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Oklahoma’s Woodward Public Schools Select Discovery Education Experience to Create Digital Learning Environments Districtwide

New Partnership Empowers District Teachers to Create Even More Engaging Classroom Lessons with Award-Winning Digital Resource

Silver Spring, Md. (January 22, 2020)Oklahoma’s Woodward Public Schools (WPS) announce the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support the creation of digital learning environments districtwide.  Created by Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms – the award-winning Discovery Education Experience is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

Located in the county seat, the Woodward Public Schools serve more than 2,500 students each day.  Dedicated to producing lifelong learners with a pioneer spirit: WPS students graduate cooperative, productive, responsible, and ready for the future.  To meet the district’s goals of increasing student achievement and closing achievement gaps, WPS has integrated digital content into classroom instruction.  After a careful review, the district selected Discovery Education Experience as its new digital resource for classroom use.

“The Woodward Public Schools’ educators are committed to the district’s ongoing, collaborative, data-driven effort to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps,” said Jerry Burch, WPS’s Deputy Superintendent Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. “To accomplish this challenge, we are creating digital learning environments that engage students and support improved achievement.  While we’ve tried other providers of digital content, we’ve found that Discovery Education Experience provides our teachers the best suite of tools to support our needs.”

Discovery Education Experience—the latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service—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 WPS’s educators access to Discovery Education Experience, this new partnership offers 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 incredibly excited to begin this new collaboration with the Woodward Public Schools,” said Ericka Dean, Discovery Education’s National Partnerships Consultant. “The combination of our rich digital resources and the district’s dedicated team of educators will create the exciting learning environments that will support Woodward’s students future success.”

For more information about the Woodward Public Schools, visit https://www.woodwardps.net.

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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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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