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North Carolina Virtual Public School Extends Long-Term Partnership with Discovery Education Serving Students Statewide

Continuation of 8-Year Collaboration Ensures Students and Educators Access to Engaging K-12 Digital Resources

Silver Spring, Md. (January 15, 2020) – The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) today announced the extension of its 8-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 creates dynamic digital learning environments for students across North Carolina with high-quality content from the award-winning Discovery Education Experience, is a critical component of NCVPS’s learning model.

Since its founding in 2007, NCVPS has grown to become the second-largest virtual school in the country.  This growth can be attributed to the ever-expanding set of educational options NCVPS makes available to students, including:

  • hard-to-staff subjects like: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese,
  • over 150 courses, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and blended courses for the Occupational Course of Study, and
  • opportunities for participating middle schools to offer students a chance to gain high school credit.

This past year, over 57,000 students enrolled in NCVPS courses and 115 North Carolina school districts, over sixty charter schools, plus private and home-schooled students have attended the school.  Today, NCVPS offers six different educational programs: Traditional, Occupational Course of Study, Flex Learning, Math Intervention, Middle School, and English Language Learners

“The North Carolina Virtual Public School is pleased to continue this longtime partnership with Discovery Education,” said NCVPS’s Chief Operations Officer Mia Murphy, Ed.D.  “Discovery Education Experience provides our highly qualified teachers access to best-in-class, engaging digital content that helps them personalize the learning of all the students they serve.”

Discovery Education Experience—the latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service—is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.  Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement.  The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.  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 and viewing parties, are drawn from trusted partners.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Discovery Education’s comprehensive, K-12 digital content service 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’s supplemental content services 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.

In addition to providing NCVPS’s educators continued access to Discovery Education Experience, the renewal of this partnership ensures the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting the Virtual School’s teachers. 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 the North Carolina Virtual Public School has, for 8 years, ensured students from the Appalachians to the Outer Banks access to rich, multimedia content that captures learners’ attention and drives engagement in instruction,” said Shawn Ferrell, Discovery Education’s Manager of Partner Success. “We look forward to continuing this great collaboration, as it supports our shared mission to support the success of each student.”

For more information on the North Carolina Virtual Public School, visit https://ncvps.org.

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, 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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Discovery Education Invites Educators and Students Worldwide to Join Virtual Viewing Party in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

– No-Cost Virtual Event to Explore the Life and Impact of American Hero Dr. Martin Luther King-

Silver Spring, MD (January 8, 2020)Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, invites educators around the globe to a special, virtual event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, January 15th at 1:00PM Eastern.  During this engaging no-cost experience appropriate for K-12 classrooms, students will explore the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they view Celebrate with DE: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Through this video, participating students will learn about the incredible life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By delving into the history behind the day dedicated to the man who worked for tolerance, equality, and freedom for all, Virtual Viewing Party attendees will learn about Dr. King’s accomplishments, the continued relevance of his work, and how his life inspires students today to participate in the upcoming National Day of Service.

To register to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 Virtual Viewing Party, and to receive additional materials supporting Martin Luther King Jr. Day-related classroom activities and instruction, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 Virtual Viewing Party registration page.

“Discovery Education’s Virtual Viewing Parties help me plan important observances like Dr. King’s birthday,” said Charles Anderson, Principal of Chicago Public Schools’ Michele Clark Magnet High School.  “This event gives me vetted, easy to use resources that will help me teach the importance of Dr. King’s work and his ongoing legacy.”

In addition to hosting activities like the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Viewing Party, Discovery Education offers a host of digital services that support social studies instruction and the exploration of United States’ history. Discovery Education Experience—the latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service—is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.  Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement.  The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.  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 and viewing parties, are drawn from trusted partners.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Discovery Education’s comprehensive, K-12 digital content service 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’s supplemental content services 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 Social Studies Techbook pairs compelling core content with thought-provoking essential questions, primary source analysis, and project-based tasks to help all students experience the social studies.  Specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access, Social Studies Techbook’s high-quality, multimodal content supports the improvement of academic vocabulary, breaks down barriers to learning, provides all students multiple ways to shine, and engages students in higher-level thinking. In addition, a variety of differentiation tools integrated at point of use help educators meet the unique needs of each student. Access to two Lexile levels of core content, authentic Spanish translation—and 180 additional languages through Google Translate—as well as strategies for teaching students with special needs and English learners assist educators in creating inclusive, immersive learning experiences.

“Discovery Education is proud to bring this latest virtual experience to teachers and students, and we invite educators everywhere to participate,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney.  “These events, which encourage students to focus on great Americans like Dr. King, provide students and teachers the opportunity to discuss their impact on our nation and their continued relevance to citzens and our culture.”

Following this event, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Viewing Party will be added to Discovery Education Experience.  For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum 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.

 

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Northern Vermont University the Latest Institution of Higher Education to Launch Master’s Degree Program Featuring Discovery Education’s Professional Development Content

–New Online Master of Arts in Education with Concentration in Digital Media Instruction Supports the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments–

Silver Spring, Md. (January 6, 2020)Northern Vermont University (NVU) today announced the launch of their new, online Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Digital Media Instruction program.  Featuring Discovery Education’s high-quality professional development content, NVU’s innovative program is designed for classroom teachers, Educational Technology Specialists, and other instructional professionals seeking an affordable, flexible way to enhance their professional credentials and improve their classroom practice.  Discovery Education is the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

NVU is the latest institution of higher education to launch an online Master’s degree program powered by Discovery Education professional development content.  Other institutions offering Discovery Education affiliated-programs include Buena Vista University, University of Findlay, and Wilkes University.

NVU’s new online Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Digital Media Instruction is a 35-credit hour program.  Combining the study of educational principals with an exploration of digital media instruction methods, this unique degree program prepares educators for the classrooms and students of tomorrow.  Among the required courses in this program of study are Teaching with Digital Content, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, STEM, Mobile Device Integration, Critical and Cultural Perspectives in Education, Education Research, and the Global Context of Technology and Education.  For more information about NVU’s Master of Arts in Education with Concentration in Digital Media Instruction or to register for the Spring Semester, visit this website.

“Northern Vermont University is proud to work with Discovery Education to design and launch this new Masters of Arts in Education program,” said Nolan Atkins, NVU’s Provost of Academic Affairs. “The combination of Northern Vermont University’s nearly two-centuries of education in educating teaching professionals and expertise in online graduate programs for working adults with Discovery Education’s skill and talents in creating high-impact professional learning programs create a powerful learning opportunity for anyone interested in driving K-12 education into the future.”

To help support K-12 educators implement high-yield instructional strategies, improve student achievement, and propel their careers forward, Discovery Education has collaborated with graduate-level educators for over a decade.  These collaborations have designed immersive online graduate-level coursework delivered through advanced degree programs that help K-12 educators develop their instructional practice and further their careers.

“Discovery Education is excited to welcome Northern Vermont University to its robust network of institutions of higher education,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s President, International & University. “The students participating in Northern Vermont University’s Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Digital Media Instruction join a powerful cadre of educators creating the future of K-12 education across the country and around the world.”

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 Northern Vermont University

Northern Vermont University is a two-campus institution of higher education that combines the best of our campuses’ nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs. At Northern Vermont University, our goal is to guide curious, motivated, and engaged students on their paths to success and their places in the world. NVU Online offers flexible, affordable, high-quality options for learners pursuing their bachelor’s or master’s degree. Learn more at NorthernVermont.edu.

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

Contact:

Northern Vermont University
Sylvia Plumb
Email: Sylvia.Plumb@NorthernVermont.edu
Phone: (802) 626-6459

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South Carolina’s State Board of Education Approves Discovery Education’s Middle School Math Techbook for Statewide Use

– State Adoption of Math Techbook Empowers School Systems to Create Engaging Blended Learning Environments –

Silver Spring, Md. (January 2, 2020) –Following a comprehensive evaluation, the South Carolina State Board of Education has approved Discovery Education’s Math Techbook for grades 6-8 for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process.  South Carolina’s adoption of the Math Techbook empowers the state’s school systems to use State Board of Education approved instructional materials funding to purchase and integrate this innovative digital curriculum and corresponding print resources into teaching and learning.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Currently accessed by more than 9.2 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital textbooks.  Updated regularly at no cost, the South Carolina Math Techbook is 100% aligned to South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards for Mathematics and provides educators detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in instruction.

Through a deep collection of unparalleled digital assets and an accompanying print resources, the Math Techbook empowers educators to create engaging blended learning environments.  The Math Techbook adopted by the state of South Carolina also connects students to mathematics through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.  The Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

“Discovery Education thanks the South Carolina Board of Education for their rigorous review of the Math Techbook, and we look forward to working with the state’s teachers and administrators to bring this exciting digital curriculum to middle school students,” said Vice President of Education Partnerships Rob Warren. “Through the blended learning experiences created by the Math Techbook, South Carolina’s students will gather the skills and knowledge needed for success beyond graduation.”

Educators using the Math Techbook will 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.

For more information about Discovery Education other 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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