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Itron and Discovery Education Present the ‘Internet of Things’ Virtual Field Trip Amplifying the Connections Between Innovation and Conservation

June 5th No-Cost Virtual Experience Helps Educators Engage with Students on the Topic of Sustainability in the Era of Remote Learning and Observe World Environment Day

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, May 27, 2020) – In celebration of World Environment Day, Itron and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—present the Internet of Things: Infinite Possibilities Virtual Field Trip, premiering on June 5, 2020. Students and families can register for the no-cost field trip here.

During the completely virtual experience, students in grades 6-9 gain an exciting look at how the internet they use in their everyday lives can conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities. During this event, students will also dive into the world of cutting-edge smart technology and sustainable innovation by meeting talented real-world STEM professionals.

The United Nations’ World Environment Day dedicates time for the global community to reimagine human’s relationship with nature. This year’s theme, Time for Nature, empowers students to connect the dots between natural resources and human impact by focusing on innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

“In line with the ethos of the Itron and Discovery Education Conservation Station program, the new Internet of Things Virtual Field Trip was filmed and produced 100% virtually, as to accommodate for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marina Donovan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Affairs at Itron. “On World Environment Day, and every day, we are thrilled to amplify the power of technology as a tool to build innovative sustainability solutions by presenting the future’s leaders with new ideas and real connections.”

“This World Environment Day Virtual Field Trip demonstrates the power of the internet to foster connectivity and unite forces for the betterment of the planet,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to partner with Itron to present a dynamic digital learning experience that amplifies the important role young people play in using STEM skills to support the creation of a more sustainable world.”

The Itron Internet of Things Virtual Field Trip builds upon the suite of no-cost virtual learning resources offered from the Itron and Discovery Education educational program, Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World. Through Conservation Station, middle school educators, students and their caregivers receive access to hands-on, innovative, engaging, standards-aligned resources encouraging the exploration between water and energy through the lens of conservation. Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World resources are available at learntoconserve.com and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate & Community Partnerships channel and the Virtual Field Trips 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. 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 information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s need.

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 Itron
Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: itron.com. Itron® is a registered trademark of Itron, Inc. All third-party trademarks are property of their respective owners and any usage herein does not suggest or imply any relationship between Itron and the third party unless expressly stated.

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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Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education Receive Prestigious CODiE Award for Best STEM Instructional Solution for Grades 6-12

Innovative No-Cost Dynamic Digital Content Building STEM Thinking Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition

Silver Spring, MD (Thursday, May 21, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) – the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries – recently announced the winners of the 2020 CODiE Awards in education technology. Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education was named Best STEM Instructional Solution in the Grades 6-12 category for their Manufacture Your Future initiative. Through a suite of no-cost digital resources, Manufacture Your Future cultivates the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators.

Manufacture Your Future provides hands-on learning for 3rd-12th grade teachers, students, and families that build the skills necessary for a future career in manufacturing. Comprehensive, cross-curricular lesson plans and resources explore a variety of topics from the history of manufacturing to STEM-based interactives on robotics. The program’s family discussion starters extend the conversation beyond the classroom, giving parents a way to highlight the crucial role manufacturing plays in day-to-day life. Discover all the no-cost digital resources at manufacureyourfuture.com.

37 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals, including the top honor of the Best Overall Education Technology Solution. A SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor, following rigorous reviews by expert judges including educators and administrators whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. Learn more and see all the award winners here.

“Congratulations to the 2020 Ed Tech CODiE Award winners,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the importance of innovative edtech products and services such as those we honor today. This year’s class takes a special place among the many amazing products recognized across the 35-year history of the CODiE Awards.”

“The Arconic Foundation believes in the importance of developing the future manufacturing workforce through innovative programming and education opportunities. Through Manufacture Your Future, we strive to make the STEM careers of tomorrow fascinating to the students of today by unleashing the power of creativity and innovation,” said Diana Toman, President of Arconic Foundation and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Arconic. We are proud that our partnership with Discovery Education is providing free digital educational resources for students around the world and honored that this program is being recognized with the CODiE Award for Best STEM Instructional Solution.”

“We recognize the critical importance of engaging today’s learners in the application of STEM skills to make the world a better place,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to support the Arconic Foundation in our shared mission to inspire students to see themselves as innovative manufacturing solution-seekers and to provide equity of access to quality STEM education experiences that power the careers of tomorrow.”

The prestigious CODiE Awards recognize the companies producing the most innovative Business and Education technology products across the country and around the world. As the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, Discovery Education has previously won CODiE awards for STEM Connect, Science Techbook, and the Social Studies Techbook Series.

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 the CODiE Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Arconic Foundation
Arconic Foundation supports programs that prepare the advanced manufacturing workforce through education and skill-building. Arconic Foundation is independently endowed with assets of approximately $150 million and invests in the communities of Arconic Corporation – a leading provider of aluminum products that advance the ground transportation, aerospace, industrial, packaging and building and construction markets.

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
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Ryan Kish | Arconic Foundation | Ryan.Kish@arconic.com
Jennifer Baranowski | SIAA | jbaranowski@siia.net

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Georgia Teen Selected as Grand Prize Winner in National Teen Safe Driving PSA Competition

Toyota and Discovery Education Announce TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Winners as Part of Digital Learning Program Supporting Students’ Lifelong Safe Driving Habits

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, May 14, 2020) – Toyota and Discovery Education announced the winners of the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national safe-driving public service announcement competition for high school students. From the nearly 1,000 submissions across all 50 states, ten winners were selected, along with 24 state merit prizes and one People’s Choice winner. See all the winners at teendrive365.com.

High school senior Palmer W. from Hillgrove High School in Georgia’s Cobb County takes first place for his original video entitled “HEY!” urging peers to keep their hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and yield from distractions. The full list of TeenDrive365 Video Challenge includes: 

Grand Prize: Palmer W. for “HEY!” from Cobb County in Powder Springs, Georgia receives $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery Education film crew to reshoot the winning video as a TV-ready PSA 

Second place prize:Giselle C. for “Don’t Do What I Did” from Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, Arkansas receives $10,000 

Third place prize: Holden B. for “The Three R’s of the Road” from Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Aptos, California receives $7,500 

Fourth to tenth place prizes:Each of the following receives $2,500 
Isaiah C. for “Look Up” from Great Valley School District in Malvern, Pennsylvania
Ethan W. for “Stash it, Stow it, Hide it!” from McKinney ISD in McKinney, Texas
Ethan W. “Driving Mindfully” from Barnstable Public Schools in Hyannis, Massachusetts
Jadin B. for “Distractathon Decathlon” from Howard Suamico School District in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Grayson Z. for “Cars in the Wild” from Palm Beach County in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Lynsey R. For “Stay Focused” from Parkland School District in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Ayden P. for “A Lesson from Bud” from Colbert County School District in Cedar Hill, Texas 

People’s Choice prize: Ethan W. for “Stash it, Stow it, Hide it!” from McKinney ISD in McKinney, Texas receives an additional $5,000 

NEW! State Merit prizes: A total of 24 teams of teens across the country receive exclusive prize pack from TeenDrive365 

Since 2011, the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has awarded over a quarter million dollars in total to high school students across the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Students submit self-directed 30-60 second videos for a panel of judges to vote. The student-created PSAs are published nationally by Toyota, effectively sharing the importance of safe driving to teens and families.

“The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge demonstrates the power of peer role modeling while showcasing creativity through this dynamic project-based learning initiative,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We’re proud to partner with Toyota to amplify the importance of teen safe driving.”

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge supplements TeenDrive365, a digital program produced in partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, offering no-cost digital learning resources empowering educators, families, and teens with life-saving habits. The Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at teendrive365.com and through Discovery Education Experience.

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 center 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 TeenDrive365
TeenDrive365 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. The program aims to help guide teens through those critical first years behind the wheel, as well as a develop a lifetime of safe driving habits.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

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
Jennifer Parr, Toyota Motor North America, jennifer.parr@toyota.com
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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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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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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Virtual Learning Resources from Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education Spark Conversations at Home During Alcohol Responsibility Month

 Digital Tools for Families Grow Kids’ Confidence to Say “NO” to Underage Drinking

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, April 14, 2020) – Parents are the leading influence on their kids’ decision to drink – or not to drink – alcohol. With students and families homebound during April, Alcohol Responsibility Month, they can turn to a diverse array of digital resources from Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education to initiate conversations that help kids say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.

Ask, Listen, Learn provides digital resources for communities to learn about the impacts of alcohol on the developing brain, and we are proud to partner with Discovery Education to continue educating middle school-aged kids about the negative effects of underage drinking,” said Director of Communications at Responsibility.org Erin Hildreth. “While home together during Alcohol Responsibility Month, families can have informative and engaging conversations that teach kids the importance of saying “NO” to underage drinking.”

With classrooms across the country moving online, the following resources are available for at-home or distance learning. They provide families the key information they need to engage in conversations to sustain healthy lifestyles:

Ask, Listen, Learn Digital Exploration: In this interactive and self-paced module, students learn about the effects of alcohol on the developing brain and use this information to help themselves (and friends!) make informed and responsible decisions when confronted with peer pressure to drink alcohol underage.

Digital Exploration Family Activity: In this activity students react to scenarios related to underage drinking with a refusal strategy, an acceptance of a positive alternative, or a strategy to keep friends from making unhealthy choices.

Ask, Listen, Learn Family Infographic: Learn key tips and tricks for how to start, and keep, the chat going about saying “NO” to underage drinking.

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix: Access videos, lesson plans, games, and other science-based resources available from the most widely distributed underage drinking program of its kind.

“Providing students with real-world content that supports the development of the whole student is critically important,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “At a time when families are facing unique challenges and stressors related to COVID-19, we are proud to amplify the work of Responsibility.org and to provide dynamic, science-based virtual learning resources that foster healthy decision making.”

Since 2003, underage drinking has declined 50% (Monitoring the Future, 2016), and conversations between parents and their kids about alcohol have increased 73% (Responsibility.org, 2016). Ask, Listen, Learn resources take a skills-based approach to teaching families and kids about communication, decision-making, and advocating for themselves and their peers.

Access program resources at DiscoverBrainBodyBehavior.com or through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel.

For more information about Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, visit Responsibility.org and AskListenLearn.org. Stay connected with Ask, Listen, Learn through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest, and Responsibility.org on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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 information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s need.

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 Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix Program
Ask, Listen, Learn is the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind. Developed and distributed by Responsibility.org, founded by distillers, and recognizing more than a decade of success, the program has innovative, science and evidence-based digital resources for teachers, counselors, school nurses and other educators that teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to you. The program also includes resources for parents, such as conversation starters and tips, to help kids say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking. For more information, visit AskListenLearn.org.

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
Erin Hildreth, Responsibility.org, Erin.Hildreth@responsibility.org
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Top 10 Finalists Announced by Toyota and Discovery Education in the 2020 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Public Voting Now Open through April 22 to Select the “People’s Choice” Student Winner

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, April 9, 2020) – Nearly 1,000 teens produced their own public service announcement on safe driving as part of the Toyota and Discovery Education TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. With the Top 10 finalists identified by a panel of judges, communities across the country now have the opportunity to vote for their favorite at teendrive365inschool.com/vote now until April 22, 2020.

Since 2011, the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has awarded over a quarter million dollars in total to high school students across the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The student-created PSAs are published nationally by Toyota, effectively sharing the importance of safe driving to teens and families.

The 2020 finalists feature students from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge prizes include:

– Grand Prize:$15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery Education film crew to reshoot the winning video as a TV-ready PSA
– Second place prize:$10,000
– Third place prize:$7,500
– Fourth to tenth place prizes:$2,500 each
– NEW! State Merit prizes: Exclusive pack of swag from TeenDrive365
– People’s Choice prize:$5,000

“The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge amplifies the power of teen voices to educate their peers across the country about the importance of driver safety,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We’re proud to support Toyota’s leadership in empowering teenagers as they take their seats behind the wheel. This year’s submissions are powerful and we’re excited to share them with young people and their families as we move into the next phase of the Challenge.”

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge supplements TeenDrive365, a digital program produced in partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, offering no-cost learning resources empowering educators, families, and teens with life-saving habits. The Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at teendrive365inschool.com and through Discovery Education Experience.

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 DEthat can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center 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 TeenDrive365
TeenDrive365 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. The program aims to help guide teens through those critical first years behind the wheel, as well as a develop a lifetime of safe driving habits.

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
Matt Sheldon, Toyota Motor North America, matthew.sheldon@toyota.com
Grace Maliska, Discovery Education, gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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