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2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes from Siemens Foundation and Discovery Now Open Offering Five Title 1 Schools $25,000 Total for STEM Initiatives

Silver Spring, MD (Thursday, January 14, 2021) – The 2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, which offers five Title 1 K-12 schools across the United States an opportunity to win a $5,000 STEM grant to purchase supplies and technology for any STEM-related initiative, is now accepting entries here. Open through April 30, 2021, educators and educational professionals are encouraged to enter daily for a chance to win.

Presented by the Siemens Foundation—a leader in advancing STEM workforce development and education initiatives, and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, the 2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes empowers educators to support high-quality STEM instruction as it fosters equity and access to quality education. Learn more about the 2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and read the full rules.

“The Siemens Foundation is committed to narrowing the opportunity gap for young people in STEM, particularly those in underserved or underrepresented communities,” said David Etzwiler, CEO, Siemens Foundation. “In partnership with Discovery Education, we are excited to continue our support of Title 1 schools as they increase accessibility to STEM education now and contribute to a more inclusive STEM workforce in the future.”

This is the fifth year of the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. Previous winning schools include: Sugar Hill Elementary School of Hall County School District in Gainesville, GA; Fort White Elementary School of Columbia County School District in Fort White, FL; Lithonia High School of DeKalb County School District in Lithonia, GA; and Roseland Montessori School of the Tangipahou Parish School System in Roseland, Louisiana.

“The Grant not only allows us the chance to continue teaching STEM effectively whether we are in remote, in-person, or hybrid learning environments, but also to develop something we have been wanting at our school since we opened over ten years ago: a mobile science lab,” says Julie Bertucci, 1st Grade Teacher at Roseland Montessori, winner of the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes.

“Discovery Education is once again proud to partner with Siemens Foundation on this important initiative,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Together, we are helping schools create the engaging STEM learning experiences we know support the development of tomorrow’s leaders in the field of STEM.”

The Sweepstakes builds upon Siemens STEM Day—the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education partnership program providing more than 175 no-cost, hands-on STEM activities aligned to national teaching standards to help innovate curriculum. Learn more about the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and Siemens STEM Day at SiemensSTEMDay.com and within the Discovery Education Experience Siemens STEM Day channel.

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 The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $130 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers, and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For further information, visit http://www.siemens-foundation.org/  or follow @sfoundation.

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
Caroline Cassidy | Siemens USA | caroline.cassidy@siemens.com
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education Partner to Present Exclusive Virtual Field Trip Transporting Educators, Students, and Families Behind the Scenes of the Presidential Inauguration

SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday, January 14, 2021)Discovery Inc. and Discovery Education are partnering to present I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration to help educators, students, and families across the United States and around the world explore the rich history and tradition surrounding the Inauguration of the President of the United States. This exclusive, no cost virtual learning experience provides students behind-the-scenes access to this extraordinary quadrennial event. I Do Solemnly Swear premieres Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00pm ET exclusively on www.discoveryeducation.com and will air the same week on Discovery Family, and in Spanish on Discovery Familia.

During I Do Solemnly Swear, elementary and middle school students, their teachers, and families will learn about the many distinctive aspects of the Presidential Inauguration. Through a series of interviews, Inaugural experts and historians will share their perspectives and insight, and answer questions such as why we have an Inauguration, how does a First Family move into the White House during the Inauguration, and what do the symbols and language of the Inauguration mean. In addition, a surprise guest is scheduled to appear who will share a special message with students.

Interviewing the Inaugural experts featured in I Do Solemnly Swear are a group of extraordinary students from families served by Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families. Since 2002, Operation Homefront has provided relief, resiliency, and recurring support programs that help military families overcome short-term bumps in the road so they do not become long-term chronic problems.

I Do Solemnly Swear is accompanied by learning resources and family activities created by Discovery Education’s expert Curriculum Team, which are available at the event homepage.  Discovery Education’s I Do Solemnly Swear provides elementary and middle school educators the perfect resource to prepare students for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. I Do Solemnly Swear is produced in a way which empowers teachers to either view the entire program with their classrooms as a single live event or use selected segments for specific lessons.

Additionally, a special kids edition of the Inauguration–Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans–will be livestreamed on Discovery Education from the I Do Solemnly Swear homepage on January 20 at 12:00pm ET. A special edition of Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans will also air the same week on Discovery Family, and in Spanish on Discovery Familia.

I Do Solemnly Swear is the latest virtual field trip produced by Discovery Educationthe global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide. Previous Discovery Education virtual field trips can be found here or in the Virtual Field Trips Channel within 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.

“Discovery Education is dedicated to helping educators prepare students for tomorrow by connecting them to today’s world,” said Scott Kinney, CEO of Discovery Education. “Exciting virtual field trips like I Do Solemnly Swear provide teachers, students, and families insight and perspective into the people, places, and events shaping our world, and we are excited to partner with Discovery Familia and Discovery Family to bring this unique event to students everywhere.”

For more information about I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration, visit the event homepage 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.

About Discovery Family 
The leading television destination for families in the United States, Discovery Family is available in more than 49 million U.S. homes and is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro. Discovery Family is programmed with an inspirational mix of family-friendly series and popular animation franchises, including MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, LITTLEST PET SHOP and the Emmy-winning TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS. Families can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through Discovery Family GO – the network’s TV Everywhere app offering live and on demand access to your favorite Discovery Family series and specials.  Discovery Family ranks as the #1 most co-viewed kid’s network among Kids 2-11 watching with an Adult 18-49 in Total Day and Prime.

About Discovery Familia
Discovery Familia is a Spanish-language network dedicated to Hispanic women and the things that matter in their lives. During the day, the Discovery Kids block offers entertaining programming for children, and in the evening, it celebrates the differences in how we live while focusing on the things that unite us with programming genres that include modern families, relationships, health and entrepreneurship. Discovery Familia also reaches audiences across screens on the Discovery Familia GO app (Android, iOS;  Roku and Fire TV). For more information, please follow Facebook @discoveryfamilia and Instagram @discovery.familia.

About Discovery, Inc.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, over 90 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

Contact
Stephen Wakefield
Discovery Education
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com

Corenna Smith
Discovery Family/Discovery Familia
Email: Corenna_smith@discovery.com

Sol Colom
Discovery Family/Discovery Familia
Email: Sol_colom@discovery.com

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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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Alaska’s Nome Public Schools and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Bringing Dynamic Digital Content to District Students

SILVER SPRING, MD (Tuesday, January 5, 2021) – Alaska’s Nome Public Schools (NPS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education supporting the continued academic growth and development of students districtwide. Through this new collaboration, NPS educators and students in all grades and all district locations are receiving access to dynamic K-12 digital resources that keep students connected to their natural curiosity at home, in school, or wherever learning is taking place. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Following a careful review of possible solutions, the district selected Discovery Education Experience to support NPS’s goal of inspiring and empowering students to be culturally grounded, responsible citizens who are deeply connected to our community and world.

Experience—Discovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platform—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 Clever, integrating Experience into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.

“We are delighted to launch this exciting new collaboration with Discovery Education,” said Jim Shreve, Nome Public Schools’ Director of Technology. “Discovery Education’s digital resources enhance our teachers’ ability to bring the real world right into our classrooms, providing our students new opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise access. We look forward to integrating these rich digital resources into teaching and learning across the district.”

NPS’s new partnership with Discovery Education also provides district educators 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 work with the talented team at the Nome Public Schools,” said Discovery Education National Partnerships Coordinator Kathryn Vickers. “It is exciting to support these dedicated educators as they build and deliver engaging digital lessons that engage all learners and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment.”

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
Discovery Education
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: 202-316-6615

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Discovery Education Appoints Scott Kinney as Chief Executive Officer and Kelli Campbell as President

Charlotte, NC (Monday, December 21, 2020)Discovery Education—the Charlotte, North Carolina based global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today announced the appointment of Scott Kinney as its new Chief Executive Officer and Kelli Campbell as the company’s new President. Kinney succeeds Paul Ilse, who will become Executive Chairman of Discovery Education’s Board of Directors.

Kinney’s distinguished 25-year career in education began in Pennsylvania’s public school system at the Sharpsville Area School District, where he served as the district’s Instructional Technology Coordinator.  Following stints as Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Educational Technologies at Pennsylvania’s Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, Kinney joined Discovery Education in 2005.

During his tenure at Discovery Education, Kinney has played a key role in a number of the organization’s innovative initiatives, including the creation of Discovery Education’s professional learning business, the establishment of Discovery Education’s master’s degree in instructional media, and the growth of the company’s award-winning professional learning community, the Discovery Educator Network.

Most recently, as Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education, Kinney led the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 5th, Discovery Education made Discovery Education Experience available, at no cost, to any school system not currently using the company’s resources for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  From March 2020 to July 2020, over 15,000 new schools actively utilized Discovery Education Experience as part of instruction. During that same time, Discovery Education hosted more than 150 online, no cost  events designed to provide educators strategies they can use to continue student learning during the pandemic.  These events reached over 20,000 educators in all 50 states and 17 countries.

“Scott’s deep background in education, coupled with his high level of business intelligence and proven record of success, make him the natural choice for his new role as Discovery Education’s CEO,” said Paul Ilse, Executive Chairman of Discovery Education’s Board of Directors.  “The entire organization welcomes Scott to his new position and looks forward to supporting him as he continues Discovery Education’s growth trajectory.”

Kinney regularly consults with high-level education leaders and policymakers and has testified before Congress on the future of learning. An accomplished public speaker and author, Kinney has keynoted countless education conferences and has contributed articles and opinion pieces to various education publications. In addition, Kinney has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the university level and has served on numerous education-focused advisory boards.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected as the next CEO of this great company,” said Kinney.  “For the last 15 years, I’ve worked closely with a talented team of professionals to create and distribute the highest-quality digital resources and professional learning experiences to educators worldwide. We are well positioned not only to broaden our impact on teaching and learning worldwide, but to also sustain the pattern of growth we’ve enjoyed these last few years.”

In her new role as President, Campbell will expand her portfolio and oversee all aspects of Discovery Education’s customer lifecycle management operations, as well as manage the recently acquired Mystery Science business.  Most recently, Campbell served as the company’s President of International and University.  In that role she led the development of innovative partnerships with Ministries of Education in Egypt, Chile, and with channel partners worldwide, and oversaw the development of the Discovery Education’s Impact Network, whose members offer educators online access to Discovery Education’s high-quality graduate-level professional learning content.

Previously, Campbell led the creation and launch of the Discovery Education’s Techbook line of business.  In 2015, Campbell served on the committee that developed President Barack Obama’s “Digital Textbook Playbook.”  Prior to joining Discovery Education in 2006, she served as Vice President of Marketing & Product Development at Clearvue & SVE. An early pioneer in using cloud-based digital content for instruction, Campbell directed the creation, launch, and distribution of the award-winning PowerMediaPlus.com media-on-demand system.

“Throughout my career at Discovery Education, I’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand the tremendous impact our digital resources and professional learning can have on teaching and learning,” said Campbell.  “I’m excited to work alongside Scott, our Board of Directors, and the rest of the Discovery Education team on our shared mission to prepare all learners for tomorrow by creating innovative classrooms connected to today’s world.”

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
Discovery Education
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: 202-316-6615

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Kaiser Permanente, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and Discovery Education Offer New, No-Cost, Digital Resources Supporting Emotional Resiliency in Teachers and Students

 SILVER SPRING, Md. (Monday, December 14, 2020) – In what has been an unprecedented and challenging year for schools across the U.S., educators now have access to new, no-cost digital content that supports their own and their students’ emotional resiliency from Ready, Set, RISE!, a unique virtual resource from Kaiser Permanente, Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), and Discovery Education. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest nonprofit and an integrated health system. Healthier Generation is a non-profit dedicated to creating environments supporting children’s physical, social, and emotional health. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Ready, Set, RISE! offers educators a series of no-cost, on-demand e-learning modules built to highlight the importance of human connection and empathy in schools. The series provides educators with a foundational understanding of trauma-informed educational practices and policies they can use to create more student-centered learning environments for all learners.

The first module focuses on educator self-care in any teaching environment, while the second module offers educators new strategies for helping students neutralize the effects of adversity, societal oppression, and implicit bias. Additional modules, coming in early 2021, will address how to recognize and respond to sign of trauma in schools and explore the science of implementation. Overall, the Ready, Set, RISE! series covers core social and emotional learning concepts, as well as logistical and administrative concerns regarding planning, implementing, and sustaining trauma-informed practices in schools.

“With the continued impact of COVID-19 on millions of students, teachers, and school staff, it is more important than ever to empower educators with tools that help them, and their students, support their mental health and resilience,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer for Kaiser Permanente. “We are proud to partner with Discovery Education and Healthier Generation to help cultivate trauma-informed educators and create a better world for both students and educators.”

Ready, Set, RISE! is the latest addition to the RISE initiative and is a natural extension of Kaiser Permanente’s leadership role in building healthier schools and communities. Developed as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools initiative, RISE works with students, school staff, teachers, districts, and the community to better understand the underlying factors of stress in schools and develop strategies and practices that foster more positive school environments. RISE incorporates the RISE Index assessment (developed with Healthier Generation) as the cornerstone to identifying needs and opportunities for districts and schools, which launched in fall of 2019 with a goal of reaching 25,000 schools and districts by 2023. As of December 2020, there have been more than 20,000 engagements with schools and districts that have accessed RISE resources.

“Ready, Set, RISE! connects educators to the resources they need to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their teaching. We know that by focusing on social and emotional learning skills, teachers are able to not only build stronger relationships with students, but also are able to help develop a stronger learning environment,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente and Healthier Generation on this initiative delivering no-cost digital professional learning focused on emotional resiliency.”

“More than ever before, social-emotional health is foundational to optimal health and learning development for our children – and especially those who have been hit hardest by the current public health crisis,” said Kathy Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Healthier Generation. “Healthier Generation is proud to continue our strong collaboration with Kaiser Permanente and Discovery Education to build the resiliency of our educators and students in ways that are critical in the present times.”

Learn more about Ready, Set, RISE! and find all the no-cost resources designed for educators at readysetrisemodules.com and through the Discovery Education Experience‘s Corporate Education Partnerships channel.

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 Kaiser Permanente
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes every child deserves a healthy future. For over a decade, Healthier Generation has empowered kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them support their physical, social and emotional health. Driven by our passion that all young people deserve a chance to live healthier lives, our work, in total, has reached more than 29 million kids across the country. To learn more and help make a difference, visit HealthierGeneration.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: 240-839-4239

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

Vincent Staupe
Kaiser Permanente
Email: vincent.p.staupe@kp.org
Phone: 510-318-1557

Krista Washington
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Email: krista.washington@healthiergeneration.org
Phone: 919-418-2993

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Discovery Education Experience Honored as Best of 2020 Educational Resource by Tech & Learning

Silver Spring, MD (Friday, December 11, 2020)Discovery Education Experience was recently honored with Tech & Learning’s The Best of 2020 award. Winning submissions were selected by a panel of judges rating the individual products on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as value, uniqueness in the market, and the product’s ability to solve specific problems for educators and administrators. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Discovery 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.

In 2020, Experience played a key role in Discovery Education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 5th, Discovery Education made Experience available, at no cost, to any school system not currently using the company’s resources for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. From March 2020 to July 2020, over 15,000 new schools actively utilized Discovery Education Experience as part of instruction. During that same time, Discovery Education hosted more than 150 online, no cost events designed to provide educators strategies they can use to continue student learning during the pandemic. These events reached over 20,000 educators in all 50 states and 17 countries.

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 Clever, integrating Experience into existing IT architecture is easier than ever.

“We dedicate this award to the talented educators around the world that, through this difficult year, used our resources to keep their students learning and connected to their curiosity,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education. “Discovery Education is honored by Tech & Learning’s recognition of Discovery Education Experience and this acknowledgment will further motivate our expert team to find new ways to serve the needs of the educators during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

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
Discovery Education
Email: swakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: 202-316-6615

Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: 240-839-4239

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Discovery Education Celebrates Human Rights Day by Offering Educators, Families, and Students No-Cost Digital Resources

SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday, December 10, 2020) – Discovery Education and leading corporate and community partners are offering engaging, no-cost digital learning resources to students, teachers, and families to support Human Rights Day observances. Held annually on December 10th, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, effectively outlining human rights for the first time globally. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

In recognition of the 2020 theme – Recover Better: Stand Up for Human Rights – Discovery Education and its diverse network of corporate and community partners present a host of digital resources designed to immerse students and families in the past, present, and future of social justice and equity. Among the curated resources exploring fundamental human rights principles and encouraging students worldwide to create a brighter tomorrow are:

Interactive Human Rights Defenders Map
Speak Truth to Power is an educational program created in partnership between Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Discovery Education empowering youth to defend human rights through no-cost digital resources for the anywhere classroom. With the Human Rights Defenders Map, students can travel the globe to hear from courageous individuals about how they are working to fight systemic injustice for the betterment of humanity.

Classroom and Family Activities
Unlock the power of testimony to counter hate with Teaching with Testimony, a program from USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education that uses eyewitness accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide to empower students to find they voices and take action for a better future. Engage the classroom and home alike with “The Promise” Classroom & Family Activities that guide students through the “us vs. them” mentality that fueled the Armenian Genocide from 1915-1923.

Family Activities
Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life, powered by Wings for Kids and The Allstate Foundation, incorporate academics and fun while building social and emotional skills. Families can work together to build social and emotional learning skills with “In Your Shoes” Family Activity by sharing and learning how everyone has been affected by the unprecedented challenges of 2020.

Social & Emotional Learning Topic Videos
The Discover Your Happy program from LG and Discovery Education equips communities with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create Sustainable Happiness by providing curriculum and standards aligned resources. Kick off thoughtful conversations with the 6 Sustainable Happiness Skills Topic Videos which equips students with science-based skills to develop emotional wellness and resiliency in school and beyond.

Virtual Field Trip
During the 30-minute Tech for Tomorrow experience, go behind-the-scenes at The Tech’s family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose and met a diverse group of individuals who are using data to change the world for the better. Discover how the 2020 Tech for Global Good Laureates use STEM to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Through their stories, students are motivated to become problem-solvers in their own area by applying their natural curiosity to create innovative solutions.

“Keeping students connected to the real-world with relevant content means their natural curiosity is supported, no matter where learning is taking place,” said Andrea Lance, Learning Environment and Instructional Resource Coordinator. “Teachers need flexible, curated, digital resources to bring human rights into the lessons to spark thought-provoking conversations and drive action. Resources that don’t just prepare them for the world that exists, but equips them with the skills and tools necessary to change the world.”

All of the resources and program content is available on the award-winning Discovery Education Experience, 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. Experience users can find all the content in the Corporate Education Partnerships channel and the Human Rights channel.

“Discovery Education is proud to help educators, students, and their families explore and understand the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being,” said Beth Meyer, Discovery Education Vice President of Education Partnerships. “We hope that through these no cost digital resources, each student will explore the importance of human rights in re-building our world.”

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
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: 240-839-4239

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

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Discovery Education and Somos Educação Bring Innovative STEM Education to Millions of Students in Brazil

SILVER SPRING, MD (Wednesday, December 9, 2020)Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—and SOMOS Educação—Brazil’s largest education company, and one of the largest educational groups in the world—today announced an innovative new partnership. In this new collaboration, Discovery Education and SOMOS Educação will deliver award-winning digital resources supporting STEM education to students across Brazil through Plurall, Somos’s digital teaching platform, which has become the largest digital classroom platform for private elementary and high schools in Brazil, with more than 1.3 million students.

Preparing Brazilian students with the knowledge and skills to lead the world in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is critical to the nation’s continued growth.  Therefore, Discovery Education and SOMOS Educação are partnering to bring Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to over 1 million students nationwide.

An interdisciplinary K-8 resource, STEM Connect blends dynamic digital content with ready-to-use lessons and hands-on activities to enhance core curriculum and cultivate valuable design thinking skills that prepare students for the future. Built on the 4Cs framework and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, STEM Connect purposefully integrates across disciplines and provides all the necessary resources to introduce real-world challenges and design thinking skills to students. Finally, through modular lesson plans, STEM Connect gives teachers more flexibility for online or in-person instruction while students grow from local problem solvers to imaginative, global solution seekers.

Students will access STEM Connect through Somos’s Plurall learning platform. More than an online study and teaching platform for students, guardians, teachers, and coordinators, Plurall has been playing a pivotal role in Digital School, the name given to the transition of student groups from the analogical to the virtual environment. Accessible, practical, and organized, the innovative solution accompanies students 24 hours a day, and can be accessed by cell phone, tablet, or desktop.  The tool carries out live classes and interaction activities, also, provides lists of exercises so that students can practice what they have learned in the classroom and videos to support the performance of tasks. In addition, the platform has tutors ready to answer questions that may arise during the activities and in relation to the content of the teaching material.

Schools and guardians have access to performance reports that show the results of each student. The reports use algorithms that offer a clear view of the qualities of your school and the points that must be worked on for a better pedagogical result – individually, by specific classes or even by segments. In this way, it is possible to highlight the main difficulties of each student so that teachers create their own activities, personalizing teaching strategies.

Robin Headlee, Managing Director of Discovery Education International said: “In order to support the country’s continued growth and development, Brazil’s students need to acquire foundational STEM knowledge and develop the “4 C” skills—Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity—prized in the global economy.  Discovery Education’s digital services support both of these important objectives, and we are delighted to partner with Somos to bring these important resources to students across Brazil.”

Camila Cardoso, Complementary Solutions Director of SOMOS Educação said: “We are delighted with our partnership with Discovery Education International. By offering STEM Connect, we will help our students to exercise and expand their multidisciplinary knowledge to solve real problems. We believe that by stimulating critical thinking, we also collaborate for the development of more capable, responsible, and empathetic citizens in the face of the 21st century challenges.

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.

About SOMOS Educação

SOMOS Educação, a subsidiary of the holding company Cogna Educação, a Brazilian company that is one of the world’s leading educational organizations and serves the B2B market in K-12 education. The company is a one-stop partner that offers schools across the country a fully integrated platform of solutions for educational content and technology services that use science at the service of education, as well as digital services that support the school administration process to drive innovation and support the digital transformation of educational institutions.  Visit www.somoseducacao.com.br to learn more.

Contacts

Fiona McLean
Discovery Education
Email: fmclean@discoveryed.com
Phone: +447587554429

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

Rafaella Bezerra
COMUNICAÇÃO INSTITUCIONAL
Email: rafaella.bezerra@kroton.com.br
Phone: 114383-8465 11 98910-7871
www.cognaedu.com.br

 

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Educators Invited to a New, No Cost Virtual Professional Learning Event Focused on Computational Thinking

Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Welcome K-12 Educators on December 9th

SILVER SPRING, MD (Monday, December 7, 2020) – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) – a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization – and Discovery Education invite educators nationwide to participate in a new, no cost virtual professional learning event focusing on computational thinking. This event – the Ignite My Future in School Virtual TECHademy – occurs on December 9 at 5:30 PM EST.  To register, visit the registration page here. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

During this unique, 3-hour immersive virtual professional learning event, participating educators will receive:

  • Best practices for online teaching and learning, modeled by Discovery Education Professional Development experts
  • Access to org: no-cost website with educator and family resources, including an opportunity to join a global community of collaborative educators through our Ignite my Future in School Learning Leaders network
  • Five “Grab and Go” lessons that are immediately ready to be used in a virtual environment
  • A digital event bag with free digital tools, like Goose Chase, and a Certificate of Participation

“As a teacher, I am always looking for new ways to improve my own instructional practice so I can be a better support the growth and development of my students,” said Brittney Mata, middle school math & computer Science teacher at STEM2 Prep in Harlingen Consolidated School District (HCISD). “A virtual professional learning event focused on a critical topic such as computational thinking will help me integrate this important subject into my classroom activities immediately.”

A first-of-its-kind, multi-million-dollar initiative, Ignite My Future in School leverages computational thinking and new teaching resources as a catalyst to transform the way K-12 students learn across the United States. Ignite My Future in School offers educators curriculum support through no cost instructional resources with computational thinking strategies embedded into subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. To date, TCS and Discovery Education have reached nearly 16,000 educators and over 900,000 students since launching the program in 2017.

“Computational thinking helps build innovative solutions to real-world problems. By connecting educators to resources and services that help build their professional skills, students across the United States will be empowered with the support to build fresh ideas,” said Lina Klebanov, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, TCS North America.

“We are proud to partner with TCS to provide educators access to high-quality professional learning that not only keeps their learning connected to curiosity, but supports students’ growth as solution seekers,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education.

Learn more about Ignite My Future in School and find all the no cost resources designed for educators at ignitemyfutureinschool.org and through the Discovery Education Experience‘s Ignite My Future in School channel.  Following the event, Ignite My Future in School Virtual TECHademy will be archived 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 Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 436,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

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
Grace Maliska
Discovery Education
Email: gmaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: 240-839-4239

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

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