Skip to content

The American Heart Association, the National Football League, and Discovery Education team up to take students on a Virtual Field Trip

The NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip transports students to Super Bowl LIV while getting hearts pumping in classrooms nationwide.

Silver Spring, Md. (January 23, 2020) Getting active for 60 minutes a day is critical as kids who are regularly active have a better chance of a healthy adulthood, but only 20% of kids get enough activity to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans[1]. That’s why the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the National Football League (NFL) in production collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are working together to make physical activity fun and inspire healthy lifestyles.

At 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 30, the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip will premier. Broadcast in classrooms across the country, the Virtual Field Trip gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the Miami Dolphins practice facility and stadium, which is home to Super Bowl LIV. Students will also learn ways to strengthen their muscles and hearts with Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders. The virtual event makes physical activity fun and inspires healthy lifestyles through cardio and strengthening exercises. The livestream encourages classrooms to get active and give back to their community as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 initiative, which is asking people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time for a total of 100 million minutes to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season.

“Working together with the American Heart Association on PLAY 60, we’re excited for another Virtual Field Trip that will get youth across the country moving towards a healthier and more active lifestyle,” said Anna Isaacson, SVP of Social Responsibility, NFL. “Encouraging students to volunteer in their communities through this year’s Virtual Field Trip as part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 emphasizes the importance of giving back which has been a constant theme throughout NFL100.”

Now through Super Bowl LIV, educators and students can Huddle to Play it Forward by getting out and volunteering to improve their school community or neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to share a photo or 15-second video of their classroom demonstrating healthy behaviors in the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #GetMovingPLAY60.

“Starting in childhood, lifelong healthy eating and regular physical activity are key to great cardiovascular health and to preventing heart disease and its risk factors. Engaging children in PLAY 60 is a strategy to make movement fun,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, the American Heart Association’s chief medical officer for prevention. “Active kids learn better. When kids are active, they focus more, think more clearly, react to stress more calmly, and perform and behave better in the classroom. Kids who are physically active as kids will help build healthy kids and future generations of adults with great health.”

The NFL and the American Heart Association have teamed up since 2006 to inspire kids through a fun and engaging way to get physically active. In addition to the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip, the American Heart Association and the NFL offer the free PLAY 60 app, which has been redesigned this year to help kids get more movement throughout the day. The PLAY 60 app allows users to control personalized avatars onscreen with their own physical movement. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Registration for the NFL PLAY 60 Huddle Up and Get Moving! Virtual Field Trip is now open at heart-nflplay60.com/register. To learn more about this program and to access the free resources, visit aha-nflplay60.discoveryeducation.com.

###

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About NFL PLAY 60

For a decade, NFL PLAY 60 has brought together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations to increase physical activity among youth. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $352 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 265 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into over 73,000 schools since the campaign launched. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFL.com/PLAY60.

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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

For Media Inquiries:

American Heart Association
Linzy Cotaya: 504-872-3446 or 214-706-1173; linzy.cotaya@heart.org
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org

NFL
Jordyn White
Jordyn.White@nfl.com

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

[1]  Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity Guidelines, page 14. Available for download here: https://health.gov/paguidelines/default.aspx

Posted in Press Release

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.

###

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

Posted in Press Release

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.

###

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

Posted in Press Release

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.

###

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.

 

Posted in Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

###

About Northern Vermont University

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

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 463-2894

Contact:

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

Posted in Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

Educators using the Math Techbook will be  supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

For more information about Discovery Education other digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

###

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

Posted in Press Release

New ‘Be Vape Free’ Initiative to Tackle Youth Vaping Epidemic Through Schools

Initiative leverages evidence-based CATCH My Breath program to empower educators to promote healthy choices among youth–

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, December 17, 2019 ): This week Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, in partnership with CATCH Global Foundation, a public charity dedicated to the development and dissemination of evidence-based health programs, and the CVS Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CVS Health, launched Be Vape Free, a nationwide initiative to provide standards-aligned, no-cost, e-cigarette prevention resources for educators teaching grades 5 – 12. Be Vape Free will serve to expand the use of CATCH My Breath, a proven effective vaping prevention program, to combat the growing vaping epidemic by arming educators, parents, and communities with easy-to-use tools that will help students make smart, informed, and healthy choices for life. The CVS Health Foundation is providing a $3 million commitment to fund this multi-year collaboration.

According to newly released data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among youth continued its upward trend in 2019 with nearly one in four high school students reporting vaping in the past 30 days. “It’s more important than ever that students know the risks behind e-cigarettes and that educators and parents are provided with the tools to ensure that those who haven’t started never will,” said Duncan Van Dusen, Founder and CEO of CATCH Global Foundation.

CATCH My Breath, a program created by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health and disseminated by CATCH Global Foundation, is an evidence-based program for grades 5 – 12 that has been shown to nearly halve the number of kids who go on to try e-cigarettes within the next year. Educators are encouraged to download the new 5th grade CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle developed as part of Be Vape Free, which features classroom lessons and activities that identify the health risks of e-cigarettes alongside the benefits of being tobacco-free, expose vaping and tobacco marketing tactics, and help students develop, practice and demonstrate refusal skills. With a classroom guide and ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation, educators have the tools at their fingertips to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them make informed decisions about their health and well-being. CVS Health has also provided a three-year grant to provide the CATCH My Breath program free of charge to schools across the country.

“It is clear that we all have an important role to play in providing young people with factual information related to their health and the potential risks associated with vaping,” said Judy Uhrig from Mount Tabor High School, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. “Resources like those found in the CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle will be vital to helping educators start these conversations in the classroom, while aligning lessons to core curriculum.”

“We’ve all seen the news of vaping-related lung illnesses and other health risks,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “This partnership between Discovery Education, CATCH Global Foundation and the CVS Health Foundation will expand access to turnkey materials to aid educators in supporting the fight against this growing epidemic.”

Be Vape Free also features two Supplementary Lesson Bundles for CATCH My Breath, with resources that can be introduced into everyday 5th grade classroom curricula. These lessons offer an interdisciplinary approach, tying to social studies, math, language arts, and other subjects to teach students about state laws regarding cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and the toxic chemicals found in both.

“Since CVS Pharmacy pulled cigarettes from its shelves more than five years ago, the CVS Health Foundation has worked to help create the first tobacco free generation through our Be The First initiative,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation. “We know that young people who vape are at a higher risk of becoming cigarette smokers, which is why we are so proud to work with the CATCH Global Foundation and Discovery Education to bring these meaningful prevention resources to classrooms across the country.”

The Be Vape Free initiative will help ensure that everyone—students, parents, educators, and other community members—has access to no-cost, preventative resources to help educate and empower young people. Additional community resources are scheduled to be released in 2020, along with expanded resources for the existing versions of the CATCH My Breath middle and high school program.

With the support of educators and all community members, the Be Vape Free initiative is on a mission to foster the first vape-free generation.  For more information visit BeVapeFree.com.

###

CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014. Our mission is to improve children’s health worldwide by developing, disseminating and sustaining the CATCH platform in collaboration with researchers at UTHealth. The Foundation links underserved schools and communities to the resources necessary to create and sustain healthy change for future generations. https://www.catch.org 

CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

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

CONTACTS:

CATCH Global Foundation
Brooks Ballard
brooks@catch.org

CVS Health Foundation
Erin Shields Britt
Erin.Britt@cvshealth.com

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com

Posted in Press Release3 Comments on New ‘Be Vape Free’ Initiative to Tackle Youth Vaping Epidemic Through Schools

Captivating New Content from the National Science Foundation, Animal Planet, and More Now Available in Discovery Education Experience and the Discovery Education Techbooks

–New Assets Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Helps Educators Engage All Learners —

Silver Spring, MD (December 16, 2019) — Discovery Education–the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms–today announced the addition of hundreds of new, engaging assets to its award-winning digital services. The new digital resources coming to Discovery Education Experience and the Science and Social Studies Techbooks provide K-12 educators a new array of digital resources they can begin integrating into classroom instruction to engage all learners. New content recently added to Discovery Education’s services include:

Explore real-world science with National Science Foundation: Hundreds of new videos from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) collection are now live in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook. Through these videos, students will meet scientists and engineers leading ground-breaking research in space science, agriculture, computers, and much more. In the series “Science Nation,” NSF researchers examine new discoveries pertaining to the Earth, the universe, and humanity itself. The “Texties” series delivers exciting National Science Foundation-funded research through text-onscreen videos that promote students’ reading comprehension skills. And “Profiles of Scientists and Engineers” helps students better understand what STEM careers are really like through profiles of young professionals in the field.

Go wild with new content from Animal Planet: In “Wild Australia,” students will explore the unique creatures found in the world’s smallest continent and consider the traditions and history of Aboriginal Australians. “Wild Costa Rica” brings the rainforest into the classroom and showcases the behaviors, adaptations, and biology of Costa Rica’s incredible animals. Both titles are now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.

Get curious with new animated videos from Discovery Education: Discovery Education’s new “Curiosity” video series is now live in Discovery Education Experience, Science Techbook, and Social Studies Techbook. Covering topics in biology, American history, and U.S. holidays, the series encourages elementary students to think big and get curious about the world around them. Host and narrator Lenzi the Magnifying Glass begins each episode with an engaging question like “Why are there so many kinds of places in the world?” and “What does the word democracy mean to you?” that inspires critical thinking and creativity. “Curiosity” videos are also available within topic-based channels like Ecosystems and Holidays and Observances within Discovery Education Experience.

Uncover the power of stories to change our world: USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education take students on a dynamic learning experience in Our Stories Are Stronger Than Hate Virtual Field Trip. During this virtual experience, students hear powerful first-hand testimonies to help them consider what gives stories the power to make an impression on others, inspire action, and even change the world. This virtual field trip is now available in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook.

Shine a light on the untold stories of today’s changing America with BESE: Discovery Education is proud to partner with BESE, the digital news platform founded by actress Zoe Saldana to reconstruct and recontextualize narratives around how young people connect to today’s America. Three new video series, including “Hidden Figuras,” “Sea of Change,” and “BESE Explains,” tell stories that promote inclusivity and navigate the tapestry of cultures, identities, and nations that make up our nation. Students will be inspired by a diverse collection of inventors, entrepreneurs, newsmakers, problem-solvers, change-makers, and thought leaders who have contributed to our society through science, technology, art, and culture. BESE content is now available in Discovery Education Experience.

New physics videos from Flipping Physics: New to Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook, Flipping Physics videos break down problems from all high school physics courses—standard track, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C—with clear, step-by-step solutions to help students in algebra-based and calculus-based courses. High school physics teacher and host Jonathan Thomas-Palmer, along with his “students” Billy, Bobby, and Bo, use real-world examples of physics phenomena to keep students engaged and on track.

Experience the world’s most unique places with Travel Channel: Now live in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook, the series “Top of the World” highlights the geography, landforms, architecture, and people of the world’s most fascinating locations. Students will travel to Alaska, Japan, Norway, Hawaii, China, and more as they encounter the world’s distinct cultures and locales.

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

“I don’t have much extra time in a typical school day,” said Nathaniel L. Wallace, Social Studies Teacher, KIPP DC. “So, I need a ‘one-stop-shop’ for high-quality curated, standards-aligned digital content that is engaging and relevant to today ‘s students. Discovery Education Experience and the Techbook series are the perfect resources for my needs as they are constantly being updated with immersive new content my students love that can immediately be used in my classroom.”

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 is dedicated to providing the 5 million educators and 51 million students we serve high-quality digital content that engages all learners and unlocks students’ inherent curiosity,” said Discovery Education Chief Product Officer Pete Weir. “To achieve this, we are constantly reviewing our digital content and adding exciting new resources that will help educators transform teaching and learning.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum, content services, and professional learning opportunities, 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.

###

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

 

 

 

 

Posted in Press Release

The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education Launch ‘Tech for Tomorrow’

Program equips classrooms with engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning and STEAM instruction

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, December 12, 2019)The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have partnered to create Tech for Tomorrow, an education program providing virtual access to exhibits from The Tech Interactive, Design Challenge Learning activities and interactive classroom resources for students in grades 4-8.

Tech for Tomorrow is an education program designed to highlight the ways technology and innovation can better our world. The program provides no-cost resources that aim to introduce students to today’s cutting-edge technology and inspire them to create enduring innovations for the future.

“The Tech Interactive is on a mission to power curiosity, and introduce every student to the ways that technology can make an impact,” said Gretchen Walker, vice president of learning at The Tech Interactive. “We’re proud to partner with Discovery Education to provide classrooms across the country with free, engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning, STEAM instruction and more.”

Through Tech for Tomorrow’s digital resources, students will explore technology’s role in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. Design Challenge Learning is a dynamic way for learners to become problem-solvers by engaging with real-world problems.

“Design challenges have definitely had a positive impact on my students, especially for those who are tactile learners and whose learning style may differ from traditional instructional pedagogy,” said Billy Aguilar, a sixth-grade teacher at Brownell Middle School.

On February 6, 2020, Tech for Tomorrow will launch its first Virtual Field Trip. In addition, a ‘Tech for Global Good’ resource will be released for Earth Day in March 2020.

Tech for Tomorrow prepares students to think differently about ordinary and extraordinary problems,” said Lori McFarling, president of corporate partnerships at Discovery Education. “Through this partnership, we can ensure that every student can receive the benefits of Design Challenge Learning and experience how the limitless possibilities of technology can make an impact upon our future.”

Tech for Tomorrow resources are available at no-cost at www.techfortomorrow.com and within Discovery Education Experience, a comprehensive digital service that helps build critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation.

###

About The Tech Interactive
The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contacts:

The Tech Interactive
Tara Komar
tkomar@thetech.org
(408) 795-6346

Discovery Education
Jackie Kavege
jkavege@discoveryed.com
(202) 304-7785

Posted in Press Release

University of Findlay Launches Master’s Degree Program Building Capacity For High-Quality STEAM Instruction Featuring Discovery Education’s Innovative Professional Development Content

— New Program Now Available Empowers Participants With Advanced Strategies For Creating a Culture of STEAM in Their Classroom— 

Silver Spring, Md. (December 12, 2019) — Ohio’s University of Findlay (UF) today announced the  launch of their online Master of Arts in Education degree emphasizing STEAM instruction that will expand participants’ capacity to provide students high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning experience.  More information about this new program, which was designed from the ground-up for the full-time K-12 educator and features Discovery Education’s high-quality professional development content, can be found here.  Discovery Education is the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

University of Findlay offers prospective students both traditional and specialized professional degrees in a variety of delivery approaches during day, evening, weekend, and online sessions. Findlay is committed to the education of diverse students and enrolls students from nearly 40 nations and most U.S. states. UF’s 33-credit hour Master of Arts in Education Program provides working K-12 teachers a rich online environment in which they can develop the academic background needed to advance their careers and grow their teaching practice. Participants enrolled in UF’s new online master’s program emphasizing STEAM education will, through captivating classwork facilitated by thought leaders in the field, learn to build a culture of STEAM teaching and learning that helps teachers unlock students’ inner explorer and propel them to future success.

The City of Findlay, just south of Toledo and located approximately 1.5 hours from Columbus, Dayton and Detroit, has been designated a “dreamtown” by Demographics Daily, repeatedly named one of the top 20 micropolitan areas (small towns) in the United States by Site Selection magazine and is the only municipality in Ohio to be selected three times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise.

The courses offered through UF’s Master of Arts in Education Program focusing on STEAM are designed and taught by leaders in the fields of STEAM education, educational technology, and pedagogy. With courses focusing on topics such as leading innovation in schools today, inquiry-based science instruction, science and technology for educators, differentiated instruction, children’s literature across the curriculum, and school leadership, participants learn concepts online that can be readily applied in the classroom the next day. For more information about UF’s Master of Arts in Education emphasizing STEAM or to register for the spring semester, visit this website.

“University of Findlay is excited to launch this innovative master’s emphasis in STEAM Instruction and is celebrating this new relationship with Discovery Education,” said Dr. Gwynne Rife, Program Chair Advanced and Professional Programs. “Discovery Education’s STEAM focused content and excellent teaching resources complement the University of Findlay’s online education programs that seek to prepare teachers for the challenge of educating 21st century learners.”

To help support K-12 educators drive improved student achievement, implement high-yield instructional strategies, and propel their careers forward, Discovery Education has collaborated with graduate-level educators for over a decade.  These collaborations have designed immersive graduate-level courses delivered through advanced degree programs that help K-12 educators develop their instructional practice and career. The addition of University of Findlay is an expansion of this effort and part of a network of Universities offering educators affordable, online programs that drive high-impact K-12 teaching and instructional leadership.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the innovative team at the University of Findlay as they launch this ground-breaking new online degree program focused on building teachers’ capacity for STEAM teaching and learning,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s President, International & University. “Today’s students need well developed communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills for future success, and this new program will help teachers build the immersive STEAM experiences that will help students develop those critical skills.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

###

About University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, The University provides innovative programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences to prepare students for meaningful lives and productive careers. The University of Findlay’s distinctive and renowned programs include MBA, animal science, equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant, as well as environmental, safety and occupational health management. For more information on these distinctive programs, visit https://www.findlay.edu/about-uf/.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

Contact:

Discovery Education
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 463-2894

Contact:

University of Findlay
Dr. Gwynne Rife
Email: rife@findlay.edu
Phone: (419) 434-4724

 

Posted in Press Release