedia courses and workshops are streamed free through http://www.learner.org. As the name Annenberg Learner implies, its focus is on the teacher, as well as the student, as a learner.

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.

Contacts:

Shannon Haber
LAUSD
Phone: 213-393-1289

Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
Phone: 202-316-6615

Elizabeth Armour
Annenberg Learner
Email: earmour@annenberg.org

 

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Atlanta Public Schools Select Discovery Education to Support Learning Online, in the Classroom or Wherever It is Taking Place

Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, August 21, 2020) Georgia’s Atlanta Public Schools has selected Discovery Education to support the creation of more equitable learning experiences online, in the classroom, or wherever instruction is taking place in the coming school year.  Through this new partnership, educators across the district will have access to Discovery Education Experience, a suite of new K-12 digital resources that they may leverage as they create high-quality learning opportunities for their students. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide.

Discovery Education Experience is a flexible K-12 learning platform that connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources.  Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.

Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely resources to Experience each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to state and national standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

Finally, Experience is designed to work within school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows.  Through expanded partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and now Clever, integrating Experience into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.

Atlanta Public Schools is the latest school system to select Discovery Education Experience to support student learning in the 2020-2021 school year.  Other school systems choosing Discovery Education Experience to support in-class or remote learning include Topeka Public Schools, Corpus Christi Independent School District, and the Nevada Department of Education.

APS’s partnership with Discovery Education also continues 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 very excited to continue its decades-long relationship with the Atlanta Public Schools,” said Will Ward, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “We are proud to serve the district’s educators and students, and look forward to supporting their efforts to provide all students equitable access to engaging digital learning experiences.” 

For more information about Atlanta Public Schools, visit the district 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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AT&T and Discovery Education Put the Power of Sustainability in Students’ Hands

Middle School Students Across the United States Empowered with Resources to Spark Sustainable Action Through Discovery Education Experience

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Tuesday, August 18, 2020) – Discovery Education today launches a new effort supported by AT&T, providing innovative, dynamic resources focused on sustainability through the award-winning Experience platform. The new content created by AT&T and Discovery Education focuses on empowering middle school students to spark sustainable action in local communities. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Centered on the role of technology in building a more sustainable world, the resources from AT&T and Discovery Education provide educators and students the curated content required to learn about environmental sustainability and to act now. The suite of new resources includes two career profiles, two anywhere classroom activities, and a dynamic digital lesson bundle. AT&T is also empowering local communities with critical education and sustainability resources by underwriting 60 licenses to Discovery Education Experience for three school districts chosen by Discovery Education – Robertson Public Schools in Springfield, TN; Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, AR; and Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, FL.

“This collaboration marries two areas that are central to our work of being a strong corporate citizen: environmental sustainability and education,” said Charlene Lake, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T. “Alongside Discovery Education, we are empowering students to invent the future by putting the environment first.”

The resources created with Discovery Education are part of AT&T’s longstanding commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The company is working to address climate change by making its operations more efficient, being one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S., and developing technology solutions to help its customers reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AT&T is also investing in projects and organizations that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. In response to COVID-19, the company created a $10 Million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students, and teachers the tools they need for at-home learning during the pandemic. For more information about AT&T’s corporate responsibility work, visit att.com/csr.

Experience, Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform, connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources. Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.

Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely resources to Experience each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted collaborators like AT&T, vetted and curated by Discovery Education’s team of content experts, and aligned to state and national standards, help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.

Finally, Experience is designed to work within school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows. Through expanded partnerships with Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and now Clever, integrating Experience into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.

“Solving the world’s most pressing problems requires bringing together the power of technology, sustainability, and education,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “With support from AT&T, the flexible resources from Discovery Education Experience allow educators access to what they need to inspire students to make the world a better place.”

Educators using Discovery Education’s digital services 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. To request a demonstration of Discovery Education Experience, visit discoveryeducation.com/experience.

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 Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
Our society doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all. We recognize that inequalities are pervasive and we have a role to play in helping to address them. That’s why we’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities and improving lives, particularly amongst historically underserved populations. We have a long history of investing in projects that promote academic and economic achievement and addressing community needs that promote social justice and racial equality. With a financial commitment of $600 million through AT&T Aspire since 2008, AT&T has leveraged technology, relationships and social innovation to help give everyone – regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status – the opportunity to succeed.

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.

Contacts
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Britt Randecker | AT&T | bs276n@att.com

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Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District Deepens Partnership with Discovery Education to Build and Sustain a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, August 13, 2020)—Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) today announced it has deepened its multi-year collaboration with Discovery Education.  In this latest phase of partnership, Discovery Education will support CCISD teachers and administrators districtwide as they accelerate the growth of a culture of STEM education that will help students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills needed for future success in classrooms, online, or in the hybrid environment. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Committed to developing students’ hearts and minds, CCISD serves 37,700 students at 58 campuses within 68 square miles. The District’s mission is to graduate lifelong learners who are prepared to continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens. Since 1909, when the District was created, CCISD has enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a strong school system focused on excellence in education.  To continue its tradition of academic excellence and to accelerate its efforts to build and sustain a culture of STEM education, CCISD recently selected Discovery Education’s Teacher Leader Collaborative.

A system to scale professional learning and leadership, Teacher Leader Collaborative combines robust STEM professional learning opportunities, job embedded instructional support for teachers, and Discovery Education’s exclusive STEM Instructional Progression to drive instructional growth. Teacher Leader Collaborative’s professional learning resources prepare educators to implement a problem-driven approach to learning supported by high-quality, standards-based STEM digital, and cross-curricular resources, including Discovery Education STEM Connect and Discovery Education ExperienceSTEM Connectthe web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental STEM resource, and ExperienceDiscovery Education’s flexible K-12 digital learning platform, will be used in all K-12 classrooms across CCISD alongside Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, which is currently in use in 8th grade classrooms districtwide.

“STEM education helps students develop critical skills they will need beyond graduation and as such, it is critical to our district’s strategic planning,” said Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez.  “As we are familiar with Discovery Education’s work in education and in STEM in particular, they were the natural choice for this new initiative.”

By extending its partnership with Discovery Education, CCISD’s educators will continue receiving 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 Corpus Christi Independent School District,” said Steve Sanchez, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “Corpus Christi ISD has long been looked to not only as a leader in using digital resources for instruction in the Texas Region 2, but in the state of Texas as well.  By focusing on the creation of a world-class STEM education program, I believe the district will take a leadership role in promoting the value and importance of STEM education as well.”

For more information about Corpus Christi Independent School District, visit the district 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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Discovery Education’s Community & Corporate Partnership Programs Receive Multiple PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

LG, Toyota, and USC Shoah Foundation Recognized for Community-Focused Campaigns on Topics Covering SEL, Inclusion, and Student Health & Wellness

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 12, 2020) – Several Discovery Education corporate and community partnership programs have been recognized for excellence as part of the PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The awards program acknowledges causes and initiatives that serve to improve communities through awareness increasing communication.

“Discovery Education and their corporate & community partners set themselves apart from an outstanding field of entrants. Their work was exceptional and displayed their innovative strategies for achieving success and having a truly meaningful impact in communities around the country,” said Brendan Gannon, Marketing Manager for Awards Programs at Ragan Communications and PR Daily.

“Positively impacting youth achievement means meeting students where they are. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the diverse array of corporate and community organizations, we are dedicated to putting digital resources in front of students that help communities tackle tough issues,” said Beth Meyer, Vice-President of Partner Success at Discovery Education. “The programs honored with the awards demonstrate our shared commitments to social responsibility and create unique experiences that keep learning connected.”

The recognized initiatives focus on fostering youth engagement around such critical topics as emotional resilience, overcoming injustices, and student health & wellness. The dynamic content and curriculum assets from each of these winning programs are featured in Discovery Education Experience, Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform that connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources. Together, these resources support educators in their work to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and to create lasting educational impact.

Winners include:

Social Media Campaign
LG Discover Your Happy
Discover Your Happy, a collaborative effort between Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA – and extension of LG’s signature social impact initiative, “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” – provides educators, parents, and students with hands-on resources to help students recognize that they can achieve sustainable happiness through the practice of six foundational social-emotional skills: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude. Learn more about the program at learnexpriencehappiness.com.

On the United Nations International Day of Happiness in 2019, LG and Discovery Education initiated a nationwide social media campaign to spark meaningful conversations about the importance of practicing happiness and provide resources and tips for developing happiness skills. The campaign garnered more than 45 million impressions and engaged over 130,000 students.

Public Health or Safety Initiative
Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Since 2011, the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has awarded over a quarter million dollars to high school students across the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The student-created public service announcements are published nationally, serving as a peer-to-peer awareness raising campaign about the importance of safe driving.

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge supplements TeenDrive365, a digital initiative produced in the partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, offering engaging and interactive resources empowering educators, families, and teens with lifesaving skills for behind the wheel. Find out more at teendrive365.com.

Video or Visual Design
USC Shoah Foundation Teaching with Testimony “Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate” VFT
This Virtual Field Trip highlights real-world stories to help students explore the dynamics of respect, acceptance, and empathy. In the on-demand field trip, students hear from activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting survivor Samantha Grady, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, as well as students who experience hate in their everyday lives as they share their stories of overcoming adversity and their unique perspectives of healing from trauma. Both archived and present-day storytelling overlap to create an impactful learning opportunity for students to explore emotions, consider questions, experience a shared humanity, and develop thinking in new and nuanced ways.

Developed as part of the partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, Teaching with Testimony is a no-cost educational program that unlocks the powerful instructional potential of testimony. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and act for a better future. Find out more at teachingwithtestimony.com.

In addition to the winning programs, the following received honorable mentions: Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education in the Public Health or Safety Initiative category; and Siemens Possibility Grant Challenge in the Education or Scholarship category.

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.

Contacts
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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