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Discovery Education STEM Connect Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Cross-Curricular Solution

— Cutting-Edge, Digital, Interdisciplinary K-8 Supplemental Resource Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition–

Silver Spring, MD (June 12, 2019) – Yesterday, Discovery Education’s STEM Connect, the innovative and engaging digital interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, was named the best cross-curricular solution of 2019 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The prestigious CODiE Awards recognize the companies producing the most innovative Business and Education technology products across the country and around the world.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Built to bring STEM to life and enhance core curriculum, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience through high-quality interdisciplinary resources that can be used in a wide variety of classrooms and across all subjects.

“STEM education is about preparing students for the world beyond the classroom, and STEM Connect helps me achieve that goal in all subjects and with all learners,” said Laura Dawes, an elementary school Media Specialist in Alabama’s Mobile County Public Schools.  “STEM Connect winning the 2019 CODiE Award for Best Cross Curricular Solution just validates what I’ve known since I’ve started using the service in my classroom.”

Among STEM Connect’s key features are:

  • Real-World Challenges– Inspired by the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, STEM Connect’s Real World Challenges inspire younger students to pursue solutions to personal, local issues while middle school students explore possible solutions to more complex, global problems.
  • Career Connections– STEM Connect provides students with opportunities to learn about diverse STEM careers in context and connects the skills they are using in the classroom to real situations around the world.
  • Content Connection Activities– Ranging from math and literacy to the arts and health, the Content Connection activities ask students to apply appropriate grade-level skills in various disciplines.
  • Hands-On Activities– By blending dynamic digital content with engaging opportunities for students to build, design, make, and create, STEM Connect offers a variety of hands-on activities for all students.
  • Global STEM Solution Seekers– STEM Connect users are part of a global community working to solve important real-world challenges. In select units, students connect via GlobalLab, a global student laboratory, to share data and collaborate with others around the world.

STEM Connect’s dynamic digital content also supports educators’ efforts to meet existing literacy goals.  Through informational text infused with fictional stories and characters, STEM Connect challenges students to solve relevant and engaging real-life problems as it deepens student engagement and builds depth of understanding.

“Discovery Education is proud of SIIA’s recognition of STEM Connect and we thank the CODiE Award judges’ for their dedication to reviewing all the services in this year’s competition as well as the members of SIIA who voted for STEM Connect,” said Pete Weir, Chief Product Officer Discovery Education.  “Discovery Education was built with a clear mission: to support educators, engage students, inspire curiosity and impact outcomes.  We are proud of the role STEM Connect plays in supporting that mission and this recognition will no doubt encourage the Discovery Education team to create even more innovative products and services educators can use to build meaningful cross-curricular learning experiences for all students.”

Previous Discovery Education SIIA CODiE award winners include Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which was recognized as the best source for reference or education resources, and the Social Studies Techbook Series, which was selected as the best social sciences or social studies instructional solution.  In addition, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series was recognized as the best science/health instructional solution.

Educators using Discovery Education STEM Connect are supported in their efforts to build cultures of STEM teaching and learning 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.

“The 2019 CODiE award winners represent the best of a new class of innovative products that are disrupting education and adding new efficiencies for educators and administrators. These exciting new products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to student and educator needs,” said Jeff Joseph, SIIA President. “Congratulations to Discovery Education and all our honorees!”

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, during the SIIA Ed Tech Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco. Thirty-four awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for education and learning professionals.

A SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor, as each award winner was first reviewed 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.

More information about the Awards is available at http://www.siia.net/codie and details about the winning products can be found at http://www.siia.net/codie/2019-Winners.

For more information about Discovery Education’s STEM Connect, digital curriculum 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 AwardsThe 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 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:

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

SIIA
Benjamin Price
Email: bprice@siia.net
Phone: (703) 909-4034

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Indiana’s Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Expands Partnership with Discovery Education Aimed at Helping Students Maximize Their Potential

School System Adopts Full Suite of Digital Curriculum Resources for Selected Courses in Middle and High School as Part of an Ongoing Effort to Strengthen Digital Learning

Silver Spring, MD (June 11, 2019) — Indiana’s Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) today announced the renewal of its partnership with Discovery Education , the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through this expanded, multi-year collaboration, Discovery Education will support the school district’s ongoing commitment to helping students maximize their fullest potential through modern classrooms powered by innovative digital curriculum resources.

Located at the southern tip of Indiana and bordering Kentucky and Illinois, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation serves a diverse population of nearly 23,000 students.  EVSC’s teachers and administrators are committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities to all students and are guided in their efforts by the district’s goal to maximize digital resources and learning.  Among the core strategies that will help district students reach their full potential is the continued implementation of a robust academic curriculum featuring resources that support personalized, rigorous instruction in all classrooms.

To support this strategy, EVSC will expand their use of Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks. In addition to continuing their use of the Science Techbook, EVSC’s educators will in the coming school year begin to integrate the Social Studies Techbook into middle school classroom instruction and the Math Techbook into middle school honors and high school classroom instruction.  Discovery Education’s Science, Social Studies, and Math Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada. An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook is built on the 5E model and helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, data analysis activities, and powerful STEM resources. The Social Studies 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. The Math Techbook is a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

EVSC science, social studies and math teachers integrating Techbooks into classroom instruction in the coming year will receive robust professional development from Discovery Education experts. 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.

“Our expanded partnership is exciting,” said Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Director of Science, Dr. Vic Chamness.  “We have seen great engagement in science and are looking forward to our students expanding their use and learning with Discovery Education.”

EVSC educators using Techbook 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.

“EVSC’s vision for excellence in its schools is inspiring,” said Discovery Education Partnerships Manager Andrew Harshey. “Discovery Education is proud to be supporting the efforts of Superintendent Smith and the entire Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to continue the district’s efforts to help all students maximize their potential and be successful throughout each stage of their lives.”

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 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:

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

 

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Ohio’s Antwerp Local Schools and Discovery Education Expand Partnership Creating Digital Learning Environments Supporting STEM Instruction

–Latest Phase of Collaboration Brings Award-Winning Digital Resources to District Classrooms–

Silver Spring, MD (May 30, 2019) — Ohio’s Antwerp Local Schools (ALS) today announced an expansion of their partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. In this new phase of their multi-year collaboration, Discovery Education will assist the district’s ongoing efforts to create engaging, digital learning environments that support STEM instruction with a combination of powerful, award-winning digital resources and professional development.

Each day, ALS’s educators are guiding the more than 700 K-12 children they serve through an educational pathway that supports the development of the 21st-Century skills, knowledge, and behaviors that will enable them to successfully participate the global economy.  The ALS team’s dedication to supporting the success of all students has led to the district’s high school being named among the top high schools in Ohio and the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years.  STEM education is viewed by the Antwerp community as an integral part of the educational pathway, and last year, the district embarked on a unique STEM-focused professional learning and capacity building program in partnership with Discovery Education called STEM Foundations.

The district seeks to strengthen that educational pathway and to provide students new opportunities to explore STEM and other disciplines within modern, digital learning environments.  Therefore, the district has selected Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a premiere collection of curated K–12 digital content, and Discovery Education STEM Connect, an innovative, interdisciplinary K–8 supplemental digital resource that helps bring STEM to life, enhancing core curriculum for classroom use across the school system.

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. Streaming Plus was also recently announced the winner of a coveted EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Content Provider Solution category.

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.

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. 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.

“The educators at Antwerp Local Schools are laser-focused on empowering all students to graduate with the necessary skills to thrive and remain competitive in an evolving, international workforce,” said Antwerp Local Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Martin Miller.  “The expansion of our partnership with Discovery Education strengthens our STEM offerings and creates dynamic, digital learning environments that will help all of our students reach their highest potential.”

To ensure the ALS educators using their new digital resources are fully supported, 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.

Antwerp educators will also 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.

“The team at Discovery Education is excited to broaden our relationship with the talented Antwerp Local Schools’ team,” said Joe Rotondo, Discovery Education Partnership Manager. “Dr. Miller and the district’s educators are re-envisioning K-12 education in Western Ohio, and we are excited to support their effort.”

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 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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Major League Baseball and Discovery Education Invite Students and Educators Nationwide to Participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge

–In Latest Phase of Collaboration, MLB and Discovery Education Provide All U.S. & Canada-Based Students the Chance to Explore Their Impact on the Environment and the Importance of Environmental Stewardship–

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, May 20, 2019)Major League Baseball® (MLB) and Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invite all students and educators nationwide to participate in the Global Sustainability Challenge. During this unique no-cost event, participants will explore their impact on the environment and learn about the importance of environmental stewardship through a set of flexible digital resources that can either be integrated by educators into classroom instruction or completed independently by students over the summer as part of an enrichment activity.

Through a weekly challenge, participating students will explore different conservation efforts currently ongoing in MLB ballparks across the United States and Canada.  Each of the six challenges will be accompanied by a video from an MLB executive that will immerse students in a variety of topics including recycling, local food sourcing, water conservation, and energy efficiency.  By learning how various baseball teams address these important sustainability issues, students will be challenged to think about how these topics relate to their own community.

After viewing these videos, students will use an extensive collection of curated resources aligned to each global sustainability challenge area to further investigate each topic. These resources, which include activity sheets, STEM career videos, and more, will help students establish career connections and share their findings with classmates, family, and friends throughout the summer. Additional details and the first week’s Challenge can be found here.

“Major League Baseball is excited to share with students and teachers nationwide the efforts our Clubs are making to be good stewards of the environment in their ballparks,” said Barbara McHugh, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Major League Baseball. “By partnering with Discovery Education to present the Global Sustainability Challenge, we are hoping students are inspired by the great work of our Clubs and are encouraged to think about how they can help protect our shared environment.”

The Global Sustainability Challenge is part of an ongoing multi-year partnership between Discovery Education and MLB. Through this collaboration, educators using Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks, Streaming Plus, and STEM Connect are empowered to use engaging, baseball-themed digital resources to help students connect America’s Pastime to key science and STEM concepts through real-world data and exciting gameday experiences that drive deeper learning.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to partner with Major League Baseball to launch the Global Sustainability Challenge,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney. “Providing students engaging ways to explore interesting science and STEM topics like sustainability and environmental stewardship during the summer months is a tremendous double-play!”

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 Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.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 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.

Contacts:

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

Major League Baseball
Steve Arocho
Email: Steven.Arocho@mlb.com
Phone: (212) 931-7581

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