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Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn Program and Discovery Education Uncover the Science Behind How Alcohol Affects Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior During Alcohol Responsibility Month

Students and Educators Join Ask, Listen, Learn Twitter Chat April 11th to Celebrate Launch of New Partnership

Silver Spring, Md. (April 10, 2019) – To turn awareness into action this Alcohol Responsibility Month, Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced a new partnership aimed at educating students about the negative effects of underage drinking on the developing brain.

To kickoff conversations in classrooms nationwide around this topic, Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education will be hosting a Digital Discussion on the Science and Impact of Alcohol on Developing Brains, Bodies, and Behavior – a day of online engagement dedicated to equipping students in grades 5-7 with the knowledge and tools to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking by releasing a series of new lesson plans and videos for the classroom.

“We are thrilled to be working with Discovery Education – and this event comes just in time for Alcohol Responsibility Month,” said Executive Director of Responsibility.org Dr. Ben Nordstrom. “Meeting educators and students where they are and offering additional science- and evidence-based resources about the developing brain will make a difference in the smart choices kids make to live a healthy lifestyle and to say ‘NO’ to underage drinking.”

On April 11, follow #BrainBodyBehavior on Twitter as teachers, school nurses, school counselors, and other subject-matter-experts discuss how to teach kids about the impacts of underage drinking on their developing brains, bodies, and behavior. A portion of the day will be dedicated to unveiling three digital, no-cost, standards-aligned lesson plans, a family resource guide, and three corresponding videos featuring five-time gold medalist swimmer, >Nathan Adrian. Experts including Responsibility.org Educational Advisory Board member and founder of the blog Tech Savvy Mama Leticia Barr, school counselor and author of the book Middle School Matters Phyllis Fagell, Discovery Education’s STEM expert Cindy Moss, educators and athletes from Classroom Champions – including co-founder and three time Olympian Steve Mesler – and a team of Ask, Listen, Learn Ambassadors will lend their voices to discuss this new content and engage with educators and students in real-time. Educators are encouraged to share photos and videos of their class or ask experts their questions about how to talk to kids about living a healthy lifestyle using #BrainBodyBehavior.

Join us on Twitter for the Digital Discussion using #BrainBodyBehavior for the following sessions:

  • 10 a.m. ET – “The Science Behind the Effects of Alcohol on Your Brain”
  • 12 p.m. ET – “Treat your Body like a Top Athlete”
  • 2 p.m. ET – “Informed Students Make Better Healthier Decisions”

Be the first to explore these new, no-cost resources from Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education at DiscoverBrainBodyBehavior.com.

“Discovery Education is committed to the advancement of healthy lifestyles and development of whole children as they learn and grow. This Alcohol Responsibility Month we are proud to partner with Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn program to engage students in meaningful conversations about the dangers of underage drinking and to encourage healthy lifestyles in schools and communities nationwide,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “By empowering educators with science-based digital resources that help them build student mastery, we are providing young learners with the tools they need to jumpstart healthy futures.”

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix, the underage drinking prevention program for kids ages 9-12 from Responsibility.org, provides free, evidence-based and standards-aligned lesson plans for educators. The program utilizes innovative science lessons and videos to teach kids what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what that can do to them. The program’s skills-based approach teaches kids about communication, decision-making, accessing appropriate resources, and advocating for themselves and their peers. Ask, Listen, Learn also has a suite of resources for parents to use to start conversations at home to prevent underage drinking.

Prevention specialists, educators and parents play a critical role in empowering students by giving them the confidence kids need to say “NO” to drinking underage. 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).

“Informed students make better decisions. It’s vital for me to teach my students the science behind how alcohol affects their brains, bodies, and behavior to empower them to lead healthy lives,” said Rodney Crouse, Falkener Elementary School Educator from Greensboro, North Carolina. “Ask, Listen, Learn equips my students with immersive digital curriculum resources, and a deep dive into data and facts, that are critical to them comprehensively understanding the impacts of underage drinking. In no uncertain terms, this initiative is helping me create a healthy future for my students.”

All of the Ask, Listen, Learn resources are accessible for free at asklistenlearn.org. For more information about the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, visit asklistenlearn.org. Stay connected with Ask, Listen, Learn through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and Responsibility.org on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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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 and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com

Contact:

Responsibility.org
Erin Hildreth
Erin.Hildreth@responsibility.org
Phone: (202) 674-3071

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 274-2173

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2019 “TEENDRIVE365” FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN NATIONAL PSA CHALLENGE

Public Can Vote Online to Select “People’s Choice” Winner through April 23

Silver Spring, Md. (April 9, 2019) – More than a thousand videos created by teens to inspire their peers to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by Toyota and Discovery Education. Now down to the Top 10, it’s time for the public to watch and vote for their favorite video at teendrive365inschool.com/vote through April 23, 2019.

In addition to the People’s Choice winner, several other prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives.

“Toyota and Discovery Education have partnered for a decade to bring critical safety information to students in communities across the country, helping to ensure that drivers and passengers understand safe driving practices at every phase of life,” said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. “We thank all of the students from across the country who joined in spreading the message of safe driving in a unique and impactful way, and we encourage the public to vote on their favorite choice.”

This year’s finalists come from Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The full list of 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: Each receives $2,500
  • Four regional prizes: Each receives $1,000
  • People’s Choice prize: $5,000

“Sparking a national conversation about driver safety in schools, the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has empowered students to use their creativity and ingenuity to inspire others to make responsible choices behind the wheel,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

Last year’s grand prize went to Kirklin “Mack” Hopkins and Kellen Stadler of Charlotte, N.C. Their video It’s Not Fine delivered a direct and powerful narrative that highlights the dangers of distracted driving and the ability of teens to encourage safe driving behavior. The re-created PSA can be viewed here.

“The ‘TeenDrive365 initiative’ offers educators and families digitally immersive resources such as activities, interactives, quizzes, videos, and virtual field trips to help begin a discussion about safety with young drivers,” said Rita Mortenson, educational technology coach, Verona Area School District, Verona, Wisc. “These resources allow schools to positively impact their communities and peers by accepting the challenge to educate and empower others about driver safety.”

Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at no-cost and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Visit TeenDrive365.com to learn more about the annual Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving. For more information about the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge or to watch winning videos from the 2017-2018 challenge, click here.

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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 and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
CKinder@Discoveryed.com
(240) 274-2173 phone

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Georgia Public Broadcasting Extends Long-Term Partnership with Discovery Education Creating Digital Learning Environments Statewide

Continuation of 19-Year Collaboration Ensures Students and Educators Access to Engaging K-12 Digital Resources

Silver Spring, Md. (April 8, 2019)Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) today announced the extension of its 19-year partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. This collaboration, which empowers educators across Georgia to create dynamic digital learning environments with high-quality content from the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming Plus, has over its history delivered approximately 47 million digital learning objects to the state’s teachers and students.

GPB Education encourages lifelong learning through high quality, reliable content and their ability to connect educators, students, and families at all levels. GPB remains at the forefront of the effort to build dynamic digital learning environments for all students by creating, curating, and distributing quality educational programs and services through a state-of-the-art production facility, cutting edge digital media division, and a variety of innovative partnerships. Building on their reputation as a trusted content source, GPB Education supports educators across the state by producing resources that are specifically designed to meet individual needs of teachers and students throughout all of Georgia.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Streaming resources have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education Streaming can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

“Providing informative and enriching programming and educational resources to citizens across Georgia is the heart of GPB’s mission,” said GPB Director of Education Laura Evans. “Our long-term partnership with Discovery Education supports this mission and empowers educators statewide to create the digital learning environments we know will prepare Georgia’s students for future success.”

In addition to providing the state’s educators continued access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the renewal of this partnership ensures the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting educators served by GPB. 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’s partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting has, for 19 years, ensured the state’s educators access to rich, multimedia content they can use to address multiple learning styles, deepen student engagement, and improve student achievement,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Partner Engagement. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with GPB Director of Education Laura Evans and the rest of the great GPB team on our joint mission to support the success of each learner.”

For more information on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit http://www.gpb.org/education.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and resources, visit discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

About Georgia Public Broadcasting:

As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 18 radio stations and a multi-faceted digital presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs like Georgia Outdoors, On Second Thought, and Political Rewind.

Contacts:

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

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Discovery Education Streaming Plus Wins the Coveted EdTech ‘Cool Tool’ Award from EdTech Digest

Streaming Plus Wins the Content Provider Solution Category as Discovery Education Places Five Finalists for the ‘Trendsetter’, ‘Cool Tool’, and ‘Edtech Leadership’ Awards

Silver Spring, Md. (April 3, 2019)Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, was recently announced the winner of a coveted EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Content Provider Solution category. In addition, Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, placed finalists for the Trendsetter, Cool Tool, and Edtech Leadership Awards.

Now in its 9th year, the US-based EdTech Awards is the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech – and those who soon will be. This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Streaming resources have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education Streaming can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

“Nearly a decade in, The EdTech Awards persists in its salute,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program. “And nearly a decade in, the people driving edtech forward persist in their passion to improve learning. The EdTech Awards 2019 celebrates edtech’s best and brightest all year long; innovators, leaders, and trendsetters who are shaping the future of learning.”

In addition to winning EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Content Provider Solution category for Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education was named Trendsetter Award Finalist in the EdTech Company Setting a Trend category. In addition, Discovery Education services and leaders were named finalists for the following EdTech Digest Awards:

Cool Tool Award Finalists:

EdTech Leadership Award:

  • Hall Davidson, Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives in the Author/Speaker Category

“Discovery Education is honored by EdTech Digest’s recognition,” said Scott Kinney, President of K-12 Education at Discovery Education. ” We are proud of the role our people and services play in empowering educators around the globe to build the dynamic digital learning environments today’s students demand and deserve, and this recognition of our work is tremendous validation of our approach to transforming teaching and learning.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

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

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Discovery Education and Jackson Charitable Foundation Empower Students to be Money Smart Kids in Honor of Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Experts and K-6 Educators to Participate in All-Day Virtual Event on Twitter Designed to Spark Conversations About Money in Classrooms Nationwide

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the Day of Financial Literacy Learning and Fun – a day of online engagement dedicated to empowering educators with the tools, knowledge and confidence they need to teach K-6 students about financial literacy.

“Money-smart kids turn into money-smart adults. When students learn about the choices they have with money, it empowers them to take control of their futures,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with Discovery Education, making it easier for educators and parents to teach basic financial skills. Together, we are training the next generation of leaders to understand how money works, giving them the confidence to make sound financial decisions.”

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, follow #MoneySmartKids on Twitter to participate in a lively, informative discussion hosted by the Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education around how to embed financial literacy learning in the classroom. Also, gain access to free financial literacy resources and learn instructional strategies for how to talk to students about money from experts in the financial literacy education space.

During the day of online engagement, Danielle Robinson from the Jackson Charitable Foundation will team up with Jump$tart, Junior Achievement USA, Chris Hogan, national best-selling author and financial expert, Hilary Hunt, former director of financial education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Alice Wilder, producer for Blue’s Clues and co-creator for Super WHY! for an interesting, informative conversation. Educators are also invited to share photos and videos of how their students are celebrating the Day of Financial Literacy Learning and Fun using #MoneySmartKids for a chance to receive exciting giveaways.

Educators are encouraged to start the day by downloading the new, no-cost, educational classroom activity from Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The activity, Earn, Spend, Save and Donate, includes a three-minute music video to explore the basics of financial literacy, including: where money comes from, the different choices students have for using it, and the important decisions that come with money.

Online ‘Day of Financial Literacy Learning and Fun’ engagements are listed below:

  • SET THE STAGE: MORE MONEY (KNOWLEDGE) – LESS PROBLEMS (10:00 a.m. ET) Join Discovery Education, Jackson Foundation and Junior Achievement to learn how to set students up for financial literacy success. New Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! curriculum released during this time.
  • ASK THE EXPERTS: FINANCIALLY HEALTHY HABITS START EARLY (12:00 p.m. ET) Discuss the state of financial education with experts from Jump$tart, Chris Hogan, National Best-Selling Author and Financial Expert, and Hilary Hunt, Former Director of Financial Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • LEARNING APPLIED: YOUR FINLIT GAME PLAN (2:00 p.m. ET) Put fun into financial literacy with Danielle Robinson, Executive Director at Jackson Charitable Foundation, and Dr. Alice Wilder, Emmy award winning Ed Psychologist behind Blue’s Clues.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Jackson Charitable Foundation to inspire students to master fundamental money management principles,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Day of Financial Literacy Learning and Fun’ is designed to support our youngest learners, giving them the tools they need to start making money smart decisions at an early age.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! aims to empower youth across the country with critical 21st century skills by beginning high-quality financial education in elementary school, where financial education can be fundamentally embedded in the core learning experience. The program includes digital curriculum for educators, family activities, and a back-to-school contest designed to bring personal finance topics to life across all subject areas. This engaging and fun financial education program, designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults, equips students in grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

Since launching in April 2017, Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! has reached millions of parents, students and educators. This partnership features the engaging Cha-Ching cartoon band comprised of six energetic characters, brought to life in music videos, that help children learn about fundamental money management concepts through the band members’ different approaches to money habits. The videos feature storylines that bring to life the four key concepts of money and were created by Dr. Alice Wilder.

“Learning about money at school generates conversations about money at home, where young people form their deepest beliefs and values. ‘Cha-Ching’ helps me to prepare my students with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make smart money decisions,” said Brandon Wislocki, 5th grade teacher, Irvine Unified School District, Irvine, Calif. “With the ‘Cha-Ching Day of Financial Literacy Learning and Fun,’ Discovery Education and the Jackson Charitable Foundation are putting students on a path to financial achievement in adulthood, where money smart choices can positively impact the trajectory of their lives.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! resources are accessible on Cha-ChingUSA.org and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Jackson Charitable Foundation:

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

About Discovery Education:

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

Jackson Charitable Foundation
Danielle Robinson
Email: Danielle.Robinson@jackson.com
Phone: (517) 367-4769

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
Email: CKinder@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 274-2173

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Boeing and Discovery Education Launch New FUTURE U. Program to Inspire Student Careers in Aerospace Technology

Innovative Aerospace Technology Program Encourages Students to Innovate in STEM and Aerospace, Offers Immersive Exploration of 21st Century Space Travel

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) – Boeing and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today launched FUTURE U., a new innovative initiative to train the next generation of STEM professionals in aerospace exploration. The program will provide students with digitally immersive curriculum resources and experiences, including hands-on STEM activities, to help 6-12th grade students embrace their potential to make an impact on the future of aerospace.

The FUTURE U. program’s inaugural activation, Innovating the Future Virtual Field Trip, will premiere on April 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and will transport students from inside the walls of their classrooms to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where they will virtually engage with Boeing professionals who are writing the next chapter of human history in space. During the Virtual Field Trip, students will discover how these innovators employ various technologies like Extended Reality (XR) to prepare for the launch of the Starliner/CST-100 spacecraft and deployment of the Space Launch System (SLS). Educators, parents and students are welcomed to register for the virtual event. Participants are encouraged to join @DiscoveryEd, @Boeing and other experts for a live Twitter chat during the premiere by submitting questions and sending pictures using #BoeingFUTUREU and #BoeingInspires.

“Boeing is committed to helping children and youth achieve their potential through educational enrichment, and we are proud to launch FUTURE U. in partnership with Discovery Education to inspire the next generation of leaders in aerospace,” said Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement John Blazey. “We believe in the power of problem-solving to help shape the world and this effort is central to equipping today’s students with tomorrow’s skills for advancing innovation.”

FUTURE U. resources are available at no-cost at boeingfutureu.com and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Discovery Education Streaming Plus empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom.

This initiative also helps students explore aerospace technology through Virtual Field Trips, 360° videos, engagement of youth by Boeing employees, and hands-on standards-aligned STEM lessons guided by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS: Math), and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS: ELA).

Boeing and Discovery Education share the belief that early exposure to STEM is essential to providing all students with the equity and access needed to power their futures,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “FUTURE U. delivers classroom-to-career digital curriculum experiences that ignite young imaginations and inspire today’s students to explore their world through the wonders of STEM.”

FUTURE U. provides educators with the tools they need to inspire their students to use Discovery Education’s four C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking – to embrace their potential and innovate for the future. FUTURE U. will connect young learners to digitally immersive STEM experiences that are designed to spark their curiosity and give them the confidence to seek out solutions that have the potential to positively impact the world.

“FUTURE U. will give educators and students the ability to experience a unique opportunity to navigate through the dynamics of aerospace from the classroom,” said Tiffany Mumm, artistic technology educator from Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton, Fla. “I look forward to connecting my students with real engineers through a transformative virtual experience that reinforces how STEM is an integral part of their future in the workforce.”

FUTURE U. resources are accessible for free at boeingfutureu.com and will be integrated into Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Boeing:

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

About Discovery Education:

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

Contacts:

Boeing Communications
Jason Capeheart
Email: jason.s.capeheart@boeing.com
Phone: (312) 544-2568

Discovery Education
Charmion N. Kinder
Email: CKinder@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 274-2173

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Pennsylvania’s Phoenixville Area School District Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Digital Social Studies Lessons that Deeply Engage Middle School Students

7th and 8th Grade Educators to Receive Award-Winning Digital Curriculum and Professional Learning as Part of School System’s Effort to Build Modern Learning Environments

Silver Spring, Md. (March 28, 2019) – Pennsylvania’s Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) today launched a new partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through this collaboration, PASD’s 7th and 8th grade educators will receive access to Discovery Education’s high-quality, digital Social Studies curriculum and professional learning. With these new resources, district educators will be empowered to create engaging Social Studies lessons that prepare students for college, career, and citizenship.

Located approximately 20 miles outside Philadelphia, the Phoenixville Area School District is dedicated to preparing, inspiring, and graduating students to meet the challenges of the future, while serving as the educational hub of the community. To meet that mission, the district has undertaken a concerted effort to create dynamic digital learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. This effort is supported by a companion PASD initiative to provide all teachers ongoing professional learning that supports the integration of new technologies and resources into classroom activities.

To support PASD’s efforts to create digital learning environments and build teacher capacity, Discovery Education is providing all 7th and 8th grade teachers access to its award-winning Social Studies Techbook. Currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital curriculums. Updated regularly at no cost, Discovery Education’s Techbooks include detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in instruction.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook utilizes an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.

“The Phoenixville Area School District believes all children have the ability to maximize their potential, and that it is the school district’s responsibility and mission to provide multiple opportunities to help each child achieve that goal,” said Phoenixville Area School District Supervisor of Curriculum Jessica Kilmetz. “The integration of the Social Studies Techbook into instruction aids our effort modernize the learning experience for our students and brings us closer to our goal of helping all students reach their fullest potential.”

To ensure the PASD educators using their new digital curriculum are fully supported throughout their implementation, Discovery Education experts will provide robust professional learning opportunities to district teachers. Through these interactive professional development opportunities, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their new resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

PASD educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. 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.

“The Phoenixville Area School District is the latest Pennsylvania school system to partner with Discovery Education to meet their district goals, and we are honored to have been chosen to support the district’s work,” said Discovery Education Partnership Manager Doug Long. “We look forward to collaborating with Phoenixville educators at all levels on our joint mission to support the success of all learners.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and resources, 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 and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
swakefield@discoveryed.com, 240.463.2894

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