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Arizona’s Scottsdale Unified School District to Create Cultures of STEM Teaching and Learning Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

–Unique Combination of Digital Content and Professional Development to Support the Creation of Immersive, STEM/STEAM-Focused Learning Experiences at Two SUSD Elementary Schools–

Silver Spring, MD (October 8, 2019) — Arizona’s Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) announced today an expansion of their multi-year collaboration with Discovery Education.  In this new phase of partnership, Discovery Education will provide engaging, STEM/STEAM-focused digital content and sustained professional learning support to two SUSD STEM/STEAM elementary schools, Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School.   This partnership expansion assists the district’s ongoing efforts to create and sustain immersive STEM/STEAM instruction that engages students, inspires lifelong learning, and sets them up for success beyond the classroom. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Located just northeast of Phoenix, AZ, SUSD is a premiere PreK–12 district that serves a diverse population of more than 23,000 students across 29 physical campuses and one online school.  SUSD’s mission is to deliver a world-class education promoting the highest level of academic achievement, creativity, and personal growth that will inspire greatness in today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.  To support this mission, the district has established robust STEM/STEAM programs in schools across the district.

In an effort to enhance the culture of STEM education at the district’s STEM/STEAM elementary schools, Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School, the district has deepened its partnership with Discovery Education to bring Discovery Education STEM Connect into each schools’ classrooms. STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource that helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation, and was recently awarded the prestigious CODiE award by the Software and Information Industry Association. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.  In addition, the educators atLaguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School will also participate in Discovery Education’s STEMformation professional learning initiative.

A comprehensive, three-year system of professional development, STEMformation helps educators strengthen and sustain a culture of STEM at individual school sites and guides educators as they master STEM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEM lessons and vertically aligning STEM education school-wide, STEMformation provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership to create centers of STEM excellence.

“At the Scottsdale Unified School District, we believe in providing all students a rigorous academic experience that inspires the highest levels of achievement, creativity, and personal growth,” said Dr. John Kriekard SUSD Superintendent.  “To support our talented staff in cultivating the STEM/STEAM culture we know will support the academic experience our students deserve, we are pleased to expand our relationship with Discovery Education.”

SUSD educators will continue to 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.

“We at Discovery Education are excited to get down to work with the educators at SUSD’s Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School,” said Phillip Mikula, Senior Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “They have set a tremendous bar in terms of providing their students best-in-class STEM/STEAM education, and we look forward to supporting their efforts with our dynamic digital content and sustained professional learning services.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular 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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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Michigan’s Saline Area Schools’ New Partnership With Discovery Education Focuses on Helping District Students Develop “4C” Skills

Silver Spring, MD (October 3, 2019)Michigan’s Saline Area Schools (SAS) today announced a new multiyear partnership with Discovery Education focused on helping district students build proficiency in the “4C” (Communication, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving) skills needed for post-graduate success.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

The acquisition of the essential “4C” skills today’s students need to become productive citizens in an increasingly global society is a top priority at SAS, and is a key goal of the district’s Strategic Framework.  To attain their goal of developing life-long learners capable of shaping their preferred future, SAS is redesigning learning spaces to drive deeper, and more authentic and engaging learning.  Alongside this effort, the district is thoughtfully infusing technology into those learning spaces in a fashion that empowers students to access mixed and multi-media digital content anytime, anywhere, on any device and at any pace.

Following a rigorous review, SAS selected a number of Discovery Education’s digital resources for use by district teachers and students in grades 6-8.  Among the digital resources now available in SAS classrooms are:

Discovery Education Experience.  Discovery Education Experience supports instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Through curated, personalized, one-of-a-kind digital curriculum resources delivered to the educator based on their preferences, Discovery Education Experience helps busy teachers save time and more easily differentiate instruction.  The experiential and highly relevant content within Discovery Education Experience helps students relate to and better understand subject matter, driving deeper engagement and learning. In addition, the service’s up-to-date, high-quality, and ever-growing digital content collections, as well as a library of immersive virtual field trips, are drawn from trusted partners.

Discovery Education Experience’s engaging content is complemented by a rich library of creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.  Aligned to McREL International’s 6-Phase Model of Learning, these strategies foster skill development, complement different types of content, and are conveniently paired with content at the point of use. The new Discovery Education Experience also offers embedded content creation and real-time collaboration features through the Studio suite of tools.

STEM Connect.  STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource. STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation, and was recently awarded the prestigious CODiE award by the Software and Information Industry Association. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

Discovery Education Science Techbooks.   A full digital curriculum, the Science Techbook utilizes an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook.  The Social Science Techbook uses 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. This revolutionary digital curriculum is standards-aligned and features exciting content that strengthens literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship skills. From stories of ancient cultures to current events, this comprehensive digital textbook takes concepts off the pages and brings lessons to life.

“The entire team at the Saline Area Schools is dedicated to helping each student develop individual excellence on the pathway toward achieving personal goals,” said Saline Area Schools’ Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Steve Laatsch.  “Our new partnership with Discovery Education plays a critical role in bringing the technology in our classrooms alive with high-quality curated content, and I look forward to seeing our educators create exciting digital lessons that engage all students.”

In addition to receiving dynamic digital content from Discovery Education, SAS educators will be assisted in growing their classroom practice by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is excited to work with the tremendous team at the Saline Area Schools,” said Alissa McLean, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “The district’s ambitious plans to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship position them as a nationwide leader, and Discovery Education is proud to be a part of their efforts.”

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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

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Illinois’ Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118 Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting the Creation of Student-Centered, Inquiry-Based Social Studies Lessons

–Educators at District Middle School to Receive Combination of New Digital Curriculum and Sustained Professional Learning as Part of Effort to Create Innovative Learning Experiences–

Silver Spring, MD (September 24, 2019) – Illinois’ Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118 (DSD#118) announced today that it has 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.  This new partnership promotes the integration of Discovery Education’s high-quality digital content into Social Studies lessons at the district’s North Ridge Middle School, and emphasizes student-centered, inquiry-based Social Studies learning opportunities.

Located approximately 30 miles east of Champaign on the Illinois-Indiana border, DSD#118 serves a diverse population of approximately 5,500 students each day.  To support efforts to create engaging digital classrooms that feature lessons aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science and increase opportunities for student-driven inquiry, DSD#118 educators in the school system’s middle school will shortly begin integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning Social Studies Techbook into classroom instruction.

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 additional cost, Discovery Education’s Techbooks include detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in inquiry-driven 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.

“Our educators were looking for innovative to ways to meet the Illinois Social Studies Standards and enhance student-driven inquiry in their classrooms,” said MaryEllen Bunton,

Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our new Social Studies Techbooks provide Middle School teachers a digital resource that not only meets these needs, but is also aligned with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework.  We believe this new digital textbook will give our students exciting new ways to engage in a host of Social Studies topics.”

To help educators learn how to effectively use their new Techbooks to support instruction, Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118’s Middle School educators will participate in robust professional learning opportunities and job-embedded instructional coaching delivered by Discovery Education experts. Through these interactive professional development sessions, 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.

Educators will also be supported in their efforts to create digital learning environments by 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.

“We at Discovery Education are incredibly excited to launch our new collaboration with Danville Community Consolidated School District No. 118,” said Nellie Herchenbach, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager. “School systems across Illinois are leading a nationwide movement to create dynamic digital Social Studies lessons that engage students and prepare them to participate in our 21st Century democracy, and we are eager to continue this important work in Danville.”

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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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Educators Around the World Invited to Attend the Discovery Educator Network’s 2019 Fall VirtCon

-No-Cost, Virtual Event to Showcase Actionable Strategies Teachers and Administrators Can Immediately Use to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments- 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 19, 2019) – The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) invites teachers and administrators around the world to participate in the 2019 Fall VirtCon on Saturday, October 19, from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM ET. A no-cost, virtual professional learning conference, this peer-to-peer experience provides a unique opportunity for educators at all levels to learn new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and improve academic achievement.

The DEN is supported by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. A global community of education professionals, the DEN connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable professional learning, idea sharing, networking, and inspiration.

The 2019 Fall VirtCon includes a variety of engaging, online presentations and sessions from DEN members and the Discovery Education team designed to support the professional growth of both longtime users of Discovery Education’s services and educators new to using digital content in the classroom.  Scheduled sessions include:

Let’s Get Googley—This session will showcase how well Discovery Education and Google play together.  Through a series of captivating demonstrations, participants will explore easy ways to infuse Discovery Education resources into their Google-based classrooms that will empower students to create, explore, and stay engaged!

Enhancing Literacy Instruction Using SOS—In this session, attendees will learn how to use Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series to inspire learning through literacy. Featuring real examples of how to pair Discovery Education Experience digital resources, including transcripts from videos, audio files and images, with traditional picture books and novels to support students’ comprehension and communication skills, this session will help participants boost their efforts to support literacy.

Differentiating Instruction with Discovery Education Experience—Discovery Education helps educators differentiate instruction with multimodal digital content for multiple learning styles, degrees of readiness, and interests with resources that vary content, process, and learning environment. In this session, participants will zero in on resources and strategies for effectively using Discovery Education Experience to reach all learners.

Using Discovery Education to Facilitate 5E Inquiry for all Disciplines— By demonstrating how students can engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate ideas in any content area using Discovery Education resources, this session will share with participants new ways to facilitate learning structured in the 5E Instructional Model.

In addition to providing new perspectives and insights on issues important to today’s educators, Fall VirtCon offers participants the opportunity to connect with their colleagues, share ideas, and discover new digital resources and instructional tools they can immediately use in the classroom. Last year, approximately 4,000 educators participated in the Fall VirtCon.

“VirtCon stands head and shoulders above the other education conferences I attend in terms of immediate impact,” said Paula Jasser an Instructional Technology Facilitator in Florida’s Broward County Public School District.  “I encourage any and all educators to attend this fantastic event, as what you learn on Saturday can immediately be put to use when you return to the classroom on Monday.”

Members of the DEN will also host a number of local viewing parties where attendees can participate in the Fall VirtCon in-person. To register to attend in-person or virtually for 2019 Fall VirtCon, visit this webpage, and use the hashtag #DEexperience to follow along with this event on Twitter. At the conclusion of the 2019 VirtCon, all sessions will be archived and available at the event website.

“Discovery Education understands that making time to work on improving as an educator can be a challenge,” said Jannita Demian, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Learning Communities. “So, we designed the Fall VirtCon to provide attendees new teaching strategies in a flexible format that they can immediately apply in the classroom.  Each session will help educators at all levels elevate their instructional practice, so we invite any and all teachers and administrators to join us for what will be an inspiring day of learning.”

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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

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Oregon’s Reynolds School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Immersive Science Lessons for High School Students

–Combination of New Digital Curriculum and Professional Learning from Discovery Education Empower District Educators to Maximize Shift to 1:1 Learning–

Silver Spring, MD (September 12, 2019) — Oregon’s Reynolds School District (RSD) today announced the expansion of its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In this collaboration’s latest phase, RSD’s high school science teachers are empowered to use Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook and sustained, job-embedded professional development to create immersive, digital lessons in a 1:1 environment.

Serving students and families in the eastern Portland metro area, Reynolds School District is dedicated to graduating students that embrace lifelong learning and apply skills in technology, global literacy, creativity, and critical thinking to enhance family, career, and community.  To help reach this goal, the Reynolds High School just launched a new 1:1 initiative that is putting new Chromebooks into the hands of each student.  In addition, the district is shifting to a new inquiry-based approach to Science instruction designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To support RSD’s efforts to meet the NGSS, the school system selected Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for student use in high school science classrooms.  The Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction through a rich digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbook series also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”

“Reynolds School District believes every student is entitled to an equitable opportunity to engage in three-dimensional learning focused on higher-order thinking and student-driven inquiry,” said RSD’s Curriculum Coordinator Tara DeBois.  “Our collaboration with Discovery Education has helped drive deeper student engagement in our middle school science classes, and we look forward to similar results in our high school science classes.”

To help RDS’S High School Science teachers maximize the Science Techbook and their new Chromebooks in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide district educators numerous professional development opportunities. Through these interactive professional learning 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.

“Discovery Education is excited to continue this powerful partnership,” said Nellie Herchenbach, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “Through the creation of digital, 1:1 learning environments powered by Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, Reynolds School District is making great strides in their effort to help all students grow the skills and competencies needed to enhance family, career, and community connections.”

NECSD’s educators will 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.

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’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 www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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