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Ohio’s Reynoldsburg City Schools Selects Discovery Education’s Flexible K-12 Learning Platform to Create More Up to Date, Relevant, and Culturally Responsive Learning Opportunities

SILVER SPRING, MD (Tuesday, March 16, 2021)Ohio’s Reynoldsburg City Schools (RCSD) today announced the selection of Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform to support the creation of more relevant and culturally responsive learning opportunities districtwide. In addition to bringing Discovery Education’s award-winning content to all schools, this new partnership also provides educators unique professional learning opportunities that will support the use of their new digital resources and help the school system maximize the return on their edtech investment. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

In 2020, RCSD began searching for a K-12, cross-curricular digital resource that would support the district’s goal of providing all students innovative, customized learning opportunities that are up-to-date and culturally relevantFollowing a rigorous review, RCSD selected Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform for use in all classrooms districtwide. Connecting schools to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources, the Discovery Education platform gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact. 

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

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

“To reach our district goal of ensuring every child achieves and progresses, the Reynoldsburg City Schools needs to continuously rethink and redesign learning to meet the ever-changing demands of our students and the world they live in,” said Dr. Melvin J. Brown, RCSD Superintendent. “Providing our teachers with high-quality digital resources that support the engagement of all students wherever learning takes place is critically important to our efforts to meet our district goals. For these reasons, we are excited to partner with Discovery Education.”  

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

The school system’s new partnership with Discovery Education also provides all district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. 

Discovery Education is delighted to partner with the Reynoldsburg City Schools,” said Alissa McLean, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “Dr. Brown and the talented team at the Reynoldsburg City Schools are creating what I believe will be a model for delivering culturally relevant and responsible learning experiences for all students, and Discovery Education is excited to support this important work. 

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 Twitter and LinkedIn.   

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About Discovery Education  
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com 

Contact 
Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

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Educators Around the World Invited to Attend the Discovery Educator Network’s VirtCon: Spring 2021

Silver Spring, MD (March 9, 2021) —The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) invites teachers and administrators around the world to participate in VirtCon: Spring 2021 on March 23rd and 24th. A no-cost, virtual, professional learning conference designed expressly for users of Discovery Education’s digital resources, VirtCon provides a unique opportunity for educators to learn new strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments that keep students and educators connected to what matters most.

This Spring, the DEN is taking an innovative approach to the VirtCon by presenting this extraordinary professional learning event through a combination of flexible, on-demand sessions during the day and live, community-driven sessions at night. Among the exciting on-demand sessions planned for the mornings and afternoons of March 23rd and 24th are:

  • Curating Resources for Meaningful Learning Experiences—During this session, participants will discover new, relevant, and engaging learning content from Discovery Education’s partners including Discovery Channel, Newsy, Learning for Justice,  BeSe, World Wildlife Fund, and more. In addition, they will explore curated channels in Discovery Education’s K-12 platform and review exclusive learning opportunities for students, such as Virtual Field Trips, career explorations, at-home challenges, and more.
  • Creating Learning Experiences with Discovery Education Studio—In this on-demand session, educators will learn to customize ready-to-use learning activities in Studio and build their own Boards and Slideshows. Participants will learn how to differentiate content and interactives within assessments and assignments, as well as monitor student progress and create opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding in multiple formats.

Then, during the evenings of March 23rd and 24th, VirtCon goes live, providing opportunities for participants to connect with the Discovery Education team and educators from around the globe to learn best practices for designing digital learning experiences focused on what matters most. For additional details and to register to attend this exciting event, visit the VirtCon: Spring 2021 homepage here.

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 DEN is supported by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

“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 VirtCon: Spring 2021 to provide attendees new teaching strategies that they can immediately apply in the classroom in a flexible format. Each session will help educators at all levels better integrate their Discovery Education resources into instruction, so we invite all teachers and administrators to join us for what will be two inspiring days 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 Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

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Discovery Education’s Flexible K-12 Learning Platform Honored Among Tech & Learning’s Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools of 2021

Silver Spring, MD (Tuesday, March 2, 2021)  Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform was recently honored as one of Tech & Learning’s 2021 Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools in the Secondary (6-12) Education category. Winning submissions to this program were deemed by Tech &Learning‘s judges as standouts for helping students, parents, and teachers succeed in COVID-19’s new learning environments. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. 

As schools pivoted from in-person to remote and blended learning this past year, technology solutions were key to delivering quality, continuous learning. To celebrate the work of technology providers who stepped up to support this effort, Tech & Learning launched The Best Tools for Remote & Blended Learning, a new offering in its legacy Awards of Excellence program. 

“Despite the many challenges schools have had to face this past year, technology continues to be one of the key drivers for innovation,” says Tech & Learning Group Publisher Christine Weiser. “The winning products recognized here have supported continuous instruction throughout the pandemic, and we expect this momentum to continue into next year and beyond. Congratulations to all of our winners.” 

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

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

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

“Discovery Education is honored by Tech & Learning’s recognition of its K-12 learning platform,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education CEO. “Discovery Education is the home to many former classroom teachers and when COVID-19 struck the U.S. school system, our team worked long hours and weekends to help those educators in school systems maintain students’ continuity of learning through our K-12 platform. The positive feedback from teachers, students, and trusted edtech organizations, such as Tech & Learning, has made that hard work worthwhile.” 

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 Twitter and LinkedIn.   

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About Discovery Education 
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com. 

Contacts 
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615 

Grace Maliska
Email: GMaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 839-4239 

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Florida’s School District of Osceola County Brings Flexible K-12 Learning Platform and Coding Resources to All Elementary Educators and Students Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday,  February 18, 2021)—Florida’s School District of Osceola County (SDOC) today announced the expansion of its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education.  In the latest phase of this collaboration, educators and elementary students in 29 schools will receive access to Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform, as well as an innovative Coding resource designed to provide elementary students a secure understanding of that important discipline’s fundamentals. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Earlier this year, the SDOC team was looking for supplemental, cross-curricular digital resources to support elementary students’ continued academic growth during in-person and virtual instruction. The district selected Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform, which connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources. Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.

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

In addition to the Discovery Education learning platform, the district’s elementary teachers and students will soon also begin using Discovery Education Coding. With Discovery Education Coding, elementary and middle school students are inspired to learn important coding concepts as they develop computational thinking skills through decomposition, logical reasoning, and problem solving. Based in part on the award-winning Discovery Education Coding service used by teachers across the United Kingdom, the U.S. version of Coding features a wide array of coding resources that help students take coding from concept to reality.

“The School District of Osceola County is pleased to expand its partnership with Discovery Education,” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace. “The new digital resources coming to district elementary school educators will ensure all students access to engaging instructional opportunities in the classroom, online, or in any learning environment.”

SDOC’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides all district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

SDOC’s purchase of Discovery Education’s learning platform and Discovery Education Coding was supported in part by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to leverage the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur.

“Discovery Education is excited to deepen its multiyear partnership with the School District of Osceola County,” said Daniel Gammage, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “What began as an effort to support science instruction in district elementary schools has blossomed into a partnership supporting all elementary school disciplines, and we could not be more honored to support Dr. Pace and her talented team as they provide academic instruction, rigor, and support each school day to the students of Osceola County.”

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 Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

 

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Missouri’s Kansas City Public Schools Selects Discovery Education to Support a Community-Wide Commitment to Student Learning and Success

SILVER SPRING, MD (Monday, January 11, 2021)—Missouri’s Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) has selected Discovery Education to support the district’s community-wide commitment to student learning and success.  Through this new partnership, all educators serving KCPS’s more than 15,000 students in 35 district schools will receive access to Discovery Education Experience.  A suite of award-winning K-12 digital resources and instructional supports, Discovery Education Experience meets the changing needs of KCPS’s diverse student population in the remote, hybrid, or online learning environment. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic has served to reinforce KCPS’s deep, community-wide commitment to student learning and success.  To create tangible, significant, and sustainable academic progress, the district has sought new ways of differentiating instruction.  Following the district’s decision to utilize digital resources to help achieve KCPS’s  goals, the challenge was to find a reliable, vetted, standards-aligned digital resource that was equally effective both in-person and online, and was relevant and engaging for a student body that is 57% Black; 28% Hispanic; 9% White; and 6% Other and speaks one of 50 languages.

Following a rigorous review, KCPS selected Discovery Education Experience to support the district’s efforts to provide all students an innovative curriculum focused on providing equity, opportunity, and a whole-child education.  Experience is a flexible K-12 learning platform that connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources.  Together, these resources give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact.

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

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

“The Kansas City Public Schools are dedicated to making our classrooms—whether they be online or in our schools—oases of high-engagement, innovative learning for all students,” said Dr. Mark Bedell, Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent.  “Our new partnership with Discovery Education, which brings Discovery Education Experience to each teacher and student, will help support this vision.”

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

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

KCPS’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides all district teachers access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is pleased to bring the award-winning Experience to learners across the district,” said Emily Keith, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Education Partnerships. “Dr. Bedell and his team of dedicated teachers are reimagining public education for thousands of students, and we are incredibly excited to be supporting their work.”

For more information about Kansas City Public Schools, visit the district website here.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

 

 

 

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