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Social Justice, Digital Citizenship, and Social-Emotional Learning Resources Among the New Content Just Added to Discovery Education Services

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, July 2, 2020) — Discovery Education today announces the addition of hundreds of new digital resources sourced from trusted content partners to its award-winning digital services.  The new content added to the award winning Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies and Science Techbooks, helps educators create engaging lessons on social justice, digital citizenship, social-emotional learning, and other important K-12 topics that connect students to learning at home, in the classroom, or wherever learning is taking place.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Users of Discovery Education’s digital services can quickly find this new content here.

The new resources added to Discovery Education Experience and the Social Studies and Science Techbooks help educators and students:

Understand the Roots of Systemic Racism and Discrimination, and Learn About the Power of Protest: The resources in the new Dissent, Equity, and Inspiring Change channel within Discovery Education Experience and the Social Studies Techbook have been produced and curated to help educators facilitate classroom conversations and discussions about social justice, equity, implicit bias and systemic racism, constitutional and human rights, dissent, and protest. The channel includes content from trusted partners like Discovery Channel, USC Shoah Foundation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, BeSe, Common Sense Education, Cheddar K-12, and the Child Mind Institute.

Investigate the Importance of Equity: Discovery Education’s Equity Talks webinar series features the nation’s top educational leaders as they engage with one another in a virtual environment. Moderated by Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca City School District, this series focuses on how school leaders are cultivating equity and excellence in the wake of nationwide school closures. The sessions, which are archived in the Equity Talks channel in Discovery Education Experience, cover such topics as the assessment of student learning needs in a remote environment, allocation of resources, and budgeting for reopening schools safely.

Build Digital Citizenship Skills: Common Sense’s newest award-winning digital citizenship lessons and resources are now available in the Common Sense Education channel in Discovery Education Experience and the Social Studies Techbook. The collection focuses on important themes like digital footprint and identity, privacy and security, and news and media literacy. Lessons present authentic challenges and digital dilemmas, giving students the opportunity to build the skills needed to succeed as digital learners, leaders, and citizens. Lessons, videos, activities, and parent guides are available for grades K-12 with many resources available in both English and Spanish.

Focus on Social-Emotional Learning: Four new SEL-focused collections have been added to Discovery Education Experience. Stronger Together, produced in partnership with the NBA and the Child Mind Institute, features NBA and WNBA players and legends sharing how they stay emotionally healthy. Two additional collections from the Child Mind Institute–#MyYoungerSelf and #WeThriveInside–feature actors, Olympians, authors, comedians, advocates, and other influencers giving students and their younger selves advice about staying emotionally healthy and asking for help, and explain what it was like to grow up with a mental health or learning disorder. Also, new lessons and activities from Learning to Give help students develop empathy, compassion, and gratitude while learning to be giving and caring citizens.

Ignite Curiosity in History, Engineering, and Space Exploration: New programs from Discovery, Science Channel and Travel Channel added to Discovery Education Experience take students into outer space and beneath some of the world’s greatest cities. In Discovery and Science Channel’s NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the Future, students take a rare glimpse inside SpaceX Launch Control and witness behind-the-scenes action with teams of SpaceX engineers, NASA employees, and scientists as they fulfill the SpaceX mission. Travel Channel’s Metropolis uncovers the history and development of such famous cities as Rome, Paris, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

Amplify the Connection Between Innovation and ConservationThe Internet of Things: Infinite Possibilities Virtual Field Trip is now available in Discovery Education Experience and the Science Techbook. This virtual event, created in partnership with Itron, takes an exciting look at how the internet students use in their everyday lives can conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities. Students will also dive into the world of cutting-edge smart technology and sustainable innovation by meeting talented real-world STEM professionals.

Uncover the Future of Sustainability:  In the Sustainable California series from University of California Television now available in Discovery Education Experience and the Science Techbook, leading researchers share their work on watersheds, drought management, endangered species, and more as they look to create solutions for sustainability in California and beyond. The series helps students envision a future for the world with biological and cultural diversity, well-managed natural resources, and low-impact living.

“There are a lot of difficult topics I need to teach my students and when I am searching for content to accompany my lessons, I want to be 100% sure it is appropriate, standards-aligned, and of the highest quality,” said Kristen Crain, an educator in Georgia’s Cobb County School District. “The curated content I find in Discovery Education’s services give me confidence to approach the difficult topics I need to teach and it is a critical part of my efforts to create classroom lessons that are powerful, engaging, and insightful.”

Educators using Discovery Education’s digital services 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.

“Discovery Education understands that right now, teachers are seeking content to help students cope with and understand the events in the world around them,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Digital Content Robin Porter. “Our flexible digital services allow us to quickly upload timely content to our services, and we are proud to share these important resources with the educators we serve.”

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 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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Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools and Discovery Education Extend Partnership Providing Educators Access to Award-Winning Digital Service

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 30, 2020) Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) today announced the extension of its partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this nine-year relationship, educators in all division schools are now empowered to use Discovery Education Experience, which will support students’ continuity of learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or at home.

“As Prince William County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, we are focused on ensuring our educators and students have access to digital resources that will support their learning wherever it is taking place,” said Dr. Steven Walts, Prince William County Schools Superintendent.  “The continuation of this partnership supports this mission and our efforts to maintain students’ continuity of learning.”

PWCS provides a world-class​ education to more than 91,000 students in 100 schools and centers in Northern Virginia, just 25 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Each grade level or course of study at PWCS is grounded in a purposefully designed plan for learning that outlines the knowledge and skills students will develop. This vital curriculum assures high-quality instruction with objectives for each grade level and subject area. Aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, the division’s curriculum ensures that every child is involved in their learning and prepared to thrive.

To support the district’s immersive K-12 curriculum, PWCS educators will continue integrating the award-winning Discovery Education Experience into instruction. A flexible K-12 platform that keeps students connected to learning in the home or school environments, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

Discovery Education Experience is one of the resources PWCS will be integrating into its existing Canvas learning management system this summer.  Through this ongoing Learning Tool Integration project, PWCS educators will have the ability to access Discovery Education Experience and other learning resources seamlessly through one platform using single sign-on.

“When the COVID-19 Pandemic forced our district to shift to remote learning, our educators leaned into using Discovery Education Experience to keep students connected to learning,” said Diane Harazin, Prince William County Public Schools’ Supervisor of Instructional Technology.  “We are excited to continue this partnership, which is playing a key role maintaining our students’ continuity of learning.”

To help PWCS educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide division teachers dedicated professional learning. 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 digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

PWCS’ continued partnership with Discovery Education also ensures division teachers’ continued 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.  PWCS educators have been very active participants in the Discovery Education Community and longtime participants in the Discovery Education Network’s Ambassador program.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue its long-term relationship with Prince William County Public Schools,” said Esperanza Agnew, Discovery Education’s Manager of Partner Success. “We are excited to continue to support the district’s mission to provide all students a world-class education.”

For more information about Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools, visit the school system’s 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 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 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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Texas’ Ector County Independent School District Selects Discovery Education Experience to Support Student Learning Over the Summer and Beyond

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 16, 2020) Texas’ Ector County Independent School District (ECISD) today announced the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support both its current Virtual Summer School program and K-12 teaching and learning districtwide during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  ECISD’s use of Discovery Education’s high-quality resources, instructional supports, and job-embedded professional development assists the district’s efforts to continue student learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or through distance learning.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

ECISD is a rapidly growing school system serving approximately 34,000 students in the oil and gas rich region in and around Odessa, Texas. Believing OUR students are THE future, the mission of Ector County ISD is to inspire and challenge every student to be prepared for success and to be adaptable in an ever-changing society.

To support the district’s current Virtual Summer School program and prepare educators to maintain the continuity of education in the coming school year in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the district selected the award-winning Discovery Education Experience.  A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

Discovery Education will also support a new professional learning initiative ECISD is implementing districtwide.  Through this initiative, district educators will learn new strategies for creating engaging learning experiences for students that blend both digital resources and face-to-face instruction though job-embedded professional development opportunities facilitated by Discovery Education staff.  These strategies, which are applicable in both the classroom and remote learning environment, will prepare educators to provide all students high quality instruction wherever learning is taking place.

“Like school systems nationwide, Ector County ISD is working hard to prepare our students and teachers for the coming year school year by creating a ‘new and more effective normal’,” said Dr. Scott Muri, ECISD’s Superintendent.  “Discovery Education’s combination of digital content and professional learning enhances not only our efforts to continue student learning this summer, but also our ability to improve the quality of learning in the event of future COVID outbreaks.”

ECISD’s partnership with Discovery Education continues 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.

“Through their innovative effort to create engaging blended learning experiences that help students continue their education no matter the location, Ector County Independent School District’s has staked out a leadership role in preparing for the world beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Kevin Quinlan, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Muri and educators across ECISD as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.”

For more information about the Ector County Independent Schools, visit the school system’s 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 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 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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Louisiana Public Broadcasting Renews Long Term Partnership with Discovery Education Serving Educators and Students Statewide

–17 Year Collaboration Between LPB and Discovery Education is Playing a Critical Role Educating Louisiana’s Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond–

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, June 11, 2020)Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) today announced the renewal of its long term partnership with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide.  LPB’s renewal of its 17-year collaboration with Discovery Education continues empowering K-12 educators across the state to create dynamic digital learning experiences in the classroom and beyond with high-quality content from Discovery Education Experience.

LPB is Louisiana’s largest classroom over the air, on every device, in schools, and in the community.  LPB’s Educational Services Department is committed to providing extensive information, lesson plans, materials, and digital resources to support formal K-12 education statewide. Through its long-term partnership with Discovery Education, LPB offers educators and students a host of digital resources, such as Discovery Education Experience, that help teachers build engaging learning experiences for all students.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LPB recently launched “Learning@Home” in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education. Through the resources found at Learning@Home, parents and teachers of students in grades Pre-K through 12 can make students’ time at home more educational and productive. Learning@Home includes free videos, apps and games for children, LPB’s broadcast schedules, the free Bright by Text parenting tip messaging service, access to Discovery Education Experience for educators, and more.

A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact.  Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

“Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s mission to deliver education and cultural enrichment resources statewide is more important than ever. As distance learning has become a part of our world’s “new normal,” it is incredibly important that we continue providing the state’s educators a robust online platform that delivers the best and most effective digital content to students and educators each day,” said President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Beth Courtney. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Discovery Education, as it is a critical component of LPB’s digital resources.”

As a part of the renewal of the Discovery Education-Louisiana Public Broadcasting partnership, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting Louisiana educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences across the state. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“Each day, Discovery Education’s long-term collaboration with Louisiana Public Broadcasting is helping the state’s educators maintain the continuity of learning across the state,” said Kristen Berish, Discovery Education Senior Director of Partner Success. “Discovery Education is proud to proceed with this partnership in 2020 and we look forward to continuing to work with the states’ educators to serve students at home or in the classroom in the future.”

For more information on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit www.lpb.org/education.

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 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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