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Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District Deepens Partnership with Discovery Education to Build and Sustain a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, August 13, 2020)—Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) today announced it has deepened its multi-year collaboration with Discovery Education.  In this latest phase of partnership, Discovery Education will support CCISD teachers and administrators districtwide as they accelerate the growth of a culture of STEM education that will help students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills needed for future success in classrooms, online, or in the hybrid environment. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Committed to developing students’ hearts and minds, CCISD serves 37,700 students at 58 campuses within 68 square miles. The District’s mission is to graduate lifelong learners who are prepared to continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens. Since 1909, when the District was created, CCISD has enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a strong school system focused on excellence in education.  To continue its tradition of academic excellence and to accelerate its efforts to build and sustain a culture of STEM education, CCISD recently selected Discovery Education’s Teacher Leader Collaborative.

A system to scale professional learning and leadership, Teacher Leader Collaborative combines robust STEM professional learning opportunities, job embedded instructional support for teachers, and Discovery Education’s exclusive STEM Instructional Progression to drive instructional growth. Teacher Leader Collaborative’s professional learning resources prepare educators to implement a problem-driven approach to learning supported by high-quality, standards-based STEM digital, and cross-curricular resources, including Discovery Education STEM Connect and Discovery Education ExperienceSTEM Connectthe web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental STEM resource, and ExperienceDiscovery Education’s flexible K-12 digital learning platform, will be used in all K-12 classrooms across CCISD alongside Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, which is currently in use in 8th grade classrooms districtwide.

“STEM education helps students develop critical skills they will need beyond graduation and as such, it is critical to our district’s strategic planning,” said Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez.  “As we are familiar with Discovery Education’s work in education and in STEM in particular, they were the natural choice for this new initiative.”

By extending its partnership with Discovery Education, CCISD’s educators will continue receiving 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 excited to expand its partnership with Corpus Christi Independent School District,” said Steve Sanchez, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “Corpus Christi ISD has long been looked to not only as a leader in using digital resources for instruction in the Texas Region 2, but in the state of Texas as well.  By focusing on the creation of a world-class STEM education program, I believe the district will take a leadership role in promoting the value and importance of STEM education as well.”

For more information about Corpus Christi Independent School District, 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 Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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Discovery Education’s Community & Corporate Partnership Programs Receive Multiple PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

LG, Toyota, and USC Shoah Foundation Recognized for Community-Focused Campaigns on Topics Covering SEL, Inclusion, and Student Health & Wellness

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 12, 2020) – Several Discovery Education corporate and community partnership programs have been recognized for excellence as part of the PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The awards program acknowledges causes and initiatives that serve to improve communities through awareness increasing communication.

“Discovery Education and their corporate & community partners set themselves apart from an outstanding field of entrants. Their work was exceptional and displayed their innovative strategies for achieving success and having a truly meaningful impact in communities around the country,” said Brendan Gannon, Marketing Manager for Awards Programs at Ragan Communications and PR Daily.

“Positively impacting youth achievement means meeting students where they are. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the diverse array of corporate and community organizations, we are dedicated to putting digital resources in front of students that help communities tackle tough issues,” said Beth Meyer, Vice-President of Partner Success at Discovery Education. “The programs honored with the awards demonstrate our shared commitments to social responsibility and create unique experiences that keep learning connected.”

The recognized initiatives focus on fostering youth engagement around such critical topics as emotional resilience, overcoming injustices, and student health & wellness. The dynamic content and curriculum assets from each of these winning programs are featured in Discovery Education Experience, Discovery Education’s 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 support educators in their work to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and to create lasting educational impact.

Winners include:

Social Media Campaign
LG Discover Your Happy
Discover Your Happy, a collaborative effort between Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA – and extension of LG’s signature social impact initiative, “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” – provides educators, parents, and students with hands-on resources to help students recognize that they can achieve sustainable happiness through the practice of six foundational social-emotional skills: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude. Learn more about the program at learnexpriencehappiness.com.

On the United Nations International Day of Happiness in 2019, LG and Discovery Education initiated a nationwide social media campaign to spark meaningful conversations about the importance of practicing happiness and provide resources and tips for developing happiness skills. The campaign garnered more than 45 million impressions and engaged over 130,000 students.

Public Health or Safety Initiative
Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
Since 2011, the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has awarded over a quarter million dollars to high school students across the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The student-created public service announcements are published nationally, serving as a peer-to-peer awareness raising campaign about the importance of safe driving.

The TeenDrive365 Video Challenge supplements TeenDrive365, a digital initiative produced in the partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, offering engaging and interactive resources empowering educators, families, and teens with lifesaving skills for behind the wheel. Find out more at teendrive365.com.

Video or Visual Design
USC Shoah Foundation Teaching with Testimony “Our Stories are Stronger Than Hate” VFT
This Virtual Field Trip highlights real-world stories to help students explore the dynamics of respect, acceptance, and empathy. In the on-demand field trip, students hear from activist and Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting survivor Samantha Grady, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, as well as students who experience hate in their everyday lives as they share their stories of overcoming adversity and their unique perspectives of healing from trauma. Both archived and present-day storytelling overlap to create an impactful learning opportunity for students to explore emotions, consider questions, experience a shared humanity, and develop thinking in new and nuanced ways.

Developed as part of the partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, Teaching with Testimony is a no-cost educational program that unlocks the powerful instructional potential of testimony. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and act for a better future. Find out more at teachingwithtestimony.com.

In addition to the winning programs, the following received honorable mentions: Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education in the Public Health or Safety Initiative category; and Siemens Possibility Grant Challenge in the Education or Scholarship category.

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

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Kansas’ Topeka Public Schools Partners with Discovery Education to Expand Innovative Online Educational Opportunities

Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, August 7, 2020) Kansas’ Topeka Public Schools (TPS) today announced it is partnering with Discovery Education on a new initiative supporting the expansion of innovative equitable learning experiences for all students.  Through this new partnership, TPS is investing in Discovery Education to provide TPS’s approximately 1,300 teachers dynamic, digital resources that improve their capacity to provide the district’s almost 14,000 K-12 students new, more personalized lessons and activities.  The new lessons and activities will serve as the foundation for more equitable learning experiences for all students at home, in the classroom, 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.

“As part of our effort to provide all students equitable learning opportunities, we are expanding online learning,” said Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of the Topeka Public Schools.  “Through this new partnership, all educators and students will now have access to the engaging, high-quality digital resources available from Discovery Education.”

The Topeka Public Schools is strengthened by diversity, and is dedicated to educational equity and promoting an inclusive environment for all students.  To engage its diverse student body in the highest quality learning in the classroom or remote environment, the district sought a flexible, digital resource that would propel students’ academic and social-emotional development. Following a period of rigorous review, TPS selected Discovery Education Experience for use in all 33 district schools and programs.

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

TPS middle school and elementary teachers and students will also receive access to Discovery Education Coding.  With Discovery Education Coding, students will gain a secure understanding of coding concepts, like algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop critical computational thinking skills through decomposition, logical reasoning, and imaginative problem-solving. In addition, students and teachers alike will be able to demonstrate their creativity and build confidence by creating their very own apps and sharing them with their classmates and colleagues.

To help TPS’s educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide selected district educators dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.  These educators will then share their knowledge with their peers so that all educators are prepared to use these resources for instruction.

TPS’s partnership with Discovery Education also provides 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 partner with the Topeka Public Schools on this new initiative,” said Steven Weniger, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “Going back to Brown v. Board of Education, the Topeka Public Schools has been at the center of the movement to make education more equitable for all. Today, the district is led by Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson, a nationally known leader in improving educational equity and a featured speaker for Discovery Education who shares innovative education strategies.  Discovery Education is honored to be a part of the Topeka Public Schools’ rich history of improving educational equity, and we look forward to supporting the implementation of Dr. Anderson’s vision for using digital resources to create equitable learning activities for all students.”

For more information about Topeka 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 Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

Contact:

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

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Illinois’ Peoria Public Schools and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Supporting In-Class, Remote, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, August 5, 2020) — Illinois’ Peoria Public Schools (PPS) and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today launched a new partnership that supports teaching in-class, online, or wherever learning is taking place.  Through this multiyear collaboration, all PPS educators serving the district’s more than 13,700 students in grades K-12 are now empowered to integrate Discovery Education Experience into instruction and support students’ continuity of learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or at home.

PPS is a rapidly growing, world class school system located three hours from St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis.  The talented team of educators use time-tested, research-based teaching strategies, an engaging curriculum aligned to the highest standards, and the latest educational technologies to deliver differentiated instruction to all students.  With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPS sought a dynamic digital resource that would continue fostering the creativity and talents of the district’s students as it prepared and inspired them to succeed in our ever-expanding global economy.

Specifically, the district sought a resource that supports the continuity of learning in the in-class, remote, or hybrid scenarios; replaces existing supplemental solutions with one, collection of high-quality, standards-aligned vetted resources; and increases student engagement and rigor.  Following an extended trial, PPS selected Discovery Education Experience.

ExperienceDiscovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platformconnects 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 COVID-19 Pandemic has made Peoria Public Schools and school districts across the country rethink how we can achieve our mission to ensure that each student reaches his or her full academic and personal potential and is a well-balanced citizen,” said Lisa Gifford, the district’s Literacy & Social Studies Coordinator.  “Tools like Discovery Education Experience, which support excellent, engaging instruction in either the physical classroom or remote environment, will play a critical role in helping Peoria’s teachers fulfill their mission now and in the future.”

To help PPS educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide division teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

PPS’s new partnership with Discovery Education also provides 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.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with the Peoria Public Schools,” said Dak Jordan, Discovery Education Manager of Education Partnerships. “The district’s innovative approach to addressing the challenges of teaching in the COVID-19 era mark them as leaders in the effort to ensure the continuity of learning for all students.”

For more information about Illinois’ Peoria Public Schools, visit the school system’s website here.

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

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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University of Richmond Launches Two New Online Graduate Courses Supporting Educators Teaching in the Remote Environment Featuring Discovery Education Professional Learning Content

This press release was originally distributed by the University of Richmond. You can find the University of Richmond’s Newsroom posting here.

Richmond, Va. (Tuesday, August 4, 2020) — University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies will begin offering two new online graduate courses this fall designed to support educators teaching in online learning environments.

The courses, designed for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and other educational professionals, were developed in partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

“We’re excited about our new partnership with Discovery Education, which will allow us to have an immediate impact on supporting the professional development of educators,” said Jamelle S. Wilson, dean of the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “Courses offered in this partnership respond directly to the pressing need that schools across the state have to adopt varied models for teaching and learning as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The first of the two courses is entitled Digital Video Development for Learning and Teaching. This course focuses on helping current educators develop the skills needed to capture, edit and publish quality video segments enhancing the educational experience. The course also examines the best ways to curate new and existing visual elements critical for creating engaging online learning environments.

The second course now available to educators is entitled Technology Integration Coaching. Through this course participating educators investigate the basic tenets of instructional coaching and delve into new strategies for improving their digital literacy and effective application of technology within the online or in-class learning environment.

UR is the latest institution of higher education to join Discovery Education’s Impact Network. Each member of the Impact Network offers working educators online access to Discovery Education’s high-quality graduate-level professional learning content.

“The students participating in University of Richmond’s online graduate level courses this fall will join a powerful cadre of educators working to create high quality learning experiences while maintaining continuity of learning amidst the challenges of shifting to a partial or fully online learning environment,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s President, International & University.

For more information about these courses or to register, visit urspcs.info/DiscoveryEd.

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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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Arkansas’ Conway Public Schools Initiates New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Middle School Science Instruction

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, July 27, 2020) Arkansas’ Conway Public Schools (CPS) today announced it has initiated a new, multi-year partnership with Discovery Education supporting middle school science instruction.  Through this new collaboration, Discovery Education will empower educators serving approximately 3,380 students in the district’s four middle schools and junior high school with a unique science curriculum solution and robust capacity building model.  Together, these resources will help CPS educators accelerate the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and continue building the district’s rich and growing tradition of academic excellence. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

CPS is located in Central Arkansas’s Faulkner County. CPS sought a suite of engaging, simple-to-use curriculum resources flexible enough to support instruction in the classroom, online, or in the hybrid environment.  Following a review of possible solutions, the district selected Discovery Education’s ScienceX  as its digital curriculum solution.  The ScienceX suite of resources is comprised of the following award-winning Discovery Education services:

Discovery Education Science Techbook and print resources.  Science Techbook empowers educators to transform science instruction through a seamless print and digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives, hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech, leveled reading tools, note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  Science Techbook also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”

Discovery Education ExperienceExperienceDiscovery Education’s flexible K-12 learning platformconnects 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.

Discovery Education Professional Learning. With Discovery Education’s Professional Learning, educators will learn how to use their new digital resources.  In addition, participating teachers will explore best practices for integrating technology and digital content into instruction and discover new ways to increase student engagement and improve academic achievement.

ScienceX also includes ready-to-use instructional strategies, and the grab-and-go lab materials teachers need to support the learning needs of every student regardless of abilities, learning styles, and language needs.

“The realities of teaching and learning we face as we return to school this fall require a new approach to instruction,” said Conway Public Schools Curriculum Coordinator Paula Harris.  “As we reviewed potential solutions for our middle school science curriculum, we wanted a resource that not only was engaging and aligned to the NGSS and Arkansas state standards, but also a resource that could keep students and teachers connected to science wherever instruction is taking place.  We are excited to begin this new partnership with Discovery Education and look forward to using ScienceX  in our middle school classrooms.”

The commencement of CPS’s partnership with Discovery Education provides 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 excited to begin working with the educators of Conway Public Schools,” said David Mitchell, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “Through their selection of Discovery Education’s dynamic digital resources, the Conway Public Schools are charting a new direction for science instruction in the state of Arkansas.  I look forward to working with the talented CPS team on this endeavor.”

For more information about Arkansas’ Conway 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 Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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STEM Careers Coalition from Discovery Education Debuts New Video Series Spotlighting Corporate Community Responses to COVID-19

Careers Content Supports Student Understanding of the Critical Role STEM Plays in Global Problem-Solving

SILVER SPRING, MD (Friday, July 24, 2020) – To help students connect the dots between the application of STEM skills, innovating solutions, and important real-world challenges, the STEM Careers Coalition launches COVID-19 Solution Seekers,” a video series spotlighting how non-profits, corporations, and industries pivot to meet the needs presented by COVID-19.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 impacting nearly every aspect of life, many people, communities, companies, and governments have quickly mobilized to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The dynamic new “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” video series features an array of real-world content demonstrating the flexibility of STEM and amplifies how diverse STEM professionals across a variety of industries transform their work in response to COVID-19. Coalition partners–including Boeing, Microsoft, Chevron, American Petroleum Institute (API), Procter & Gamble (P&G), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)–are joined by global healthcare leader Sanofi, along with other companies, contributing to the collection of COVID-related career profiles. Companies interested in participating in the “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” video series can learn more at STEM Careers Coalition COVID-19 Response Initiative website.

“The STEM Careers Coalition works to ensure that zip code does not determine destiny,” said Marla Wilson, Executive Director of the STEM Careers Coalition. “Leaders from diverse sectors responded quickly and thoughtfully to the array of challenges presented by COVID-19 and continue to do so. These videos highlight the positive impact that creative STEM thinking and problem solving has on the world, while showing students that STEM can be in their futures, too.”

As the first-of-its-kind STEM initiative, the STEM Careers Coalition addresses the STEM workforce and inspiration gap by connecting industry and classrooms at unprecedented scale. All Coalition resources, including the “COVID-19 Solution Seekers” content, can be found at stemcareerscoalition.org.

“Of the many lessons to be learned during this time is the critical role of STEM jobs. At Chevron, we’re proud to partner with the STEM Careers Coalition from Discovery Education to empower and advance education,” said Karen Rawls, Senior Social Investment Advisor at Chevron. “In sharing stories of how we are expanding our community support during COVID-19, we’re illustrating for today’s students how STEM is a critical pathway to achieve social equality and to enable human progress.”

“At Sanofi, we are committed to empowering life through perpetual innovation focused on community betterment,” said Diana Blankman Roberts, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi US. “Being part of the ‘COVID-19 Solution Seekers’ video series exemplifies our commitments and highlights the importance of diversity for both people and industries in STEM.”

“Achieving equity is about building a road to future success through student engagement focused on unlocking learning that is not bound by time or space,” said Dan Ayoub, the General Manager Education Experiences at Microsoft. “We remain steadfastly committed to empowering students with the resources needed to reach their full potential in school and beyond. Through the STEM Careers Coalition, we join industry leaders to bridge education and STEM, empowering a dynamic workforce full of confident and resourceful leaders.”

With a focus on equity of access, the STEM Careers Coalition unites the private sector around the shared goal of accelerating the growth of the United States’ STEM pipeline. The STEM Careers Coalition builds the next generation of solution seekers by focusing on providing 10 million students across 5,000 schools in high-need areas the resources necessary to bridge the equity gaps of STEM education. To do so, the Coalition offers no cost digital resources, as well as underwriting critical academic and career content available through Discovery Education Experience and STEM Connect. Learn more about STEM Careers Coalition at STEMCareersCoalition.org.

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

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About STEM Careers Coalition
A coalition of industry partners are joining forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education in K – 12 schools nationwide. The all-new STEM Careers Coalition’s™ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers.

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
Grace Maliska | Discovery Education | gmaliska@discoveryed.com

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Nevada Department of Education Launches New Partnership to Provide High-Quality Digital Content to Students and Educators Statewide

This press release was originally distributed by the Nevada Department of Education. You can find the Nevada Department of Education’s online version here.

CARSON CITY Nev. (Tuesday, July 21, 2020) The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is proud to announce another resource to support students, families, and educators in digital learning through a new two-year partnership with Discovery Education.

Discovery Education is a global leader in standards-based, high-quality digital curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms worldwide. Through this new partnership, public school educators and students statewide will receive access to the Discovery Education Experience, a flexible K-12 platform that keeps students connected to learning whether at home or at school. Experience provides compelling content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that give educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact.

The platform covers a wide array of subjects including math, science, social studies, and more. In addition, Experience offers multimedia activities for students, like hands-on laboratory activities, and on-demand virtual field trips that will take them around the world.

“Discovery Education Experience is one of the many amazing resources that will be available to enhance teaching and learning when students and educators return to school this fall. This is an exciting addition to the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative suite of tools that support districts and charter schools in providing enhanced learning opportunities for students,” said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Our partnership with Discovery Education demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing superior resources and support for digital learning.”

The Nevada Department of Education will provide educators with dedicated professional learning to support them in integrating new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year. Through interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for using digital resources to teach students both online. The intent is to maximize the State’s investment in these digital resources, increase student engagement, and support students continued academic growth.

“Discovery Education shares the Nevada Department of Education’s mission to improve student achievement and educator effectiveness by ensuring opportunities, facilitating learning and promoting excellence,” said Coni Rechner, Discovery Education’s Senior Vice President of National Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working with State Superintendent Ebert and Nevada’s talented educators as they create learning experiences that help all students develop the skills they need for future success.”

For districts and schools that opt-in to use the Discovery Education resources, NDE will be working to create a seamless way for educators and students to access and engage with the Experience site.

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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.

B-roll of the Discovery Education Experience site is available here.

Contact:

Terri Hendry
Email: thendry@doe.nv.gov
Phone: 775-687-9201

 

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Discovery Education Acquires Award-Winning Interactive Learning Platform Spiral

Purchase Supports Company’s Efforts to Keep Students Connected Wherever Learning is Taking Place

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, July 21, 2020)  Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today announced the acquisition of Spiral.  Based in the United Kingdom, Spiral provides educators a multiuse platform that supports collaborative learning and formative assessment both in the classroom and the remote environment. Terms were not disclosed.

Discovery Education’s acquisition of Spiral supports the company’s efforts to keep students connected to learning wherever it is taking place.  Spiral’s product features compliment Discovery Education Experience’s curated high-quality content and existing assessment and student collaboration tools.  The addition of Spiral’s features to the company’s flexible K-12 learning platform will give educators even more ways to facilitate instruction, deepen student engagement, and create high-impact student learning experiences.

“Discovery Education is focused on providing school systems outstanding digital services that connect students to learning in and out of the classroom,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy Philip Nanney. “The acquisition of Spiral aligns with our strategy of adding features to our digital services that save educators time and increase student engagement.  We look forward to welcoming Spiral to the Discovery Education team.”

Spiral is a past winner of the prestigious Common Sense Education Best EdTech Award. Recognized for empowering teachers to create interactive learning experiences either in advance or on the fly, Spiral also enables teachers to probe class understanding in real time through digital multimedia content.

Spiral is the latest acquisition by Discovery Education.  In August of 2019, Discovery Education announced the purchase of Inspyro, a provider of leading virtual reality and augmented reality content also based in the United Kingdom.

“Spiral’s team is incredibly excited to join Discovery Education,” said Hamish Kennedy, Spiral’s Founder and CEO.  “Discovery Education shares our commitment to connecting students to learning no matter where they are, and we look forward to working closely on that mission with our new colleagues.”

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

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contact:

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

 

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Discovery Education Experience and the Company’s Corporate & Community Partnership Programs Honored with 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

Silver Spring, MD (Friday, July 17, 2020) Discovery Education Experience and the company’s corporate & community partnership programs were recently honored with 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence. Judges evaluated a variety of nominated products and services and selected those that improve the way educators work and students learn. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

For over 40 years, the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence have recognized exceptional products and services within education technology. The Awards of Excellence celebrate products and services released or re-released over the last year, and their contribution to educators across the country.

“For over 40 years, Tech & Learning has reported on how edtech products are improving teaching and learning — and this has never been more important than during this unprecedented time,” said Tech & Learning Publisher and Content Director Christine Weiser. “For this year’s contest, our judges looked for stand-out products that are helping schools navigate these challenges by solving problems and driving innovation.”

All of Discovery Education’s 2020 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence were earned in the Software category, as follows:

Discovery Education Experience
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, vetted and curated by Discovery Education’s team of content experts, and aligned to state and national standards, 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. To request a demonstration of Discovery Education Experience, visit discoveryeducation.com/experience.

LG Discover Your Happy
Fostering the development of social and emotional learning skills for students, Discover Your Happy provides educators, parents, and students no-cost, science-based resources to reduce stress by teaching the six foundational social emotional skills: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude. Drawing on research from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley and LG Electronic USA’s “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness” initiative, LG Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices aimed at achieving sustainable happiness. Learn more at lgexperiencehappiness.com and through the Discovery Education Experience Discover Your Happy channel.

USC Shoah Foundation: Teaching with Testimony
Developed in partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, Teaching with Testimony is a no-cost educational program that unlocks the instructional power of testimony to teach middle and high school students respect, acceptance, and empathy. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocide, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and take action for a better future. Find out more at teachingwithtestimony.com and through the Discovery Education Experience Teaching with Testimony channel.

TGR EDU: EXPLORE
TGR EDU: Explore, a joint initiative from TGR Foundation and Discovery Education, supports students in college preparation and high-quality STEM career paths. The standards-aligned resources include interactive student experiences, virtual campus tours, online learning activities, educator training, and family discussion starters to help students explore their initial college enrollment interests. See all the TGR EDU: Explore materials at TGREDUexplore.org and through the Discovery Education Experience TGR EDU: Explore channel.

“Discovery Education is honored by the Tech & Learning’s Award of Excellence judges’ recognition of Discovery Education Experience and our corporate & community partnerships,” said Paul Ilse, Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Education. “Discovery Education’s team of experts strive to create high-quality digital resources that support the work teachers do each day under ever-changing circumstances.  We dedicate these awards to them, because it is only in the hands of the talented educators we serve worldwide that these services truly come alive.”

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.

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

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About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts
Stephen Wakefield
Email: SWakefield@discoveryed.com
Phone: (202) 316-6615

Grace Maliska
Email: GMaliska@discoveryed.com
Phone: (240) 839-4239

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